Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A moment in my day.

It is 1:34 pm, and I am sitting in an empty classroom. I have a habit of coming to class very early... somewhat obsessive. Discourse Analysis. We just did some charting on "The Tale of the Three Trees." This course is interesting, challenging, and makes me think. It seems like everything in my life has been that way since moving to Dallas a month ago.

Everything is new.

It hasn't been difficult adjusting and fitting into this world of linguistic nerds who love Jesus, but I do feel somewhat alone. I left my family, friends, prayer group, and everything comfortable. I feel like it's easy to be obedient because I love what I'm doing, but giving up the privilege of living with my family and fellowshipping with a very tight-knit group has definitely been a challenge. I'm grateful for this training ground.

Class begins.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Something I'm learning at grad school.

It's been a while.

It has been a while since I've updated this thing with the happenings of all aspects of my life. Here is a start.

I am in graduate school now. Weird. This is the fifth move I've made in about nine months, including three different states.

God is good.

I came here in January. My car made it about 2,000 miles on a broken-ish head gasket. Many people said that it would not make it. She's still running.

God is good.

I've finished one course: Scripture Use Methods. It was such a good class, and I have learned so much about the importance of promoting translated Scripture in an applicable and effective way.

God is good.

I've started two more classes: Culture, Language, & Mind and Discourse Analysis. I think that they are going to be good classes. Hard, but good. They make me think, and they challenge me. That's for sure. I have felt pretty insecure about my knowledge, training, and abilities, but...

God is good.

I am definitely being humbled as I sit in classes with brilliant and experienced professors and students. Some things... many things... are way over my head.

God is good.

Satan has been attacking the school physically, spiritually, and emotionally. He doesn't want people to get the Scriptures. Christ has healed many people and relationships.

God is good.

I have been exploding with emotions. A dear childhood friend has cancer and is going in for his seventh round of chemotherapy in the last few month. My heart is heavy. I don't understand the Lord's ways.

God is good.

I miss my family.

God is good.

I have been going to an excellent church that I found right away, and I am being fed. The Lord has also opened up opportunities to spread His love.

God is good.

I am learning that it is okay to be amazed at the Lord's work and His incredible wonders.


Micah 6:8, "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Christ has ONE bride!

Dear ones and conquering prayer warriors! :)

I just had a wonderful conversation with my dear brother. His deep desire for the things of the Lord encourages me. Today he shared with me his desire of seeing the Church united as on body. After all, we are the bride of Christ, right? We prayed together and meditated on the following...

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom!" --Proverbs

Over the last week, I have had a few conversations with different people about the Lord and the way He works among us, His people. There are so many questions that consume my thoughts and confuse me to no end. The ways of the Lord are truly a mystery. He has graciously and mercifully given us His Word in our language. Getting this Word into other languages is one of my greatest passions and dreams, and I am so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to train for Bible translation and study something I absolutely love!

Today's sermon was on the Divine Glory, Divine Judgment, and Divine Mercy of God. It was such a beautiful reminder for me. Mercy is not deserved. It is a free gift. That's what makes it mercy.Aren't you glad that we have such a merciful and personal God?!

I sure am.

Thank you for your much needed and appreciated prayers as I continue my training here in Dallas. Though I miss my snow (I do!), it is kind of nice to wear shorts and sandals. :)

May the Lord bless you and equip you for His purposes, and may the motivation for everything you do be our Christ---merciful Savior.

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