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If you have been reading my blog for the past year, you know that I don’t do resolutions per se. Hey, if I’m going to start flossing more regularly, I can start that on any old day. Those who need to catch up with my “no-resolution” resolution can read about it here.

This year, I’m a bit torn. I can’t decide between two themes, so I just might go with both. One is a scripture and one is a motto, so I think it’s allowable (by whom, I’m not sure, but it feels okay). I’ll talk about this year’s scripture in my next blog.

My sister recently loaned me her copy of a book called Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. This little gem is a collection of essays that are direct and convicting. Every single Christian should read this book. I don’t say this about just any book; trust me.

In one essay, Craig Cabaniss discusses the Latin phrase Coram Deo. It means “before the face of God.” These two words carry huge weight. They remind us that whatever we do is lived out in front of God. Gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?

Like Cabaniss points out, “We make our choices–all our choices–with God’s holy face in view.” If we reminded ourselves that God is watching everything with interest, how would our lives look?

So this year, it’s Coram Deo for me. Wish me luck.



In my last post I was wondering aloud about ministry opportunities here in Dallas.  If you get my newsletter, you also saw a prayer request for God to show me some ministry that I can get involved in during my year here.  (If you don’t get my newsletter, ask, and I’ll put you on the list!)  I also have been praying about finding the right church home here in Dallas.

My newsletter went out on a Saturday.  The next Sunday, I was inundated with ministry opportunities!  Our prayers were answered, friends!  My Cuban neighbors approached me to teach them English, I was given the opportunity to work with children in the African church I’ve been attending on Sunday evenings, and I am exploring an opportunity to teach literacy also.  Tomorrow, I’m going to start meeting with a young woman from the country where I will live for Bible study and prayer.  Why wait to move to Africa to build relationships, to help people and to teach literacy, right?

As far as finding a church home goes, the pastor’s wife of the Hispanic church that meets upstairs from the African church (multicultural church – I love it!) sought me out last Sunday night to invite me to their Sunday morning services.  She also asked me if I sing or play an instrument!  Hmmm….

This morning I went to the Hispanic church and was greeted warmly.  Turns out I’ll be talking to the teen Sunday school class in a couple of weeks, and my guess is that I’ll end up helping to teach that class.

Tonight, I went to the African church for my maiden voyage into helping the kids.  (That adventure will have to be its own blog post!)  Before church I was talking to the pastor, and he was expressing his gratitude for my willingness to help.  I told him that I had been praying for ministry opportunities and that God had pointed me to the kids in this congregation.  He said, “I love you for that!  I wish everyone would ask God for ministry opportunities!”

So, friends, what about you?  Have you asked God to show you how you can serve His people where you are?  Or maybe He has something special for you in another country!  Ask Him to show you what it is!

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