Friday, January 2, 2015

New year, new goals, same mission

2014 came and went like it was a short visit! It was such a great year because I saw so many miracles and I stepped out on faith for the first time in a very long time. I have been reminiscing on things that filled my soul, burdened my heart as well as things that brought joy to the inner being of who I am becoming.

The year started off with so many prayers and guidance. In February I started dating a man filled with love, compassion and who has the desire to serve those in need. After a lot of sacrifice, I had to sacrifice a little more to see a prayer come true, which was selling my car in order to pay off school loans. This was difficult because I had worked so hard to have it. Yet I knew that it was to fulfill a greater purpose.
In August I made a huge change in my life; moved to a different country to serve the children and teenagers of  Esperanza y Futuro.

I have been a witness to so much suffering, triumph and faith. I am ready to see where God takes me in 2015

After some prayer and bible study this morning, I have found a scripture that will be my theme in 2015, which is to continue to serve others, but with more sacrifice and love. To allow my heart to give even more to those who are in need. Gosh, I don't even know what that really means, but that's something that I desire and I feel pulled to do through His Spirit.

I will be very honest, I am so sad in so many ways. I deeply miss my family. I miss my mom's hugs, my dad's work complains, my sister's joy, my brother's lame jokes, my sister-in-law's conversations, seeing my niece and nephews, my Sunday morning talks with my friend +Jamie Deno , deep Bible discussions with friends every Thursday, seeing the children at my job at Apple Tree, taking care of my cat and my independence. I know something very well, even with tears in my eyes, and that is that God wants me here. My mission is not complete in Guatemala. He is pushing me to do His service. 

So here I go, 2015 will be another year of service. One thing on my list is a car to get around and volunteer in the mornings at other orphanages or organizations (still praying for a car to be donated, or the rest of the money to be donated to pay for it). I found an orphanage that has children with special needs. I hope to be able to volunteer and serve the children with the experience I have obtained working at Apple Tree. I am also looking to see where I can work and get paid so I have a little bit of income to fill up the gas tank and do the things that God has prepared. All for His glory!!!

Isaiah 58:6-11 (NLT)

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
    lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
    and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry,
    and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
    and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
“Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
    and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
    and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
Then when you call, the Lord will answer.
    ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
    Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
10 Feed the hungry,
    and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
    and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
    giving you water when you are dry
    and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like an ever-flowing spring.