In a just over a week, I will find myself once again on a plane to Alaska. There's something just as exciting this third time around as there was on the previous two trips...an element of the unknown, I guess, helps keep it this way.
I have to say that the greatest impact my mission trips to Alaska have had on me has been in my prayer life. Prayer is powerful...not only for the ones being prayed for, but for those who praying. Time and time again, God has answered the whispered prayers of my lips in most impressive ways. God has shown Himself to be great, merciful, and a God of "the little things in life" in the ways He has answered the prayers of His child who loves all things Alaska.
Prayer has kept Alaska very real to my heart. Those I've met, played with, served, I hold dear and pray for everyday. And, for those who still need to hear about God's love and His Son, Jesus...pray that they hear the Truth from us and believe in the One true God.
If you are reading this, I challenge you to whisper a prayer for the people of Alaska and for those serving on mission trips there throughout the year. Pray for me this year as I go and serve on staff with GraceWorks for two weeks. A new adventure awaits and I cannot wait to see how God is going to answer our prayers this year!
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I reminded myself of this recently.
It's not about me at all, this wellness journey I am on to a healhier version of myself.
Not at all.
Never has been, really.
It is about the people who invest in me. My husband. My boys. My family. My friends.
They all share themselves with me. When I am not at my best, I'm not giving them a good return for their investment.
They get the tired looks, the lack of energy excuses, and the wimpy "maybe next time" cop outs. I have come to realize that those that take precious time to invest in me deserve better from me. I need to adhere to the direction given on any flight I've ever been on that goes something like this: make sure your own oxygen mask is properly secured before helping others. If I don't take care of myself first, my ability to care for others effectively diminishes quickly. My choosing clean eating, drinking enough water, and exercising on a daily basis is how I put on my mask first. Am I perfect at meeting the n…