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Reisverslag We are already down to week 8..!
6 maart 2016
We are already down to week 8..!
here is week 8 for you! A really interesting and good week. Have fun and enjoy reading.
Today it's Sunday, and I'm having a day off. Yesterday evening I came home around 10:30 pm with 3 amazing ladies after an amazing day spend in downtown Chicago. I got to sleep in a little and just wanted to spend a day at the base and to have it for myself.
The coolest team I can have in DTS actually ís my team! I love them so much. One of the members (Tori) drove us all the way to Chicago yesterday for us to have a fun day (Me, Debora and Janica). In Chicago we met with Carolyn. She is a lady that started DTS with us, but sadly had to leave us after 2 weeks. She is from Chicago and has been our personal tour guide.
Last week has been a really good week of teaching (like every week, actually!). I still love being discipled here (a disciple means being a follower of Christ). This weeks topic was about ''fear of the Lord''.
When I first started to hear about this topic I was curious about it. Fear? Do we need to have fear for God? I see Him as loving and gracious, faithful and forgiving. Well. He is all that. Still. But the question was, how much respect to we have towards Him? How serious are we about Him? He is not someone who just gives what we want and does great things. He wants us to be honest against Him. He wants us to LOVE Him and out of that surrender our lives to Him.
That is what the fear of the LORD is. I was amazed of how often I read it in the Bible. Usually I never really knew about this when I read it in the Bible. Now it makes sense though. I don't have to be afraid of Him. I just want to honor Him.
The preacher this week was Dawn. She was a woman (Yeey! Since most of the speakers are men - haha). She was really honest, shared us her personal life story, where she has been in her life with God, and how God still chose love over all of that. He has redeemed her in a lot of ways and she is such an inspiring woman. She spoke to so many students in our class that found so much hope and relieve of being in the presence of God.
The thing that blew me away this week, almost blew up my head!
She was talking about how she did something once, and felt so so bad about it against God. She felt like she failed God and has sinned so bad. The week before though God made her clear that He loves her. God told this lady, that the time He said He loved her. He KNEW what was she was going to do that specific next week already. I was ''waauuwed''. It made so much sense to me.
Sometimes when I feel so bad against God about something I just know now, He knew that it was coming. Still He chooses to love me. That does not mean I can do anything else though. That is not what it is like to fear the Lord. He wants us to make good decisions, have good principles. I want to remind myself of this every day of my life. Because He is worth it to live for Him. More than anything else.
I love how He is always there for me. Even when I don't have things clear in myself. Or when feeling bad or ashamed about things. I can not be Holy like He is. Because He is God. I am not. Still He wants me to know Him more and more every day. He wants to love me deeply and care for me. All the days of my life. He makes me new!
I am thankful for life and enjoying my time here. The hot chocolate fundraiser is on the 11th this month by the way. I apologize, because in my previous blog it said the 5th of March. So you can still decide to sponsor me/ donate. We definitely are not there yet. Thank you for the amazing gentle responses till now already.
So, this week we are buying the airplane tickets for outreach. We have only 6 weeks left now till we are leaving. I am thankful that the money is there for the airfare. This money is a lot more than we expected. It is costing me $2020. So on top of that, we need to live for 2 months over there. I'm still praying that He will provide. The total cost is $4700. We have the most costly outreach.
Love and peace to you all. I do miss you loads and loads and wish I could have coffee with each and everyone of you. I've been a little bit homesick and missing people. God is good though and I can find rest in Him. Please pray that God will heal and restore me in this area. Also for even more knowledge of how to be in training as His disciple this DTS :) !
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6 maart 2016 22:52 | Door: Elsa
Hey lieve Aish,
Vorige blog heb ik niet op gereageerd, realiseerde ik mij net....too busy! Gelukkig lees ik ze wel en in die zin 'volg' ik je wel. En nu dus wel een reactie.
Wow wat gaat de tijd snel. 8 weken alweer......kan me voorstellen dat dit even zo'n dip-periode is. Nog niet halverwege. Al het nieuwe is er af. Nog niet dichtbij de Outreach. Veel leren, veel meemaken, maar dan ook wel homebase missen. Begrijpelijk.
Gelukkig is er skype en andere middelen om te communicen ;-)
Jullie krijgen mooi onderwijs en ja, de Vreze des Heren (zoals dat dan in het Nederlands wordt genoemd) is in eerste instantie een raar begrip. Maar als je het woord meer uitlegt, is het vooral honoring, respecting, being in awe of Him....en van daaruit volgt onze reactie op Hem. Hij weet het beter! Spreuken staan ook vol met deze wijsheden over Fear of God.
Gaaf hoe je alles beleeft.
Ik ben druk: spreekbeurten, bewonerscommissie, coaching, politiek, theater Noodstop.....allemaal even gaaf en goed om actief mee te zijn.
Moest vandaag echt veel aan je denken. Merel was even over uit Engeland en ik heb genoten van haar. En dacht, als Aishah nu ook even over komt voor een koffie, dat zou heeeeeeel gezellig zijn...Maar helaas.
Haal er maar zoveel mogelijk uit, Aishah, uit deze tijd. Daar heb je voor je leven veel aan!
En fijn ook dat je ook zo geniet van vriendschappen en belevenissen.