For New Year’s last year, I wrote about choosing a verse of the year in place of making a resolution (read about it here). After much prayer, the verse that the Lord led me to last year was Ephesians 3:17b-19.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
I wrote this verse out on a note card and kept it on my bathroom mirror all year, so that I could easily read it each morning. I asked the Lord to really show me what grasping the “wide and long and high and deep” of His love looked like. I want to know that love.
These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India:
Sitting in the airport, I began to get butterflies in my stomach. Not from being nervous – I think it was pure excitement! Now that I got on the plane, they’re gone. I shot a quick email off to the Tolars about the potential problem getting my boarding pass once I reach Chicago. The ticket lady couldn’t check me in on the rest of my flights, only the first leg, for some reason. But I have my prayer team alerted, so I am not worried.
The wait at O’Hare was long, but eventually I found the team from Kansas. It was nice to have some company in the airport. Sadly, I didn’t get to sit by any of them on the flight to Germany though. But I did get to sit by a nice Christian man.
On the flight, I attempted to sleep, but it did not happen. I spent time instead praying on the armor of God and asking Him to surround me with His angels. I knew I needed the extra protection since I was getting tired – I could feel myself getting cranky on the plane and that is a sure sign of exhaustion.
Merry Christmas everyone!
I came to the quick realization today that it is already the 22nd! Where did December go? It seems to always have a way of flying by, but it went by especially fast for me since I spent the first 10 days in India, then the last two weeks recovering from the jet lag!
I will be traveling home to IL tomorrow for my Christmas break. I hope to get to see some of you along the way. I am praying that everyone has a safe and joyful Christmas season as you celebrate Jesus with family and friends.
I am still jet lagging quite a bit from my very recent trip to India. But this morning when I got to the office, I saw an news feed on Yahoo’s homepage that I had to watch. I have already reported on the problem in India about the problem of female infanticide, but here is another news report about the problem. View it here:
I’ve been home now for 48 hours from India. It almost seems like a dream. Of course, that may be because I feel like I’m walking around in a cloud thanks to the jet-lag. As I come out of that fog and am able to think in more complete and coherent thoughts and sentences, I will begin to journal on here about my time over there. So you will want to check back in the next couple of days or so to begin reading about my journey. Trust me, there are some moments you will not want to miss!
So stay tuned….
I am sitting in the Knoxville airport, waiting to board the first of my 3 flights to get me to India. And the flutterbies that live in stomachs have appeared. Not that I’m nervous – just excited! Excited at all the possibilities of what God has in store for me on this trip.