One of Those Mornings

Yes, it’s one of those mornings. I’m sure we’ve all had them. We wake up and feel so terribly out-of-touch with our Maker. The morning drags on and on and on and there is this crazy gnawing feeling in your stomach that something’s not right. For me, there’s just so much to do in life right now: school, chores, preparing for the Mission Scanner course this weekend (yippee!), that it seems like there’s no time for anything else. As soon as my eyes open in the morning, it’s all Go! Go! Go! Yet the day seems so incomplete without spending time in His presence. Looking at the glass half full, I only lasted a couple hours until breaking down and getting my priorities lined back up. But looking at the glass half empty, I wasted several hours this morning trying to accomplish tasks without having God’s joy in my heart and His Word on my mind. Yes, I am a sinner. This morning was a prime example. However, I am reminded of a line from one of our family’s favorite audio dramas: “The path of the righteous is not determined by the fall, but by the rising after the fall.” Finally, I ignored the cries of my earthly body reminding me over and over again of my Saturday to-do list, and sat down to meet with my Creator. The issue of poor time management so that I could meet with Him when life is busy greatly pained me as I met in His presence. As I sat there, God reminded me of the movie War Room, and how Miss Clara had challenged Elizabeth to create a “battle plan” for her prayer life. It clicked that perhaps I too should create a battle plan for my mornings. On a notecard I jotted down six ideas to help me be in God’s presence before I even step foot out of bed in the morning. As much as I dislike putting my Christian walk on a to-do list, it is true that sometimes I just need it written out and in list format…until I am strong enough to complete the goal without the notecard prompt. It is my hope that Yahweh will give me the strength to passionately accomplish the goals on the notecard every morning, so that I have Him on my heart and mind first thing.

  1. Pray and repent for any sins. (Either sitting up or kneeling beside the bed…so I don’t fall asleep.)
  2. Give thanks to God.
  3. Pray Psalm 3 (Currently, I am working on memorizing it.)
  4. Listen for direction from God.
  5. Put on a good attitude and plan how I will overcome the struggles ahead through God’s Word.
  6. Thank Him again.

So this is my “battle plan” for beginning my mornings with my mind on the things of the Spirit. This goal is my “rising after the fall”, so to speak. Once I complete the list, I spend more time in God’s word, pray, and write in my journal. After getting up from my Bible study, I truly felt ready to make the most of my day. What is impossible if God is with us? I will probably say this for the rest of my life, but it never ceases to amaze me how forgiving God is, that we can fall so many times, yet He quickly grants us mercy when we repent.  His love is overwhelming!

Indeed, my morning started as “one of those mornings”, but the rest of my day was a cup running over with blessings. It’s late in the afternoon now, still several hours ahead of me, yet much has already been accomplished…worked on school plus I completed a school subject (hooray!), wrote an outline for a short film, and lost quadruple foosball (foosball, but with four balls) to my 7 year old brother, among many other things. As the time ticks by I am reminded of a verse from Matthew:

 

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Matthew 6:33

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CAP Aircrew School

 

This month I will be attending a course in Civil Air Patrol, earning the Mission Scanner rating! A Mission Scanner is the first rating one receives to become an Aircrew member on CAP missions. In the case of a real life mission, my primary job would be to visually watch the ground below in search for the crash site or person of interest. Besides searching, my job includes planning for the mission, checking the equipment on board, assisting in setting up and operating radios and navigation equipment. I’ll be attending this course one weekend each month for the next five months. Last year, I took the Basic Ground Search and Rescue course…so I am super excited that I will not be sleeping in makeshift shelters with the spiders this year! 😀 Can’t wait to be up in the air learning how to assist my fellow CAP members in saving lives! Stay tuned for photos and stories to come!

MS

Green Light

Friday proved to be another milestone on my journey to becoming a missionary pilot! I woke up feeling very anxious that morning. Since visiting the Florida College of Missionary Aviation, I have felt an excitement and joy that this is the place God wants me to study in order to become a missionary pilot, yet I had not heard a direct yes or no. I’m sure you understand how this feels…you’re desperately praying, begging God to give you an answer, and you don’t hear a thing. You begin contemplating whether it’s time to set the wool outside. 🙂 I knew that this training would require funding, and thus time, so I was desperate to know God’s will as soon as possible. After praying, reading the scriptures and listening for an answer, I began to feel discouraged. In great need of encouragement, I went to my mom and we chatted for a while about how I came to know of FCMA and what lead up to our visit there. Our discussion began to feel more like a puzzle game…but maybe an easy puzzle considering all the pieces were just falling into place. When we finished putting the puzzle together of our journey to visit FCMA, we realized what a crazy “coincidence” it would be for all the pieces to fall into place the way they did. Then, my Mom and I discussed all the aspects of the college itself that made it better than anything we had ever imagined. (See post “Florida College of Missionary Aviation”) By the time we finished putting everything together, it was completely unimaginable, the blessing this college would be for me and my family and even more amazing that God was leading me to find it. All of a sudden, it clicked. Ever since I began considering college, I prayed that God would give me a wide open door if it was His will, and if not, to close the door tight and give me the thumbs down. How much wider did I want the door opened? Why was I holding back? As soon as I understood this, I could see the green light. Realizing this, I have no doubt that this is God’s plan for my future! Of course, there are still obstacles ahead. However, I have complete trust in Yahweh Yireh (My God Who Provides) and peace that if He has lead me this far in my journey, He will not abandon me now. I can’t wait to see where this new step in the journey will lead me!

“Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”

-Hymn by Thomas Chisholm