Renting

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless – cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you; passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, he’ll…

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Trust and obey

Trust and obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus But to trust and obey   The word obey has come to mind often. It’s a word that brings some hesitance to me because I question it. “Obey? Just like that? What if the command isn’t good?”   But 1 John 5:3 says, “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”   I think it’s easy to read this and say it aloud, but there’s an element of trusting what God says is true, that He does in…

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Adventure with Jesus – A GAP Semester in Phuket, Thailand

As long as I can remember, adventure called my name. Not in an extreme sports kind of way, but this intangible pull to try new things, to see new places, and to learn more about how God made me and who He has called me to be. While I couldn’t articulate this early on in my life, it was still present. It was consistently pushing and pulling me to this adventure I knew I was created for and yet didn’t fully understand. I was 12-years-old and sitting on a couch reading a Christian magazine for teens (Breakaway magazine for any…

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Fruit of the Spirit

Do you find you go through a passage of scripture or a devotional that you thought you’d learned and mastered before, but it hits you in that moment that a refresher is needed? To be honest, the past couple of months have been terribly busy and as I was reading through old posts and devotionals, hoping that one might be able to fit in this format, I found this. More than it being an easy way to post for For Freedom International, it’s been a reminder that old lessons are still relevant. The post begins with,  “the last few weeks…

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Seeking God and Fasting

I have been going through waves in my faith. I have been feeling super close to God and then feeling distant. In the past I always took this to be a normal occurrence and accepted the feelings of ‘alone’ as okay. These times of distance were often after experiencing a large amount of God’s presence (often called a “Mountain top experience”). Having a dry spell is something we all go through, in a way it is normal, but I think there is a danger in simply accepting dry spells and doing so in a passive manner – as in expecting…

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Pride

I have been thinking a lot about pride the last month. It’s not an easy topic to dwell on or to talk about and I have rewritten and pondered this topic more than any other. We – you and I – are proud. That is as simple as it gets, and we need to call out our pride. Pride says, “I can do it better”, or “This isn’t worth my time”, or “I will look ridiculous or be alone if I do or say________________”. C.S. Lewis wrote, “If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited…

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Volunteering Overseas & Success Syndrome

18 months ago we moved to Thailand to join the team of For Freedom International. FFI helps to undertake Gospel-Centered justice and compassion work amongst women who have been sexually exploited. We have been tasked with starting a social foundation in Thailand and establishing a vocational training salon for sexually exploited women getting out of prostitution.  We love our new home and we are excited about how God is working in Phuket, and He’s done so much!  During our time here FFI has started the country’s third child advocacy center, sent exploited international women back to their home countries and people…

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No Fear in Love

It’s been 45 days since we signed documents, did homework to debrief and ended or time in Phuket, Thailand. I did not want to leave, a large part of me felt I was being ripped away. For the past 45 days, I’ve been afraid. I was afraid I would lose the initial heart for Phuket. I was afraid I would come home unchanged and easily willing to slip back into old habits. One day, a little while ago, I wrote this journal entry: “Dear Jesus, I am leaving the people I’m wanting to pray for in Your hands. You want…

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The Gift of Emotions

“To love God with all of your heart, you have to own all of your heart.” “How do you feel right now?” our teacher asked the question simply. “I don’t know.” I slowly replied. At that moment, so many thoughts were running through my mind that it made it difficult to express what I felt. Emotions were coming up that felt unacceptable and I wanted to push them quickly down before anyone else in the classroom got a glimpse of the messiness there. The past few months, as I’ve been in a program focused on principles for counseling ministry, God…

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$50,000 Matching Campaign until December 31 #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday, is coming soon! (Tuesday November 28th) #Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and we are excited to participate for our very first time. We are so excited that we couldn’t wait until Tuesday morning because we have some incredible news to share with you today. Because of a generous donation, we are able to announce a $50,000 matching campaign for donations received until the end of this year.  Specifically, we are looking to expand the reach and scope of our ministry through the Child Advocacy Center, and the building and grand opening of a first of its kind, vocational training center, in Phuket. You can…

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