Posts Tagged ‘Spirit Moves’

Lessons Learned from my Travels
Dave & Dawn at Covenant College

Dave & Dawn at Covenant College

Last Wednesday I returned from a two-week trip. Dawn accompanied me on the second week of the trip.

The Lord lifted our spirits as we connected with old and new friends, and had an opportunity to promote the ministry on the San Diego-Tijuana border.

You can get a glimpse of some what we did on the trip on these posts: The Call to Missions, The Spirit Moves in Missions and The Spirit Moves on the Mountain.

The Busyness of Life

Some people tell me that it seems like we are very busy, and they don’t know how we do it all. Well, I thought I’d write something about the fact that at times we do get worn out. Even though we got back from the trip last Wednesday night, I still feel like I’m in a fog and I have travel hangover (if there is such a thing) ;).

I was going to write about something else today. The next exciting thing that God is doing here, but as I was writing in my journal I felt impressed by the Lord that I should share about the need for rest and restoration. In other words, yes, I do get tired.

Sometimes when I get tired, then it seems like the world isn’t quite as an exciting place to live in. Everything appears grey or maybe even black for a few days. I lose my focus.

Look to Jesus

When this happens I have to remind myself to look to Jesus. It’s important to remember all the good things that the Lord is doing.

The Lord keeps bringing to mind, Matthew 11:28-30. It’s as if he’s saying, Dave,

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

God’s Comfort and Care
Beach at Border State Park; San Diego is on th...

Beach at Border State Park; San Diego is on the right while Tijuana is on the left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wow! What a wonderful and outstanding passage of comfort and care. We serve an awesome God and a loving Savior. I love that phrase, “you will find rest for your souls.” The Good Shepherd cares for his sheep, and leads them besides quiet waters.

A couple of years ago when I was feeling worn out, and wondering if I had the energy to launch into the new year, a friend reminded me of Galatians 6:9.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

The Lord Strengthens Us

As I’m on this journey I realize that I’m not alone. Jesus and His Spirit strengthen me along the way. When I feel weak it’s a reminder of how much I need the strength of Christ. That’s one of the reasons Paul said, “when I am weak then I am strong,” (2 Cor. 12:10b).

If you are feeling down today, look to Jesus. He is the one who restores your soul. David encourages us to hope in God in Psalm 42:11,

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Thanks for joining us on this journey, and for letting me bare part of my soul today!

In His Grip, Dave

Mission to the World’s Global Missions Conference
Mission to the World's Global Missions Conference in Greenville, SC

Mission to the World’s Global Missions Conference in Greenville, SC

This weekend Dawn and I participated in Mission to the World’s (MTW) Global Missions Conference. The conference was called, The Spirit Moves. I love this title, because it’s a good reminder that we are dependent on God’s Spirit to see any fruit.

It’s too easy to depend on our own efforts, but when we do so the work becomes hard. I pray as we move forward in ministry on the border that we will see the Spirit move in powerful ways!

A Full House at the Conference
Dr. Paul Taylor MTW's Asia Director greets Dr. Ravi Zacharias before he gives the closing keynote speech

Dr. Paul Taylor MTW’s Asia Director greets Dr. Ravi Zacharias before Dr. Zacharias gives the closing keynote

There were 2,500 at the conference. Thank the Lord for all the interest in God’s mission.

The conference began with a keynote from MTW’s coordinator, Dr. Paul Kooistra, and it ended with Dr. Ravi Zacharias. All of the speakers did a wonderful job of lifting our hearts, and inspiring us to look to Jesus in this great journey of mission that he has called us to join him on.

Promoting and Praying for the Work of Missions
Dawn and Dave at the booth with friends, Dale and Sunny Cho

Dawn and Dave at the booth with friends, Dale and Sunny Cho

Dawn and I set up a booth to promote the ministry on the border. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet people, and share about how God is moving where we live and work.

I found it invigorating to connect with friends that I work with, and to meet so many that are interested in missions.

We continue to pray that the Lord will raise up men and women to work alongside us. MTW has set a prayer goal to see 150 people go to the mission field by 2015.

Join us in praying for 150 by 2015. Click on this link to learn about ways you can get involved.

Dawn with two college students, friends from Colorado - Ashley Bates & Chelsea Baird

Dawn with two college students, friends from Colorado – Ashley Bates & Chelsea Baird

Today Dawn and I are in Lookout Mountain, Georgia  where we are participating in Covenant College‘s missions conference. 🙂 We are getting all of our conferences in. This gives us even more opportunities to interact with people and to sow the seeds of missions.

In God’s good timing he will bring others. His Spirit has been moving and continues to go ahead of us and move people’s hearts.

Thanks be to the Lord, the author and finisher of the work of missions. It is his work after all!

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20

In His Grip, Dave