Awesome Tales

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I just bought a new book that Mike Thompson introduced me to. I plan to read it each morning, and buy a copy for everyone on my Christmas list who does not buy one before the holidays, based on my recommendation. The name of the book is “The Book Of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha.  Pasricha began a web site some years back called “1000 Awesome Things.” He started the web site because as he says he thought the world was getting “pretty ugly out there.”  The book is 393 pages of the all the little things that I (and you?) need to be more thankful for each day.

I have now had the privilege of going to into a third world ministry three times. Each time, be it in Haiti or Nicaragua, the Lord has worked a transformation upon me and the community I’ve traveled with. Soon into the trip, we each shifted from any intention of changing the “foreigner” to an understanding that God's intent is to change us. The ones without material possessions are so thankful for what they have, and what they have is a relationship with the Lord, that they will tell you how they got their life and what their life depends upon.

One cannot help but return home from such trips feeling a greater appreciation for the simple things and the blessings of the people in your life. Most of all, one elevates the place of God, and the gift of following Jesus who leads us into high adventures where, if we are patient, we will meet the Lord! For over and over again Jesus says “he dwells among the lost.”

Psalm 40:1-3, ” I waited patiently upon the Lord ; he inclined to me and heard my cry, He drew me up from the desolate pit, and out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock , making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”

Pray this week for my daughter, and your sister in Christ, Amanda Rae Jensen, as she prepares to tell tales of the blessings the Lord brought upon her during her seven weeks of serving the children in the ministry of Light and Melody in Nicaragua this past summer.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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