Asia Bound

I really have been meaning to write about the trip to Africa…

I wanted to write about how the Lord spoke and showed me that before time began He knew that my son would be with me… and that it would be the beginning of his journey with the Lord. God showed our son the world and so much about who He is. Not long after the trip he asked the Lord to know him and to be his son, and told God that He wanted to follow Jesus.

I wanted to write about the night that the Lord gave me a vision that I saw come to fruition the following day as we prayed over a young gal who lives unclothed and chained to a poll in the back of a small, dark, windowless home in the darkest and most poverty-stricken location we visited in Ethiopia.

I wanted to write about the beauty and success of Help One Now and the philosophy of identifying and supporting local leaders.


Between returning from one trip and preparing for another, and… getting up to run at 5:30 am with two of my insane and favorite friends… time has escaped me.

I did get a chance to blog on our church’s site during and after the trip, so if you haven’t already, you can see photos and read about the trip to Ethiopia at City Church Stories.

Our trip to Southeast Asia being this Friday…

Preparation has been so good, but not so easy. We are learning to trust more and more in God and His perfect timing and good plans. As we’ve wrestled fears, worked hard to plan and make arrangements, fought with one another… there have been times I’ve totally wanted to throw in the towel. I even told hubby to just go by himself at one point… Oh how I’ve had to cling to what is true…

Endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:4-5

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

It’s so easy to put our hope in so many other things. It’s so ridiculous that I can trust strongly in the Lord in one way, yet lack faith to the point of near despair in another. I might not have recovered from our argument about whether or not to vaccinate and medicate our baby girl for the trip… but God… but God has been faithful, merciful, graceful, and present.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18

I am so thankful that it is the Lord who will complete the work that he has begun… because if it were up to me, there would be a whole lot of unfinished endeavors. I know that he allows my heart to wander and wrestle so that I may know greater and more fully his goodness and grace.

As we zip up our luggage and take this leap of faith… As we seek to see the Lord at work in the world… As we listen with anticipation for his calling…

We confess that we are not worthy of his blessing and we do not deserve his grace. Our faith is not always solid and our hope not always in Christ. And we thank you Lord that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We thank you God that your face shines upon us because there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and your grace is sufficient for us. We thank you Father that faith, even as small as a mustard seed, can uproot a mulberry tree…

So as we go… we do not go alone, but with the Lord… who calms the storm, whose power is in us, who can do far more abundantly that we can even think to ask, who is in control of all things, with whom all things are possible, and who’s name will be made great among the nations.

Published by Tiffanie Lloyd

I am a detail-oriented and energetic multi-tasker traveling at the side of my best friend, and momma to eight amazing kids. God has gifted me with creativity; I'm an entrepreneur, writer, and photographer with a passion for women's health, particularity in childbirth. I'm a Parenting and Childbirth Educator, Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, and working toward certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Thanks for stoping by! Be sure to check out my archives, and sign up for notifications about new posts!

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