Missions Monday – Part Eight | Relying On His Peace

Missions Monday – Part Eight | Relying On His Peace

Hello! I hope you’re having a good day. ❤ A new week is here, and with it comes a huge variety of possibilities! I’m praying that whatever you have planned to do, whatever you hope to accomplish, you will be strengthened by the determination to complete it. 🙂

The post that I’m sharing with you today is completely inspired by how I was feeling just a few days ago.

The Consuming Passion

I have noticed over the years that when I am passionate about something, I easily become consumed by it. If I really like something (or someone), I’ll think about it so thoroughly and for such an extended amount of time that I quickly build up anxiety about it. Having considered all the good qualities and possibilities about it, all that’s left to wonder is if anything could go wrong. This gets me in so much trouble, haha!

There are many examples from my life. I’ve been wanting to get a job for quite a while, because I’ll enjoy getting paid and strengthening my customer service skills … but I dwell on the possibility of having bad coworkers; I wonder how transportation will work since I don’t have my own car yet; I fear that I’ll fail the duties assigned to me. Another example is my desire to be bilingual. I love learning Spanish and speaking it … but I’m scared I won’t find the right class or program to fully learn it; I’m frightened at the prospect of native speakers being unable to understand me; I worry that I’ll get tongue-tied and be unable to respond to someone in Spanish (which has already happened on more than one occasion).

I have a track record of ruining perfectly good things for myself by over-analyzing them to the point of no return.

So, you may be wondering, how does this relate to missions? Because it very strongly relates to the topic of this series.

The Pursuit Of Knowledge

One of the main things I love to do when I’m really interested in something is to research it. There are benefits and downsides to this habit, haha, because I end up learning a lot of awesome things about the subject at hand on my endless internet browsing ventures … but on the flip side, I also learn things I wish I hadn’t.

Knowledge is not always power. In some cases, it is absolutely crippling.

This past week, I was enjoying browsing the ‘missions’ side of Pinterest, which contains some pretty wonderful quotes, helpful articles, and inspiring photography from missions around the world. I found this to be a fun pastime, until I came across what was supposed to be a helpful article – and it would have been if it hadn’t caused me to be so paranoid.

The Anxieties Involved

The one main thing that has always concerned me with international missions is that of safety. Being a girl comes with its own risks, even just being here in the United States, and I fear that there will be something that happens while I’m on a mission trip one day that makes me feel unsafe.

The ‘helpful’ tips I found on that article really got into my head, and the next time I went to a store, I honestly felt like I should have been on alert – as if something was about to happen.

But it was all in my head!

The Peace That Comes

Over the past year of my life, I have slowly come to terms with the fact that every aspect of my life is in the Lord’s hands. Some things are easier to trust Him with than others, but that will never alter the fact that He cares for me wholly. Allowing myself to become anxious about the unknown is not His will, and in the years to come, I truly desire to strengthen this trait of mine.

“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

I’ve mentioned before that I am easily at peace about when He will send me on missions. Simply knowing that it’s in my future is what makes me happy – I know the rest is in His care. Because of this, I am of the firm belief that I should be able to trust that He will also keep me safe on these same missions! He’s not sending me anywhere that He won’t go with me. ❤


Thank you so much for reading! It was a joy to write this post, for this topic has been heavy on my heart this past weekend. I’d love to know in the comments below:

Which Bible verses comfort YOU?

Happy Monday to you!

— Maggie

Missions Monday – Part Seven | The Goodness Of The Lord

Missions Monday – Part Seven | The Goodness Of The Lord

Hi there, guys! ❤ Happy Monday to you. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well! Recently, I have been thinking more about missions than I have in quite a while, which is what inspired me to add a seventh part to my Missions Monday series. I can’t believe I’ve written so many posts on this topic – it’s awesome! But it has been quite a while since I actually shared one, so that’s why I wanted to continue with it today.

Related Post: Missions Monday – Part One | How It All Began

On the subject of missions, I have written posts concerning my status with them (which is prayerfully waiting ❤ ), as well as inspiration for others also interested in them. I’ve shared that waiting on the Lord to provide us with the missions He desires for us to go on is so important, because that is where we will truly be a blessing to others.

Whether the work He gives us to do is in our own country or across the world, He is in the midst of those who do His work, in every shape and form.


In my own life, I’ve experienced and seen for myself His power at work, both in my highest moments and lowest points. I have been humbled by His greatness when life is truly good, and I have clung to Him for dear life when I’ve feared the worst. Not once has He failed me.

While sitting in the quiet of my room recently, I’ve found myself doubting that I was where He desired for me to be. I wondered if composing journal entries to Him and brainstorming blog posts was worth the precious time I’ve been given – but you know what? I felt at peace while engaging in those activities, because they’re both ways I express my love for Him.

There have been times when I wasn’t sure if I’d continue blogging. There have also been more times of disinterest in journaling, a hobby I used to adore … but they’re both things I’ve come back to without fail, because not only do they add to my life – they also uplift my relationship with Him. And those are things I can tell He still desires for me to do.

The more I’ve observed how He is able to use even the simplest things in my life for His glory, I have further experienced for myself the goodness of the Lord.


Isn’t it beautiful that the Lord sends His people out into the world to tell others of His matchless grace? His love encompasses all of us, and He knows that one main way He speaks to the lost is through those who have already been redeemed.

“How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men!” – Psalm 31:19

His goodness reaches to the heavens. He lovingly guides us to exactly where we need to be, at the perfect time, under the right circumstances, for as long as He desires us to be there. Our ministry is often found in the smallest of tasks, in the shortest conversations, with people who are part of our lives if even for just a moment. The Lord knows that our witness is strong when the timing is right, even when we can’t see the significance of these times – for when we shine His light, lost souls turn our way.

How do you feel when you come across a stranger experiencing true joy? They may be laughing with a friend, or interacting with a child, or simply greeting you with a smile as you walk into the store. Doesn’t that spark something within you to give back the simple kindness they just treated you to? I know that’s how I always feel – it inspires me to go out and do something simple for someone else, to make the tiniest difference in another’s life. Passing on love in this way is so easy to do, yet so often neglected at the same time.


Will you do me a favor? The next time you question the importance of where your life is headed, think of the Lord and all of His goodness. When we allow Him to beautifully craft our lives in His caring hands, He will never neglect us … in even the quietest moments of our existence, He is there with us. We matter so much more to Him than we’ll ever know. ❤

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it, and also that your week is getting off to a beautiful start. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

— Maggie

Missions Monday – Part Six | Being Prepared For Missions

Missions Monday – Part Six | Being Prepared For Missions

Hello everyone! I hope that you’re doing well. 🙂 ❤ I have Part Six of my Missions Monday series to share with you today! Last week, I shared what it’s like to trust in the Lord when it comes to a future in missions, and on this post, I’ll cover being prepared for missions.

Waiting on the Lord’s timing with Guatemala through this whole year has taught me much, and I am happy to share some of my tips with you today.

I hope you enjoy!


Tips For Spiritually / Emotionally
Preparing For Missions

At the moment, I can’t give any tips on preparing for mission trips in a literal sense, as I haven’t been on one yet. However, I did find an awesome website a while ago that has articles on this topic, if that’s what you’re interested in! Click here to check that out. 🙂

Today, I will be talking about the preparation of mind and spirit when it comes to missions. I’m drawing from my own experience, as well as articles I’ve read on the subject.

My first tip for you is to pray about missions. Whether the Lord has already placed this calling on your heart, or you think you’d like to serve Him on the mission field one day, bring it before Him and leaving it in His hands is an important and crucial part of preparing. If I wasn’t able to talk to Him about different things I’m considering or wondering about with Guatemala, I don’t know what I’d do. Knowing He’s always there to listen is a beautiful blessing. 🙂 ❤

My second tip is to read the Bible. Many people in the Bible were on a very similar mission: to go out into the world and tell others about Him. It might have been within their own town, or they were writing to people miles and miles away. Whatever the Lord has placed on your heart, I know how much of an encouragement it is to me to read about biblical figures who went through much the same thing I am right now: waiting in faith and following His plan for my life.

My third tip is to expect the unexpected. I have gotten into a mindset a few times of viewing the mission trip I will one day go on as being a fully amazing experience. While I don’t doubt this to be true, this perfect vision is unrealistic, as people aren’t perfect, and conditions aren’t always just right, and situations always turn out differently than we expect them to. Viewing future trips as a beautiful way to serve the Lord and the opportunity to be a blessing to others is important to keep in mind. Expect the unexpected.

My last tip is to trust that the Lord will get you there. If missions are on your heart, leaving that desire in His hands is truly the best thing you can do. It has helped me immensely to have faith that He will work everything out, and in the meantime, I am happily trusting Him and learning Spanish while I wait. ❤ ❤ ❤


Thank you so much for reading! I hope and pray that these tips could be an encouragement to you. (:

Let me know in the comments below:

How do YOU spiritually prepare?