Thursday, September 6, 2012

Answered Prayers and Accomplished Goals

An interesting question was asked by someone I follow on Twitter this week.... He said that he is starting work later in the day than normal this week and his goal is to make it to the gym each morning.  He posted "What is your goal this week?"

I immediately stopped and put everything down and asked myself, what is ONE goal I can set for myself this week that has nothing to do with my current to-do list.

The first thing that popped into my head was that I wanted to do something to help someone that is a complete stranger to me.  So I picked up my phone and replied to his tweet and said, "My goal is to do something to help someone who is currently a stranger to me!"

I then took a few moments to just sit quietly and I asked God to make a way for me to accomplish this goal.  To put a complete stranger in my path that I can help... and not just help like "walk an old granny across the street" kind of help.  I asked boldly for someone to come into contact with me that needed help in a way that clearly I was CREATED to help them with.

Tuesday went by and nothing obvious happened. I went to an AA meeting and met some people, only a few of which were strangers to me, but I didn't help anyone in any way that I could see at least.

Wednesday morning I went to the grocery store. It was the first time in ages that I wasn't annoyed at this task, mainly because I went early in the morning on a week day and the shop was empty!  As I was in the queue at the till, a young man greeted me. He said "Auntie Regina, how are you?" I have no idea who he is, but I said hello and told him I was well and made some small talk until it was my turn to check out.  I paid and then walked to Nyasha's car and loaded my groceries in.

As I was getting ready to drive away, I stopped to load airtime in my phone.  As I did, there was a knock on the window.  This same young man was there and I rolled down the window and he said, "Auntie Regina, if someone wants to stay away from drugs, how do they do that?" and I said what my very first sponsor would have said to me when I was 19 years old and wanted an easy answer, I said "Well I guess they would just stay away from drugs.  It's simple but it's not easy-it's very hard." Then he said, "Well I need help, I just got out of rehab and I need to learn what to do." So I gave him my phone number and said that I've been there, I've learned what he needs to learn and that if he would call me I would introduce him to some guys that have learned how to stay clean to."

By the time I drove those three minutes back to my place, I had thought of what those early times were like. They were horrible.  I had to give up everything I ever loved, I had to reconstruct my whole life in order to stay sober. It was not easy, but it certainly was simple: STAY AWAY from people that use, STAY AWAY from people who sell, STAY AWAY from parties and bars, STAY AWAY from anyone who isn't helping you grow healthier.  I have learned that the only way for a TRUE addict to stay away from what they are addicted to is to STAY NEAR to God.

God answered my prayers that day...and I think he might have answered another persons prayers as well.  Hopefully I will be able to help this young man practice what he learned in rehab...

With Love From Zimbabwe,


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Michael W Smith came to Zimbabwe, FINALLY. There had been rumors that he was coming and plans for him to come before... but he never made it.  I think, it was worth the wait!

Nyasha and I were able to attend the concert with our friend and pastor, Lovejoy and his wife.  We had the opportunity to sit in the front row and that was an amazing blessing as Michael W Smith is Nyasha's favorite.  I kept saying that I didn't think I would know many of the songs... but I knew almost all of them.  His worship is like the soundtrack to my faith journey in a lot of ways and it was a lovely lovely night.

Even when we were waiting in the forever long queque to get in, we were having fun.  I was able to see and catch up with so many people that I have been missing!  What a reminder of how full my life really is here.

My heart had been quite sad and lonely as often happens when I return from the States.  I miss my family and my friend and the country that will always be mine. This helped tremendously... I forgot how much I love to worship along side of this man. Nyasha challenges me, and always helps me to see how God is working in my life for HIS glory <3 br="br">

As I left the worship concert Sunday evening I felt so much more prepared to face the crazy changes that are about to take place in my life!!

Please keep Nyasha, Ruthie and myself in your prayers!

With Love From Zimbabwe,