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Friday, October 16, 2009

...and we nearly missed it.

Ever found yourself so wrapped up in serving the Lord that you were actually drifting away from Him? The daily devotional out of "My Utmost for His highest" this morning was tailor made for our day. But I will first share with you what we read this morning. (Three times - it became clearer every time I read the same words:)

The scripture is from Matthew 9:38: "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest." Oswald Chambers writes that the key to the missionary's (and we all are when we are Christians, your mission field could be your home, your work etc.) task is in the hand of God...the key is prayer and not work as we know it. Works often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. Jesus is the owner of the harvest. Often we stay so busy at work while people all around us are ripe and ready to be harvested; we do not reap even one of them, but simply waste time in activities and programs.

Key thoughts:
  • Stay in prayer and God will guide your works.
  • Be sensitive to opportunities to witness/harvest.
  • It is not what you do so much as it is your relationship with God. When we focus on our "good works" we are doing, it takes us away from God with the result that we do not hear when He leads.
  • Be sensitive to His calling, pray often and be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Do not exalt yourself above He Who saved you - pride can do that!
While we were getting ready for work this morning. Our social worker phoned and she was very upset. A few things happened last night and this morning:
  1. Two young women (I won't call them ladies for obvious reasons) got into a jealous argument and after much provocation one of them hit the other on the eye. Subsequently an assault charge was laid and the one woman was taken away and slept in jail last night. This same woman had been job hunting for 4 months and was due to start working this morning. So this was disastrous considering that she was locked up.
  2. There was an ugly spat between two of the workers in the creche. I tell you...it is soooo much easier working with men than with women. There is always a lot of gossip and back biting going on with the women.
  3. Our social worker got a call from one of the men that has been on- and- off the program at the mission for the past 4 years. He needed to see her urgently.
Now normally we would be kept busy with damage control...but because we read that specific daily devotional we were more sensitive to the Lord's leading and we handled it differently. It was decided that the social worker and pastor needed to see this man...and all else should be considered less important and to be sorted out somewhere during the day. The result...after sowing for 4 years we could reap a harvest. The man gave his heart to the Lord and I can't tell you what that does to me. It did not only make my day...it just reassured me again that we are where He called us to be....can there be anything more exciting or more rewarding?


16 comments:

  1. Lynette that is awesome. I really enjoy your insight & super way of putting these things. It sounds as if your life is busy and rewarding even though you work hard with the Lord.

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  2. Amen to prayer (communication)-
    awesome awesome
    awesome!
    Thank the Lord you were obedient!

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  3. Your thoughts are rewarding. I can only admit that we are the products of our thoughts and insides... I always have in my mind, not to be only a good Christian, but rather a usuful and kind person in the society... In this respect, Lord is our soul and mind...

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  4. I totally relate to your thoughts (last paragraph)
    and you are so true syng that we waste time in so many activities.
    I'm staying in prayer.
    Happy weekend!
    xx

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  5. Believing always has its rewards.
    Hugs
    Desire

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  6. What an awesome testimony.
    Thanks for the encouragment.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this. You and Kobus' guidance and faith is incredible.

    thanks for parcel!!! received it late last night (my brother collected for me). Cannot wait to get scrapping. xxxxx

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  8. That is such a powerful testimony , Lynette !

    keep on keeping on !

    God bless ,

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  9. Lovely story! You are an angel on this earth x

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  10. Thank you for your kind comments and the encouragement.

    The stories I can tell after 11 years in this ministry...some will make you laugh and some will make your hair stand on end, some will make you cry, some will make you feel all mushy inside.

    Never a dull moment.

    Kirsty your comment made me smile...and angel? Never!

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  11. Oh Lynette that is so amazingly wonderful - what a great encouragement to keep up the awesome work you are doing.

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  12. Hello Lynette! Yes, I have disappeared for a bit, but I was so happy to come back and read your latest post. It speaks volumes to me! Thank you so much.

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  13. Wow:-) There is always something so revitalising when we stop and listen.
    And as for rewarding, well, that is the cherry on top.

    Love your posts, Lynette and I am so glad you decided not to have two blogs, its a bit like opening a gift and not knowing what youre going to find inside.
    :-)

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  14. Inspiring post, Lynette -

    Like the rest of your commenters, I stand amazed at what God does in and through your life.
    And you work with such patience and good humour in spite of physical pain and many other trials.

    I know you will not like what you'll regard as personal praise but in this too, we are glorifying God as we see what He can do through a willing vessel.

    Gotta love Oswald, hey!
    Hugs to you

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  15. Prayer is my salvation..Amen...

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