Stretching My Spiritual Muscles

My time in PNG has so far been dominated with very practical lessons.  Everyday we are working on our physical strength and endurance.  Our minds are also being stretched and filled with language, culture, history, government and all the lessons on everyday living in PNG.  With all of these activities it has been a challenge to find time to spend exercising my spiritual muscles.  I believe that I am here in PNG for a reason and in God’s sovereignty this is part of His master plan.  However, that does not negate the everyday struggle that comes from being away from my support system and built in influences of my church and spiritual family.  I am thankful for every blessing that falls into my lap to remind me of God’s faithfulness. This week we had an amazing woman come and talk with us about government, history, missions and life in general in PNG.  Gail was born in Australia but is now a PNG citizen. She has lived in PNG for over 40 years, married a PNG man and has two biological children along with many adopted children from the wantok system (the language community/family system in PNG).  Gail and her husband lived at Ukarumpa for 25 years.  During our devotions Gail shared what God had taught her during that time and she expressed her heart in a way that I really indentified with.  Philippians 1:6 spoke into her life at that time.  In his letter to the church in Philippi, Paul says “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus”.  It is so easy to loose focus, but this is a reminder that a good work has begun in me and I am not yet perfected in Christ.  He is still working in me and He will continue despite my human nature.  I am getting, loud and clear, the message here that I need to take my eyes off myself and focus on Christ.  I may not have the same support system as in the US but God is still at work here in PNG and He is sufficient.

One thought on “Stretching My Spiritual Muscles

  1. Joy,

    Thank you for the simple truths you reminded me of. You are right…it is so easy to lose sight of what God is continually doing in us. Even we’re not in our “support system” He is still there. We are praying for you and eagerly await each of your updates. Lots of love!


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