The Life of Maestra Megan

Adventures in the life of a Costa Rican Missionary

“Couples Counseling” September 30, 2011

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Recently I’ve been able to spend time with several young married couples (20 yrs old) with little children. (All trying to make it in one tiny room in their parents’ home.)  None of this was planned but, over and over again, a quick greeting has evolved into longer conversations about work, God, the Bible, parenting, discipline, etc.

Andres & Jenny were married one month ago (after living together 2 years) and baby Andrey was born two weeks ago!  They believe in God and are followers of Jesus Christ but have not been part of a church family for a long time.  I pray they will see the importance of joining a Bible study.

Cristina & Warner celebrated their second anniversary this month, and petite Eimy will turn 2 years old in December.  Cristina served by my side for several years as a volunteer leader for the Saturday girls, and we have a close relationship.  She graduated from high school when 9 months pregnant; now both parents are working fulltime and seeking to raise their daughter to walk in God’s paths.

Ana Cecilia gave birth to baby Ivan Daniel in August.  She and her partner Ivan have been together almost three years now, and want to be married but are held back by not having the needed legal documents.  Ana Cecilia was raped over and over by her stepfather, and her oldest, Tania, was born 6 years ago.  At that time unwanted, Tania is now her mother’s beloved girl, proving that God can pick up the broken pieces of ANYONE’S LIFE and breathe life and joy back into them.  Ceci is my special “goddaughter,”  and I love to watch her grow in her faith.

JeanCarlo and Karen have been married 3 years and have an adorable 2.5 year old daughter Suyen.  JeanCa changed jobs to allow him to spend more time with his family; he is the sole bread-winner and Karen is studying for her high school diploma.  Karen struggles especially with disciplining her toddler, since she was beaten by both of her parents through most of her life.

I cherish these mentoring moments, and am asking God to prepare me to speak His word whenever and however necessary, to encourage and instruct others in the way of truth.  I realize I’m not “already there,” I’m so far from perfect!  But it is precisely my own sins–past and present–that allow us to relate to one another, to confess our wrong and to press onward to take hold of the righteousness of Christ. Jesus always meant for faith to be a shared journey,  for us to love and motivate one another on to greater things, and to call us to account when our actions dishonor God.

 

Being a missionary means…. September 21, 2011

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Often, this sentence runs through my head….Because I am often asked what do I do, what does a typical day look like?  And at the most random moments in my life, I realize that “THIS is what being a missionary means.”  So…today? Today, being a missionary meant Playstation with 9 year old David.  Yes, I’m serious!  Susi and I made a short visit to a family–mom Olga just returned home after a hysterectomy, and needed some pain meds and some encouragement.  Susi spent time with Olga in prayer, while I chatted with the kids, congratulated them on their report cards, and then played virtual soccer with young David.  God willing, tomorrow I’ll have time and energy to go back and visit Olga again, maybe even cook a simple meal for the family.  And…probably play more Playstation with my buddy…

 

September 7, 2011

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Do you know the definition of the word sated?

Sated:  To satisfy fully; to satisfy to excess; to provide with more than enough.  

I understand this  now that there is a 2 month old baby in the house.  When Patricia is done feeding Ezekiel, he is the very picture of sated.  Radiant with satisfaction, so content he barely moves…

 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; 
   like a weaned child with its mother, 
   like a weaned child is my soul within me.

           Psalm 131:2

Did you know God wants you to feel that same way?  His greatest desire is to satisfy you fully, to satisfy you to excess!  The Bible speaks of a God who loves His people,  who wants to spend time with us.  He invites us to sit down for a meal together. He invites us to take off our heavy backpacks and rest a while.  God invites us to stop pretending…to fess up to our true selves…He can’t wait to wash away all the stains we just can’t get rid of no matter how hard we try.

God invites us to believe in him and obey His Word–and when we do, He promises to make a home for us with Him, forever.  God compares Himself to a man in love, who willingly gives everything He has to His beloved–even when she says NO again and again.

The Bible says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James. 4:8)  It’s not an empty promise.  God doesn’t want you to be empty.  He wants to satisfy you fully, to provide you with more than enough.  There is no need to look anywhere else.

  

 

 
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