Friday, 29 June 2018

An Update on The Backyard Missionary and Where It's Going Next

It has been almost a year since I began this little blog, and I have written on anything and everything that has been brewing in my heart to share. I knew eventually God would reveal more specifics of what he wanted me to write about. While the blog has been pretty quiet as of late, offline I have been busy seeking God’s direction and finally have some peace and direction for the next season of writing. 

Time and time again I find myself sitting in the dark valleys of life. After a long conversation with my psychologist (or perhaps many sessions as the case may be... seriously...everyone needs a good therapist). I have learned that I am unafraid to walk into the middle of the pain that lays at the bottom of the pit. I have also come to learn that no matter how deep the pit is, God, in all his rich wisdom, is still in the deepest, darkest hole, waiting to impart wisdom and strength on us. I always come out stronger than when I went in. In many ways, I have finally understood the joy James talks about that is found in the trials of life. 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

Though I don’t enjoy the trial while I’m in it, I am grateful for those opportunities to be stretched and learn along the way. I have learned of God’s goodness and faithfulness, and in all circumstances I sing his praises. 

One thing I have noticed as I have sat in the valley of trials, is that we will ALL sit in the hardship of life at some point or another. In spite of this, we continue walk through life with a synthetic smile plastered on, and a quick “I’m good!” when asked how our week was. 

My goal going forward is to wade into those moments when our hearts are hurt, confused, or wrestling. I want to go to those places that make us most uncomfortable (those places we cover with smiles) to bring you God’s light in the darkness. Sometimes that means bringing hope that God is good and faithful even when it appears otherwise. Sometimes, that will look like an honest heart-felt lament. Whatever it is, I hope you know you are not alone!

As such, the site will be under construction for awhile so I can update it and get the next few posts lined up and ready to share. We will kick it off with a guest post from a friend and her journey on worshipping God in some of the physically darkest places! I cannot wait to share her story with you!!

If your heart is calling to question the things you see around you, or the trials you are facing, I would encourage you to subscribe to the blog,  or check back in soon to receive some encouragement.

See you soon.


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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Lessons from the Highway

Not every moment is going to be easy, even when we walk it with God. There are no promises that everyday will be a smooth ride! Sometimes it's all to easy to become wrapped up in the all encompassing mess that is in front of us. Last week, while coming home from a road trip, I found myself being drawn into the tarred-up broken lines on the road. Below is a video to show you the metaphor I saw while driving that helps us to see above the broken road. 

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
                                                                                   ~ Jesus (Matthew 11:28)