Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Lesson in Faithfulness

The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.

Never have these words meant more to me.

Since January, I have felt God whisper over and over to me that I need to rely on His faithfulness. Something this girl is not want to do. I am a doer. I am a controller. Trust and reliance is a lesson that, sadly, must be reviewed frequently.

When this opportunity to go to Haiti occurred, things moved fast – too fast for me to control. Much of it was and remains a blur.

Last Tuesday, I found out that we needed medical supplies. We had nothing. Having been on a medical mission before I know the difficulty in obtaining supplies and I could feel the anxiety rising. Twelve days doesn't leave much time for acquiring the necessary items.  I sent an email to family and friends, asking first for prayer and if they could – money.

And, I prayed.

Within two days, I received $300. Each day that number grew in size until it was doubled. Many needed supplies have been purchased.  In the midst of this, I remembered a wonderful organization that provides needed supplies free of charge for mission groups and after a phone conversation, I was on a 4 hour trek to pick up more supplies. What an amazing blessing they were!

My bags are overflowing now.  So much so, that every member of our team has been asked to carry some of the medical supplies in their checked bags.

I continue each day to be overwhelmed by the light of God shining brightly into my circumstances - even those that seem most mundane and irrelevant. His grace is overwhelming.

I continue to feel the love of God enfold me.  Sweet embraces through friends – through songs – through quietness. A filling within that soon, I pray, I can pour out in Haiti.

I believe in His protection over the days to come – through the travel that is ahead and for the time in a foreign land. 

Wherever I am – whether at home or in Haiti – God is.

Faithful and true.

He was, He is and He will always be!

And there is where I am learning to place my trust.

We leave for the fractured ground of Haiti on Monday, March 15. This promises to be a whirlwind trip and a sure assault for all our senses and our hearts. I would greatly appreciate your prayers for our safety; for our bags and supplies to arrive in a timely manner; for our health and above all, that God will be glorified and our presence will be of some benefit to the people in Haiti.

© A Sacred Longing 2009-2010


  1. Praise God for the supplies He has provided! That is wonderful! He is faithful! Prayers for you and your team.

  2. when God moves like this, His voice is saying loud and clear, " I am with you and will watch over you and tend to your needs"

    Praise Him for His mercy and grace and goodness.

    I will be praying for you!

  3. Oh, Denise! I will be praying. I can't imagine how hard it will be, seeing the changes that have taken place. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming week!

  4. Praying for your trip! May God richly bless you and those you minister to.

  5. Praise the Lord Denise!!

    You have my prayers and love with you. God is so GOOD and His Hand is upon you.

  6. Haiti is on my heart too. Praying for your time there.

  7. How awesome! I pray that you bless many lives!!!

  8. I know you've already left - butd I am praying for a safe return and a blessed abiding while you're there. I found you through Sonja's place.

    Patrina <")>><
    His watchman on the wall