Sunday, November 27, 2011

Eating Humble Pie

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is all the desserts. Chocolate covered Oreos, apple pie, pumpkin pie, you name it, I'll eat it. But recently I have been learning to eat more humble pie. I read 1 Peter 5:6 where Peter suggests that we should humble our selves before the Hand of God that in His due time, He will lift us up. I have also been contemplating the Advent season that's now upon us. It was through humility that Christ came down from the Glories of Heaven to be born in a dirty stable, a place any of us would be abhorred to deliver a child, especially with all the modern medical marvels we have today. It was in humility that Jesus grew up in Nazareth, for even his own people said, "Nothing good comes from Nazareth!" It was in humility that Christ lived as a homeless man. "Foxes have dens but I don't have a home to call my own." It was in humility that Christ hung out with "sinners." It was in humility that he asked 12 blue collars to be his closest friends. It was in humility that He rode into Jeruselum on a donkey. It was in humility that he was betrayed by one of his closest friends by a kiss. It was in humility that Christ remained silent as he was beat and whipped. He did not try to save face or defend himself. How quickly do we try to venerate our self at the slightest hint of personal offense?
In humility, Christ was executed as a criminal who was innocent. Imagine the police coming to your door and dragging your husband out in cuffs, being accused of a crime he didn't commit. How would that fly?
Isn't it through humility that we realize our need for Christ's forgiveness? Isn't it through humility that we are able to consider forgiveness and love towards those who don't deserve it?
Then there's the rub. Truly we do not deserve the grace forwarded to us by God through Christ. Isn't that humbling? And isn't it humbling that in reality we are weak. All our attempts to be the best fill in the blank by our own efforts come up very short, very short. Christ said that we can not do any good thing our own. What is impossible to man is possible for God.
It is humbling when we are reminded we were saved for God's purposes and not our own.
It is Humility that allows us to deny our selves, to put others first, to love our neighbors. And what makes humility possible in our lives? It is Christ in us. We are dead to ourselves and alive to Christ!
This advent, let us keep our eyes looking forward the 2nd advent that is soon upon us. Let us continue to submit ourselves to Christ so that He can live in us and through us. We are lamps, lamps of love, lamps of humility, the Love of Christ, the Humilty of Christ.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ode to Thee

Oh Lord how tired you know that I am! But you fill me up with you! The true bread and the true wine! Temptation to embrace self knocks at the door, but Christ remains to remind me that which is impossible to man is possible for Him. How quickly and easily we forget the kindness and grace that is bestowed upon us hour by hour. How is it that I forget to bestow the same that dwelleth in me to the ones who I say I love so much. Fatigue clouds the memory and one quickly falls back to survivor mode. Eyes narrow and the mind cinches. The serpent tongue begins to fork and flames begin to flicker. Bite thy tongue and cling to the cross with all your might. Don't not look back and do not give up but allow your self to fall into the great deep, the deep, deep love of Jesus that no one can fathom but yet when one has only waded in the shallowest part, one can not deny. A pearl of great price that one would sell or spend anything to swim in that deep. Often we think that God will suffocate us but when we let go, if we take the step of faith, when we step out into the raging sea, we find that God is in absolute control and even though we may feel like we are free falling, we also know that God is Solid, Rock solid and His great love dispels any hint of fear.  I land on solid ground. Enemies surround me yet I do not fear because I am not alone, God as already gone before me and the war is won. What is the worst that can happen? Take my life? Take my family? Take my health? All that I need is in Christ. None but thee, oh Lord, there is none but thee!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Breaking Point...

Remember as a kid when you found a rubber band and you would slowly pull it to see how far you can stretch it before it breaks? Well thats how it is at times as followers of Christ. God takes us beyond our physical limitations at times to show us our weaknesses and our need to trust wholly in Christ. I believe our preparation to go to Kenya is just the beginning to something much bigger and God is molding us for His purposes. He puts us to the fire to burn off the dross, to burn off the stuff we think may be important or even consider as a strength, to burn off ideas and assumptions we hold that are not of Christ. To determine what we really do believe and if we will act according to the words Christ has spoken. To burn away areas of pride or contempt so that we may wholly offer our selves to our Lord for His purposes. "Deny thy self and pick up your cross and follow me." All of us who consider Christ our Lord are called for His purposes no matter where we are or where we may go. Whether at home or over the big blue, do we truly recognize Christ as Lord? Will I take him at His word? Will I allow Christ to infiltrate every square inch of my soul or will I hold back? Oswald Chambers put it beautifully, "But when His life as been created in me by His redemption, I instantly recognize His right to absolute authority over me." When we have "experienced" Christ, we would/will sell everything to follow Him.
God is not in a hurry, He has a totally different time frame than we do, but if we submit to His will we will find an awesome life filled with mystery and awe as we witness the redeeming power of God in the lives of those around us! "Seek and you shall find, Ask and it shall be given, if anybody lacks anything, ask..."
To God be the glory and Honor, who is Worthy of all praise!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bigger than we know!

Praise the Lord! We will be staying in Rochester this summer! We are very humbled and thankful for Browncroft Community Church! Our hearts have been extremely warmed by the encouraging notes, prayers, and continuous financial support! The months before us are full of mystery as we know not exactly what God has in store for us. Yet, we are excited to walk in the Power of His Blood as we continue to follow where He leads and bear witness to His work in the lives around us! We are blessed to spend more time in Rochester so we can spend more time with our friends and families here as we continue to pray for God’s  Atoning power to be made known in the lives of all we come into contact! Anika, Titus and Elise are also very excited to stick around and enjoy their friends and family! 
With our departure delay, we will be able to slow down a little and regain some strength and sanity as we shortly resume preparations to pack, finishing up left over orientation work, and other numerous loose ends that need tying. In addition, we will also have some time to possibly make some road trips to see family and friends as they get married or make over due reunions. In the mean time, Kevin has applied for local jobs since he won’t be teaching summer school and we wait to see what the Lord has on store for us. 
Amy and I are continuing to grow and learn how to totally trust our Lord and Savior for all things! And to “seek His Kingdom First” and not our own. We completely trust we will get to Kenya when God wants us to get out there and in the meanwhile we continue to faithfully serve Him where ever we are, for God’s work is everywhere and we take great joy in being poured out for our Lord!
I had mentioned before that this journey looks a lot like trying to climb Mt. Everest, but my friends, we may have only seen the tip of the iceberg!
We continue to pray for all of you and that you would continuously grow in the knowledge and understanding of the Grace and Power of our Lord and Savior!
In Christ, 
 The Wells Family

Thursday, May 12, 2011


So how do you know if a restaurant is a good one? Easy, you look at how many people are waiting in line to get in. Why do people wait hours in an emergency room or a hospital? Why do we wait in line at McDonalds or Chik -Fil-a? Why do people wait 3hours for a 30 second ride at Universal Studios? Because they know they will be somewhat rewarded at the end of their wait. Waiting though is not always fun. Often it can be discouraging, annoying, and frustrating. But yet we learn that somethings we can't control and we can choose to get frustrated and ugly or we can learn to wait on God, knowing He has all things in His hand, no matter what line we are in.
Looking ahead, we have close to one month before we have to be cleared financially to go to RVA in July. Right now we still have a ways to go. We have money to raise, a house to sell, shots to get, books to read, reports to write, meeting to attend and some of the things we can easily take care of. But some of theses others we will have to wait. Wait on God to bring the right buyer, wait on God to provide the funds we need. At times we are tempted to panic and ask ourselves what in the world we are doing. But we are not confident in the call to RVA but confident in our Lord who has called us.
It can be hard to wait on the Lord, but we are encouraged by Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

So we will wait and we will continue to hold on to the promises of God, for it is not the ministry we seek but it is God who we truly seek!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A New thought for the day.

A pastor at the church we go to posted blogged about how he had two buckets: 1. God Bucket and 2. Everything else Bucket. Basically, he was saying His quiet times with God, his praying, his meditating, studying, etc. was all done in separation to his family and home. This got me thinking as well because I can read and pray and help other people and minister to those who need it, but when I am with my wife and kids, I find my self doing things and saying things that aren't always loving. I can get very impatient, very selfish, and sometimes a bit grumpy. I am thinking to myself, something is not right! I should not be acting this way. So this week, one of my prayers was, God show me anything else I need to give up. Well, I felt He definitely answered after a decent night sleep. We can read scripture, pray all day, help our neighbor, but if we don't love, then what? I do need to grow in the different spiritual disciplines, but I also need to take on the Character of Christ. He was humble, patient, kind, gentle, not easily angered or impatient, sounds a lot like the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians. I need to give up my character, because it is not good enough. Christ's character is enough and I can take on His character through the Holy Spirit! Does not Christ dwell in me? So should His character, not mine. Our families are the ultimate test of character. It is also the ultimate window into the people we really are. Isn't that what they say about character, its what we do when no one is looking? Well, what happens between the walls of my house are only witnessed by a small hand full. So should I not put on Christ there too? God kept reminding me, deny your self and pick up your cross and follow me! Be slow to anger, be kind, gentle, long suffering, keeper of no wrongs. Its not that 1 Corithians is just a great wedding verse, but it is a picture of the character of Christ.  Let us submit our character to God so that He may give us the Character of Christ!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bumming Around

Imagine yourself as a homeless, crack addict, full of shame and sin. For years, living on the streets doing whatever it took to get your next fix. Then one day, out of no where a man takes you to his mansion and says to you, “For now on, you will live with me, anything you need, just ask.” The first day is great, but after the honeymoon wears off, you find your self still falling into your bad habits. You start to steal from your benefactor, you start to distrust him, you say to yourself, “I don’t deserve this!” And ultimately you begin to fall back into all the shameful things you did when you were out on the streets. It is the same way with you and I. Before Christ, our actions, thoughts, and deeds led us to death, but now that we know Christ, our actions, thoughts, and deeds lead us to life. But, and I mean a BIG BUT, we have to learn how to live this new life in Christ. Paul says in verses 13-14 (NIV), “...but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Say no to the things that separate you from God. Say no to the things that separate you from our spouse, children, families or friends.  We have to make the choice to live by the Spirit and deny ourselves the sin we once loved. I will encourage you with this:
 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV)
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Miss D. Meanor

We are always down for a road trip! When I drive, I love to get there as fast as I can, or at least I used to drive that way. I always thought my chances of getting pulled over was low. But one day while driving in VA, I got pulled over for reckless driving, which is punishable by up to a year in jail. My heart felt like it got hit with a sledge hammer. I tried to picture what it would be like if I had to go to jail. I would be crushed to be away from my family. Oh, my poor wife would have to move in with my mom and probably get a job because I wouldn’t be able to support my wife and kids. Of course my wife was freaking out, “I don’t want you to go to jail!!!” “Dear, neither do I !!!” 
Thankfully, a couple months later, I had the ticket reduced to a speeding ticket and just had to pay a fine. I felt free! 
Now, since I got off of the misdemeanor and know how to get it reduced, do I go out and speed even faster? Do I drive reckless everywhere I go because I got out of it once? No way, first I never drive in VA again, but second I learned from my mistake and slowed down. My family and future is not worth the need for speed. 
Its the same way as Christians. Do we continue to live the life that leads to death? Or do we live in the power of Christ? Salvation is freely given to those who ask, but our lives are no longer ours, but Christ’s. Paul says we were once slaves to sin, now let us be slaves to Righteousness. (Rom 6:18)

Monday, February 28, 2011


One word that we cherish as Americans that is not mentioned, but implied in these verses is the word Freedom. The word “Freedom” gets thrown around like a frisbee on a college campus when Christians talk about their faith in Christ and has just as many different shapes and colors as frisbees. Does it mean we are free to sin as we please? Does being a Christian give me Carte Blanche, so I can do anything because Jesus will forgive me? It says that nothing can separate me from the Love of God? Right?
Paul spells out very clearly, what we are “free” from. He reminds us of how we were slaves to sin. Our thoughts, our actions had one end in mind, death. We were bound to death by our own selfishness and lusts for the material world. We sought for joy where joy could not be found. We tried to erase our loneliness with people who just reminded us of how lonely we are. We tried to buy joy and wear happiness, but deep inside we knew it was all a mirage. Oh how we just wanted to be accepted, loved, cherished! We were nothing but God loved us still and sent His son to die, so we can live. Yet Paul remind us that as we identify with Christ’s death through our baptism, that our old self dies and we are raised to a new life in Jesus Christ. The power that resurrected Jesus from the grave now resides in me, you, all of those who have declared Jesus as Lord of their Life.  We are now free to be transformed by God. We are free from all the world’s expectations. We are free to not sin. We are free to experience true Joy and Peace only found in our Lord Christ Jesus. We are free from death. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pretty Ugly

I was blog surfing the other day and found a blog that had a lot of photos. Scanning the pages, there were a lot of photos of clothes, different rooms of a house, accessories including Rolex watches and designer hand bags and finally people who you might see in fashion magazine. You got a sense that the photographer had an idea of what they thought was beautiful. I mean, why else take photos but to try and capture something beautiful. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, such that each soul finds beauty in different things. Maybe a sun set. White sands, palm trees, and bright yellow sun. Mountain Valleys. Hot Red Farrari. Movie stars. Women. Men. Coach bag, Rolex watch. Ballet. Filet Mignon. Cup Cakes. Something beautiful
Why are we drawn to certain things? Why do some women obsessed with fashion? Why are some men obsessed with cars? Why are others obsessed with working out or dieting? Why are some obsessed with this hobby or that? Why do they spend so much time chasing this or seeking that? It is because each of us, you and me, seek out things that are beautiful. We want to some how obtain a part of the beauty that one thing might possess. We want to consume the beauty, we want to experience the beauty. We recognize a lack of beauty in our selves. Yet, what we find is, that like eating a McDonald’s, not such a value meal, it looks so great but after consuming we are still left unsatisfied. Is there true beauty?  
So what is beauty? Something beautiful is valuable. It is something that is good. Something worth working for. Something worth sacrificing for. You would abandon all others to get a grasp. Something bigger and greater than our selves. What would you do to obtain that which you think is beautiful? Unfortunately, we have a false sense of what beauty is. First deception is that beauty in its self is the goal or end, in what ever form. Second, often what we think is beautiful has no intrinsic value or any lasting satisfaction. Beauty is constantly fleeing. We can never catch up because this beauty we chase is really a mirage.  
True Beauty exists but we may not be able to see it. God created the universe, the Earth, the water, land, plants, animals, and humans. We learn if we read Genesis, that they were all good, they were all beautiful. They were beautiful not because of how they shined but because they were reflections of God’s awesomeness and Beauty. Everything God made is good. All good things from God are good, are beautiful. 
Even Lucifer was the most beautiful angel and he thought because of his greatness, he could be better than God. Now Satan has introduced a false beauty. In Genesis, when Satan tempts Eve, it refers to Eve seeing the fruit as pleasing to the eye and good to eat. Satan had promised them they would be wise and like God. But they would soon find out how empty that promises would be. From then on, humanity’s sense of beauty has been skewed. 
So what is true beauty? I watched a TV show last year called True Beauty where they explore the inner beauty of attractive people. I think they were getting a glimpse of what true beauty is. When David was being anointed as future king, Samuel scoffed, but God said, “Man looks on the outside, but I look at the heart.” Paul also said, “How beautiful are the feet of those that bring the gospel.” So here we get a different picture of what is truly beautiful. God is true beauty. Life in Christ is truly beautiful! People who share the Life giving Good news are beautiful! The only way to experience True Beauty is to look to Christ.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Only Six more months...

We got an email the other day from AIM saying that they have flight reservations for us on July 14th, 2011! Wow, what an email! That was very encouraging! As the new year begins, we are excited with anticipation to see God's mighty hand at work! Everyday is a step closer until we leave our world as we know it and venture to new ones.  We are continually reminded and encouraged that God is good and that He is in charge! We are encouraged by you as you pray for us and as you so generously give as God leads! We are humbled by your gracious giving and give thanks to God for you and that He would continue to bless and be glorified by you! We are very, very close to reaching our outgoing funds goal and our monthly support also continues to grow!

This month, we have also started an online course that we have been working on diligently. This is part of the required spiritual development before we go, but have been extremely blessed by the discussions and articles.
Also, big news, our house is finally on the market and we know God will work out the details! We are working with an agent who goes to our church and we are thankful to be partnered with a sister in Christ!

I must say, God is at work, the Harvest is ripe but the workers are few, and we pray that God will continue to send out workers!

We pray for you and appreciate your prayers as well.

Love the Wells Family!

PS, We have been asked by Browncroft to write some devotional for their Route 365 Bible Reading Plan, you can reads Kevin's article's this week and Amy's come up later. All the devotionals are thought provoking and provide a nice spiritual snack.