It's hard to know where to start, as I've had so many amazing experiences, meeting some really inspiring people over my 13 days in Albania and Macedonia! Before I share any of the stories, I want to give thanks to God for being with us - protecting, helping, enabling us to do all we did with love and grace, and without getting into any trouble or harm! A song from my past has just come to mind "In Him we live and move and have our being" and so I'm writing this with thanks to God, as it really has all been in God's strength.
Travelling to eastern european countries?
Speaking to women in different cultures?
Bringing relevant teaching?
Praying for, loving (and hugging!) so many different women?
Doing a TV interview in Albania?
Being away from home and all things familiar for a couple of weeks (and keeping positive)?
I'd have never dreamt that I'd be doing such things, or indeed that I'd be able to, but it's not in my own strength and ability, that's for sure!
Any strength I have is from trusting God.The Holy Spirit's really been underlining this through repeated references and encouragements to live in this truth from the Bible, these words that I'm embracing, testing, living out and wholeheartedly seeking to live by
" I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me
[I am ready for anything and equal to anything
through Him Who infuses inner strength into me;
I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]."
(coming soon - stories of the things that happened between these two photos!)