Monday, March 28, 2011

On the road

We're out on deputation.  While Annette went as a missionary kid, this is our first go round with all this and I'd have to say it's been a joy.

We've been to San Jose... Mission Viejo... Lakeside... Cornerstone... Hesperia... Hemet...  and in each place and even along the way we've met people who have a heart for God and His mission and have expressed HIS love to us.  We've shared some incredible services, we've shared some incredible food and we've seen God move.

Thank you to ALL who have expressed their love, promised their prayers & support while always encouraging us.  We are SO blessed.

Friday, March 25, 2011

DOORS...barriers or openings

Have you noticed the doors behind these words?

We had the privilege of visiting Dublin during November of this last year, and as we were moving around Dublin we saw many of these Georgian doors in a variety of colors. I think you'd have to agree, they're beautiful.

The Georgian Doors of Ireland

Doors are interesting.  Even though they're the way in, many times they feel more like a barrier.   I've been thinking about our call to go to Ireland and about the doors that will be set before us in that place. 
Would you join us in praying for open doors?  
Would you join us in praying for the courage to knock on doors, to try doors... 
Would you join us in discovering where God is at work, to join Him in what he's doing?

I wonder what's behind door number...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day!

For some the mention of St. Patrick's Day leads them to think about whether they're wearing something green.  For others it's about those little leprechaun or the opportunity to drink.

Yet the reality is St. Patrick Day celebrates the life of a man who changed the course of history in Ireland.  In the 5th Century. St. Patrick was first carried off to Ireland as a child, becoming a slave shepherd.  Yet incredibly later in life at the age of 48 he returned.  He came to a pagan land, in response to the call of God, where he was used of God to transform that society.

Patrick's genius was his ability to use common symbols, symbols that were often used by the Druid's in their religious observance.  One of the great symbols Patrick used was the shamrock.  This symbol, used in Druid worship, was redeemed by Patrick who used it to speak of our Triune God.

So on this St. Patrick's Day whether you have a Shamrock Shake or see a shamrock lapel pin, allow the image of a shamrock to remind you of our great God, a God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Overwhelmed... and lovin' it!

T-minus 100 days and counting.  I don't know whether to be overwhelmed or excited.  There is SO much to do.  I began writing a list of everything that needs to be accomplished before we leave in June and frankly it's not possible.

Maybe you're thinking, "Steve, you need to be more positive!"  Perhaps, but the more I've thought about it the more I realize in this place of profound need I am discovering the sufficiency of Christ.  I was reminded of John 15 and these words, "abide in me and you will bear much fruit.  Apart from me you can do nothing!"

It's so easy to depend on no one but yourself.  I am being reminded in these days that God longs for me to live in a place where I have to rely on Him.  How about you?

Stephen & Annette Morley
Outside the General Post Office in Dublin