My journey of loving Jesus in the Middle East.

Eva Bridges

Eva Bridges
Hi! I'm Eva. I am passionate about completely obeying Jesus on my journey. It's led me to a lot of great places like Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. I'm learning a lot in the process. Thanks for stopping by!

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Trust and Obey

Trust and Obey

I used to live in Syria.  It was hard and painful and wonderful and miraculous. The Lord saw fit to allow me to be a part of seeing Muslims come to Christ.  He also taught me the greatest lesson I am continuing to learn: how to trust and obey.

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Open Adoption

Open Adoption

Open Adoption

I’ll admit, when I first started research domestic adoption, this idea of open adoption brought on some intense thoughts and feelings. This is just silly, the child won’t know who his parents are.  Won’t this cause confusion? Our child is our child and we don’t need any other parents interfering.

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Trust Leads to Praise: Psalm 56:3-4

Trust leads to Praise

Trust.

What a simple little word. And yet there is so much entangled inside it – so many emotions, so many memories, so many thoughts.

My life hasn’t always been easy.  There was that time I was interrogated by the internal security of a government considered an enemy of my passport country. Or when my friend was persecuted. Oh, and that time my friends were put in prison for sharing the gospel. Or when our cafe had to close. Or when we were blackmailed by someone who said he was a follower of Christ but was really reporting for the government. Or when we found out we couldn’t have biological children. Or when we started the adoption journey and are now a long ways into what seems an unending wait. Or…

I’m sure your story isn’t so different. Maybe the circumstances or settings or what have you might not be the same, but the pain, the fear, and the anger have been there.

And you wonder.

Is God actually working all things together for my good?

Even though I’m in the trenches of what seems an unending wait for a child, even though I feel like a fish out of water now that we’re back in our passport country (seriously, what is up with all the cereal – and don’t even get me started on the clothing!), I can honestly say yes.

Because in the middle of my pain, in the middle of my fear and doubt and hurt and anger, the Lord is there. He was there guiding me when I was interrogated.  He was there encouraging my friend when she was persecuted. He was there comforting my friends when they were in prison. He was there guiding us to adoption when we found out we couldn’t have biological children. He was there.

 Life still hurts. But God is good.

I choose to trust in his goodness. I choose to trust in his faithfulness. I choose to trust in him.

And I would offer a prayer for you from scripture during those less than stellar moments in life.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
     In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)

David penned these words when the Philistines had seized him.  I’ve never been seized by anyone, but I can imagine he felt some fear during those moments. And he speaks volumes in these three sentences:

Acknowledge my fear.

Denying my feelings won’t do anyone any good. Sometimes I am afraid.  I am afraid no one will choose us and we’ll remain childless. I’m afraid something will happen once we are matched and the child will be taken away. I’m afraid I’ll never live overseas again. I’m afraid I’ll lose my Arabic.  So many fears for one little heart.

Choose to trust.

Trust is a choice.  “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Ps. 56:3). This is an action.  It is not passive.  It is a conscious choice made that says that even though my emotions say otherwise, even though the circumstances seem impossible,

Trust leads to praise.

Praise comes out of our trust. “In God whose word I praise,” (Ps. 56:4a). The more we trust in the Lord, the more we will praise him. Because the more we trust in him the more we know how worthy he is of praise.

Praise leads to more trust.

“In God I trust; I will not be afraid” (Ps 56:4b). Here we start to see the pattern.  David acknowledged his feelings but chose to trust in the Lord. Then he praised the Lord. Then he reaffirmed his trust in the Lord.  The more we praise, the more we trust.  And the more we trust, the more we praise.

So, what are you trusting/praising the Lord for right now?

I’m Back

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Be Back Soon

be back soon

I’ve decided to take a break from the blog for a bit while I focus some extra time on praying for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan and spend some time resting over the summer.

Ramadan Prayer Guide

Be back soon!

Becoming Like Stephen or Becoming a Leader

Stephen

Who was Stephen?

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciplestogether and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. (Acts 6:1-5)

Leader – a buzz word in the American church today. Countless books have been written on the topic. There are whole degrees around the idea of leadership. Leadership is important. Churches and organizations are made or broken based on the leadership abilities of a person.

But is it the end-all? Should it be our goal as followers of Christ?

What does Stephen have to do with Becoming a Leader?

Acts 6:5 tells us that Stephen was a “man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.” A man with such a description should be in charge, right? He should be up front. He should be a leader.

Instead, he’s given the role of chief waiter. He’s handing out food to widows. He’s in the background.

And he does so with faithfulness and honor. He fulfills his ministry responsibilities with gusto knowing that it is for the service of Jesus. He is so full of the Spirit that while he is fulfilling his obligations to the widows he is performing great signs and wonders among the people (Acts 6:8). It is noteworthy that there have always been those faithful believers whose love for and commitment to the Lord seem to shine through so greatly that others around them notice, and Stephen was such a man.

And his reward?

Becoming the first martyr.

I’m beginning to wonder if I should focus less on being a great leader and more on being full of the Spirit. I’m beginning to wonder what might happen around me if I chose to simply be full of the Spirit rather than full of man’s words. I’m beginning to ask God to create a spirit within me like Stephen: one of servanthood and whose mind is set on things above.

 

Stephen

Intentional Sin

Intentional Sin

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Seek God: Reflections on Psalm 27:8

Seek God

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 Read More »

50 Free Date Nights

The mister and I are missionaries.  And we’re adopting. So, we’re not rolling in the dough. But, we are committed to a weekly date night. Enter The Dating Divas. I’m so thankful for them and their fantastic ideas. I’m especially thankful for their list of

50 FREE DATE NIGHTS

Free Date Nights

You’re welcome.

Where do you get date night ideas?

Note: Some things on Dating Divas is free, some costs. But, it’s totally worth it.

Note 2: Although I LOVE their date night ideas and printables, I do NOT share some of the beliefs of the owners of the site.

Our Adoption Journey: The Wait

Adoption Wait

This week is Mother’s Day. My most dreaded day of the year. Another reminder that I’m still on the outside looking in. Another year that I’m in the adoption wait. Normally I stay home. This year I’m speaking at a church about the unreached.

My dad likes to tell a story of when I was about four or five years old. He was constructing a swing set for us and I was more than excited. I was anticipating moments of bliss as I flew through the air.  Apparently dad was struggling to put this contraption together and I wanted to be helpful. So I asked dad what tool I could bring him to make these poles turn into my beautiful swing set. He didn’t need a tool. I was not deterred.

“What do you need, Daddy?”

“Patience.”

Picking up the first tool I saw, I asked, “Is this a patience?” He shook his head. “Is this a patience?” He shook his head. “Is this a patience?”

You get the picture. And my dad got some patience.  You’re welcome.

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