Devotion.

What is devotion? What are we called to be devoted to? How can we be devoted? Why should we be devoted?

Webster’s Dictionary defines Devote as “committing by a solemn act.”

Devotion, I have found, is a weighty word. It’s a constant choice. It’s putting actions to our believes and our calling. It’s selflessness. It’s giving and pouring out of yourself. It’s rooting for those around you, even when their not deserving. It’s walking in love.

As the Lord has given me the opportunity to walk alongside people here in the valley, I have realized that it often calls me out of my comfort zone. Sitting with children and wives as they have found out that their husband and father has been unfaithful. Embracing a 14 year old girl who just had a baby two months early. Confronting family in Christ about sin. Forgiving. Asking for forgiveness. Praying with patients in the hospital who have been waiting for weeks to have surgeries. Entering into relationships with people who will disappoint you and whom you will disappoint. Stepping into the brokenness and the mess takes devotion. It’s not easy but it’s worth it.

It’s worth it because YOU’RE worth it. Christ was devoted to bringing about our salvation – He loves us, we are His children. It’s worth it because HE’S worth it. He acted even when it was hard – on our behalf. He gave when we didn’t have anything to give Him. He not only was, but still is committed to bringing about our sanctification until the day it’s completed. We are called to be devoted because of His devotion for us.

Yet, we can’t commit well to what He’s called us to, until we’ve fully committed to Him. From our Savior’s devotion to us we are enabled through His Spirit to be devoted to Him…and through our devotion to Him we discover our calling and the strength to be devoted to His people and those He’s called us to serve.

As I have discovered and uncovered the deep brokenness where Jesus has called me to serve it increases my drive and desire – my devotion – to Him, His Kingdom, and what He’s up to here in Nicaragua…in a small valley called Los Rios.

My prayer echoes that of one in The Valley of Vision:

May his comforts cheer me in my sorrows, his strength sustain me in my trials, his blessings revive me in my weariness, his presence render me a fruitful tree of holiness, his might establish me in peace and joy, his incitements make me ceaseless in prayer, his animation kindle in me undying devotion.

By His grace may it be true.

How is He calling you into deeper devotion to Himself and those He has called you to? How is He gentling reminding you of His sweet, never-ending devotion to you? How is this precious reminder call us to praise His glorious, holy Name…?

 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man wholooks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself andgoes away and at once forgets what he was like.  But the one who looksinto the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearerwho forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25

Walking with you in loving devotion, by His grace,

Bethany Joy

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Confirming of the Call

Hey y’all,

I can’t believe I’ve been here in Nicaragua for 8 months – crazy! It seems like longer and shorter all at once. It’s been so amazing to see how the Lord is working through me so far and I can’t wait to see what He continues to do.

A couple weeks ago, I finished up the first trimester of English classes. I had two youth classes, 17 students total. As well as an adult class of the farm workers with 12 students. Fourteen of my seventeen youth are moving onto level 2 of the English program and a couple new students have will be joining those classes too. The next trimester begins next Monday (June 19). I will continue with the level 2 of the youth classes, the farm group, and begin 4 more classes. One class will be an adult class in the valley and the three others will be kids clubs. I am so excited and so are the students!

Last week, after only 3 months of classes, 8 of my youth students were able to help out at the soccer camp. It was so cool to here from the team the different conversations they had, in English, with my students. I’m so thankful for my students desire to learn English well and excited for them as I truly do see them making lots of progress in learning the language.

As I plan, prepare, teach, and visit my students and others in the valley… I just feel like I’m in my element. As hard as it can be sometimes, I am loving what the Lord has called me to here in Nicaragua.

Last week, another tough situation presented itself – more sin, more brokenness, more deep sadness. Yet, as I’ve been able to walk through the situation with the family the Lord has reminded me why I’m here. To be. To live life among the people. To be broken by the brokenness. To have my hope anchored in Jesus. To love. To lead others to Him – especially in those dark times. To be a light in the darkness.

Although I know I don’t do it perfectly, I am thankful that He still chooses to work through me. Through the ups and the downs, the Lord has continued to show me His heart for these people of this valley and this country and keeps growing my heart for them too. He graciously keeps confirming that this is exactly where He wants me. Praise be to His Holy Name.

To Him be the Glory – Great things He has done,

Bethany Joy

Ps. Although behind each picture there are thousands of stories and reasons why they are special to me – Here’s a small glimpse of parts of my life here in Nicaragua. Click on the photos to open them up in a larger view.

 

When Darkness Seems to Overcome

img_2097I don’t know exactly where to start this post… We talked about it throughout my MTW trainings and fellow missionaries have told me the day would come.  I guess I didn’t think it would come as soon as 4 months into my time here. But it has… people I’m ministering to have let me down. Sin has roared it’s ugly head and some dear people I have ministered to are entangled in satan’s lies.

Maybe it shouldn’t hurt so bad or I shouldn’t feel as betrayed, after all I have only been here 4 months.  Yet, my heart has already grown to love these people so much. Through each walk through the valley, each cup of coke, each chat, every game of soccer, and every prayer – I have been able to love and be loved on by the dear Nicaraguan people. By His grace, I have already been able to invest into a lot of people in these first four months.

I think what hurts the most is knowing how devastating and far the fallout of sin reaches. Systems are broken. Families are broken. Individuals are broken. And our relationship with God is broken. The effects of sin are so widespread. I praise the Lord that we are not stuck with the brokenness as what is permanent in life, but that the permanent is yet to come. That Jesus is still on His throne and He desires to save all. One day King Jesus will reign and right all the wrong. Our hope is in the Lord, not in this world.

Yet now, I live in the in between.  I live in between what our Lord has already done and how He is present and at work now, but has not yet established His reign on earth. Death is at work in this world… yet, so is The Light. We live in between the already and the not yet.

What should we do then in this place? especially when we feel the effects of sin so deeply? Guard our hearts from hurt? Be careful who we minister to or show love towards? Be choosey to whom we show mercy and grace? No. I believe we are called to love despite what inevitably will happen – hurt. We are called to love and show mercy especially when it’s tough. We serve a God who is love and with the God of love in us, we too can be love and life to those around us.

My heart breaks for the brokenness I have already encountered in my short time here. I am saddened by the deep rooted cultural sins I see and the darkness that surrounds me. Yet, I look to our God and King who pursues me and brings healing to my brokeness and I know He pursues those here in this valley too. I am brought to my knees in prayer often as I feel the realness of the spiritual battle we are facing… and I trust Him. I lean deep into His promises and know He is working to bring life and light to every corner of the world. And I praise Him for every sliver of life and light I see piercing through the darkness.

Praise be to His glorious Name.

May you too be found to be light, life and love to the hurting and broken world around you. Even though darkness might seem to overcome momentarily, we know in the end it looses because the King of Light has already come into the world to set the captives free.

Seeking that there may be No Person Without Hope with you,

Bethany Joy

A walk in the valley of Los Rios

The past several weeks I have gone into the valley of Los Rios, where I live, with the national workers here on the farm so that the people in the valley can know who I am and who I’m with – Pinas de Paz. My favorite mode of doing this has been horse back riding.

Well, last week, I was able to walk down into the valley by myself for the first time and I would like to recount that precious time and so you can walk the road with me.

As I exited the farm I walked down the steep entry way to the main road. In front of me, the Guardabarrancos (Nicaragua’s national bird) flew off as they saw me coming. Their turquoise, green and brown coloring is beautiful. The wind was blowing through the trees and the dust was swirling around my feet.

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As I got to the main road (above) I passed many things before I made it to the church and Pastor’s wife I was going to visit. There were pigs that were tied to trees and scrounging around in the dirt for something to eat. (Note: I now know why these pigs are tied up, because last time one followed us up to the farm and ran all around until it followed us back down again. haha) There were so many beautiful butterflies flying around the mud puddles – blue, orange, yellow and white. I passed the coffee, pineapple, dragonfruit and bean crops and people who were coming back from working in the fields all morning.

There were holes on the side of the road that filled with water when it rained and where, I am told, people dig to get water as the water system is so broken here. I also passed many dogs that just laid in the road and looked like they hadn’t had food in a long while as I could see all their bones. And the chickens were everywhere – running this way and that way.

As I got closer to my destination, there were more people. Children playing in the streets – younger ones with old soda bottles and dirt and older ones with ropes. Some of the girls I  passed said, “hello, goodbye!” They seemed very exited to use those two English words.

When I got to Danelia, the pastor’s wife’s house, her and her daughter Kelly greeted me at the door with big smiles.  The first thing Danelia did was ask me how I was doing. She said she imagined it must be hard to come to a new place and to leave your family and all you knew.  She said if I ever felt lonely or just needed a friend to just give her a call or just come by her place and she’d be there for me. Wow. What an encouragement. What a blessing. How cool that I continually get to be blessed even when I think I’m going to be a blessing. God is so good.

I hope through this journey you’ve gone on with me…down the road into the valley, you’ve gotten a glimpse of what I am beginning to see more each day. The brokenness and yet the beauty that surrounds me here in Los Rios.

Isn’t that what surrounds each of us? Brokenness and beauty? If we want to, of course we can focus on either one or the other…But then we miss the grace of God in both the broken and the beautiful. Where can you see God working in the broken and the beautiful in your life?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me down in the Los Rios valley as I begin to explore and discover it. As I begin to know the valley and the people here better I can’t wait to keep sharing these stories with you.

Thanks for walking this path with me,

Bethany Joy

Mosquito Nets and Jesus

I have lived in Nicaragua for 15 days now – yippee! So far, things have been going pretty well.  I’m slowly finding out what life on the farm looks like.

This past week I got my mosquito net put up. I was amazed at how just that little fabric with holes in it eased some of my fears… Fears of spiders, cockroaches, mosquitoes, or any other type of unidentifiable thing might try to attack me at night. How could it be that such a small thing brought with it some sort of comfort?

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I started thinking about how much more protective our God is of us. Yes, He can certainly use things like mosquito nets to help protect us… But I was reminded that my hope isn’t in the mosquito – It’s in God.

It got me thinking about how easy it is to put trust in so many things and/or people.  As everything here is new and can bring about fear and anxiety. Why is it that I find so much comfort in having another person in the car with me as I drive around…when I have the almighty God guiding me? Why is it that in the dark at night with no electricity, internet, or service to contact other people I tend to feel lonely… when God is right there with me? Why is it sometimes easier to just trust in a mosquito net?

Yes of course the Lord can use all of these things to help me – and that’s not a bad thing. But He has continually and gently reminded me that it’s not those helps that I’m dependent on but God Himself.

When I give into fear or anxiety I think unbelief sneaks into my mind too. If I focus on those things that cause me to become fearful and anxious then they become bigger in my mind than God. Yet, when the Lord graciously brings my attention back to Himself and His promises – He takes His rightful place on the throne of my life and those anxieties and fears don’t seem big anymore.  When we can truly believe that God is who He says He is – it changes everything.

I praise the Lord that He is using these times of transition to reveal to me my own heart, my own fears and insecurities, my own unbelief…and replacing them with stronger belief, peace and trust in Him. I praise the Lord for this because I know the it’s through my weakness that our Abba will do His greatest work.

Where is our Abba calling you to stop putting your trust in things of this world and to put your trust back in Him? Where and when does your unbelief peek out?

As we stand on His forever promises, may we not trust in mosquito nets or the rulers of our times… but in The Mighty King of Kings, The One who declared our work finished even before we began, The One who gave all for us. May we in return give our all to Him.

Resting in who He is and who He says we are,

Bethany Joy

God Is On The Move

How do I know that God is on the move?

By seeing a friend who I met in Costa Rica 4 years ago and who is now in Cape Town, South Africa using her medical knowledge and background to help at risk children.

By having the privilege of meeting and praying with a friend who has walked with me prayerfully through this fundraising journey over this past year. She’s now using her God-given talents of administration to help out at Christ’s School in Bundibugyo, Uganda.

By sending out friends from my small group for San Antonio, Belize.  One of which is returning to continue the building up of local leadership and the other who has stepped out in faith going with her new husband to see all the Lord has for them there.

By continuing to keep up with friends from my MTW trainings from this past summer who have left or are soon heading to: Japan, Cambodia, New York, and Bulgaria. As well as MANY others who will head out across the globe in the next year.

Through talking with some friends from Belgium, through my church I was involved with there, and continued to pray for the hardships that they face daily.

Through communicating with friends who are in seminary, starting and continuing journeys to better understand the Word and be able to help others better understand it too.

By being blessed by friends and family at a “missionary shower” and going away party where the Lord reminded me of all the immense support and provision both physically and emotionally he continually gives me through His body.

By witnessing and be a part of my church family, friends, and my related family going through difficult situations, yet choosing to put faith and hope in the Lord.

Through having the privilege of answering questions from 60 middle schoolers at a Christian school about missions and was amazed at the wheels I could see turning in their heads.

With all this one thing keeps coming to mind…

OUR GOD IS ON THE MOVE.

Like Aslan, in the Chronicles of Narnia, when the winter begins to turn to spring as He begins to work and move – I see the Lord’s work all around me. In those answering the call to go to an unknown land and in those that are being faithful in their calling here.

“God is on the move, on the move, Hallelujah! God is on the move, in many mighty ways. God is on the move, on the move Hallelujah! God is on the move, on the move today. I see a generation  standing on the truth – In each and every nation, God is on the move!” [7eventhtimedown]

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What is said of Aslan though?

“Who said anything about safe? ‘Course He isn’t safe, but He’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

I hold onto these times where I see God moving because I know it’s not always be easy to see. What is the best part that the Lord as continued to remind me of in this time? That He wins. When all is said and done only He and those who are in Him will stand.

I got a call last week from my leaders on the field telling me of the political unrest and possibility of be having to wait to head to the field. Yet, I know and choose to believe that God is on the move. God is on the move in Nicaragua and He’s on the move in me and I can’t wait to see all He does.

Yet, I wait for His perfect timing and rest in His goodness and grace for me as I wait for Him to open the doors for me to go. Yet I don’t wait doing nothing, but rather actively begin knocking down the doors of the evil one through prayer for all the Lord is and will continue to do in my life, in Nicaragua and in all those God is moving through and towards.

Where have you seen the Lord at work in your life or in the lives of those around you? Where is the Lord reminding you of His faithfulness and calling you to hang onto hope? Where is the Lord gently reminding you that ultimately He wins?

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” [Phillippians 1:6]

May you ben encouraged, as I am, that our King is on the throne and He is on the move today and everyday – in many mighty ways.

Clinging to His Promises,

Bethany Joy

Resting in God Alone

“God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” – St. Augustine

As hard as I might try to keep knocking things off the list, my list of things to do before I leave continues to grow. Paper work, doctors appointments, trips, things to buy and pack, spending time with family and friends and continuing to fundraise.  The amount of things to do gets a bit overwhelming at times.

Yet, as I sit here, on the porch of my parents house in the country, I watch the turkeys, deer, chipmunks, birds, rabbits and the glorious sunrise. I pause for a moment in the stillness and beauty of the morning.  I remember that God makes the earth turn and move causing our days.  I remember that He already knows what is written in each day that I have here on this earth before they happen. I am brought into rest as I remember who He is – my loving and caring Father.

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As I have thought about it, this rest isn’t the absence of storms, but God’s entering into the chaos and bringing peace. Paul talks about how we are promised to have trials in this life. It’s not an “if” but a “when.” Yet, we can still experience God’s peace as we allow Him to enter into where we are and place our trust fully into Him alone.

As we move our gaze from the chaos to our Abba Father and meditate on Him and His promises – He becomes bigger and our chaos shrinks away in the presence of His perfect peace.

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:5-8

I’m reminded of something my pastor, Scott Sauls, says often: “For every believer, the worst-case future scenario is resurrection and everlasting life in Jesus.” Praise Jesus.

Right now, as I am not just overwhelmed with the checklist, the goodbyes, and the craziness of moving overseas… I am also overwhelmed with the excitement, joy, and beauty of being sent out to further our Lord’s Kingdom! Yet, in both scenarios I can choose to invite Jesus in and be blown away at His grandness and the peace He brings into every situation.

Where are places in your life that you aren’t fully resting in Jesus? Where is Jesus wooing you into His perfect peace? May we truly stand firm on our Rock and Salvation and put our trust continually in our gracious King.

Resting in Him with you,

Bethany Joy

Confidence

Well, I’m back from my 5 week training in Belgium (CCMI) and ready to finish up fundraising and get to Nicaragua as soon as the Lord will allow. If I could describe my time at CCMI in one word it would be – CONFIDENCE.

In the States I know how to get around, buy what I need, and live life.  Even in Costa Rica I had become accustomed to what life looked like.  Moving to a completely new place can be a bit overwhelming.  Where do you buy craft supplies, shampoo and food? How do you get from point A to point B?  What about when my language ability is lacking and I can’t even communicate? I had become a bit anxious about moving to Nicaragua.  Being here in Belgium and traveling around on the weekends has restored my confidence.  Eventually, I’ll be able to learn the ropes in Nicaragua too. Confidence.

Living life with fellow MTW missionaries has also given me growing confidence in what the Lord is calling me to do.  Yes, I’ve known He’s called me to follow Him in overseas missions for a while now, but in the States what the Lord has called me to do is not the norm – leaving all that you know for a foreign land is strange.  Yet, surrounded by others who are called to the same strange, hard, yet glorious thing is confidence building. I see a bigger picture for what our Lord is doing around the world – all that He is at work doing through us, His imperfect yet willing servants. Confidence.

By being able to spend a wonderful weekend speaking Spanish in Paris with a good friend from Spain, I was excited with the ability to communicate and understand well in Spanish.  Yes, I still have a good bit to learn, of course, but the week in PILAT helped me to know how to best continue learning Spanish.  The techniques are simple, doable, and effective. I know, with the Lord’s help, I will be able to learn the Spanish and culture specific to the valley where I will be serving, and do it well. Confidence.

Hearing others stories of how the Lord has and continues to provide for fellow missionaries at the training was so encouraging.  Financially, physically, emotionally – in every way possible. Even while I was at CCMI and unable to support raise the past month the Lord brought in another 8% of monthly support – brining me up to 68% of support raised so far. God is providing abundantly and continually.  Confidence.

As I walked through grief with leaving the kidos I nannied over the past 6 years,  I saw the Lord provide small outlets of healing through the missionary kids at CCMI.  Each game of tag, hide-n-go-seek, Uno, peek-a-boo, toss in the air and little hug was a soothing salve to my hurting heart. Yes, I will continue to grieve leaving them and my own dear sweet family in the days to come, yet I know the Lord will not only grieve with me, but also provide little joys amidst the pain. He is faithful and He cares for me. Confidence.

While in Belgium I attended a Turkish Armenian Evangelical Church. They were so inviting, hospitable, and encouraging during my time there. It’s hard to leave my home church where I’ve been my entire life, yet I experienced the body of Christ in a beautiful way while in Belgium and I know, as the Lord’s body is also alive in Nicaragua, that I will get to be apart of yet another wonderful part of our family in Christ. Confidence.

   “And I am confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

In what ways is our Father calling you to be confident in Him?  In His work in your life? In what He is doing? May we not simply stumble through life, because our God is faithful and we can be confident in Him.  Praise be to His Holy Name!

Walking in Confidence with you,

Bethany Joy

The Helper

Last week was PILAT week. PILAT is a language acquisition program in which we had the privilege to participate. It was a long week, but a good week. It helped us to better hear and produce different sounds. It also gave us many different tools to help us acquire another language. Then, we got to put what we learned into practice. I was in the group that learned Portuguese for two days.  I was amazed at how quickly our brains were able to retain and reproduce the languages.

One big distinctive of the PILAT program is it’s emphasis on a language helper. A language helper is someone that you can find around your same age, status, and gender with whom you can learn the language. The time spent with the language helper is propelled by the learner.  The idea is that a language helper is the expert on the language and therefore the language can be best learned by the language helper. Ideally, you find a language helper as close to the context of which you will be living and working to learn the language according to that community or people group as accurately as possible. Similarly, we talked about the importance of a cultural helper who assists you in know how the culture acts, thinks, and behaves.

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Learning Portuguese with our language helper

During this time, I read in John 14:16 about how Jesus would ask the Father to send us a Helper who would be with us forever.  Wow.  All of the sudden I saw the similarities and distinctives with all we had been talking about a language helper. Like a language helper, The Helper, The Holy Spirit who God would send, is from the country that we are seeking – The Kingdom of God.  Therefore, The Helper, just like a language helper is the way in which we can most accurately learn about The Kingdom of God because not only does He come from there, but He is God Himself.  We can’t get any closer to the Kingdom than through the ways in which God has revealed Himself to us, through His Son, the Bible and His Holy Spirit – The Helper.  The Helper assists us in acquiring the Kingdom of God here on earth. The Helper lets us know how to act, think, and behave in the culture of the Kingdom of God.

Yet, I see three big distinctives. First, it’s not us that begins the relationship, like it is with a language or cultural helper. Instead, it is the Holy Spirit’s work.  Jesus said that He would ask His Father to send a Helper. It’ts not depended on us.  Second, where a language helper relationship is dependent on the learner, us, to initiate and work hard; our relationship with The Helper is completely and wholly dependent on the Holy Spirit’s work of God’s Grace in our lives. Third, a language helper would last until we learned the language well enough to function within the language / culture.  However, The Helper, the Holy Spirit, will be with us forever. He will never leave us.

I find this encouraging and convicting. I am encouraged because I have access to The Helper who can enable the Kingdom of God to be present in this world through His work and change in my life. Yet, I am convicted, because I realize how easy it is to pass up, forget about, and just simply ignore The Helper in my life.

How are you encouraged or challenged by these truths about your Helper – The Helper?  It is my prayer that we might have heightened awareness of The Helper with whom God has gifted us. So that we may be a better advocate in ushering in God’s Kingdom and culture here on earth.

Seeking this with you,

Bethany Joy

In The Shepherd’s Hands

Yesterday, I was able to travel to visit Amsterdam.  On the way, in the bus, the scenery was beautiful.  Beautiful homes, fields, flowers, small towns and cities. One thing I saw a lot of was sheep.

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I love how, when the Lord is revealing something to you He brings it up again and again.  Through the pastor at the Turkish Armenian Church I am involved in here in Brussels, morning devotions with my MTW family, and personally, the Lord has been showing Himself to me as my Good Shepherd.

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11

“I am the Good Shepherd,” Jesus tells us. Psalm 23 talks about how our good Shepherd leads, restores, guides, protects, and provides for His sheep. We don’t have to fear.  In trials we can cry out to our good Father and He will give us peace only He can give (John 14:27).

As I’ve been here at CCMI (the cross cultural ministry training through MTW) now for a week and a half I’m starting to process all the transitions I’m going through a bit more. My heart is finally realizing what my head has known for a long time now. I’m transitioning out of living life with a family I’ve lived with for two years. I’m transitioning out of nannying for 3 young boys I’ve nannied for six years into full-time fundraising and soon the mission field. I’m transitioning out of providing for myself and into relying on others generosity and ultimately the Lord. I’m transiting out of serving at my home church of 24 years to being sent out by them to spread the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes, these are all good things, necessary transitions. I know this is where the Lord is leading me and I am SO excited about it! After all these years of waiting on the Lord, He is finally sending me out. I can’t wait to get to Nicaragua.

Yet, in the midst of the excitement I also grieve deeply. I grieve leaving the job I have found purpose and joy in for so long. I grieve leaving the family and precious boys I have had the privilege of deeply investing in over the years. I grieve the upcoming departure from my own dear family. As I leave the known and secure and enter into the unknown, I am drawn all the more to our Good Shepherd and I feel Him draw close to me.

I am reminded that our Good Shepherd not only gave His life for His sheep for our future, so that we might live with Him forever; but also for our present, that we might taste His goodness in this life. Praise be to His Name, the one who has gone before me, who gave up everything for me, and who enables me to follow Him in abandonment.

Whether you are abandoning self to follow the Lord, going through tough trials, or bogged down at the increasing wickedness of our world; we can and must lean into and trust out Good Shepherd. He knows. He cares. He gave. He will come again. He will restore.

Do we see God as our Good Shepherd? What are you being called to abandon and follow your Good Shepherd who has gone before you? What ways is your Good Shepherd wooing you to rest in His peace and care for you?

In a world that seems to increase in wickedness may we all learn to turn all the more to the loving embrace of our Good Shepherd.

Relying on our Good Shepherd with you,

Bethany Joy

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