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donderdag, juli 14, 2005

Going back to Simferopol!

Summercamp!


Next week I will fly to the Crimea, Ukraine again to help on a summercamp for orphans. It will be the same place as last year and I am very excited to go back! Its so wonderfull to show Gods love to these kids, show them how precious they are in His eyes! through games, skits, songs and biblestudies the kids will have a lot of fun and get to know God. We will also be teaching about relationships between boys and girls, a very important subject for kids that didnt grow up in a family, and never learned what love it. Last year a guy who works for the orphanage told us that it is too late to talk about this subject with these kids (and I'm talking about kids aged 15!) but we showed them that they can make a new start. God wants to heal broken hearts!
These kids are also told that there is no hope of future for them. But this is a big lie, and we strongly believe that God has a plan for these kids, to prosper them and not to harm them, to give them hope and a future!!! (Jer 29:11)

I will help with practical things and I will also give some teachings at the night programs and help with crafts and games. I am trying to prepare myself, but I know plans change all the time when it comes to mission trips... so I just need to trust God that He will show me what to do!

Prayer request!

The Orphans' Hope team has been preparing for months now, but some government person is not allowing to let the kids go on the camp! Please pray for wisdom for the team to convince him to let the kids go.


Since we want to take 40 kids on the camp for a month, there is a lot of money needed for food and supplies. These kids have seriously nothing. All they bring (if they have!) is a plastic bag with one extra pair of clothes. Please pray that God will provide in all the finances and for wisdom to spend the money wisely.

And of course you can pray for me :) for wisdom to do the right things and speak the right words , and for my health!

If you would like more information about Orphans' Hope or give a donation for the camp, please go to the website http://www.orphanshope.org/

Have a great summer everyone,

love and blessings,

Lizzy

maandag, juli 04, 2005

trusting God and waiting...

Its been a while since I posted something... I've been going through a hard time, God is teaching me to totally trust Him and wait for Him... but here is a poem that I really love!
Sometime

Sometime, when all life’s lessons have been learned,
And sun and stars forevermore have set,
The things which our weak judgments here have spurned,
The things o’er which we grieved with lashes wet,
Will flash before us out of life’s dark night,
As stars shine most in deeper tints of blue,
And we shall see how God’s plans are right,
And how what seemed reproof was love most true.

Then be content poor heart;
God’s plans,like lilies pure and white, unfold;
We must not tear the close-shut leaves apart,
Time will reveal the chalices of gold.
And if, through patient toil, we reach the land,
Where tired feet, with sandals loosed, may rest,
When we shall clearly see and understand,
I think that we will say, “God knew the best!”
So often I want to do things 'my way' , I think I know everything, and then God shows me that He has different plans. Sometimes its really hard trusting God, cause things don't make sence to me, or I simply just don't like the situation I am in. Or I have so many questions and just can't get an answer. The hard thing about trusting, is the part of 'not knowing what will be next' . But, when you put all of your life in His hands and decide to trust Him, He gives so much peace. So I decided to wait for the Lord. I trust that one day I will get an answer to all my questions, on His perfect timing. And then in the end I can say 'God knew the best' !

donderdag, maart 17, 2005

Dreams come true

~delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart~
psalm 37: 4


I am a dreamer. And I believe that dreams do come true!

As a kid, I always loved ballet. I never had any ballet classes, but I kept on dreaming about it. I never thought it would ever happen that I could dance ballet. I thought it was just not for me. But last week I made a decision: I am going to follow that dream, and as a 20-year old girl, I attended my first ballet class. And I loved it! So now I go to ballet class every week. I don't have to become a professional dancer, I just enjoy it, as a hobby. But I am so glad that I took that step, even though some people thought it was weird to do it.

One other dream of me was to go to the States. As a teenager, I dreamed a lot about it, I wanted to go oversees one day. But I never thought it would actually happen. But, 2 years ago, I decided to go there, to visit some friends there. I had an awesome time, it was definitely worth it!

Everybody has their own dreams and desires. I want to encourage you to believe in those dreams! Of course, not all of them come true. But sometimes we get the opportunity to follow a dream. When you ask God for wisdom, He will show you if you should take that change or not.

One reason that made me believe in dreams, is realizing that God wants to bless our lives. He has so much that He wants to give us! If we start walking in His ways, seek His will in our lives, than He will give us more than we could ever imagine. When we delight ourselves in Him, He gives us the desires of our heart. At the right time, at the right place. Never think you are not good enough for God. He loves you, and has a purpose with your life.



I dream a lot about my future. That doesn't mean that I will be dissapointed when things turn out to be different than what I hoped for. I know that Gods plans go beyond my dreams, His plans are always greater. So even when I have to give up on a dream, God will give me something better instead. For me, dreaming is: trying to imagine what kind of wonderfull things God is going to give me. And God can be surprising sometimes...


May your dreams come true!!!

With love, Lizzy

donderdag, maart 03, 2005

Hearing the voice of God

I just finished the book 'Is it really you God?' (Loren Cunningham) For the 2nd time. Ok, this book was written in the year that I was born, but its still very powerfull.

God has a plan for everyone. If we listen to His voice, we will get the best that He has for us. God will never leave us, even if we make the wrong choices. But when we choose to seek His will, He will give us the BEST. And don't just try to find 'what' His plan is. Also look at 'when' and 'how'.

I know, its easier to write this down than to actually act upon it. But here are some principles that might help you in seeking Gods will in your life.

  • Confess your sins. Come before God with a clean heart. If you feel like there is really something between you and God, or if you are about to make an important decision, consider fasting.
  • Make sure your focus is on God, not on other things. Be humble. Live close to God, spent time with Him every day.
  • When God wants to tell you something important, He will tell you personaly. But He can use others to confirm things.
  • God can speak in differents ways. He can speak through dreams and visions, through His word, but also with that 'little voice inside'

~trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight ~

Proverbs 3:5,6

zaterdag, februari 26, 2005

the Ukraine

Let met tell you about my biggest passion at the moment: orphans.

This winter I spent 3 weeks in the Ukraine, celebrating new years' eve and christmas
with orphans. These kids live in big orphanages, with 16 kids in one room. They come from broken families, some are abused, some dont have parents, some dont know them, some parents are in prison or alcoholics... Some stories are very sad. A lot of these kids and up on the streets, (which means prostitution for most of the girls...)

But I believe there is hope for these kids. God loves them, and He wants to give them a future. I've seen kids that became christians through the 'orphans hope' program, and believe me, there is hope for them. Some of these kids really changed their lives, they want to serve God. And thats what gives them hope, and a future. We support kids, give them clothes, teach them and for teenagers there is a transition centre. Its my dream to full-time work for these kids one day.

Working with orphans is such a blessing. You think you go there to help them, but they give you so much love in return! In the bible we see that God has a special love for orphans, He wants to be a Father to the fatherless. I can't describe how wonderfull it is when you can put a smile on the face of an orphan. Things like that make my life worth living...




vrijdag, februari 25, 2005

Welcome to lizzy's world!

Hey guys... its Lizzy!

I never knew it could be so easy having my own little website. :) So for everyone who is interested in my life... enjoy it!
 
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