God’s glory, my joy, and support raising

Hello again everyone! Excuse the long delay between posts… still trying to get the hang of this blogging thing. It’s a lot harder than it seems!

A few weeks ago our team had another meeting. It was so great to see everyone again and just hang out and get to know one another. We got dinner at Moe’s and then went over to the Peace House (the staff house for NCSU’s Campus Outreach staff) to talk about how our support raising has been going. We also looked at an article by John Piper, a phenomenal speaker and pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you would like to read the article, here’s a link to it: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/articles/there-is-no-greater-satisfaction

This article is really great in explaining how God is most glorified. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in HIM. He argues that our joy and pursuit of bringing glory to God are indeed not at odds. I think this is definitely something that many people struggle with, including myself. It can sometimes feel like a burden to want to tell people about Christ or to veer of what I have planned for myself and accept what God has planned for me. Ultimately, it’s always worth it. Always. Here’s a small excerpt from the article that I think is so full of truth:

“This means that the human quest for joy leads straight to the missionary heart of God. You can see it already. But let me put it together: God is the fountain of joy because he is blindingly glorious, and infinitely worthy, and breathtakingly beautiful, and awesome in power, and inscrutable in wisdom, and limitless in knowledge, and tender in mercy, and terrible in wrath, and the source and foundation of all truth and goodness and beauty. When we see him for what he really is, and turn from all the broken cisterns of the world that cannot satisfy (Jeremiah 2:13), we find “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).”

I really encourage you to read this article. It can really change your opinion in how you picture the relationship between your joy and God’s glory.

In regards to support raising, it has definitely had its ups and downs. I’d just like to say thank you so very much to all who have contributed! Truly, this mission would not be possible without all of your generous gifts. I’m encouraged by your willingness and desire to help advance God’s kingdom. It’s a constant reminder that THIS is what God has planned for me this summer and that He is a faithful father who desires to provide for His children and see people come to know and find joy in Him. I still have a long way to go and a lot of money to earn, but I know that it’s in God’s hands; all I can do is send letters, pray, and talk with people. It’s up to Him to work in peoples’ hearts to give. How reassuring is that?! It reminds me of Psalm 127:1….

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”

Other than praying for my supporters, team, and the people we’ll meet overseas, one of the other things I pray for is that I’m not laboring in vain. I really pray that I am trusting the Lord 10000% with this process. I know that He is a faithful father and that he wants to provide for his children, and even though my head knows that to be true it is sometimes hard for my heart to stay in this perspective. If God can provide for his people wandering in the desert for 40 years then how easy is it for him to provide for me and my team?!

I hope that you all are doing well and enjoying your week. To all my fellow UNC students, hope you’re having a safe spring break!

Bethany