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Being Refreshed…by Refreshing Others




Note: Laurel Joyce Griffith frequently writes here on faith and parenting. She left last week for the trip she is describing here. After you finish reading this story, please check out her blog and catch up on trip updates…

This weekend I leave for Haiti, where I’ll be serving with a mission team from Daphne Alabama. The trip has a variety of purposes but my primary responsibility is to lead a women’s conference in a Haitian church. I’ve been praying and preparing for weeks and now that our departure is imminent, I’m trying to remain calm and focused by reminding myself of what I know to be true.

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I didn’t have an actual photo from Laurel’s trip, so we settled on this folk art painting from a Haitian artist. Country life is not an easy life there, but there IS beauty ~ everywhere ~ if we look with eyes that seek it!

  1. God determines the outcome of this conference, not me or any member of our team. The Spirit is the one who speaks and the Spirit is the one who pours God’s love into the hearts of the people who are willing to receive that grace,The most significant message I can share with anyone is the beauty of God’s great love. Because I am a teacher, I spend hours reading books and studying commentaries. I spend time reflecting on God’s Word and crafting messages designed to reach people with truth as well as real life application. The danger in being a person who enjoys study and language is that I might forget the most important thing. More significant than what I say is the way I love. A warm smile, a gentle hug, a kind word will open doors and bind our hearts together.
  2. The most significant message I can share with anyone is the beauty of God’s great love. Because I am a teacher, I spend hours reading books and studying commentaries. I spend time reflecting on God’s Word and crafting messages designed to reach people with truth as well as real life application. The danger in being a person who enjoys study and language is that I might forget the most important thing. More significant than what I say is the way I love. A warm smile, a gentle hug, a kind word will open doors and bind our hearts together.
  3. A mission trip is an extension of the church. Believers from many churches have supported this trip with tangible gifts as well as their prayers and words of encouragement. It’s a humbling and beautiful thing to see the body of Christ work as one. God is glorified in our unity of purpose and commitment.

These truths can be applied to any work we do in the name of Jesus. Whether it’s parenting, or serving in a local soup kitchen, or counseling with a questioning friend, our job is to be a vessel of love and grace and leave the results to the Holy Spirit.

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We grow weary and our message is tired and strained without renewed vision and the encouragement that comes from sharing with other believers.

I have a feeling I will receive more than I give and learn more than I teach on this trip to Haiti. God works this way in all the endeavors we surrender to him. I’ll be sharing what I discover on my blog www.laureljoycegriffith.com. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit and even say a prayer on our behalf.

May God be glorified in all we say and do.

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Laurel Griffith

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Laurel writes from Albany, Georgia where she lives with Jim, the love of her life and husband of 32 years.She and Jim are the parents of 3 grown sons and a lovely daughter-in-law. Laurel has been a magazine publisher, a newspaper editor and a freelance writer. She speaks at conferences, teaches Bible study and makes a great sugar cookie. You can read more of Laurel’s thoughts at www.laureljoycegriffith.com
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One Response to Being Refreshed…by Refreshing Others

  1. Marilyn Lesniak May 4, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Great food for thought! Thank you for shaing at #WonderfulWednesday! Happy Mothers Day.
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