Trina is one of my heroes! We have been on many mission trips together in Honduras and I've grown to love and admire her. She's such a wonderful example, WCS has tried several times to persuade her to teach for us. Trina is a newlywed and teacher in St. Louis. I was blessed to stay with Trina and her husband, Bob, when I spoke in St. Louis last fall. This is the first of several messages she will share on this site! Pray for me as I begin my mission in Vietnam!
"We pray for blessing,
We pray for
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.
We pray for healing,
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.
the while, You hear each spoken need,
Yet love us way too much to give us
Driving down the highway this fall, I heard these words
for the first time, played on the local Christian radio station. These words
come from the song "Blessings" by Laura Story. When people think about
blessings, they think about the good things The Lord has done - the ways He has
guided them - and the plans He has for them. We know He listens to every word
that we utter - and even those we cannot form. We do not always think about the
process - the ways in which God chooses to bless us. As the song continued, my
"'Cause what if Your blessings come
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a
thousand sleepless nights are what it takes
to know You're near?
trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?"
The Lord does not
always hand down His blessings freely - sometimes, we have to face the trials of
this life before receiving God's true intended blessings. James 1:2-4 tells us
to "count it all joy" when we face the tough times ahead, because we develop
perseverance along the way. It was not until later this past year that I fully
understood the concept presented in the chorus of this song.
"We pray for
wisdom, Your voice to hear.
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love,
As if each promise from
Your Word is not enough.
And all the while, You hear each desperate
And long that we'd have faith to believe."
In the two years I
have worked as a teacher in my new hometown, I have challenged myself, and my
students, in ways I could never have imagined. I got out of my "teaching
comfort zone" to provide enriching and engaging learning experiences for my
students. In March of this year, I found out that, due to unforeseen
circumstances, that I would not be needed to teach the next year. Thus began
the process of finding a new teaching job. This was hard news to take, but I
knew that The Lord was in control, and that He would be there with me through
this process. Little did I know the amazing ways in which God would bless me -
through the "raindrops" that fell upon my head.
"What if my greatest
Or the aching of this life,
Is the revealing of a greater
thirst this world
What if the trials of this life,
rain, the storms, the hardest nights
are Your mercies in
After months of applications and interviews, The Lord remained
faithful, and has blessed me with a new position in a wonderful district. On
the day that I received this news, my family and I went to a famous theme park
in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - Dollywood. As we went through the different areas
of the park, we came across a building with a quote from Dolly
"If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the
The Lord blesses us through the raindrops of this life - it is up
to us to see the blessings in disguise.
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