Wednesday, February 27, 2013

If: Day 13

If I can hurt another by speaking faithfully without much preparation of spirit, and without hurting myself far more than I hurt that other, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

If: Day 12

If I sympathize weakly with weakness, and say to one who is turning back from the cross, "pity thyself"; if I refuse such a one the sympathy that braces and the brace and heartening word of comradeship, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Monday, February 25, 2013

If: Day 11

If I cast up a confessed, repented, and forsaken sin against another, and allow my remembrance of that sin to color my thinking and feed my suspicions, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Monday Mission

Ok- so those people on the margins- how can you love them like Jesus  this week?  Maybe it's your kids, you push them aside too often and this week you are committing to saying "Yes!" often. 

Maybe it's the beggar at your window. Could you be prepared this week to greet them with a smile, say a quick prayer for them and give them a bottle of water?  

Or the challenging person at work.  Or the kid at church who always has a story to tell you.  Or the teenager who doesn't want anything to do with you. 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: find one way to love the unloveable th is week!  Go!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Second Week of Lent: Upside Down

God's kingdom principles are upside down- the last are first; the first are last; what people reject is what God chooses; the weak and small are God's guests of honor.  This week, focus on God and His upside down kingdom:

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God... because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men...God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty." -I Corinthians 1:18, 25, 27

Think about a group of people on the margins of society.  How do you think God views them?  Keep them in mind for tomorrow's mission!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

If: Day 10

If I do not look with eyes of hope on all in whom there is even a faint beginning, as our Lord did, when, just after His disciples had wrangled about which of them should be accounted the greatest, He softened His rebuke with those heart-melting words, "Ye are they which have continued with Me in My temptations," then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Friday, February 22, 2013

IN Congo!

UPDATE: They are safely in Congo.  Thank you so much for praying!  It's working- don't stop!  

The boys and I had a great day here- once all my boys were home from school it was super fun for awhile... then got really crazy, really fast!  But that's why we have planned fun like: eating fudge, pretending to be airplanes, riding imaginary bicycles, and playing in the dirt!  Good times!  Jesus is so sweet to us!

If: Day 9

If my attitude be one of fear, not faith, about one who has disappointed me; if I say, "just what I expected," if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

On the ROAD!

This is a great sight... Scott, Meg, Josiah and Jonathan on their way out.  Scott got back from the mechanic with new shocks.  And they are off!  Thank you for praying.  Keep it up!

Congo Delay?

UPDATE: Scott and Meg are not leaving at 6:30am, as they planned.  They have some car trouble, and have an appointment with our mechanic at 8am. 

I was reading this morning about Jesus walking on the water.  And how He even invited Peter to walk on top of impossibility by faith and that is definitely what Scott and Meg are doing- walking on impossibilities by faith into the Congo.  We could focus on this car trouble as a delay and perhaps start sinking... or we can fix our eyes on Jesus and thank Him that this problem happened in Kampala and not on the way to Congo! 

PRAY!  Pray hard, this is war.  Jesus was able to step into the boat and they found themselves miraculously on the other side.  We're praying for that same miracle today- that Jesus would be present in their car and they would find themselves immediately across the border to Congo TODAY!  Thank you for fighting with us!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

If: Day 8

If I cannot catch "the sound of noise of rain" long before the rain falls, and, going to some hilltop of the spirit, as near to my God as I can, have not faith to wait there with my face between my knees, though six times or sixty times I am told "there is nothing," till at last "there arises a little cloud out of the sea," then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

*1 Kings 18:41

Congo Trip...again!

** for up-to-date prayer requests from the team heading to Congo see the twitter sidebar on the right.  Or follow hashtag: #WGMTeamCongo

And to see the history of these trips to Congo and the spiritual warfare raging click here: DRCongo
Hey Prayer Team,

We mentioned in the broader email that we sent out the other day that we have a trip to Congo coming up. We want to ask you to really pray over this trip with us. This is the rescheduled trip that was postponed by the accident we had in December.

This will be Meg's first time to visit DRC and the first time we'll be taking our field director to see what we feel God has been leading us to. Even more than that though, there is a sense that this trip is important because we're not allowing the enemy to force us into backing down. We know that this is where God is leading us and we're choosing to be obedient, no matter what. But we're also not so naive to think that our choosing to go again somehow wins the battle or means we won't face opposition. Like I said after the accident, "this is war."

So would you join us in praying for this trip.
  • For protection for us, and those around us.
  • For protection for those who stay behind and deal with the backlash as we move forward. Specifically, our big boys and my sister's family who will be watching them.
  • For listening, learning hearts.
  • For divine appointments with the right people.
  • For our border crossing to go smoothly. We have the proper visas in hand, but that doesn't always matter in Congo.
  • For smooth travel and no vehicle issues.
  • For strength and courage as we make the drive again.
  • For God's purpose to prevail and not be hindered.
We cannot, dare not go into this trip without a covering of prayer. Will you stand with us? Will you hold us up?

We leave Arua today (late Wednesday night for you in the US) for Kampala and then drive to Beni on Friday. We'll be in Beni Saturday and Sunday and then drive back to Kampala on Monday and back to Arua on Tuesday. Would you begin to pray even now?

Thanks for fighting with us,
-Scott and Meg

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

If: Day 7

If I am perturbed by the reproach and misunderstanding that may follow action taken for the good of souls for whom I must give account; if I cannot commit the matter and go on in peace and in silence, remembering Gethsemane and the cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

If: Day 6

If I cannot bear to be like the father who did not soften the rigors of the far country; if, in this sense, I refuse to allow the law of God (the way of transgressors is hard) to take effect, because of the distress it causes me to see that law in operation, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Monday, February 18, 2013

If: Day 5

If in dealing with one who does not respond, I weary of the strain, and slip from under the burden then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Monday Mission

Lent is 40 days long.  What weapons will you use to combat the enemy?  What weapons did Jesus use in the wilderness? 

Ask the Lord to lead you to a passage of Scripture to memorize during Lent that will help you win the victory over sin!

A great one might be: "No temptation has seized you, except what is common to man, but God is faithful.  He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but when you are tempted He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." -1 Corinthians 10:13  or maybe those verse from Hebrews 12 we read yesterday.  He is able!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

First Week of Lent: Into the Wilderness

Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days and was tempted.  We enter this 40 day season of Lent, to stand with Jesus, to prepare our hearts, to realize we are sinners in need of a Savior. 

This week, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. -Hebrews 12:1-3

How is your Lenten fast going?  Have you already failed?  Confess, and press in to Jesus.  He is able to keep you from falling. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

If: Day 4

If I do not feel far more for the grieved Savior than for my worried self when troublesome things occur, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Friday, February 15, 2013

If: Day 3

If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
-Amy Carmichael

Thursday, February 14, 2013

If: Day 2

If I can easily discuss the shortcomings and the sins of any; if I can speak in a casual way even of a child's misdoings, then I know nothing of Calvary love. 
-Amy Carmichael

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lent and Missions!

What are you doing to observe Lent?  There are many ways you can give something up for Lent, and give something away for missions!  It's not just the fasting, but the new habit that replaces what you've given up.  Turn your self-denial into blessings this Lent.  Here's how:

  1. Declare a fast from Starbucks, Chick-fil-a, or any other fast food place you frequent.  Donate the savings to a missionary or project.  Choose a project from the Great Co-Mission Catalog!
  2. Fast from facebook and use the time you would have spent on facebook in prayer for missions or in writing a real letter or e-mail to a missionary on the field. 
  3. Sign-up for Blood Water Mission today!
  4. Join the majority of the world and eat one simple meal a day.  Put all the money you've saved on your grocery bill to sponsor a child, or give to missions. 
  5. Sacrifice sleep.  Choose to wake up one hour early every day of Lent, and spend that time praying for the world. 
Ask the Lord to lead you.  Don't be hasty.  Be sure to choose something that will make you more mindful of the Lord, and will be a blessing to others. 

Leave a comment and let us know what you're fasting this Lent.  We would love to pray for you!

Ash Wednesday

This year for Lent, I'd like to invite you on a journey.  Tune in every Sunday for a devotional thought, Mondays for a Monday Mission, and everyday we will post a quote from Amy Carmichael's short book, If. 

If I have not compassion on my fellow- servant, even as my Lord had pity on me, then I know nothing of Calvary love."

-Amy Carmichael

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Sorry, it's Tuesday- but I have some great links for you today!  I couldn't wait to share them.  And I knew I'd forget about them once the weekend rolled around!