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100 Day Journey Complete – 1000 mile Journey has begun

Amanda Williams:

They have arrived! Praise God!

Originally posted on kitefamilyonmission:

Wow… Our God is so good!

First, I would like to apologize for not getting an update together sooner. It has been a crazy couple of weeks – full of activity. We have completed packing up our belongings (which now fit into a 26 foot moving truck), said goodbye to incredible our incredible family and friends, and started the journey to our new assignment. Thanks for being patient with us…

It seems impossible to find words that would even come close to expressing what we have experienced in this journey. Our family is simply overwhelmed by what God has done over these last few months. He has been so kind by calling us into this new season of life in such an awesome way. Our hearts are eager to see what is ahead but we all want to hold onto this incredible moment of knowing that we are loved so…

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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Sympathy or Compassion?

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Mark 6:34 “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.”

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Sympathy: A feeling or expression of sorrow for another’s distress, loss, or misfortune.
Compassion: Actively sympathetic concern for the suffering of another; mercy; deep awareness of the suffering of another accompanied by the wish to relieve it.
Notice the common thread of feeling the distress or suffering of another, but compassion goes deeper. Compassion is active and involves trying to relieve the suffering. Prior to Mark 6:34, Jesus had been teaching and healing before large crowds. John the Baptist had been executed. Jesus and the disciples were tired and hungry. They decided to travel in a boat to a desolate place to rest, but “many saw them going and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.” Mark 6:33
Jesus could have just sympathized with the crowd and explained that although He and His disciples knew their needs and sufferings, they were tired and needed to rest for a while. But, as Mark 6:34 says, “He had compassion on them.” Yes, Jesus was tired, worn out, saddened by the death of John the Baptist, and He needed rest and food, but the verse continues to report, ”He began to teach them many things.”

In our present times, we know people in financial difficulty, troubled marriages, wars, natural disasters, millions of orphans around the world, poverty and homelessness, diseases with no cures, depression, loneliness, and hopelessness. We talk about and sympathize with others struggling through difficulties, but are we showing compassion? Do we have a strong desire to alleviate the suffering? Compassion for others must become a priority in our lives. God, our Heavenly Father, is THE EXAMPLE of compassion for mankind since the beginning of creation. When Adam and Eve disobeyed in the Garden of Eden, and allowed sin to ruin the world God had designed for us, He could have sympathized yet done nothing. Instead, He began the story of compassion which is displayed throughout the Bible. He loved us so much that He sent His only Son to be our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. Even though we continue to sin against Him, He pursues us, and brings all who believe in Jesus to be forgiven. Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us and He suffered and died on the cross so that we can have eternal life with God. THAT is COMPASSION!

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In the song, “Mighty To Save”, the lyrics say “Everyone needs compassion, a love that’s never failing. Let mercy fall on me. Everyone needs forgiveness, a kindness of a Savior, the hope of nations”. Let us follow as Jesus has taught by feeding the hungry, spending time with the lonely, ministering to the single mom or those who are ill, by babysitting, shopping, or cooking a meal. Let’s all find a way to take and show “compassion” to those suffering and struggling in this world.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Missions and Discipleship

 

Busy Busy Busy

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Philippians 2:14-15  Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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How busy are you?  Many of you just laughed at this as your daily, weekly, or monthly schedule blurred through your mind.  As for me, my calendar is chalk full.  There is no space to add anything, except very early mornings, and very late evenings (where you can usually find me mindless on my couch trying to catch my breath from the day.)  I know I am not the only one.  I talk with other women that are in the same boat as me all the time.  Life is hectic, and we get run down.

I think it is important to ask yourself… Why am I so busy?  For me, I have 3 girls who are very active and social.  I also have a job, a home to take care of, groceries to buy, etc.  You get the idea.  I have read books about boundaries and devotionals about how to say no, and they have given me great advice.  I really have learned to say no to so many things.  I have learned to change expectations of me and my family, and I have learned how to give myself grace. This still does not keep my family from being busy.  I have come to accept that this is the stage of life that I am in.

I have decided I may not be able to change my schedule anymore, but I can change my attitude about my schedule.  I would find myself saying…  I HAVE to go to work, then I HAVE to pick up the girls, then I HAVE to take them to dance, then I HAVE to make dinner, etc. etc. etc.  Just typing that sounds so burdensome.  It’s time to change my mindset.  I no longer HAVE to do anything…..  Think about this with me.

1. I GET to go to work. (God has provided me with a job in order to help support my family financially.)

2. I GET to pick up the girls from school.  (There are so many parents that don’t have the opportunity to pick up their children from school, due to sickness, work, or for whatever reason.)

3. I GET to take my kids to dance. (I am fortunate enough to be able to provide opportunities for my kids that others can only dream of.)

4. I GET to make (or get)  dinner for my family. (I have 3 beautiful girls that are alive and healthy, and I get to help nourish them, spend time with them, show them I love them.)

Please know that I am thankful for the above; however, your list might look totally different.

Walk the Walk:

When I get to do something, it is a privilege; when I have to do something, it is a burden.  Remember anything we do, we make the choice to do it, so we need to learn to appreciate it. Let me encourage you, 1.  Slow down in whatever way you can .  Say no to some things, so you can enjoy the little things.  2. Then when you can’t slow down anymore, change your attitude.  The Bible says, Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philipians 2:14.  When we change our I HAVE to, to I GET to, it feels so energizing.  3.  Then finally, schedule time for rest and don’t apologize for it.  Put it on your calendar and label it.  Protect it at all cost.  We need to find time to rest, just as Jesus did to prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the rigors of life.

When we change our attitude, even in the midst of busyness and tiredness, others will notice.  It is an opportunity to show others that we live differently, even though our schedules may be the same. We don’t go through our day alone. He gives us the energy and strength we need to accomplish everything, and to have a great attitude while we do it.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Attitude, Health and Wellness

 

Dear _______,

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“The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)

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I have a loved one that I have been praying salvation for for decades now.  In my heart, I believe that one day they will come to choose to fully surrender to Christ.   One day….

Many days I’m simply left to pray.  I pray that God will show Himself in their life through someone at work, a song, a billboard, a book, anything or anywhere.   I ask Him to protect them from satan and not allow him to distort any of God’s truth that has already been shown to them.  I pray that despite the sin they see in my life, they will witness God’s forgiveness and grace manifested, larger than any sin.  I ache for them to not only have the assurance of knowing they will never be separated from their Creator for all of eternity, but also for them to fully know His deep love and healing of their brokenness while living this life.

While I know that God’s timing is perfect, sometimes the waiting is so hard, and sometimes my thoughts betray that I don’t believe in His timing as much as I’d like to believe I do.  I distinctly remember being honest with the Lord one day and lamenting how I know He doesn’t wish that any would perish and that many have been praying for this person for so long.  Essentially, I was asking God what the hold-up was.  I also mentioned to Him that if He could show Himself in a miraculous way like He did to Paul (see Acts 9), then surely He could do something to really grab my loved one’s attention in a way that would bring them to a place of choosing repentance.   I felt like God gently spoke into my heart and said, “What if you’re not finished learning what you need to learn as the loved one of an unbeliever?”  Whoa.  I had never once considered their delay could be because He was using this time to teach and refine me.  I begged the Lord to keep me focused and not let one day be wasted due to my sin and negligence.

Walk the Walk:

Do you have a parent, spouse, sibling, child, or best friend like mine?  While there’s no way for us to know when those we love may accept Christ fully into their lives, we cannot lose hope sisters. This weekend I heard a pastor, Dr. Stuart Scott, speak and remind the audience of the one criminal on the cross (see Luke 23:32-43) that acknowledged Jesus as Savior.   Even if they’re on a cross, until they quit breathing, there’s still hope.   Maybe your prayers have been ascending for them for 2, 19, 37, or __ years, don’t stop pressing on!  I’m right there with you.

In the meantime, don’t forget to thank God for every time they learn something new or hear a testimony about Jesus.  Also, be sure to thank Him for being so patient with them, and with you, if you happen to be like me and break down and question what He’s doing from time to time.

Merciful God, we don’t deserve You, but we’re so grateful You want us anyway.  May we live lives that glorify You and draw others to Your beautiful redemption.

 

 

Faith and Works

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For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. James 2:26

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How do you know if I have a saving faith in Jesus Christ? James contends that you should be able to know my faith through my works. Here is the whole section from James 2:14-26:

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

I believe that the key to this passage and our memory verse is actually found in verse 19: “Even the demons believe – and shudder!” You see believing that Jesus is who He says He is should change us. The process of sanctification – the act or process of being made or becoming holy – takes our entire lives. From the moment we believe Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave and then confess that belief with our mouths, sanctification begins. It is not perfected until we cross over into our afterlife with Christ in Heaven. We believe without seeing by seeking God, meeting Him, knowing Him and learning. We allow the Holy Spirit to refine us, change us. All of these things without seeing with our physical eyes.

Demons have it rough. They know Jesus is who He claims to be and they chose the other team. What blindness and folly! They have placed their faith in a losing venture. Their works are anti-God. They follow their captain’s game plan and he does lose the war in the end.

Why would I want my faith to look like that of the demons? Why would I want my faith to just be faith and have nothing come of it – no fruit? That would also be more than a little foolish. Works cannot save us but they can be evidence that we are different, changed.

Walk the Walk

Pastor Darren is preaching a series of sermons on being different. Yesterday’s sermon was on having a Different Hope. You see, we should not live in fear of the “what if”. No, we must live in the peace of “what is”. So let me ask you this: Are you different? May your faith be strengthened this day as you boldly approach the throne of grace. Ask the Lord to show you where your faith needs to take you to action. If you need ideas, we can dig up a few :)

 

Please pray – 3 house showings in the next 24 hours…

Amanda Williams:

Things are moving right along with the Kite move….boxes, boxes and more boxes;) Please join us in praying for this family as they finish up packing in the next two days! God continues to reveal Himself every day! If you haven’t signed up to support them prayerfully or financially, I encourage you to do so. You don’t want to miss God’s show!

Originally posted on kitefamilyonmission:

We planned to give a full update today on the completion of our 100 day journey but it might be a bit early for the final story.  We already had one house showing scheduled for Saturday.  Within the last day there has been two more showings scheduled.  We are all packing up boxes today and about 1PM we received a message saying someone would like to see the house between 2 and 4.  So…  please pray.  Seems like God is doing something.  That means our house will be shown three times within a 24 hour period – the final full weekend we have in Florida.  If nothing else, He got us hopping and cleaning during this last hour.  We love each of you and love our God that has called us to be on this journey together.  He is so good…

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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Servanthood

 

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John 20:21 (ESV)

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

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Many of you have been following the Kite Family on mission story here on Women at the Well. I just needed to add a little bit of history, as well as an encouraging send off for a family near and dear to my heart!

I have grown up at FBC Ocala. The summer after 6th grade while attending my first summer youth camp there was this guy named Kevin Kite who was volunteering his time to hang out with the youth. One day he made a plate of chocolate chip cookies and brought them to share with the girls in my room. That’s my first memory of Kevin.

He went to college, got married, went to seminary, started having kids, and then became mission pastor at FBC. I grew up, went to college, got a job, and started taking lots of mission trips. So my life has been intersecting with the entire Kite family in various ways over the past few years. It has been a privilege to be part of their journey. Serving locally and internationally with the Kite family, I have had a front row seat to this journey that has now led them to GO to Canada in less than one week.

It’s funny, way back at that summer youth camp, I never would have dreamed I would one day be leading youth with 3 of Kevin’s kiddos. I’ve had 2 in Sunday School and all 3 on various youth trips and local mission projects. Life does tend to come full circle. While they have been busy packing and saying goodbyes, I had the chance to make some special chocolate chip cookies for the 4th of his kiddos this past weekend.

Walk the Walk:

So, this isn’t about chocolate chip cookies. But it is about memories and never knowing how God will use people in our lives and situations to grow us into better servants for Him. People you never expected to have an impact on you may very well turn out to be some of your greatest cheerleaders.

I am so proud of the Kite family and their willingness to be sent. From Kevin and Jeanna all the way down to their 3.5 year old, all 7 family members have a special call to Go! The point of this blog is that they are being obedient to carry out the command found in Psalm 96:3 (ESV) “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”

So, please join me in praying for them as they make final preparations and say good-byes. While this is an exciting time,  it has some hard times in the mix. But, I look forward to meeting saints in Heaven one day that are there because the Kite Family said, YES!

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Missions and Discipleship

 
 
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