Good, Good Father

This past month has been quite the whirlwind. Yet, in this time, our Abba has showed me that He truly is a Good, Good Father; in the wonderful times and when things are tough.

At the beginning of January, I was able to go visit dear friends in Costa Rica for two weeks. Then, two weeks ago, my beloved Paw Paw finished his earthly race and went to be with the Lord.  As I ponder all these things, I see the Lord’s grace and presence through it all and that He truly is our Good, Good Father.

As I was reunited, after a year in a half, with dear friends in Costa Rica – I said our Lord is a Good, Good Father.

As I met my host family’s little boy for the first time, once again –  I declared our King is a Good, Good Father.

As I rode back from the beach, with dear families who have been such an encouragement to me, looking at the glorious mountains, and feeling the warm wind rush in the windows – I marveled at our Good, Good Father.

As I caught up with friends and listened to how the Lord has continued to grow them in Him and strengthens them for what they face each day – I praised our Good, Good Father.

As I played games, joked with, and laughed with dear friends – I was filled with joy because of our Good, Good Father.

As my family in Christ in Costa Rica blessed me as I follow the Lord to where He has called me in Nicaragua, and I was able to bless their continued ministry there – I experienced the deep presence of our Good, Good Father.

As my heart sank as I heard the news of my dear Paw Paw’s condition while in another country – I chose to place trust in our Good, Good Father.

As I had the honor to sit at my Grandpa’s bedside, in His last days and hours on this earth – I read about and sang about our Good, Good Father.

As I haven’t been able to do much fundraising in the craziness, yet our Provider continues to call people to commit to give to Him through supporting me in going to Nicaragua – I worship our Good, Good Father.

As my Grandpa, a true conductor of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, closed His eyes for the last time here and opened his eyes in the glory and arms of our Good, Good Father – I cried out to our Good, Good Father with sorrow, grief, joy, hope, and peace.

Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and of my beloved Paw Paw, Edgar Alms, is the faithful God and our Good, Good Father. As I go forward, there is one more dear saint in that great cloud of witnesses that reminds me of how our Good, Good Father sent His only son to go before us and secure our place with Him in glory someday.  For through Jesus’ resurrection and provision for us, our God is the God of the living and not the dead.

As I am called closer to the heart of our Lord through suffering, my life becomes more deeply anchored in the hope of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This causes me to become all the more excited about continuing to share it with all those around me.

How have you seen God as your Good, Good Father? How does this spur you to share this hope and life with those around you? Can you see our God as a Good, Good Father in the good times and the challenging times? I urge you to ponder this with me and choose to have faith in our Good, Good Father.

“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

“You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am”

Chris Tomlin, Good, Good Father



My beloved Grandpa, Edgar Alms, who went to be with our Good, Good Father January 17, 2016.


Stepping Out In Faith

I have now been accepted and launched as an “itinerating missionary,” a missionary raising funds, with Mission To the World.  In the Lord’s timing, I will be joining current MTW missionaries in Nicaragua for the next 2-3 years in planting churches that transform communities.  I will specifically be working to develop an English program in a small farming community called Los Rios as well as help with other current ministry needs.  It is my prayer that the English program might support the church, anchor people’s hope in Jesus Christ, and empower them to escape the cycle of poverty.

During this initial time of fundraising, I have been reminded of God’s faithfulness in getting me to where He has me today and where He is leading me – Nicaragua. Below are some tidbits from my journal over the past 12 years that show me the Lord’s calling on my life to join my parents and grandparents in missions.

“I have to make it my own faith not my parents or my churches it has to be my own. Jesus I want you and you alone. I do.”  (12 yrs. old)

“You said in Mark 10:45 ‘For even the Son of man did not come to serve but to serve and give His life a ransom for many.’ That’s why I’m here, that’s the purpose of my life!” (14 yrs. old)

“Today was dress for success day. I dressed up as a missionary teacher!” (15 yrs. old)

“I believe that The Lord has been laying it on my heart to go into missions and to do missions teaching…I will continue to pray for guidance and wisdom.” (15 yrs. old)

“Here I am Lord, send me.” (16 yrs. old)

“I love You and serve You all my days! Hopefully by serving your little children! My trust is in You Lord, show me Your plan. Help me to be patient.” (16 yrs. old)

“I listened to The Lord this morning and I believe that The Lord told me to do missions somewhere before college. And I fully intend to do what He told me!” (17 yrs. old)

“…if God is calling me to go I believe He will provide…” (17 yrs. old)

“Send me where You want me to go. Here I am!” (17 yrs. old)

“Can I go back to Latin America this year Lord to serve You there?” (18 yrs. old)

“How about this year Lord? This desire hasn’t left my heart…” (19 yrs. old)

“Lord I love ministering to your people, please guide me with how you want me to serve You daily. I still would love to go back to Latin America…” (20 yrs. old)

“As you have comforted me through these difficult times I feel you calling me to go somewhere this summer and share this same hope and joy with those I encounter and live with.” (21 yrs. old)

“You have shown me that I am a house of God, full of joy, living with my hope anchored in Jesus Christ so that my life may be a testimony to the shalom that you have in store for everything – that there might be no person without hope anchored in Jesus Christ who encounters You through me.” (22 yrs. old)

“Lord help me walk in simple obedience to you and your Word wherever you call me.” (23 yrs. old).

God is good. He is faithful and I know as I step out in faith and follow Him where He has called me for this next season that He will provide physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially; for it is He who fills me up infinitely.  By His grace may we, His precious children, not forget this beautiful truth of God as our Provider.

Where is the Lord calling you? What is it that is causing you to not step out in faith? How can you trust that the Lord will provide for you in that area?  May we all ask ourselves these questions that they might enable us to walk in closer faith and obedience to Him.

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Looking forward to journeying with you,

Bethany Joy