Big Changes in Plans

This is really hard for me to write.  Most of you know that it is my desire to be overseas serving the people there and sharing the gospel, but this is not what the Lord has planned for me.  I am no longer planning to go overseas next semester with the IMB.  I will be staying in Louisville, working, and ministering to the people here.

 

Although I am sad to not be going to Asia, I know that the Lord has a plan for me in Louisville.  I am still going to be selling journals and thirty one gifts and putting the funds into a savings for a future trip and I am also going to be donating some of my funds to my friends who are in the process of adopting from the Congo.

 

Thank you for your support!  If you have any questions feel free to ask me.

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Support for going overseas

So I am going overseas from July 2010 – January 2011 and in order to raise the support I need to go I am doing several different things.

1. Sending out support letters to people interested in prayer and financial support.

2. Selling Thirty-One Gifts.

-You can check out my website at http://www.mythiryone.com/kelseydiane to check out the products. If you have any questions or want to look at a catalog not online, just let me know.

3. Making and selling journals.

-I am making composition notebook journals. They are super cute and a great gift. I have used them for girls I taught at D-Now as well as for birthday and other presents.

-The journals are $6 a piece and can be personalized.

-Currently I have fabric shown in the photo below and am working on getting others.

-Pink & Black

-Lime Green and Pink Floral

-Black and White Zebra

-Black and White Giraffe

-Brown Circle Spirals

-Aqua, Lime & Brown Stripe

-Navy with assorted color circular pattern

For some other patterns check out the album on my facebook “Journals for Sale”

Crucified

“I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20

This verse is one of my favorites!  I wouldn’t have it tattooed on my foot if it didn’t mean  something to me, but sometimes, we don’t always look super deep into scripture.  I am doing a Beth Moore study about the Fruit of the Spirit and Galatians.  A couple days ago the lesson was on Galatians 2, specifically on verse 20.  I was excited because digging deeper is always fun, especially with a verse that means so much to me.   Doing this lesson, I realized that I need to take this verse more seriously than I already to.

Look at the word Crucified.  What does that mean to you?  Last year I heard someone in a talk discuss crucifixion and the horrors of it, but how often do we cringe when someone breaks a bone, but hear that Christ was crucified and don’t even think twice about it?  I am guilty as I am sure many people are.

So using what I learned from Beth Moore, here are 10 Characteristics of the Crucified Life – digging deeper into what it means to identify with Christ in his death.

1. Few will understand

-John 16:5-18

2. You must abandon your own will and your own struggle

-Matthew 26:36-46

3. Your intimate spiritual companions will be few

-Matthew 26:56

Few will choose to walk the same road with you and be there for you through everything.

4. Intense times of aloneness with God are required

-Matthew 26:36-39

Jesus prayed alone

5. You will be constantly on the witness stand

-Matthew 26:57-67

-1 Peter 3:15-16

6. You must go “outside the camp”

-Hebrews 13:12-14

7. There will be times when your dignity is forfeited.

-Matthew 27:27-31

8. You must forego your rights.

-Matthew 27:32-44

9. You must accept that death is painful.

-Matthew 27:34, 48

10. Because He was forsaken, you never will be

-Matthew 27:45-46

-Romans 8:38-39

-Hebrews 13:5

Christ or Cats

Sometimes I wonder if people know me first as a fan of Christ or as a fan of the Cats.

I love to watch sports and follow and cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats, but I do not want that to be what people know me as above knowing me as someone who cheers for and wants to follow Christ above all other things.

I hope that I am living the right way, but today I realized as I left church that even though I had a good tweet/facebook status/blog idea, I was more interesting in posting about the Wildcats game and about selection sunday.  Not that this in necessarily a bad thing in itself, but is it coming in between me and my relationship and witness for Christ?

Is there anything that you think might be coming in between you and your relationship and witness?
Just I thought I had today.

Last Day

Today was the last day of my nannying job.  I am so relieved to be done with this job!  I love the kids, but in general I just hated going to work.  The family is unorganized, doesn’t pay enough, and expects way more than what the originally said/what they pay for.  Thus, I am done.

 

I will be babysitting off and on for another family, not sure how much at this time, but I will be there for a few hours tomorrow morning and will find out more then.  I am also going to focus on my Thirty One Gifts business.  Depending on how much I will be working with this new family, I may look at getting another job of some sort.

 

I guess we will see how things go.  I am just glad to be done with Nanny Job #1 in Louisville.

This is my desire

This is part of a speech given to the class of 1932 at Moody Bible Institute:

“Let us remind ourselves that the Great Commission was never qualified by clauses calling for advance only if funds were plentiful and no hardship or self-denial involved. On the contrary, we are told to expect tribulation and even persecution, but with it victory in Christ. … It is ours to show, in the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in personal communion with Him, a joy unspeakable and full of glory that cannot be affected by outside circumstances.”

Who said this? John Stam, a missionary to China, said this right before he went with his wife to China. Within a few months after this address, he and his wife were beheaded.

This story was in my bible study by Beth Moore today and it really hit me.

I want his words to be lived out in my life. I want the boldness to go and share the gospel with all nations and to be unafraid of the persecution.