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     My prayer before going to Honduras came from a thirsty place in my heart. When I would think of the trip at work, all I focus on were SKU numbers for certain chain and empty to-do lists. When I thought of the trip at home I would sit in silence and ask God to guide my hands, my head and my heart to prepare to teach. Not just to teach jewelry lessons, something I had never done before, but to teach with gospel humility. 

     I felt that God had prepared me in many ways for teaching the jewelry portion. I was more confident from leading floral arrangement classes, organized from music education classes, and more focused on a vision because of the incredible art mentors from my childhood. But I had no idea what how to incorporate the gospel into a jewelry lesson. So I would pray with a song in mind,  

"I’m standing knee deep, but I’m out where I’ve never been
And I feel you coming, and I hear your voice on the wind
Would you come and tear down the boxes that I have tried to put you in
Let love come teach me who you are again
Would you take me back to the place where my heart was only about you
And all I wanted was just to be with you. Come do whatever you want to
And further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am yours
And you crash over me and I’ve lost control but I’m free
I’m going under, I’m in over my head.
Whether I sink, whether I swim, Oh it makes no difference when,
I’m beautifully in over my head."

     This is what the Lord was whispering to me after Day 1; “It’s not about what you can do, it’s about what I can do through you.” In a world (or nation) full of people asking you what you do in order to define some cultural context, this thought is very humbling. “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” 1 Corinthians 4:7. This, is the blessedness of possessing nothing. The place of meekness and rest that God calls us to. This is what I had been missing before my trip to Honduras. I could not fully let go of my control over my life, business or relationships.”Whether I sink, whether I swim, it makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head”. When we are in over our head, God is glorified because only He can pull us out of the water. In our weakness, His glory is shown. 

 

 

 

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Christine Langford:

Hi Emily,

I would love to put these pictures on the mountain team video I am making. Can you send them to me?

Christine Langford

Jun 02, 2015

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