Posts Tagged ‘journey’

A Grand Story, by Jessica Biondo, Back2Back Mexico Staff

February 25, 2010

“We may never leave our native land or travel by air or sea; but, if we love and serve God, our lives will be a great adventure. He’ll never take you anywhere He has not already prepared for your arrival. Keep trusting Him.”
~Beth Moore

One of my favorite things about God is that He sees the big picture and he cares about every little detail that he sees. Even before my arrival in Mexico he was preparing me and leading me down this path. When I think back on each detail that fit together to allow me to come, I am astounded by how brilliant God is! And I am eternally grateful that he continues to work on the big picture, even when I get too caught up in the troubles of one day. It inspires me to know that even as I write this, God is at work in the hearts and lives of people all over the world and leading us to the work that he has prepared in advance for us to do!

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

Have you ever really thought about everything that goes into “preparing” for your arrival at a certain task that God has lead you to? I am so excited to get to Heaven one day and hear all about the countless times that God prepared the way for me or made details fall into place in my life so that I can be where I am today and wherever I will be next!

God is in control, he sees the big picture and I don’t have to worry about the future because he has it covered! Praise the Lord for caring so much about our stories! Life is such a wonderful adventure and such a grand story. It is freeing to know that my life is not about me. That we are all living in a story that is so much bigger than we are.

It is the story that began in the Garden of Eden,
the story of Eve eating the fruit,
the story of Abraham,
the story of Isaac,
the story of Jacob,
the stories of Joseph and the birth of the Nation of Israel,
the story of Jesus Christ,
the story of the First Church.
It is your story,
it is my story.
It is all the stories that are yet to be lived.
It is not a story about great men or women, but about the constant faithfulness, goodness and provision of our Heavenly Father!

How blessed we are to be a part of the story! And that God cares enough about our roles that he prepares them in advance!

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No Better Place to Be, by Christy McMurry

June 19, 2009

I have learned that my definition of submitting to authority and God’s definition is oftentimes very different. God’s definition of submission is to voluntarily arrange yourself under authority. When we do that, we cooperate with a leader in order to ultimately accomplish a much larger work than we could ever do on our own.

In the past, I had always viewed submission as being weak or somehow being in bondage to people or situations I did not want to be enslaved by.  I was always an independent person, thinking I knew exactly what I wanted and that I not God was in control. Thank goodness He never gave up on me and put just the right people in my life at key times to speak the truth in love.

For example, I have the great privilege to work with followers of Christ everyday who are submitting to not just God’s authority over their lives but they are also submitting to one another to accomplish the goal of carrying out God’s orders regarding the poor, and children that have been abandoned.  I am in awe of the fine people that I work with every single day and the sacrifices that they make in order for our world to be a better place and to carry out God’s work.

I am learning how to submit to authority every single day and am actively seeking out situations to submit by simply being an active listener to those in need and responding by speaking God’s truth to them, by praying over those that need prayer at any given time, and by not rebelling when God is clearly trying to tell me something.

I have finally begun to realize that when I submit to God and live my life the way He intended, I get the best results and experience life in a way I couldn’t be more thankful for. As I continue to apply God’s truth of submission to the other areas of my life I know I will find peace, excitement, love, joy, and all the things I’ve been wanting for my life all along. When I submit to authority I am under God’s covering.  And there is no better place to be!

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Welcome from Todd & Beth Guckenberger!

June 1, 2009

Welcome to Back2Back Ministries Official Blog!  Staff from Mexico, Nigeria, India and the home office in the US will be sharing their thoughts on life, God, faith and orphan care.  We invite you to come alongside us in our journey and share your thoughts and comments!