For those of you who know me, you know I am not a “new” Christian; though I feel like it at times. I became a “Christian” in 2014. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to “Never Say Never”!
The term “Never Say Never” will forever remind of my real estate investing friend (she knows who she is): we were driving back to San Diego after an REI meeting – I had recently found the Lord and started going to church. She was telling me about her bible study and I jumped in saying “Well I will never ever be in a bible study, it just isn’t me”, I don’t judge people who do it, it just isn’t for me! She giggled and said “Never say never, Christine”. I replied “oh no! I KNOW! I won’t be!”. She smiled and said “okay”. LITERALLY less than a month later I joined a LIFEgroup – which was my church’s name for Bible Study!!!! I didn’t even own a bible!!!
So, back in my Jersey days I had a co-worker who did lots of missions trips ( love ya Ney), I kept thinking “oh I could NEVER do that, that isn’t my thing”. In getting closer with ne of my Women’s Pastors I learned she was a huge missionary – I kept feeling “oh no! That just isn’t for me!
Well, people, let me tell you, God has a wonderful sense of humor! He will hone in on your areas of weakness or disbelief and MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Last week I went on a mission trip to Mexico. YES! You read that right! I went on a mission trip to Mexico (even my cousin commented “What is my cousin doing in Tijuana”! Besides missions trips not being for me you should know that many of my SoCal peeps have told me how dangerous driving over the border is! So now I had a genuine fear of driving into Mexico and a notion of mission trips aren’t for me.
God, is sooooooooooooo good and He has such an amazing sense of humor! Over a delish lunch with a dear friend I was invited to a mission trip. I immediately explained “Oh, no, I just had surgery I can’t build or lift things I can’t go”. She so graciously responded “that’s ok this is a prayer trip, we are making in home visits to pray for people”. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I was interested and prayed on it! Well, my amazing friend (and former life group leader) was coincidentally (not really because He always has a plan!) going on the same trip; I KNEW it was a sign! SO I SIGNED UP!
Ohhhhhhhh my word, peeps! Last Saturday, I drove over the border on my 1st mission trip! ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS OF MY LIFE!
I truly 110% feel I got more out of the trip than I gave! I was so humbled to 1 be blessed enough to pray for other believers in THEIR homes! I was able to meet a team of amazing US friends (some of them like wine too, yay!) ! And I truly connected with the families we prayed for. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and the big one: praying a loud (or is it out loud – grammar police help!) isn’t quite my “comfort zone” but man I embraced it and pushed through! God didn’t disappoint, He blessed my words! I can take ZERO credit for my words, it was ALL God #justsaying!!!
Almost a week later and I am still on such a “Jesus high”. I truly adore the families I met! I will never again take running water, an indoor bathroom, or a washer and dryer in my home for granted again; cripes I won’t take paved roads for granted again.
This experience was truly life changing! I met amazing people, I am inspired to learn Spanish, I am obsessed with Mexican Coca-Cola, I can do without the border wait, I love true Mexican guac and queso, and I MET AMAZING PEOPLE!
I really did come home and cry (good tears) at how humbled I was that God chose me to walk in His shoes and spread His love in Mexico! And I also prayed for forgiveness at my prior judgment that I would never do something like this!
I can’t wait to go on my next trip!! To be clear (as in Waterford Crystal) I am nt yet ready for heavy lifting! If you are so inspired to help or donate to future trips let me know! I don’t have anything planned yet but I can 1 put you in touch with the Church in Mexico or 2 keep you on my list to contact for WHEN (not if) I go back!
I just so love me some Jesus! I love that He blesses my words and blogs! And I LOVE being on this journey!! And, I just LOVE how God keeps “showing up” on my commitment to Spread Love and Joy in 2018!!!!