Wait. Listen. Respond.

Wait.

Invest a moment of your time to stop and . .  .

Listen.

He is always speaking, always moving.

And when He speaks . . .

Respond and

Act.

Take that next step.

He will meet you there.

We stayed in Fort Wayne, Indiana last night.  A friend of the band blessed us with a place to stay and a shower.  Yes, it was the best shower I have had in quite some time.  I feel like a woman once more. 😉  One of their dogs even randomly appeared and snored by my side all night.  It was just like being at home with Chad.

At this moment, the bus is headed to Chicago.  I am doing well, even with quite a bit of sleep deprivation.  God is here and He is good.

I told a five year old today that he needed to pray for me to have energy like him.  He prayed for me on the spot,

“Thank you, Jesus.  I ask you to give Stephanie a lot of energy.  Help her to also do a lot of silly things.  Amen.”

Grace for Today

By living with less, I’m finding abundant joy.

Each morning brings a fresh measure of grace to see me through the day [says the girl who hasn’t taken a shower in three days].

Years ago, I know this would have been a much bigger stretch for me, but I am thankful that God is giving me the opportunity to grow without my normal luxuries.

His grace has no bounds.

I’ve learned that good quality dry shampoo does wonders for my unwashed  hair [for the first few days], but today it is starting to get a little bit grungy.  Well, it is what it is at this point.  I will probably talk about my next shower for years.  It will be the best one I have ever had.  That said . . .

Compared to what I am watching the Lord do on this trip, my hair really doesn’t matter.

Also, I went into Walmart three times today and it didn’t even phase me.  If you know me, you know that even the thought of going into Walmart gives me anxiety.  Walmart is only okay if I plan it out and bring moral support.  Yes, I went into a Walmart in Dayton, Ohio this morning.  Three times.  Alone.

I am enjoying the simplicity and ever-changing adventure that comes with traveling to new places day after day.  This is the first time I’ve driven through this part of the states.  Today we drove through Ohio and Indiana to get back to Michigan for the band’s show this evening.  A lot of barns and corn.  It’s lovely and fun to shoot.  I’m a happy photographer-camper.

I have no idea where this journey is headed, all I know is that God is pouring out a tremendous amount of grace and endurance for me in the present.  Leaving my previous job was the best decision I could have made.  I feel so much lighter.

Lord, continue to lead me in this season.  Show me the path I need to walk.  Let my eyes stay fixed on You.  

Reveal to me Your righteousness, and let Your holiness take control of all that I am.  Let my thoughts, my words, my actions be aligned with Your Kingdom plans.

Guide me with Your peace, so that I will no longer be swayed by the circumstances surrounding me.  Holy Spirit, have Your way.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

On the Road

I don’t know where this road will lead me, but I know that Your grace will be the light that guides my path. Awaken my heart, Lord, to Your Kingdom plans.

I am writing this post from a bus, as we head toward Cincinnati, Ohio. Last night I landed safely in Lansing, Michigan. Due to supernatural God-opportunities, I am on a brand new adventure with a team of wonderful people I met for the first time yesterday.

Friday was my last day at my full time job. I have closed that chapter and I am officially freelancing. God said it was time, and there is no other way to describe His confirmations other than supernatural.

So, now I am on a bus, heading over to Cincinnati, Ohio. Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought I’d be here a week ago.

I know, I know . . . I am being extremely vague. Few people know exactly what I am doing, but then again do I even know?

The gist of it is that I have an out-of-the-box job/ministry opportunity this month. I’m traveling in a shuttle bus converted into a tour bus, with a band that impacted me greatly when I was 18 years old.

Only God can open doors like this, and He did it when I became fully surrendered to walking straight into the unknown.

This road is far from easy, but my God is faithful. He is definitely keeping me on my toes.

Which Risk Should I Take?

I am standing at a crossroad very similar to one I stood at a couple years ago.  In less than a few weeks, I will be leaving my  current full time job and continuing on with my journey elsewhere.

My decision to resign was not simple.  My position includes my home, which meant I would need to find a new place to live.  It  meant I would not have a steady income and that I would need to find a new job.  I have also been on the cusp of burning out and it was almost too exhausting to even consider stopping and changing my life path right now.

That said, I realized that my health was on the line and I needed to take care of myself.  So, I gave my notice and felt completely at peace.  In that moment, it was as if a large burden fell off my back.  There was hope.

This place of employment was a stepping stone.  I found healing here.  I found people who I am proud to say have become part of my family.  I thank God for this season, but I also know that it is time for the next season to begin.

The peace I felt is still with me and so is a new excitement.  Thankfully, Chad [my dog] and I have a place to live during this transition, but I don’t know a lot beyond that.  I stand at this crossroad, asking myself,

Which risk should I take?

Do I go down the path I already know, and fall back on what I know I can do?  I could do that.  I know I could do that and get a job quickly.  I have experience and already have a lead or two.  This would be a risk.  Maybe I’d have more money, that would probably be true, but do I want to take this risk just for the steady income?

I’m learning that I don’t need as much as I thought I did.  In fact, I was a lot more joyful when I had less and was able to do the things I’m passionate about.

I expect to be scoffed at by some for saying things like this.  I’ve had people look at me [in the past] like I’m being irresponsible for not saying yes to the first job that opens up.  After all, that’s what we have to do, right?  Here’s the deal . . .

I’m twenty-six years old.  Life is only going to get more complex at this point.  I figure, if I don’t jump now, will I ever have the courage?  I see this open window of opportunity and it’s terrifying, but I know I eventually need to jump and see where it leads me.

Anyone who ever wound up doing what they are passionate about had to take crazy [and sometimes unpopular] steps to get there.  I know that in order to see my dreams come to fruition, I am going to have to put myself out there and start walking it out with God today.

I don’t have time to start tomorrow because tomorrow is always going to be out of reach.  Regardless of how nonsensical and out of the box it may seem to other people . . . is this the risk I need to take?

Money has always stood between people and their dreams, but I know that God is much bigger than money and my dreams combined.  I know that my first job is to listen to Him and follow His direction.  I’ve seen Him provide in supernatural ways, when I’ve had a steady income and in the seasons where I’ve lived from one day to the next.

I think I’ve made up my mind.

Which risk should I take?

I’m going for the path I haven’t yet taken.  I’ll take the risk to do what I was created to do.  The risk to do what I am passionate about, even if it means I have to face the unknown in the process.  After all . . .

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
― Max DePree

Your Present is Bright

It’s easy, isn’t it?  To get so caught up in what is not yet here.  To so quickly be willing to trade in the moment for the promise of what is to come.

It’s in our nature, in all reality, to seek out the greener pasture.  In those times when all hope seems to be lost, we reassure ourselves . . .

“Things will get better.”

That’s advice I’ve been quick to give in the past.  It’s a string of words that honestly have become empty of all power to me.

I don’t know that it will get better.  Perhaps the only thing that will make things get better is a change of heart and attitude, but I cannot even begin to assume anything beyond my own self.  Only God can see the heart.

One thing I’m learning on a personal level is that many of the disappointments in my life have been caused by my own expectations.  If my outlook is distorted, how would I be able to see anything as it truly is?

How would I even recognize what better is?

There is so much of an emphasis placed on things getting better and of the wonders waiting for us on the other side.

From experience, I know that I am never happy or content when I put my hope in tomorrow.  When I cope with my surroundings by telling myself that “if I can just make it through this” the new things coming are going to change everything.

As someone who, in the past, has coped by jumping from one new thing to the other.  New isn’t always better.

In fact, new will never give you the lasting satisfaction you are longing for.  It isn’t until we embrace the mundane, old and ordinary, that we will ever be satisfied.  It doesn’t matter how bleak our past or spectacular our future.  I’ll be bold and say that we will quite possibly miss the better when it arrives, unless a change within takes place.

It gets better today.

It gets better as we begin to allow God to change the way we think, the way we see, the way we live our lives.

It gets better when we give up on chasing our dreams and meet with God right here, right now.

It doesn’t mean life will be perfect.  You know that, I’m sure you do.  Things will not be perfect until we are at home with Him.  Terrible things happen every day.  I get that.  I understand it well.  You do too.  But . . .

I am learning that we don’t have to carry the weight of this world that we face.  I am learning that there is always light to be found.

Don’t give up, there is hope found in the now.

Look up.

Your present is bright

because His light

is all around you.

Interrupt My Day

 

Lord, as I go about my usual routine . . .
I invite You to interrupt my day
and change the way
I see the world.

 

 

Let me not be so consumed . . .
In the things I have to do
that I forget You
are beside me.

 

 

Lord, steady my heart in Yours . . .
Remind me of Your presence
and of heaven
that surrounds me.

 

 

Teach me to look for You.

When You Ask God to Take You Higher and He Does

I wanted to share a testimony with you of what happened yesterday after I wrote my latest post, Take Me Higher.

For the past month, I’ve been struggling with the album I have been working on.  It started off great, and then I got lost inside my head.  I began to overthink everything.  So I prayed, and I asked God if it was a spiritual attack on my mind or if I needed to step back for a moment.  I had to completely remove myself from the project for a couple weeks because the stress became so great that I could barely focus.

You see, the track list of this album is full of symbolism.  The lyrics are deep with emotion and honesty.  Though they are laced with hope and light, most of them were written on days when I was in so much pain that I could barely speak.  I am proud of the songs and I’ve been complimented on the writing.  Many opportunities opened up for me when I first started to play them in coffee shops and out on the streets.  In 2014, I was determined to start recording the album.

Right before I moved back to California, a little over a year ago, I played a concert in LA.  I had intended on playing these particular songs, but when I arrived I decided to simply worship in the way that I would in my own private time with the Lord.  The outcome was life changing.  I was able to share my testimony and I had several people come up to me afterward asking more about God.  As I left the venue, I felt completely alive and I told the Lord,

“If this is what You desire for me to do for the rest of my life, I would be happy to simply be a carrier of Your presence and create an atmosphere of worship wherever You send me.”

Months passed, I put the album on hold and produced a worship EP instead.  As many of you know, 2015 was a very difficult year for me.  God rescued me out of a very dangerous situation that would have impacted the rest of my life.  It has been a journey of great healing and a time of God showing me, once again, who I am.

To be honest, for quite a few years, I have been walking around feeling like a shell of myself.  Last night, when I gave up, I knew exactly what I needed to do.  It was as if a ginormous burden rolled off of me.  I woke up feeling as if something I lost a long time ago had finally returned.

Yes, I am completely dropping the album I thought I was going to release.  There were parts of me that felt I needed to prove something to myself, as well as to those who had hurt me tremendously during the time when I wrote the songs.  I don’t want that to be the reason I produce music.

I am letting go because I can no longer carry the words and images that live between the lines.  I need to start fresh or I know I will not be able to heal.

Don’t get me wrong, God used those songs to reach people in my previous season.  He also used them to heal me in many areas of my heart.  Perhaps He will one day use them again, but for now I am completely letting go . . .

and I’ve never felt so alive and confident in the Lord.

Moving with God and Allowing Him to Become Everything

In eleven days I will be adventuring back to Iceland.  Once again, I will be traveling with His Glory to the Nations to minister at a conference.  Our team consists of four members, and we are all thrilled to see what God has planned for our two week visit.  I intend on keeping you all updated with blog posts, photos, and videos.

Leading up to the day of our departure, as with any other trip, I have quite the list of things to get done before we leave on the 20th.  It’s been a combination of getting my house in order, starting to throw things into my suitcase, and buying those last minute items that I know I will need while I am away.  At the same time, I am making sure that I focus primarily on Spiritual preparation.

My heart is earnestly seeking the Lord for vision and insight into what is burning in His heart.  For the people we will be crossing paths with in Iceland, in the airports, as well as everywhere else I find myself in the next eleven days [it is good to stay in the present, regardless of how much excitement resides in the future].

What a good God He is.

How wonderful it is that He allows us to partner with Him.  This God who never changes.  This God who is always moving.  He doesn’t stop moving when we do.  He continually invites us to come along side Him and move to the rhythm of His heart.

I hear so many people say that it’s been a long time since God has moved in the way that they used to experience Him.  I hear so many who are weighed down because they don’t feel Him and He seems so far away.

We have songs, we have prayers, books, classes, movements, that promise an end result of some type of supernatural change.  How to get closer to God, how to hear His voice, how to know His will.  All of those things can truly enrich our walk and cause us to grow deeper in our relationship with God.  But . . . have we spent too much time and energy in our methods that we burn out before we ever make it to the actual Source [God]?

There is so much disappointment.

There is so much complacency.

I have seen these things in myself, which is why I am feeling the need to write these words.

It is easy to fall into the rut of when God moves, I will move rather than face the fact that we don’t control God’s movements.  He is always performing miracles, always rescuing people out of their pain, always moving, always loving,

always

being

Himself.

If something changes, we can know for certain we are the ones who have changed.  It is up to us to move with Him.

I am challenging myself to intentionally seek Him, as each new day begins,

“Lord, have Your way in me today.  I want to move with You.  I don’t care where I am or who I am with, I invite You to influence and impact every single second of this day.  Remind me of Your presence.  Let Your face always be before me.  Let Your words always be on my lips.  Open my eyes to see Your glory.”

I am not talking about walking away from God.  I am not talking about living a life of blatant disobedience.  I am talking about losing our wonder.  I am talking about getting sidetracked.  I am talking about those moments when we get so busy doing the things of God that we find ourselves falling asleep praying at the end of the day.

It is easy to get so busy and involved in our methods that we hardly interact with God.  In a world with so many voices, He needs to be the first voice that we listen for.

Someone once told me,

     “Don’t be hard on yourself, I bet it touched God’s heart that you fell asleep talking to Him.”

I’m not being hard on myself.

I’m saying that the end of the day shouldn’t be the first time we interact with Him.

Years ago, someone I loved treated me with an “I’m saving the best for last” mentality.  Often times, they would go about their day without taking the time to talk with me.  It would be very normal for me not to hear back from them until I was in bed and asleep.  I didn’t feel that I was “the best saved for last”.  I felt like I was one last item to check off the list.  When carefully confronting them on the matter, and expressing my feelings, I only received more excuses.

Excuses are easy.

I don’t want easy.

When I think about that scenario and apply it to my walk with God, it makes me want to throw my cellphone, my camera, my computer, and everything else, into the pond located near my house.

     Nothing else matters if I don’t have Him. 

I tell Him that often, but do my actions tell it to Him as well?

He is my first and last.

He is my beginning and  end.

He cannot even be a priority.  Priorities are ranked and numbered.  Priorities can be switched around, sometimes without us even realizing it at first.  He cannot be a priority.  He cannot be the best saved for last.

He needs to be all.

He needs to be it.

Everything.

The only way He can be our everything is if we know Him.  When we truly approach Him, and invest time into knowing Him, nothing will be able to keep us from seeking Him out more and more.  It is natural.  It is not a method.  It is not legalistic.  It is not fear-based.

It is totally

and completely

founded

upon

love.

New Chapters

     Oh, hello.  I’ve been back from Iceland for a few weeks now—in case you were wondering, I did come back to the US!  I’m sorry it took me so long to write an update.  I realize that I left you hanging for almost a month, but I have honestly been having trouble finding the words.  There were multiple occasions where I would sit down and try to force a new post into existence, until I came to the conclusion that I would give myself some time to breathe.

     My time in Iceland was life-changing.  I know that is something most people say when they return from a ministry trip, but this trip was unlike any of the others I have taken.  Since I graduated high school, I’ve had the honor of visiting over half a dozen different countries.  Each trip was significant, in its own way, and has had a huge impact on how I see the world around me, and how I live out my faith.

     When I say that going to Iceland changed my life, I mean that it literally changed my life.  I mean that there were areas in my heart that God healed in dramatic ways.  He gave me a new perspective of His heart for me and began to take me back to situations in my past and bring closure.

     Closure.  That seems to be my word at the moment.  And as He has been bringing healing and closure into the deepest places of my heart, He continues to take me close in His arms, and whisper gently,

      “Your heart has been hurt and I see that.  I want to make you whole.”

     I’m letting go of things, I now realize, I had been holding onto for too long.  (Lord, I release my grasp.  I was never in control of those areas anyway.)

     Old chapters end.  New ones begin.

     I’m learning to let Him treat my wounds immediately, rather than wait until they fester and grow.  And it hurts.  It hurts unlike anything I’ve felt at times, but the pain will only increase if left untreated.

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     The deeper I let Him work, the clearer my vision becomes.  The things that were once cloudy come into focus, and some of it, perhaps, begins to make sense.

     The life that is found in death.

     The beauty that is found in the broken.

     The “more” that God promises

     that He has for those who take the risk

     to love Him and to trust Him with everything.

     I’ve written more songs in the recent weeks than I have in the last year.  It has almost been as if I cannot breathe without releasing a new lyric.  They come from the area where deep calls unto deep.  They are my dialogues with the Lord.  They are the desires of my heart put into melodies.  That said, the album that I was planning on recording is going to be put on the shelf for now, but I believe I’ll still have something out by January . . .

     This is where I am.

     I write this with a smile, and with tears streaming down my face.  Even though certain changes of late have turned my world upside down, the goodness of God fills my heart with joy.  A joy that strengthens.

     So, my friends, I am continuing to walk this path with my Father.  We’re taking it one day at a time.  I don’t have any agendas, big plans or itineraries planned out for the next couple months, or even beyond that.  My first priority is to seek His face and to hear His heart.  I don’t want to walk a single step ahead of Him.  To those of my friends who live in California, feel free to hit me up.  Many of you have expressed the desire to hear more about Iceland, and I’d love to catch up with you over a cup of coffee or something.

     I’d also like to say thank you to those who have been loving on me through encouraging phone calls and messages.  You know who you are.  I’m blessed to have friends and family like you in my life.  So blessed.  I love you all very much.

Enough For Today

We arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland at 6am last Sunday morning, while you were sleeping.  Exhausted from a full day and evening of flying, we tried our best to function like human beings.  For those of you who have never experienced jetlag, the time difference truly messes with everything.  In all of my travels, I have had my share of jetlag.  I have had moments where I felt like I was outside of myself.  I could hear people talking but not understand what they were saying.  It is strange, let me tell you.

It is so surreal when I think about where I am.  I keep finding myself saying things like,

“I’m sitting in a chair in Iceland.”

“I’m taking a walk in Iceland.”

“I’m drinking coffee in Iceland.”

“I’m playing cards in Iceland.”

Friends, it is really hard for me to wrap my head around the idea.  I mean, Iceland is seriously the last place I expected to be this year, or any other year.  There are obvious places to go and minister.  Countries that the Lord has told me I would travel to since I was very young.  Countries that most missionaries talk about.  But . . . Iceland?  God is full of surprises.

I am speechless when I look back and remember how God told me to bring my winter clothes and passport to California.  I am speechless because God has moved supernaturally to get our entire team, consisting of Deborah Peters, Stephany Kern, Sheryl Davis and myself, out here.

I didn’t have the money to get here and I still don’t have the money to be here.  And herein lies the most life changing lesson that God has been teaching me during this season.  Do I have enough for today?  My answer is always yes.  I have been learning what it means to only think about today and trust God with the present.  When you take one day at a time, life becomes simpler and less exhausting.  Did I have what I needed for yesterday?  Yes.  Do I have what I need for today?  Yes.  Do I have what I need for the rest of the month?  I will.  As I continue to do my part and go where He sends me, God will provide.  I trust that He will provide my “daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).

     “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34

     “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6

The first few days of our adventure were made up of sightseeing and resting.  We were able to visit Gullfoss (Golden Falls), Geysir and Þingvellir National Park.  There is so much beauty to see here.  The color pallet is phenomenal.  Bright and dark greens, oranges, yellows and browns.  The water is brilliantly clear and blue, and it is pure enough to drink straight from the rivers.

     “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

Throughout this journey, I have been gasping and oohing and awing and marveling and reveling in the glory of God found in creation.  My spirit has leapt, over and over again, causing me to throw my arms up in the air in worship, and declare Isaiah 6:3,

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”

The more I get to know Him, the less I care about looking strange.  I want to experience every part of Him that I can in this life.  When you catch even the smallest glimpse of His face, when you look into His gentle eyes, you’ll find that there is nothing else that compares to Him.  He is everything.  I want Him or nothing at all.

      “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.” – Psalm 8:1      

     “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” – Psalm 8:3-4

One of my favorite adventures, during the first few days, was when we were leaving Þingvellir National Park.  We were driving along a highway when suddenly the perfect sheep photo op arose.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Without really thinking, or explaining myself, I exclaimed to Sheryl, who was driving,

“I’m getting out. Come back for me!”

She slowed down enough for me to get out, though the car was still moving when I did.  Another vehicle was quickly approaching behind us, which meant that Sheryl had to speed away down the road—what an adrenalin rush!  There I was alone on the side of a highway.  The only sound was the wind rustling through the grass.  Like a crazy person, I walked over to the sheep, and said,

“Listen up, friends! In the name of Jesus, I want you to pose for me.”

Yes, I really did. And yes, they did pose for me.

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After I took my pictures, I stood there, in a safe spot, on the side of an Icelandic highway.  I stood there cracking up because I was standing out there alone with sheep, thinking about everything in my life that had happened up until this point, and praising God for being so amazing—my ride had still not returned, so I had a lot of time to do this.  There was a moment when I started to wonder if they were coming back to get me, but I was still cracking up.  They did return for me, after having a very hard time finding a spot to turn around.  Sometimes you have to do spontaneous things like taking pictures of sheep on the side of a foreign highway.

On Wednesday, we flew out to Egilsstaðir, which is in eastern Iceland.  Here we are staying at Eyjólfsstaðir Guesthouse during the “Living Under the Open Heaven” conference.  The guesthouse is run by Pastor Fridrik and his wife Villa.  The building was built by YWAM and was used as a training base.  This lovely couple, that I feel so blessed to have been introduced to, put their heart and soul into maintaining a peaceful atmosphere for people who visit from all around the world.  They have been so gracious to host this conference and provide rooms for our team and those who are attending the meetings. So far our stay has been filled with beautiful people and beautifully scenery.  I have fallen in love with this place.

Thankfully, most of the people in Iceland speak a decent amount of English, unlike some of the other countries I have visited in the past.  In fact, many of them are fluent.  Having the ability to communicate without a translator, most of the time, truly makes the ministry side of things much easier.

The meetings have been out of this world. God is healing and delivering people.  He is showing up in powerful ways.  I feel honored to be here and be able to be a part of what is happening.  I agree with what Fridrik said this morning, in regards to last night,

“It was joyful, it was peaceful, Jesus was real!”

That is my week in a nutshell.  There has been a great amount of joy and peace and revelation of the reality of Jesus Christ.  He has been faithful to show up, as we have been faithful to be obedient and step out.  And it has been ridiculously fun.

Here’s a fun testimony.  The weather is rather bipolar in Iceland.  During most of our sightseeing, we have been met with quite a bit of rain and wind.  Now, I have not actually been cold here yet, which is something I didn’t expect.  I have a very warm coat that is lightweight and insulated, but the outer material is cotton.  I very quickly realized that I was in need of a rain jacket.  So, I asked the Lord for a rain jacket.

A few days passed and I didn’t think about the rain jacket.  I didn’t ask a second or third or fourth time.  When it was the furthest thought from my mind, Villa pulled me aside and asked me if I had a minute.  She then proceeded to pull out a London Fog rain jacket and put it on me.  She said an American had accidentally left it here and didn’t want them to try to mail it back to her.  They were asked, by the original owner, to give it to someone who needed a jacket.  As I was standing there in shock, Villa asked,

“Do you need this?”

     “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” – Matthew 6:28-30

Even typing this out makes me want to cry. Tears of joy that stream out of the fact that God listens to our prayers and He desires to provide our needs.  All of our needs.  And . . . the jacket fit me perfectly.  She had no idea that I needed a rain jacket, or that I prayed for one, but my Father knew!

Another highlight was when we were able to see the Aurora Borealis.  It really was bigger than life, there is no exaggeration on its beauty.  It was past eleven when Deborah almost knocked down my door in excitement.  Fridrik had called her to tell her that it was visible.  The locals laughed as we all ran outside in our pajamas, jackets and boots.  They are used to seeing the Northern Lights.  It would take a long time for me to get used to seeing such a heavenly sight.  (Sorry, I was not able to capture it on my camera, but it looked exactly like what you would find on a google search.)

As I already stated above, God is showing up in powerful ways.  In the smallest and biggest details of this trip.  On a personal level and in all of the lives around me.  Deborah has been posting updates that include more details and testimonies about what God is doing in the conference.  Be sure to check it out:

http://hgtn.org/IcelandBlogSept2014.html

I will be posting more stories and accounts soon. So much has been happening.  Thank you all for your prayers, they are very much appreciated by us all.