Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Love Like I'm Not Scared

Summer is almost over.  I can't believe how fast it has flown by.  In just two weeks, I will be starting school again.

While I very much looked forward to this summer (who doesn't?!), I very much dreaded it's end.  I knew that this summer would be very special and very tough.  I knew I would meet people and go places that I would love and have to let go.  And I was scared.  I almost wished that I could not let my heart love because I knew that these dear people would be leaving.  But I knew I could not do that.  

So I chose to love.  I chose to love my Mexico team, to love the Mexican children I served, to keep loving my friends even though much too soon they would leave to begin college. 

This summer I heard a song by for KING & COUNTRY that encouraged me to love like Jesus even when I knew that the people would not be in my life forever.  It's called "Fix My Eyes," and the chorus goes like this....

I'd love like I'm not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you

Love like I'm not scared.

This summer I chose to love like I'm scared, and I don't regret it!  Because I did, I was able to experience love that goes beyond borders and barriers and distance.  I was reminded of how great God's love is for us and how He'll never stop loving us no matter how far away we may run.

1 Corinthians 13:8a 
"Love never fails."

Friday, August 1, 2014

I'm Home!

I have so many thoughts about my time in Mexico right now.  But, for now, I won't use words.  Instead, I will let these pictures speak for me.  :)







Monday, July 14, 2014

The World Cup

I don't watch sports.  Ever.

However, I heard about the FIFA World Cup and was interested.  Eight Compassion countries had teams playing.  In some of those countries, I have a Compassion child.  So I followed the stats on Google because we don't have the tv channel to watch the games.

Of course, I routed for Mexico initially.  I was really bummed out that they lost to the Netherlands.  But Colombia was still playing, so I began to cheer them on.  They had to play Brazil, which I didn't think was a big deal.  My sister then informed me that Brazil has amazing soccer skills.  For example, Brazil hadn't lost a competitive match on their own soil in 39 years (since 1975).  Following the online commentary for the last couple minutes of the Colombia-Brazil match confirmed that I once again routed for the losing team.  However, Brazil was down two players and I was interested to see how it would turn out for their next game.

Brazil's next match gave them only a chance to get third place in the 2014 World Cup.  I was amazed!  I thought they would win even though they were down two players.  Germany beat them 7 to 1, which was the highest scoring game in the whole tournament (that I know of)!  Surely I thought they would end up with third place, but again they lost....this time to the Netherlands.

The final match of the tournament was Germany vs. Argentina for first and second place.  I figured Germany would win because they seemed to have won a lot of the matches they were in.  After a long game with overtime, Germany scored the winning goal (which was also the only goal of the match)!

It was really interesting to see the World Cup stats and read about some of the games.  I learned a couple things and had fun seeing which country would take home the honor of first place!

Did you watch or follow the World Cup?  Which match interested or surprised you the most?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Some Thoughts

I was scared to look at the date of my last post, and yikes! it was scary.  I haven't posted in two weeks.  I guess I've been more busy thinking about things than writing about them!

Anyway, I came across these verses today....

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (NIV)
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

I found it encouraging to know that I'm not the only crazy one God chose!  As I think about going to Mexico (in just 18 days!!!!!), I sometimes wonder what I am doing.  I mean seriously, I'm not very brave or outgoing and I'm definitely not eloquent with my words!  But yet, God still has a plan that involves me.  That's pretty exciting (and scary)!

As each day passes and I am one day closer to boarding that plane, I ask that you would remember my team and me in your prayers.  Pray that God would prepare us for what He would have us do while we are serving Him in Mexico!

Thank you, friends!  I am so blessed by each of you! :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Celebrating!

Today is June 17, 2014. Three years ago today, Compassion assigned me my first correspondent Aprila! So I celebrated that today in a very unique way.....

I got shots.

didn't get a pretty band-aid - oh well! ;)

I guess it would be normal to have a nice meal or do something fun on an anniversary, but I think getting shots today was perfect and special.

You see, three years ago, I never imagined I would go on a missions trip. I never thought I would leave the country. And honestly, I didn't know Jesus very well. He was just a far-off Person to me.

Over the past couple years, God has grown a desire in my heart to know Him and make Him known (as the familiar Casting Crowns song "Thrive" says). God has used Compassion to draw me closer to Him and teach me many things. Compassion planted a desire for mission work in my heart. As time went by, the desire grew.

And now, three years later, I get shots for my first mission trip. I think it's super awesome how God had it all planned out all along. I am so excited to see what He does in Mexico because I know that He has wonderful things planned! I can't wait!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Mexico!

I have added a "Mexico" page to my blog.  On it is a bit of a story of how Mexico has captured my heart and how I can see that God is going to do amazing things while I am there (and leading up to it, too, as I have seen already!).  I will also update it with the links to my newest posts about Mexico.

Check it out here - Love is an Action: Mexico

Monday, June 9, 2014

Necklaces!

I know some of you have been wondering if I was going to do another online fundraiser for Mexico.  Well, I am!!  

I am selling handmade necklaces.  These necklaces are colored on both sides.  As you can see in the photo, some are sparkly and others have designs. 


I am selling each necklace for $5.  Domestic shipping is $3.  International shipping is $7.  If you would like to order a necklace, please e-mail me at lizzie4compassion@gmail.com and specify the color of your choice (pink, green, red, or mauve - blue is currently sold out.  It I get enough orders, I will make more!).  


Thank you to my lovely sister for modeling a necklace!

















If you would like to donate to my trip in a different way, check out my coffee fundraiser Lizzie's Mexico Mission Trip 2014!! - Just Love Coffee Roasters or e-mail me at lizzie4compassion@gmail.com

Thank you for your support!