Before I continue our talk on “Stopping the Chaos in the Family”, I want to update you on the Prague, Czech Republic trip.
Our team is together! There will be 14 of us traveling to minister to the missionary women in
Our flights were booked yesterday and we are on go!
Registration opened up online for the missionary women Tuesday and we already have six women signed up to come. I met with the Oklahoma portion of our Prague team last night for prayer time and it was so sweet! There is nothing like praying and watching God move on behalf of the missionary women.
For those of you that have participated with us on Pure Joy trips, you know what it is like to start the preparations for the journey toward Prague. Start praying for the team, the missionaries who will be going, sponsorship of the 50 missionary women who will be in attendance, their families, our families, the messages, worship music, hospitality, and other activities that God would have us provide for the women. If you would like me to come speak to people in your home churches about how to get involved, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday night several team members who went to Dominican Republic this past May and I sat down to follow-up with women from local churches that were part of the stateside team for Dominican Republic. It was so exciting to hear their hearts as they shared what it meant to them to participate in the preparation of what ministered to the women missionaries in Dominican Republic. It was also sweet to hear how God used their time to connect and minister to one another. Also, hearing them talk about the personal relationships they have established with a missionary because of Pure Joy and their continual encouragement to them through email warms my heart. All these things are why we call Pure Joy an ‘inside out’ ministry.
So keep praying, giving, and always be open to going someday!!
Stop the Chaos Week 5
So far in our discussion of “Stopping the Chaos in the Family” we have established:
- God is Sovereign over all and therefore the ultimate Authority
- He is Creator and Maker
- He is a God of order and provision
- Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of Genesis are the garage you can always park the car in.
First, we know that Adam illustrates the first Father-son relationship for us. That is significant because it foreshadows the Father-Son (Jesus) relationship.
Adam was to be God’s provision for Eve just as Jesus Christ is to be our provision for eternal life. Remember
2:15 when the Bible says: The LORD God took the man and put
him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
The term Eden in its original Hebrew language means “Garden of Delight”. I love that because God literally provided everything for Adam he could possibly want and then said (even though this is unspoken in the Bible, it is implied), “Now take care of what I’ve given you because it’s my best!” Wow! Keep that thought!
God created and made woman from man (Adam). So, the order we have now is God, Adam, and Eve. Remember God NEVER created or made anything until He made provision for what He created and made. Adam was to be Eve’s provision with the principle at work that Adam would take care of that which God had given him.
Can I ask you this question today as a woman reading this blog? Do you feel that your husband is taking care of you? Does he see you as a gift that God has brought into his life? The answer to those questions, more often than not, would be “no!”
Next week we are going to be looking at the first time chaos enters the world as we understand it from God’s word. A good read of
Genesis 3 would do us all good this week. Why? Well,
at the end of reading it, you tell me.
I love you all!