Rejoicing in the Moment

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

unknownI have put off writing this post until I had a good report to give you. We sent a transfer from our bank account to a bank in Haiti to pay for 16 new inverter batteries. It was sent on 10 January (over a week ago), and it’s never yet been verified by the Haitian bank that they’ve received the money — even though the money left our account days ago. Prit has been on the phone with our stateside bank the last two days and we’re waiting to hear back from them (again) concerning the ”whereabouts” of the money.

Our life seems to be constantly ”on hold” in so many ways lately and our prayers have been akin to plowing a hard, unbroken field. Often it takes hours (in this case, days) to get just one thing done and there is always the temptation to just FORGET ABOUT IT and quit in despair.

I know all of you who are reading this have your own moments when you feel like giving up too. Many of you are dealing with your own never-ending issues and, you too, feel like life is ”on-hold.” Because of this, I refuse to wallow in my own sorrow and complain (ok… I HAVE already complained a little). However, I’m making the CHOICE to rejoice and encourage you to do the same. If Paul wrote his most uplifting letters from a prison cell telling us to Rejoice… then I’ll take the high road.

These trials will become our very stepping stones to victory if we let them, and, with the Lord’s help, we’ll learn to push through. I believe Paul told us to rejoice because it’s the trials that shape and strengthen us. Tomorrow I’m going to share another post on “Weathering the Storm”. Pray for us and we will pray for you. Please let us know what you are up against so we can pray more effectively for you. Praying for each other gets our eyes off our own problems. I also hope to have a good report soon concerning our much-needed generator batteries.

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