Mission Trips: It May Not Be What You Think

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The words mission trip registers differently in everyone’s minds. Before going on my first mission trip, I thought you had to be a “Super Hero” Christian or committed to being a missionary for the rest of your life.

Although, it never stopped me from admiring those who chose the path to be missionaries. There was just something about being a missionary that gained someone knighthood in my eyes. Maybe it was the fact that they give up comfort to give someone else love.

During my sophomore year in college, an opportunity to go on a short term mission trip arose. As soon as I was able to grab a pen, I signed up. I saw the need to go and give the love God had provided me with and share it with people who have never encountered it.

By signing my name on the sheet of paper, I was asking God to send me across the seas into another culture to greet strangers. In Isaiah 6:8 it states “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!””

When I went on the mission trip, I was no way a “Super Hero” Christian and I still am not. I did not hear God call me to go on the mission trip, I saw the need of God’s work to be done. I felt called to love everyone, just as God loves them. That is exactly what I did. Furthermore, we, as Christians, are all called to make disciples of men, as said in Matthew 28:19.

 

“God doesn’t call the equipped; he equips the called” –Anonymous

 

After the mission trip, I learned that I do not have to be called to be a missionary for life or a “Super Hero” Christian to go on a mission trip. In fact, I do mission work in my home town daily. As long as I am faithfully pursuing God, letting him guide me in life, and spreading His love to others: I am a missionary material.

If you are going on a mission trip soon, I recommend reading more advice about coming home from a mission trip by Relevant Magazine. Perhaps you might be going on your first mission trip? tirzahmag.com has some great guidance!

 

“And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”” Romans 10:15

To the Girl Who is Afraid of Being Alone

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What inspired this is my anxiety and my sporadic fear of being alone. When I was a kid, I used to live in a house with nine other people and now I am in college living with one other person. This was a big transition for me, from never having privacy to having all the privacy in the world. Since I was not used to this, to me the idea of all that alone time can be peaceful and scary. Here is what I have found to help me when my anxiety kicks up. However, I found another source that gives some more insight on anxiety called “What Having Anxiety Feels Like

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If you have the fear of being alone, you might over think or freak out at the thought of going home to an empty house. Over thinking leads to irrational logic, but the feelings are valid. When I have these moments, I stand up for my feelings and give the voices that creates irrational logic to God. God can turn feelings into a comfort as I rest in his spirt.

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6

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A quick solution to the fear of being alone it surrounding yourself with loved ones. Living in the digital age, we have the opportunity to call or text them and maybe even meet up! However, make sure you talk to a loved one that comforts you, makes you feel loved, and leads you to Jesus.

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Make a plan or to do list, this will give you a sense of control and affirmation that you have something to do throughout your day. And include something you enjoy, that way you have something you look forward to.

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Pets are great company and they are always there to share love! For me, my apartment would feel empty without my friendly kitten, Rory.

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Find a hobby: photo/video editing, reading, tv/movies, exercising, haymaking, ect. Having a hobby is a great way to have get your mind off the negative things and on what makes you happy.

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You are never alone. That’s right, I went there. God is always by your side, even when we cannot feel or see him. We can find his presence in various ways, but the two ways that always work for me is reading my Bible or turning on worship music and praying.

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My Grandma has always told me that on a bad day to count my blessings. Which in the past, always made me up set. I would think to myself “How could I possibly think about my blessings, when right now everything is going wrong!?” Until one very bad day, I was laying across my bed crying, calling out to God and not hearing a word. When I was reminded to count my blessings and like a flood, beautiful memories of family and friends came rushing into my mind.

Anxiety can cloud our minds and pervert the truth into something it is not. We think we are alone to suffer in our thoughts, but that is not true. There are many things surrounding us, we just have to open our eyes to them and separate ourselves from the anxiety. You are not your anxiety or fears.

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.” Psalm 18:32-36

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14.27

Walking With God On A Busy Day

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Let’s begin:

When our calendar is filled with things to do, we find it hard to focus on God. So here are a few tips on how to walk with God on a busy day!

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Start Right:

First, start your day off right with a cup of your favorite drink and time with Jesus. I have always found this relaxing, this way I walk throughout the day in a good mood.

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Details count: outfit

Dressing up for the day is something small, but it helps me feel 100%. It is as easy as putting on a nice shirt. Trust me, it makes the difference.

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Stop and Center:

Always take a moment to clear your head and to focus on God. Even if it is just five minutes, do it. This helps you keep well-balanced throughout the day.

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At the end of the day:

WE DID IT! We crossed everything off our list. Even though, our days can be full of chaos it is important to include God.

 

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” –Galatians 5:16-17

 

“As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2

Confidence

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When I thought of the word confidence, two videos popped in my mind. The first video speaks of God’s infatuation of you. It speaks the truth of who you are in God’s eyes. How you have the choice to be the world changer God created you to be.

 

The second video captured different reactions of people who were told they were beautiful. As you watch the video, you can clearly see that the majority of the beautiful people are not told how special they are very often. Some individuals were so stunned by the sweet words that their face did not move and others let their emotions lead to violence.

 

It is shocking of how many people walk among us that may never hear the words “you are beautiful” and believe them. It is very likely that you might even be one of them. Nonetheless, it only matters what God thinks of you. Let me tell you, through God’s eyes you are amazing! Not even you can take away the love He has for you.

How many times does God reach out to us, call us His beloved and we turn away? Countless times the Bible speaks of the worth we have in Jesus. There is no need for self-hate, low self-esteem, low self-worth. Here He is with arms open wide, displaying his affection for you and ready to save you from these wounding views of yourself.

YOU ARE…

Worthy of love

Beautiful

God’s beloved

Intelligent

Delicate

Strong

Brave

One of a kind

Capable

Wonderful

Real

Confident

 

“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in Godʼs sight.” 1 Peter 3:4

 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

 

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3

The World Around Us

 

In the book of Psalm it speaks of great sorrow, worry, and anxiety. However, through those battles it speaks of God’s enduring love, protection, and greatness. I find it incredible that through dark times we can find God in plain sight. We just have to look.

Let’s take this moment and admire the world around us. God designed every detail to declare His name. Look! You can see it for yourself! Take a step outside and go for an adventure to discover God’s masterpiece, comfort, peace, and love.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

“The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:23