Thursday May 21st, 2015: Mexico Adventures & Lessons Part I

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I’m so excited to be in Mexico! My sister, Rachel, has lived in Puerto Escondido since August and I’m so glad I finally get to meet all the people she has met here, see the beautiful town, and see what God is doing in the ministry she is working with!

 We left Dallas Monday morning and when we got to Mexico City we learned our flight had been delayed (even though the board read on time). In case anyone was wondering, the Mexico City Airport isn’t very functional and the communication isn’t the greatest. Then when we finally got to our destination, I learned that they lost my bag… I was super bummed. I’ve never had issues while flying. Ever. I guess my luck just ran out. But don’t worry, the airline people were really nice and knew pretty good English so it all got worked out. I was supposed to get my bag on Tuesday but then it got pushed back to Wednesday (in typical Mexico fashion.)

I am so used to America that this situation made no sense to me. In America, when you lose your bag you file a report and there’s a procedure to be followed. In Mexico when you loose your bag you get the airline attendants number and work it out (literally.)

The common idea that’s been popping up is this: This place is so much different than what I’m used to.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1: 2-4 NLT

I’m kinda a diva (I’ve just come to accept this) and Mexico does not accept Divas. Okay well maybe they do, just not this diva. I’ve been trying VERY hard to adjust my attitude since I’ve been here. I’m trying to put away all my expectations of how I live back home. I’m trying to remind myself that roaches aren’t that gross (this ones hard). I’m trying to remind myself that I don’t NEED air condition. I’m trying to remind myself that I don’t need to fix my hair and do my makeup every morning. It’s hard, but when you’re forced to just accept all these things, ya kinda have to, or else you won’t have fun and embrace all that God has to offer for you.

I am a very type A person. I love organization, order, and schedule. Dirty, messy, and chaos are not adjectives that describe me. I realize that while those traits can be great, they often hinder me from not only having more fun but more importantly, following God’s will for my life.

As a Christian, God wants us to have fun! His will comes first, but who says following God can’t be fun? So today remember to HAVE FUN! Go with the flow! Following God is the furthest thing from boring.

My challenge for you today is to take what you would normally consider “troubles” and turn them into joy. Turn your test of faith, into a chance to grow. But most importantly just have fun! Live in the moment. Trust God. 

Have some fun!

“So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people to do in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them.” Ecclesiastes 8:15 NLT

I’ll be sharing more about my experiences in Mexico so stay tuned!

To see behind the scenes of my Mexico adventures, follow me on Snapchat at hannahhmooree 🙂

Always, Hannah

 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

Thursday August 21st, 2014: Who Ya Trustin’?

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“You don’t need to know everything when you’re with someone you trust.” – Bob Goff, Love Does

I’m a worrier. I worry about all sorts of stupid stuff. I stress out about the weirdest stuff too. I’m a planner. I like to have all the details mapped out at least two weeks before. I also love schedules. I love consistency. I’m a control freak. I like to know everything that’s going on… Basically I’m a weirdo. Even though some of those personality traits are good traits, it often gets in the way of my relationship with God.

Trusting the Lord with all your heart is no easy feat. See God doesn’t always give us all the info up front. He doesn’t always explain what He’s about to do… BUT He does promise that He’s never leaving or forsaking you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

 Leaning not on my own understanding is my biggest problem. I’m a smart girl. I can figure out just about anything. I could figure out life on my own. Would it ever turn out right? No, but I could attempt to. In fact a lot of times I find this happening. I start leaning on my own understanding and then I wonder why my life’s a mess!

 In all your ways submit to him because He know what He’s doing. He created the heavens and earth… He knows what He’s doing.

 He will make your paths straight because He loves you so much. He sent His only son for you (John 3:16). He cares so much about your future… He even knows your future and wants you to prosper (Jeremiah 29:11)!

So when you start to feel anxious about your future think about whom you trust. Are you trusting God, who will take care of you no matter what, or yourself. Go with the flow and just TRUST GOD!