Do not despise these small beginnings

By Elisenda Williams
on October 28, 2014

"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's Hand," Zechariah 4:10
 
The beginnings of Terra's Popcorn haven't necessarily been small but let's be honest; we aren't exactly swamped...and that is not a bad thing.  God has been so good and so faithful, he has also been an amazing teacher.  He has been teaching us so much in this season, such as: business management, customer service, production management, product development, and Sales.  Sounds pretty boring but necessary when He is building a foundation.
 
Praises:
  • Thankful to witness an idea become a reality
  • Thankful for the Favor God has already blessed us with
  • Thankful for the support and prayer of family and friends

 Prayer Requests at this time:

  • Transitions, transitions, transitions
  • Moving to Chile & all that goes with it
  • Wisdom

 Lord, thank you for your goodness and what you are already doing. Thank you that from something small you are able and willing to grow and nurture. Continue to give us your Holy Spirit to guide us and to lead us out of the boat. Help us to take chances and trust that you are in every detail and may you receive all the Glory and Honor. 

Amen.

Let's start from the Beginning.....

By Elisenda Williams
on September 14, 2014

Let's start from the beginning....Before Chile, before Honduras, before Africa.  

 

"Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4,

Is a scripture that I repeated a lot as a young Eli.  I so desperately wanted to do missions, I wanted to travel the world and help those in need, I wanted to be a vessel that traveled to a new city and have that city radically transformed.  I was basically crazy from the beginning.  This desire had a lot of flaws but I prayed, I begged, I argued with God..Why?  There were a lot of impossible factors in my life that need to change or this "desire" in my heart was never going to happen.  I strongly believed that God wouldn't put this in my heart if it wasn't meant to be.  Right? This thought process was very much flawed, here are to big reasons.

1. I just wanted to escape the life I had...missions seemed like a great excuse

2. I wanted to help and serve those in other parts of the world and didn't care much for the people around me

So you see that "desire" was not of God and not for his Glory; in that time and season in my life.  I slowly and stubbornly (is that a word), surrendered to God and grew hungry for him and learned to serve him where I was...not looking to other places in the world, but towards my local church and community. I remember a time when I felt I was making great strides and still had this transforming "desire" in my heart; having a conversation with a lady from my church.  She was someone that I looked up to with great admiration, somebody I considered a mentor....I recall telling her my dream to one day be that vessel but in that season I was okay with letting go of that dream and serve here wholeheartedly Here.  She quickly and without missing a beat said, "Eli, you will never be a missionary, there are certain things a missionary has to do and eat that you will never be able to do"..something about eating certain foods.  In that moment, my dream had been crushed.  If you are a mentor, please use your words wisely, listen before you speak, and pray.   I turned those words and my hurt feelings over to God and said, "I'll serve you anywhere,even her; but you know my heart."......

 

  

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