Two women. One from the United States and one from Mexico. Did we know our paths would cross one day? No! But, I am so glad they did. My life is forever changed. Are we the same? In some ways, yes. In other ways, no. Her life much harder than I could ever imagine. Some would look at me and say I am far better off than the other woman. Some would say I was born into privilege. But what makes me any better than anyone else? Because I was born in a country where life is much easier? Because I was born in the US? How much different my life would be if I was born in a third world country. Why was I the lucky one to be born in North America? But, am I really the blessed one? Sometimes I question if I am truly fortunate. The other woman able to take one moment at a time; to be focused on what is truly important, family. Me, so busy with life and not able to relax without feeling guilty. Questions that stir in my mind as I sit watching, talking, and waiting among the beautiful people here in a Mexico.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
A few months back I wrote a blog post called, “Send Me.” Little did I know just what those words would mean in the short time to follow. I meant what I said with all my heart, “Lord, send me.”
However, I did not think that it would happen so suddenly. My husband and I met a man recently that God has used to change the course of our lives. This man came to one of our home fellowships and really hit it off with my husband. Over the next few months, we have had several meetings with him, fellow-shipping and breaking bread together. He is in the Navy, but on his down time, he does short mission trips to Mexico.
One evening after spending several hours talking about our life living off-grid and discussing this gentleman’s mission trips, he asked my husband and I if we would pray about moving to Mexico permanently to be caregivers of a mission house. We were stunned. We had been feeling like change was on the horizon, but didn’t know when, and most assuredly didn’t know what we would be doing.
We prayed that evening together and as we were laying in bed I said to my husband, “I feel like if they asked us to go tomorrow, I could.” I had a peace wash over me. Mark replied, “I feel the same way!” So the past few weeks, we have been preparing and letting family members know. God is opening the door wide! (Revelations 3:7 & 8) God is going before us. He has already had funding come in and the house is being prepared as I write this.
Our two daughters will be coming with us and our son will be staying in Washington. He is almost 20 and has a good job. He feels like God is telling him to stay behind. As we prepare, the Lord has shown us more and more what we would be doing in Mexico.
Some of the other missionaries found out that I homeschool and have asked me to teach their kids! I am so excited about this. I thought my years of teaching would be coming to an end soon and here, God has made it clear that this could be just the beginning. My husband will be teaching Bible, doing building projects, marital counseling, and much more. All of us will be helping out at the orphanages, medical clinic, and churches in the area.
Although this has been a shock, we are all very excited. I have moments when worry and fear can consume me, but in the end, I know that God will take care of us. I understand it will not always be easy but I can see how God’s hand is on this journey and I believe our days of living off-grid has prepared us “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)
“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If you are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
As I read the Bible, I am amazed at how many times Jesus was willing to touch the unclean. To touch a person with leprosy meant that you – yourself became unclean and had to go through a ceremonial purification, which was a huge inconvenience. Yet, He was willing.
We see in Mark 5;21-42 that Jesus was even willing to touch the dead. Again, making himself unclean. As I ponder these thoughts I think about this past week. We have been dealing with many sick people in our own home. My son, Aaron had the stomach flu and the rest of us have been fighting off a head cold. My husband’s cold turned into a sinus infection, making him all the more miserable.
When our son was sick, I thought how reluctantly I wanted to clean up the bathroom after him. Yet, when I weighed the outcome of cleaning up the germs so no one else would get the stomach flu, to potentially making myself sick because I was the one cleaning, I decided it was worth the risk. I was willing to expose myself to the germs on the off-chance that everyone else would stay healthy.
I realized that’s exactly what Christ did for us. He took on all our sin, Who had no sin, to die on a tree for us, so that we would be without sin, to live eternally with Him forever. What an amazing thought!
Lord, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. I pray that as I go throughout my day I will not get caught up in the things that are tedious for me, but that I would have a mind of Christ and be willing to do the unclean things. Help me to touch the untouchable and love the unlovable just like you did. -Amen
Have you ever wanted to learn to fly with Jesus? Have you ever wanted to go deeper with Christ? Have you ever wanted to tear down your walls and taste freedom?
Well, I am happy to say, my book Beautiful Dependence is now published as an Ebook and is FREE on amazon.com for Kindle Unlimited customers or $2.99 for regular customers! It is my personal story of moving to the mountains of eastern Washington and living off-grid (no power). It is the story of surrendering to Jesus, and letting Him tear down my walls, and set me free, and teaching me to fly higher each day! It is also about the affect that this freedom had on my marriage and the raising and homeschooling of three beautiful kids.
It is finally finished!
We have been hearing from so many of you who have read the book and how it has touched your lives, and left you with a desire to go deeper with Christ. Two of the most common reactions are, “I couldn’t put it down!” and “I’m reading it again, because there was just so much there.”
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In a world that tells you Independence is beautiful, our hope is to get the message out of just how Beautiful Dependence is! We long for every one to surrender to Jesus and let Him have His way with them.
Beautiful Dependence is Christine’s story of Surrender; of falling into the arms of God and learning to Fly – daily!
This year I am homeschooling three teenagers! Wow, who would have thought I’d make it this far? If this is your first year homeschooling, hang in there! It is worth all the blood, sweat, and tears. I had my doubts in the beginning, but through patience and perseverance, we are on the “home stretch”.
Here is what our schedule looks like:
8:00 am Everyone up and doing morning chores.
9:30 am School starts altogether. I try to do as much together as I can. This includes; Bible, History, and any read-alouds I want to add to our school year.
10:30 am One on one time starts with a child of my choice. If I know someone needs help with a particular subject, this allows me to have that extra time that is needed. This includes; Math, L.A., and Science.
11:30 am One on one time with another one of my children: same as above, Math, L.A., Science (although my two olders are in the same science we can knock out that with the two of them.)
12:00 pm break for lunch which can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
1:00 pm One on one time with the 2nd child from above if time is needed. If they are able to do their school work on their own then I will continue one on one time with the last child at this time.
2:00 pm Done with “school” per se. We now do any physical activity they want. Some examples are walking, jumping on the trampoline, archery, soccer, catch, etc.
This schedule is not “rigid” and is subject to other things that might need our attention.