Also through this time, I have looked back on the last two years, and now see it as God leading me through the desert. I think in Ireland, He is seeing the perseverance that I've had and is now leading me out of the desert, to an oasis. He is helping me to trust Him and I realize that He has never left me, even when I felt so hopeless and tormented by anxiety. I know that He set a seal on me when I first believed-- "When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." (Eph 1:13b-14). He is also restoring to me the joy of salvation, helping me once again believe that I am a chosen daughter, and I have a right to His inheritance and that I will be with Him in heaven--"Restore to me the joy of your salvation" (Psalm 51:12a). I also know that if God started something in me, He would never abandon it. That is not His character, especially since I have been seeking Him. We learned, also through Dan, that God is more committed to fulfilling His will in me than I am-- ". . .being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phil 1:6). Through the help of the Holy Spirit, even when I feel none of Him, He has helped me to set my face as flint, fixing my eyes on Jesus, not wavering and compromising my faith in Him-- "Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame." (Isaiah 50:7)
I know that time has helped me see what God is truly doing, that only He could have changed my perspective and how He is gracious to give me the eyes to see it.
|Having some quiet time and working on my book for the next book report.|
|A walk along the Fairy Glen.|
|My small group having a girls' chocolate fountain night, while talking about weddings and babies all night, lol. Lisa so graciously let us have it at their flat.|
|Easter feast! Roast chicken, cooked snap peas, and sweet potato fries (or chips, as they say it here).|
|Easter service at Hillsong Church in Newry. 5 people from the London church flew in to help!|