“Lord, if You were leaving to Spain and you had a long list of things to do, what would You do? How would You handle it all?”
Lately, my prayers have been very simple before the Lord. And His answers have been just as simple and practical! This is what He spoke to my heart after the above prayer:
“Zully, if I were leaving to Spain, and had a long list of things to do, I would desperately seek my Father’s direction every single morning.”
Pretty straightforward! Two words stood out: “desperately seek”.
How do you desperately seek for something? Is it the kind of desperation like when you’re parched and look forward to a glass of water? Desperate like when you’re lost for hours and will do anything for the exact directions to your destination? Desperate as if you were hanging from the edge of a cliff and cried as loud as you can for someone to save you? Yes, yes, and yes. I need to be desperate enough to surrender everything to Him.
Shortly after I was learning about “desperately seeking” for the Lord, at just the right moment, I received lessons on John 15:5 that would solidify this new lesson on dependence.
The following are current personal updates that include a lesson I learned from the book Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray (Ch. 9 – Ye Are the Branches):
Update #1: I have been blessed to share the call to Spain at various bible studies and on platforms like podcasts and webinars. (The links to those studies & platforms will be at the end.) Those who know me, know that sharing on these public platforms have been a huge stretch for me; I’m amazed at what God is doing!
“Absolute dependence upon God is the secret of all power in work. The branch has nothing but what it gets from the vine, and you and I can have nothing but what we get from Jesus.”
Update #2: I started the visa process! There are so many components to the visa, so I am taking everything one step at a time.
“The living connection of the vine and the branches is hourly, daily, unceasingly… Just so, I must take that position…and morning by morning and day by day and hour by hour and step by step, in every work I have to go out to just to abide before Him in the simple utter helplessness of one who knows nothing, and is nothing, and can do nothing…. I have no care, my cares are His. I have no fear, He cares for all my fears.”
Update #3: The Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS) is providing the needed assistance to help establish the Christian school in Mallorca. Therefore, the Lord has put a team together both in Spain and in the US to help begin the school!
“If I am something, then God is not everything; but when I become nothing, God can become all…We need to become nothing.”
What freedom I found in recognizing that I am just a branch! I don’t have to strive or control anything but depend on the Vine and in His direction. It’s as if I have taken a front row seat, and I am watching His every move; it’s exciting! My heart’s desire is that you would take a front row seat with me! What ministry gift does God want you to contribute to this mission?
Your generosity in financially partnering with me, every prayer you make on my behalf, every encouraging message and counsel you send… etc. are some ways that you can share your ministry gift with our work in Spain. If you want to learn more on how to partner with me in this exciting venture of faith, please do not hesitate to contact me! I’m truly blessed that we’re in this together!
Some of the platforms God has allowed me to share on:
- To desperately seek God’s direction during this time of preparation.
- Wisdom for the visa process.
- Strength in the midst of the spiritual warfare.
- For the Lord to continue to provide in all areas.