Walk With Me, Lord!

The last 12 months have been quite …. AHHHHHH!!

COVID was already in motion and then my mother begins her eternal life. Many of our countries across Africa were blocking the return VISAs for our global workers because of the VIRUS. Cancer took away a dear, close friend from high school and two of our global workers. Racial hate continually raised its head across the USA in many ways. Some, who call themselves believers in Christ, somehow mixed political beliefs with their belief in Jesus Christ. It has not been a year without much difficulty.

The racial issue alone just gives my heart much concern. As a mom of young black men, my heart kinda quakes almost every day. I just don’t want them mistaken for a terrible person because they are chocolate and caramel as God has made them. As a full-time missionary who has to have financial support to cover all costs, both work and personal, I have taken hits from people who think it makes me less than them.

Dealing with all of the issues, there have been days where I was just not … happy! I had no fear – not even for a moment – but I didn’t like what was all around me. There are always situations in life that make you want to quit.

A beautiful truth for a believer in Christ, a child of God, is that nothing that goes on around us can prevent or block our victory. For me, God has been evident…. my calling, the part of the Body of Christ that I am, is to ensure that the truth of the Gospel is spread across Africa. According to my Father, my role is to lead like Christ led – by serving people and demonstrating to them the life that should be lived. So … take the step back into the difficulties and remember that all of that is happening, but He hasn’t told me to take a break! He just keeps telling me to hold His hand and keep-a-stepping! I mean, think about it … I actually have the best boss man EVER – The Almighty God!! All-powerful, grace-giving, truly loves me, strengthens me, protects me, heals me, directs me, instructs me and I have the best benefit package of any employee – eternal life!

One of the most beautiful things that I am learning more and more and more is what it means to trust Him. You see, I don’t have anything in me that wants hurt to come to anyone that causes harm to me. I don’t fear to face any person who doesn’t like what He is speaking through me. I don’t doubt that He will finish what He has started. I have the good sense to humble myself under His mighty hand, knowing that he will exalt in due time! Praise God. He loves me so much that He started His work in me, and, as I keep saying every single day, He can’t fail!

So Lord, walk with me! I can take a hit, a slap, a knock out – because I know You’ve got me! I’ll make it through it all. For the sake of Your glory … I will make it!!

Courage! Even Victory Requires It

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Often, when I hear people speak of the favor of the Lord; they speak in tones that say, “If I do this His way and am in His will – this will be easy street!”  I’ve even had people to say to me that when they are trying to accomplish something for God and it seems that they are facing too much difficulty and feeling like they are putting up a fight, they take that as a sign that they are not going God’s way. This, however, is not a biblical truth.

The Lord can speak to you assuring you victory in a certain situation but that does not ever mean that you won’t have to work for it.  It does not mean that you won’t have to even fight for it.  As I look back over my own life, I can testify that where I am today as the maidservant of the Lord did not come without lots of opposition and some pretty intense fighting!!

I am not aware of what the Lord has promised you or what word He has sent someone to speak over or into your life. But whatever it is – you have to believe that it is worth a fight and you have to resolve to be strong and courageous; standing firm until your victory is won! His promises are yes and Amen! – but He never promised any of us an easy road. If the Lord said it – it is a sure thing! Believe it is so! The enemy and those who are being used by the enemy would love to thwart God’s plans for your life! Never forget that the God who has made the promise never ever fails — never give up without a fight!

A Lil’ Bump in the Road

Today, I went over to my house to pick up a few things that I keep forgetting that I need. Isn’t that something?!?!

On Tuesday, February 16th – my house was one of the houses in Humble, TX that flooded. It didn’t flood in just one room, it was our entire house. It was an interesting moment because the ice storm had taken our lights and water – we stayed at home that night with the gas fireplace on. When the electricity came back on in the house I grew up in, we headed over there to have heat and warm up! Just about 3 hours later, when we went back home … because the electricity was on … we opened the door and water just poured out from the door. Just about 3 inches deep.

I think that I was convinced that only the floors were damaged, until we found the ceiling area from which the water was pouring. Insurance adjuster walked in three days later and let us know that it was the entire house. Exterior walls would be removed for about 2 feet from the ground. All floors had to be taken out, except the tile (kitchen and bathrooms). Water mitigation would have to be first — drying the space and sanitizing it to protect from mold and mildew – before any restoration could happen.

Here’s the truth – we have had no reason to be distressed, not even for one minute. The Home Owners Insurance that our mortgage company chose for us is awesome and we do have the family home, that I grew up in, to live in while all of the restoration, repairs and replacements are done.

Floors Had to be Taken Out

So … the virus is alive; hate in the USA is alive; division in the Body of Christ is alive … these are true. But more that all of this … The Power of The Lord is Alive! The Faithfulness of The Lord is Alive: The Provision of The Lord is Alive! The Peace of The Lord is Alive! The Joy of the Lord is Alive!! Because of Him …. it all just feels like a small bump in the road.

I was thinking about David … God’s chosen one. He surely did not did not do everything perfectly – but he submitted Himself to God’s call on his life and in the midst of great difficulty – he just kept praising God, knowing that God had his back. And so do I.

All exterior walls and some interior walls will have to be restored
  • The house has flooded and I can’t go home … but He is my God and my life – my time — yes I am in His hands!
  • The insurance company has to ensure we have what is needed, and we’ve gotta wait! … but He is the one I trust — yes, my life is in His hands!
  • I wanted to push all of the people to get this done in a hurry … but He tells me to stop fighting and remember that He is my God!

I trust Him y’all! I really do trust ONLY Him! What I need, He will provide. What I need to do, He will give me the wisdom and strength to do it. What I need to be, He will break me – melt me – mold me – fill me! There’s just no way at all that I cannot step right on over any bump in the road. And, let me just encourage you … for His truth is for all of His children.

Unwavering Faith

Weak and wavering faith is not only found in those who are nominal believers, it is also found among people who walk with The Lord every day. Something in us naturally prevents us from believing miracles and supernatural happenings even when we sincerely believe in God! One of the reasons I have thanked God for His calling to the part of Ghana where we served, is the gift of seeing up close much that only He can do; and seeing this without the distractions that jump in our faces here in the USA; distractions that lead us to believe that miracles are things that a person does. NOT!

Learn to trust that the God we serve is able to do more than we would venture to imagine. Resolve within yourself that what has been revealed to us in the natural is what He knows we can handle; and, if we desire to experience Him fully – – we must open ourselves up to the possibility that all that we know is not all that there is to be known.

Praying that we will let Our Father help Our Unbelief! Asking Him to expand our minds to see beyond what we expect to be true! Begging Him to help us to hold off on our human reasoning when it comes to our view of Him and what He is capable of doing in the world. Teach us, Oh Lord, your ways, so that we remain un-doubtful!

Josephine Makil. Vietnam, Philippines, USA. Served 42 years

Josephine Makil was born in 1932 in Colorado. She studied at Otero Community College, An early interest in missions led her to study at Moody Bible College. She practiced Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at Moody and met her husband, Gaspar Taqueban Makil (from the Philippines), there.

In 1959 the couple was assigned as Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 1959 Josephine became the first African American to join Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 1962 they began with the Roglai people in South Viet Nam. In 1963 there was an escalation of war in South Vietnam. Her husband, Gaspar, and one of her children was murdered.

Josephine and the three remaining children moved to Nasuli, Bukidnon, Philippines. In the Philippines she continued Bible translation projects, she set up a pre-school for missionary children, and she worked in medical outreach remote places in the Philippines tribes.

In 1972, Josephine returned to the USA on furlough, but continued to serve in missions as an ESL teacher to the many Southeast Asians in Denver. In 1976, she return to Dallas, Texas; serving as the Director of Early Childhood Program and at Wycliffe’s Dallas training school.

Josephine passed away April 25, 2003.

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