My mother always tells me to make lists, but I rarely do. True, the act of crossing off a task is therapeutic somehow, but I get fidgety when I have to sit down and take the time to itemize everything that needs done.
Unless I’m planning and preparing for a trip. Then I list everything.
In preparation for Nicaragua, I’ve been making lists on my iPod, my phone, scrap paper at work, on the backs of bulletins. They’re color-coded, scribbled, scratched off, and suddenly now, approximately 36 hours before I am to be at the airport…they’re almost all complete! I do have a few final tasks to check off before I jet off on this adventure (so if you’re waiting on an email from me, I promise you aren’t forgotten–you’re on a list!), but for the most part, my things are gathered, bug-sprayed, and sitting, well, near my suitcase, if not packed.
But I wanted to leave you all with one final list, if I may. I know that people have been telling me that you’re praying for me and for my team, and I thank you for that from the very bottom of my heart! I know that prayers and God’s hand are the power behind anything that happens on our trip. So in that theme, I leave you with a few prayer requests:
- Pray for open hearts
- Please pray for my heart to be open to the voice of God in my life as I joyfully step into this adventure I feel so guided towards. I like control, I like met expectations, but I don’t want my expectations to blind me to something unexpected God has in store for me–aren’t those the most fun surprises anyway?
- Pray for graciousness
- Let the words and actions of me and my team be gracious, loving, and Christlike, both within our team and in each interaction we have along the way. At the airports. In Managua. In the home we’re guests in. With the beautiful Nicaraguan people.
- Pray for health
- Honestly, the most anxiety I’ve had about this trip has been about health/pain. I’m prone to migraines and stress-related headaches/pain, so please pray that peace invade my soul and that God will keep that pain from my neck and head. Pray for the health of each team member who is traveling with me, that our bodies will adjust to travel, unfamiliar conditions, and varied diet this week.
- Pray for joy!
- “…The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10. Pray that we will seek the Lord’s enduring joy as our strength this week, and that His joy will be unmistakable, that we will be mirrors reflecting the joy of the Lord.
And can’t we always cling to that verse? Cling to the Lord’s joy yourself this week! Tell me how you did in the comments–I want to hear some awesome stories when I return!
I’m hoping to schedule a couple fun posts for while I’m gone. Keep an eye out!