Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you..."

Jesus is so good to me. I'm always blown away by the perfection of His plans for me. He knows us so intimately that He can provide perfectly down to the very last detail. I love how Psalm 139 describes God's intimate knowledge of us as individuals:

 1 You have searched me, Lord,
   and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
   you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
   you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
   you, Lord, know it completely.

God's love for us is mind-boggling. He recently blew me away with a summer internship that seems to have been handpicked for me. This summer I will be working with Redeemed Girl Ministries (redeeemedgirl.org) and Marian Jordan, my favorite Christian author & speaker. I first heard Marian speak September of my freshman year, and her message of God's fulfilling love and redemption spoke to my heart and sparked an incredible journey of life change.

I've been in awe of how perfectly the Lord arranges things to work for the good of those who love Him. You see, my original plan was to go on Summer Project with Campus Crusade for Christ. I've always wanted to travel and here was the perfect opportunity to grow in my faith, enjoy Christian community,and share the gospel overseas. The only thing standing in my way was my back pain and I prayed and believed that I would be healed, that He would open that door for me if He wanted me to go.When I went to the doctor and found out I might have to have surgery this summer, I was devastated. No missions project for me. I cried and was so frustrated. I knew that the Lord must have better plans, but I didn't understand what they could be.

Luckily, there was still one more day for me to apply to the RGM internship. When Marian called me to tell me that I had gotten the internship, I was over-joyed and overwhelmed with excitement! After I have back surgery in May, in June I will be moving to Houston, Texas for about two months. The more I find out about the internship the more perfect it seems.  My job includes contacting sorority Chaplains throughout the country. It is our hope to put together resource packets with tools that will equip these girls more fully when they begin Bible studies within their chapters. I will also be assisting in planning the Redeemed Girl Institute, a summer women's conference, in beautiful Destin, Florida! For more information check out redeemedgirl.org/institute. I know this experience is going to be challenging and rewarding in ways that I can't imagine. I can't wait to see how God is going to stretch my faith and teach me to trust Him more fully.