THRIVE – Right Here, Right Now

After arriving at my destination, my friend and I began talking over a cup of coffee. She mentioned how she feels overwhelmed by the expectations placed on her by others and does not feel at liberty to truly embrace what God has for her and thrive – right here, right now, with her family and home. I listened, and at times, I offered a short story or two of my own experiences.

As she continued, she expressed her heart’s desire to have the liberty to pursue and focus on her priorities; her relationship with God; her husband, and her children first, and then (if possible) do other things too. She expressed that the fear and guilt of her saying “No” or “Not right now” to outside opportunities felt as if she would be “missing out”, and also risking the possibility of putting a strain on relationship. I wholeheartedly agreed, this was a real struggle of mine too, and here is the encouragement that I offered to her…

Continue reading my guest article over on Raising Generations Today 

JOIN ME at Raising Generations Today’s THRIVE conference in Painted Post, NY – October 20-21, 2017!  

 

Michael & Lea’s blogs

Our children are a part of our ministry, and earlier this year, Michael and Lea began blogging. You can read their blogs by clicking on the graphics or following the links below.

Michael’s blog is Obey God, Reach Others.

———-Lea’s blog is Real MKS.

 

“Come, and die.”

I’m so excited to be a part of Brooke McGlothlin’s Gospel-Centered Mom launch team and book tour! The article below was inspired by her NEW book, Gospel-Centered Mom.


“Come, and die.”

After reading these three words, I set the book, Gospel-Centered Mom, aside. Brooke was bringing out what the True Gospel meant, and these words required me to confront my worst enemy – ME, MYSELF, and I!

Galatians 2:20 NIV says, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.

I no longer live. Trisha Goddard is dead. I am made new, and Christ lives in me.

As Brooke continued on through Chapter 7, she shared Luke 9:23 NIV – Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  And then, she nicely summed it up by saying, In other words, ‘Come, and die’. (Thanks, Brooke, for being so blunt!) These simple, yet profound, words affected me to the core. They were saying,  

Dear child of Mine, ‘Come, and die.’ Deny your rights, your wants, your desires, your dreams – every.single.day. You are dead. I live in you. Follow Me, and bring Me glory.

As a wife and mom, I must deny myself – lay aside my rights, my wants, my desires, and my dreams – in order to serve my family well by fixing a meal, homeschooling my children, washing and ironing clothes, playing a game of Monopoly, listening to my family’s excitement and participating with them in where a new adventure leads, and so much more. It is a daily choice…to die to myself and serve my family so that He may be glorified!  

As an extremely organized person, who absolutely loves to have a monthly (and yearly) schedule for “me & my family plans”, there are times that I must deny my plans in order to say “Yes” to God’s plan, like unexpected guests who show up or an event that morphs into a full-blown, serve-your-heart-out weekend. It is a daily choice…to die to myself and serve others so that He may be glorified!  

Christ calls us to die to ourselves and pick up the needs of others instead. (quote from Gospel-Centered Mom)

Come, and die is not possible to do alone, but I can do all this through Him Who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13 NIV)God is enough, and as people watch and listen to me and you, may they see Christ and desire to follow Him.

[Because] what we do with the circumstances we are given, how we talk about them, act because of them, and trust or distrust God through them – influence others [and they want to know] whether you [and I] truly believe God is worth following (quotes from Gospel-Centered Mom).

God used Gospel-Centered Mom to remind me that when I daily choose to die to myself and follow Him, I will bring Him glory:

  • in my personal relationship with Himself, which includes digging into and obeying the Word of God and spending time in prayer.
  • in my relationship with my husband, which includes love and respect and the joy of serving alongside him in full-time ministry.  
  • in my relationship with my three children, which includes a mother’s love as I ground them in God’s Word, model for them what it means to love God and serve others, equip them with what they need to live a godly life, and give them the freedom to make their own decisions as they obey God.
  • in my relationships with others, which includes loving, serving, and interacting with people from diverse cultures and languages. 

Let’s be Gospel-Centered Moms [and Dads], who “come, and die”  in order that our children and others see Christ through our actions and words, which express that He is enough and worth following.


 

As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel, you’ll find increased freedompurpose, and joy in motherhood. Buy Gospel-Centered Mom here: www.gospelcenteredmombook.com

 

Be Brave

As we headed to a Pastors and Leaders retreat with my family, I had to keep telling myself,

I choose to be brave.

It was a retreat with all Spanish speakers, most of whom I knew, yet I did not want to go.

WHAT! A missionary that speaks Spanish, has lived in Paraguay for almost 13 years and whose main ministry focus is Paraguayan churches and First Nation churches! Yup. Newsflash: Missionaries are normal humans too!

Yet after arriving, God used that day and a half to show me what an awesome role my husband has and the unique opportunity that God has given us to influence and participate in what God is doing in the hearts of Paraguayan pastors and leaders.

And in that moment, I no longer had to choose to brave as I was reminded that this is where God has me, as stretching as it can be. 

During that same week, I recorded (with the help of my amazing husband) a Spanish video clip for a group of ladies in Uruguay. This is definitely not something that I would not normally “do”, yet because a friend extended the invitation, I knew God wanted me to do it, ALL for His honor and glory. 

Watch the Spanish video clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0NXcmjLvU0


 

Be ALL There

Be ALL there, mama.

Ignore those notifications that keep lighting up your cell phone screen. Set aside the camera. Turn off the music. You can be all there and embrace the moment.

As I was reflecting on last year and looking ahead to this year, the word EMBRACE continued to stand out, and my need to be ALL there. I realized that I often am on my own agenda and rushing through a day without taking the time to truly embrace what God has for me and to be ALL there.

It is summer here in Paraguay. Our Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of friends going to the creek or the beach, except of course, for those friends who live in the USA and are buried in snow. So as we sit here in 100+ degree weather, working with the ac on high, as a family we are continually joking around that we could have our bags packed and leave for Brazil anytime to enjoy a few days at the beach.

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Goodbye, 2016. Hello, 2017.

 Isn’t it hard to believe that 2016 is gone? Wow! It was quite a year! 

Goodbye, 2016. Hello, 2017.

This year, I will EMBRACE whatever God has for me each day.

As I look ahead and welcome 2017 today, I took a bit of time to look back on 2016 and what God allowed us to do and experience. I am overwhelmed at how He protected us and showed Himself faithful and good.

I do not know what 2017 has in store for my family, yet I was reminded in my personal devotions today in Matthew 1 that God is Immanuel – GOD WITH US. Some days will be wonderful; some days will be hard. Yet, God is Immanuel, and I will magnify Him! 

Embrace

Embrace. My word for 2017. 

A few days ago, I was reflecting on 2016. My word was THRIVE, and Psalm 1:1-3 were the action verses that I focused on:

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

In 2016, I had the opportunity to put these verses into practice. To learn more about thriving. To be …that person … planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. 

I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness and thankful for all that we as a family had the opportunity to be involved in. It was not an easy year. There were challenges, yet God taught us so much. He used the hard to draw us closer to Him.

Your Partnership with Us in 2016

Mike and Trisha are all about mobilizing and holistically empowering the national and tribal church. Their passion is to serve the Lord and seek to inspire people into a deeper relationship with God and to live out their faith within the community of Christians and among those still without knowledge of the Gospel. 

Mike’s ministry focuses are serving, assisting, equipping, and accompanying tribal believers in the ongoing growth and development of First Nations Pastors and Christian leaders which involves training, consultancy, informal meetings, and lots of travel. Mike also serves in the capacity of a Missions Mobilizer and Consultant to local churches and mission entities endeavoring toward effective intercultural ministries.

He is the Director of Organization Ñanduti, our receiving organization here in Paraguay, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Partners for Paraguay.

Trisha’s ministry focuses are family care, homeschooling, and complimenting Mike in his daily responsibilities.

She is also involved in mentoring other women through personal encounters and serves on the Raising Generations Today team.


This year, we invested a lot of time and energy in the people groups. We attended various conferences in their communities, aided with a 2-week Bible translation workshop, provided consultation and practical help for RELIEP, and participated in CONPLEI’s tribal conference in Brazil and the 4th Annual Aché Culture Week.

These events provided many opportunities to build even stronger relationships and be intentional about listening to the tribal voice and empower.