10/17/2016 1 Comment
Since we moved to Phnom Penh lots has happened and even though we miss our close friends and (what feels like) family in Sihanoukville we are enjoying doing life in the capital.
We have already sent a few mini updates out so I’m not going to talk in detail about all of the things that have happened, but some highlights can be seen in the photo’s directly below with a short description. (Press play and/or the arrow buttons below if you want to see it).
Since moving to Phnom Penh we have hit the ground running. We seemed to join with the team just as they entered a season of increase and blessing and they have done an incredible job administering and enabling all that has been going on. In the midst of all this we have also had two trafficking cases in which we have had some involvement in and there have been some changes in our team personnel.
There has been lots happening, many encouraging things and lots to process. With so much going on and so many breakthroughs its easy to get lost in it all. In the midst of things going really well and some great testimonies happening (see photo's above) it is easy for it to become about just that.
It is easy to make the slight adjustment in priority in thinking in your heart that these things are the ultimate goal.
A few weeks ago I was having some time with God on the roof of our apartments and I found that somehow I had almost made that mistake. Like it was becoming only about what was being achieved for Him, what testimonies were coming out or what great things were getting done for Him.
These things are important and needed but only one thing is fulfilling or truly satisfying to me. Only one thing satisfies my heart and soul, I would trade all the great achievements in the world for that thing; That peace that gives you wholeness and that deep satisfaction. That only comes by having Him who is Peace close to me. Him who is Fulfilment nearby, Jesus himself.
I would trade anything just for that feeling of being close to him, truly whole, truly complete truly fulfilled, and that only comes from relationship, close relationship, not from any significant works that can be achieved. Somehow I had found I had lost that a bit.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
Someone can be doing the most amazing world changing things and yet be truly unfulfilled in their heart. People can also be doing nothing and be completely unfulfilled. The majority of the satisfaction doesn’t come from the doing or the not doing but knowing Him closely in the midst of it all whether doing anything or nothing at all. True and full satisfaction is in Him.
In the last few months I have learnt that it is not wrong to want to do great things for Him and see lives changed and impacted and achieve wonderful things in His Kingdom but it is wrong to not continually seek close and meaningful relationship with Him in the midst of it all. So the main focus is not on the doing itself but in knowing Him more and more closely, being ever closer to him in the midst of the doing.
If anything takes higher priority in our life than our relationship with Jesus Christ it has become an idol. Jesus is so wonderful in every dimension of His being that there is nothing out there that is ever worthy of even coming close to that.
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
One of the happiest bits of news to report out of them all is that we are expecting a second child, and little Gracie is going to be a big sister!
We went for a scan a few weeks ago mummy and baby are doing very well and we found out that the baby is due in May 2017! We are so excited!
While this has been some joyful news for our wider family we have in the last few weeks had my Grandma fall seriously ill to the point where she has nearly died numerous times. Last week I got a call saying she had a few days left so I went back for a week to be with family and hopefully see my Grandma again. Thankfully I got to see her and so did my brother who flew in from Australia. It was a precious time to be with her and family but also a very emotional time. Please pray for our family and my Grandma that everything would be in God's timing and in God's way!
Thank you so much! Much love from Steve, Mollie, Gracie and baby Bump!