Friday, August 13, 2010

Upon this Rock I will Build my Church!

Not the house I live in but right beside and the same style as all the homes here at AGAPE refugee home!
The verse I think of as I look at that picture is

"Isiah 56:7  " For my house shall be called a house of Prayer for all Nations".

Each morning the kids have devotions and also in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Not only do they beg God on behalf of their family and fellow country men in Myanmar, but they also pray for America, the Persecuted church ( new countries each night), Malaysia etc.
Each morning also I come down to them praying and singing their hearts out. Simply amazing these kids are. I want them praying for me for sure. :)

The Lord is answering my prayers even small ones once again. Like today P Henry came back from the market with some of my favorite Asian fruit. They were GIVEN to all of us here! WOW! The Lord is so good to His children. Also I really needed a small notebook since i had to leave some of my things in Thailand, and God answered that prayer also and some people came today and I got a new notebook !!! HOORAY~! 

Tonight I also get to see a fellow Sc- American! What more can a girl ask for in one days time?
Joe and Tim ( who I'll see tonight) in Jakarta Indonesia last fall!

Until the whole words hears!!! Joy Elizabeth

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rice Anyone????

Dinner in Thailand after Church!

      I only took one photo during my weekend in Thailand. What's my problem? Idk but it's all good I'll be back there again! The little boy is one of 27   Myanmar orphans  here at the compound in Malaysia. The youngest is 9 months and has MANY health concerns. 7 toes on one foot, 4 fingers on one hand and 5 on the other but the thumb spot is actually a finger. Heart on wrong side of body, etc. His name is Isaac and without a touch from the father he won't make it~ Praise the Lord for Pastor Henry and his wife being willing to give him a chance at life.

I know you can't really see the little guys face (forgive me still catching all their names), but I think that sums things up here good.      
The people here around me( at the compound) consist of  27 kids, & 2 helpers (mid 20's) are all Myanmar refugees. 
Here's the picture, one American gal, 27 Myanmar kids, 2 Myanmar workers, and the pastor his wife and daughter that are Malay. Pastor Henry and his wife are in their late 50's - mid 60's. 
Sound like a crazy mixed up family????
              Well that we are but that's just what it is. So hey, Chinese , brown , white or blue-       ( Power ranger) we are all working together as God's family and living - loving life!

Until the whole words hears!!! Joy Elizabeth

Friday, August 06, 2010

My Eyes Have seen the Glory of the Lord!!!!

I just finished a week long missions seminar in the AMAZING Ashe-ville Mtns! While I was a bit worked up about the future move to Asia, being among that caliber of people made me encouraged , and  See          "With God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!!
Before me stood Saints of God that could speak many languages and had truly payed the price to see God's Kingdom come in the nations. Revelations became alive!!! (every tribe tongue and nation bringing glory to God the father! )

SO many things as of late have been reminding me to " Fix my eyes on Jesus" As I prepared to move out of the country, and fear tried to creep in again and again, I'd be reminded of and found peace in that.

 I have a question for you all!

"What pair of glasses are you looking at the world through? "
"How are you interpreting the scriptures?"
There are many different ways to read them, but what is the WHOLE picture?????
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Until the whole words hears!!! Joy Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Purpose and a Plan

      Before you stop reading because you think it's a Jeremiah 29:11 post, just bear with me. :)

Tonight I spoke in a service and I  got to thinking about PURPOSE! 
As the day count down is on for my departure to Asia, I"m praying constantly for the time each day to be lived to the fullest.  My phone has been strangely quiet which is sad, but good prep too. 

Dove Chocolate says to " Embrace the positive and you will shine" I'm all about glitter and bling bling so here's a few things that are positive right now! 

- Family that lives close and I enjoy seeing OFTEN!
-  A dove chocolate stash that has yet to run dry
- Ready access to the internet
- A car to plan the crazy upcoming jaunt around the Carolina's 
Leave you with a few lyrics from the new song Titled "Blink"

     Teach me to number my days
And count every moment before it slips away Taking all the colors before they fade to gray I don't want to miss even just a second more of this

      It happens in a blink
It happens in a flash
It happens in the time it takes to look back I try to hold on tight, but there's no stopping time What is it I've done with my life It happens in a blink
     When it's all said and done
No one remembers how far we have run
The only thing that matters is how we have loved I don't want to miss even just a second more of this

     It happens in a blink
it happens in a flash
it happens in the time it takes to look back I try to hold on tight but there's no stopping time What is it I've done with my life It happens in a blink

Slow down, slow down
Before today becomes our yesterday
Slow down, slow down
Before you turn around and it's too late

It happens in a blink
it happens in a flash
it happens in the time it takes to look back I try to hold on tight but there's no stopping time What is it I've done with my life It happens in a blink

Until the whole words hears!!! Joy Elizabeth

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Bibadee Bobadee Bu

     How many of you can think of a situation   right now you wish you could just magically      wave the glittery wand and say  that  phrase, and it would be
                                  "All Better?"

     I was playing with some kids the other day and that common magical phrase was the name of the game. When your age is 22 months - 6 , it doesn't take much to " make something disappear", or turn out the way you want it to. While a fun little game as a kid , I think in our regular day to day life there's an element of that, that doesn't got away.
As a Christian are we all to ready to just shoot up a prayer in the name of Jesus and just selfishly think He'll do all  "WE" think is best                           Lord Forgive us if that's the way we see prayer!
 My hearts prayer these days as I prepare to move to the nations has been, " You can have all this world has to offer, all "MY IDEAS" and plans, Just give me Jesus!   I challenge you today to get off the beaten path a little, and see what surprises the Lord has in store for you. This was the surprise I saw today as I walked just a little past where I normally do!

                                                 Psalms 8:1
"O Lord our Lord How Majestic is your name in all the     
Earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
                                                         Until the whole words hears!!! Joy Elizabeth

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"You can live Without Power"

I was driving along the other day and saw that catchy phrase on a van. They were advertising a generator , but it got me thinking. As Americans we sure do rely A LOT on Power. Tv's, microwaves ,fridge, computers, even water , etc.
As I've Traveled the nations I've learned that having no power, (or at least frequent power cuts) are just part of life.
That's when those Handy head lamp flash lights come into play. :) Especially when you are putting up those tents during , "ANY Road , ANY load Any time

WHERE Does the real source of Power come from However? Out little gray box hung somewhere in the house, or the true LIGHT OF THE WORLD?

Matthew 5: 14&16
YOU are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light so shine before men. that they may see your good works and glorify your father in Heaven

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Why Complete the Task????

Not because it is our duty,
Though it is.
Not because it will bring eternal life to many,
Though it will.
Not because it will improve the living conditions of the poor,
Though it will.
Not because it will improve stability in the world’s institutions,
Though it will.
Not because it will improve environmental stewardship,
Though it will
Not because we will be rewarded,
Though we will.

We should disciple the nations because Jesus
Is worthy to receive their honor, glory, and praise