Author | Jamie
Being part of the body of Christ is awesome!
I didn’t know exactly why God was taking us to Uganda. I didn’t know what role we would play while we were there. I was amazed as I watched the Father pull out the special giftings of each team member to serve His good purpose on this trip. As each one of us surrendered ourselves to Him, His Spirit manifested in different ways. Some were teachers, some were dancers, some were crafters, some were workers, some were huggers, some were baby holders. All these unique gifts were used to build up the body of Christ. And my daughter was one of them. It was a beautiful thing to watch.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Celebrating is a good thing.
These women of Uganda are horribly oppressed. Their lives are difficult; far more difficult than mine. Yet when they get the opportunity, they celebrate. They sing. They dance. They shout. They smile. They laugh. I saw that their suffering did not keep them from singing, but made it even more important that they sing. Doesn’t that fly in the face of the enemy?
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Naps and new friends are a gift from God.
Sometimes you just need a nap and a safe lap to lay your head on. God is so good to provide!
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
God is never late.
God had a message for His people. He was not going to let me get in the way of that. At just the right time, He gave me the words to say. It was so encouraging to be used by Him in this way and to trust that the message was just right. No need to second guess what was said. He will use it for His good purpose. (Even the intense look on my face!)
Luke 12:11-12 “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Confession brings us together.
I was so encouraged to see the willingness of these women to be vulnerable with one another. As they confessed and listened and prayed, God was so good to tear down walls and bring relational healing. It is not easy to confess, but there is great reward in doing so.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Laughter. Enough said.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.