Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Three Things

Three Things I am grateful to God for:
  • a roof over my head
  • food on my table
  • living in Canada - a free and beautiful country

Three Things I like about me:

  • my sense of humour
  • my desire to follow Jesus wherever He leads
  • my God-given courage to admit when I need help

Three Things God is to me:

  • Deliverer
  • Shelter
  • Shepherd

Three Things I pray for today:

  • those who are angry at God because of tragedies in their lives that they see as God's fault - that God would reveal His love to them
  • those who do not have enough to eat, do not have clean water to drink, and are forced to live in extreme poverty in slums around the world - that God would provide for their basic needs through the hands of his servants
  • those who know the Lord but have wandered off track into sin - that they would come to the Mercy Throne of God today

A couple days ago I was writing in my journel and God placed it on my heart to begin daily, (or at least several times a week), to write three things I am grateful for etc....as above. The toughest was listing three things I like about myself!!

Peace of our Lord to each of you today.

Julie - little missionary

Thursday, June 25, 2009

This Could Be the Dawning of That Day

Tonight I listened to David Phelp's rendition of this old song penned by Bill Gaither. As I heard the lyrics of the 2nd verse I thought how timely they are for all the Pilgrim Pals.


Click here to view this YouTube video and check out the lyrics for the 2nd verse and chorus below.


Journey on, fellow pilgrims, we're getting closer to home.


Here's the 2nd verse:


All the saints are getting restless,

They're not bound by shackles forged of earthly gold,

Since that day they knelt at Calvary,

They've been pilgrims ever wandering,

Just looking for a place to rest their souls.

Chorus:


This could be the dawning,

Of that grand and glorious day,

When the face of Jesus we behold,

Dream and hopes of all the ages

Are awaiting His returning,

And this could be the dawning of that day


- David, the pilgrim

Note: As a matter of interest, this is post # 1919 since the Pilgrim Pals site was launched. Keep writing, Pals!

Brokenness

Frayed

Fraught

Frazzled

Frustrated


Untied

Undone

Unusable

Unraveled


Bent

Burnt

Broken

Bruised


Ever feel this way? Join the club! There's only One who can untie our knotted existence and bring wholeness but sometimes He seems so detached. But, take heart, He's not. Cry out to God today!


- the Pilgrim


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jesus, Yo Confio En Ti

"Jesus I trust in You." These are words I often say in my heart - it is difficult to say in the moments when I'm unsure I can trust Him with my entire life. I've been reading a book call "Telling Yourself the Truth" by William Backus & Marie Chapian. Basically, it addresses what the author's call "misbeliefs" that we buy into whether planted by the father of lies himself (the devil) or lies people told us when we were growing up....ultimately the enemy reinforces those lies and tries to paralyse us in our faith walk. I'm really enjoying the book and realizing once again that I (we) have been given a sound mind - the mind of Christ and so we aren't even conscious of the fact that we've put on the mind of the enemy - boy have I ever done that in the past 3 years....but no more....I'm onto the enemy's schemes and I'm taking my thoughts captive to my Lord... Jesus - I DO trust in you! How about you, Pilgrims? Are you aware of your negative thoughts? Do you put yourself down? Stop - you are a child of the Almighty - take those thoughts to the Light of Christ and let Him expose the enemy's lies.

Julie - Little Missionary

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hello Pals

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Posted by Amrita

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sent by God....not man

Blessings to all the Pilgrim Pals! This picture is of a bush in my little back yard patio, which I was admiring yesterday and thanking the Lord for His creation.

As I sat on my patio thinking about the possibility of going on a longer term mission trip, way off in the future, I thought about who would send me (commission me) - my church, pastor, friends? The last time I went on mission for the 7th time, it was the first time I had a low response to raising funds - about 60% came in. The past 6 trips we 100% funded by friends, church...even some family. Something had changed and perhaps God was trying to show me something....was I depending too much on others to "send" me? If they weren't as supportive for a week long trip last November, would they support me for a month, two months....a year!?


I then turned my thoughts back to the Bible and thought, "I haven't read from Galatians in a long time." So I opened scripture up to the beginning of Galatians....and I got no further then Chapter 1 vs 1. "Paul, an apostle - sent NOT (emphasis mine) from men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father....." My focus had become primarily on people sending me.

Only God sends us - He gives us "marching orders" - others can support us by coming along side in practical ways.


Little missionary

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Not Forsaken

Dear Terry and all my Pilgrim Pals:

Thank you for carrying on the ministry of Pilgrim Pals so effectively in my absence. I HAVE NOT FORSAKEN the Pals. You come to mind every day and I keep your prayer requests before the Father. The posts, requests and comments from Amrita and Felisol are especially meaningful because you are so far away geographically and yet so close...in the Lord.

Please pray for me/us as we continue to go through a time of transition that isn't easy. It's a year since Carol and I moved to our new home and it doesn't feel like "home" yet. There have been so many problems with the house that have prevented us from feeling settled. Giving up my office on May 1st was also very difficult. We have many decisions to make regarding the future schooling of Matthew and Nathan and we value your prayers concerning that. Please pray for the financial wherewithal to cover the specialized education program that they need. Thanks for your love and prayers and keep on keeping on.

- The Pilgrim

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

In Memory Of Serina's Grandpa



two years ago today, serina's grandpa entered heaven.
he is still sorely missed by serina and her family felisol and gunnar and her grandma and uncle.
here is what serina wrote for her grandpa ljung after the funeral...


serina says,


MISSING GRAND DAD
Mother,this is how I think of Grand Dad, Serina says

Sonnet 18
by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.