Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Hard Decisions

Brittany (in the pink shirt) doing ministry in the park in Mexico last year

Wow. We had a hard decision come upon us today. For the past few years Brittany has gone on the mission trip with our church. She has loved it. She has had a missionary heart since she was 5 years old, so we knew that she would be heading in this direction. This year, our church is going to a new location in Mexico City. They are also taking an airplane. Because of trying to get the best deal on an airplane ticket, the decision about whether or not to go on the mission trip came about much earlier. We had to know by this week.

Of course when I heard about the mission trip, my first thought was excitement for Brittany. We have vowed to always try and let her go so she can follow the mission that God has given her. I even talked to the Youth Pastor and asked if she could still go even if we moved. I thought we would figure out SOME way to get her here, even if we were states away. Also, her cousin, my darling niece Sherria, was also going, which made it even more neat that they would be going together.

Michael and I had a talk about it and he expressed some concern over the trip. He wasn't feeling good about it. At first that sounded odd to me, being in the mindset that she ALWAYS will go on mission trips. Then I started listening to my Spirit. Today we got an email from our Youth Pastor telling us when the money was due and when we had to make our commitment. Immediately, I had total peace about the fact that she should NOT go. In fact, I had it on good authority (the Holy Spirit's) that he has something better planned for her. I felt bad (in the flesh) telling this to her. I hemmed and hawed a few minutes and Brittany interrupted me and said, "I am pretty sure I am not supposed to go on this trip." WOW. How blessed we are! Our daughter hears the Lord and is mature enough to follow Him, even when it is hard. I almost wanted to cry.

Isn't it silly of being proud of her doing what she is supposed to be doing? It is almost like giving someone a cookie for staying out of jail. But to have a daughter that hears the Lord AND obeys him is such a treasure. And I will rejoice in the Lord for her!

(and I can't wait to see what He has planned for her! HALLELUJAH!)


Susan said...

This made my heart leap for joy!!! Yes, something much better and we'll wait for Him to do it and your sharing it with us.

Daniele said...

It sounds as if wonderful things will come her way. God always has a reason and hers will be known soon.

Melanie said...

Sounds like it wasn't that hard of a decision after all! And God will honor that obedience... keep us updated so we know what God had planned instead!

Sherria said...

That is so awesome! I'm so proud of Brittany! She is going into a wonderful young lady of God! I have to admit I'm a little disappointed that we won't be going on the trip together but I wouldn't have it any other way if that's what the Lord is telling you!

Brittany said...

Can I have cookie??????

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