Blessings…..

Old meets New!

Genesis 12:1-3 “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Lately I have just had this incredible feeling of being blessed.  Then last week at church these verses were read and the sermon had a theme of being blessed as he finished up a preaching series based on the life of Abraham.  One of the biggest quotes that stuck with me was how we are blessed to be a blessing.  As I looked around this amazing city, I thought about how I have this incredible opportunity to live here and be a part of something I would have never seen for my life and of course now I could not imagine doing anything different.

During the past two week I have been thinking about these verses in Genesis and the thought struck me about how Abraham left everything as God called him.  This made me think about the past three years of my life and how I had to leave the life I knew and start a whole new life in South Africa.  I had to leave friends, family, and a wonderful church home.  Now as I look at my life in South Africa I have friends, family, and a church home here now as well.  We have had a lot of people at the Team House over the past couple of weeks and they have made me see the connections that I have been able to make here and how I can truly say I have friends/family all around the world.  I also have been making new friends and also God has really been speaking into my life through these people.  I think we all go through times when we need encouragement and God has used so many people to speak into my life……for that I am truly thankful!

I wanted to share some pictures about my old friends and family and my new friends and family!

Kerri and I have known each other since 2005 when she came on a trip here with Brentwood Baptist. We have been friends ever since!

New friends! This is a team from Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Alabama and they just welcomed me in with open arms.

Reunion...This team from Arkansas came last year and visited again this year and it was so geat to see them again. I even have a nice new Arkansas t-shirt to remind me of these precious people!

My precious little brother! Ryan arrived three months after I did in 2008 and we worked together for 9 months. He quickly became family to me. Now two years later he brought a short term team here and it was so great to have him back! We had time just to chat and visit and of course pick on each other. Funny time that two years ago he moved me into the Team House and last week Ryan and the team helped move me upstairs to my new room!

One Response to “Blessings…..”

  1. Michelle Shackelford says:

    Danielle! What a blessing YOU are!!! Have I ever told you I am jealous because you get to live in the Cape? Haha just kidding! Kind of….anyway, it is so exciting that you picked that passage, because that is a passage that spoke volumes to me about 2 years ago. After my freshman year of college, the Lord called me to transfer to Carson-Newman to major in missions, and I had to leave EVERYTHING behind! And it is still disheartening sometimes when I see pictures of my friends back home (a 7-hour trip, so I don’t get to go home much) and how their lives are changing. But then I am reminded of how blessed I am even still. Yes, I have friends back home, but I have also met some AMAZING people at C-N and around the world! (Literally!) And, God is so good about giving one blessing that continues to give and bless us–like the job I have at Samaritan House. I am SO BLESSED to get to live and work here! And it was not just a one-time blessing of getting the job and a free place to live, but it is a blessing that keeps on blessing ALL THE TIME!!! I am just so blessed!!! 🙂 God loves us so much, and even when He calls us to leave everything behind, He continues to bless us in ways we never imagined. And He multiplies His blessings in our obedience. But never fear, the Lord has seen your sacrifice and the passion that you give to the Cape and to Living Hope. Never forget that! You are doing a GREAT JOB!!! 🙂 A verse of Scripture that a precious friend shared with me not long ago is Hebrews 6:10–“God is not injust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” God sees every huge and every tiny sacrifice that you are making, and with that, GOD IS PLEASED. He is dancing and singing over you, His precious daughter!! (Zeph. 3:17). You are so precious…keep on running strong in the strength of the Lord! Blessings to you and to all my peeps in SA!!! 🙂

    Love you all,
    Michelle

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