“I want to go home” was all I could think for three years — the whole time I lived in Africa! “If I was at home right now, all my problems would be gone. I’d be safe and happy with my friends and family.”
When I lived in Africa — I taught missionaries’ kids at an American Christian school in Nairobi, Kenya — I was the loneliest, most homesick “missionary” I knew! I didn’t consider myself a missionary at the time, but I was definitely struggling with a bad case of homesickness.
You had faith in Jesus, but how do you love God when He lets you down? Maybe you hoped a relationship wouldn’t lead to divorce, a loved one wouldn’t die, a home wouldn’t be lost, or a dream wouldn’t be shattered forever. But you lost something you love, and you’re disappointed in God.
Maybe you don’t believe in the “heaven” of childhood fairy tales — but isn’t there a wee part of you that hopes such a place exists? A new creation, perhaps even a new earth, where you meet the people and pets you loved and lost. A place of comfort, peace, joy, rest, play, and even meaningful work.
It sounds like a joke or a riddle — “What difference does an Easter donkey make?” — but it’s actually a serious question! Before I tell you about the donkey I met last night, here’s my question: What difference does Easter make to you? How does Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection affect your daily life?
What happens when you follow Jesus? How do you hear God’s voice, and will He really grant the desires of your heart? These practical tips and examples of how I follow Jesus Christ will shine a little light on your own path. This article is especially helpful for Christian women who want to follow Jesus but aren’t sure if they’re doing it “right.”
Of course you should wear “priestly garments” to church on Sunday! After all, you’re coming into God’s presence, connecting with Jesus Christ, and listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. But what exactly are priestly garments, and how do you wear them to church on Sunday without looking weird?
The best and easiest way to let your light shine is to be who God created you to be. But this is easier said than done, isn’t it? It’s hard to be your true, natural self and let your light shine when you’re surrounded by people who think you should be who they want you to be.
While deciding if I should be a preacher or a teacher I kept asking “What is God’s will for my life?” If you’re wondering the same thing (not if you should be a preacher or a teacher, but rather “what is the will of God is in my life today?”), then you’ve come to the right place.