Rosette Ministry

Rosette Ministry
Christy Krezman

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Don't Be Labeled

Don't Be Labeled
Who are you?  Really, really you.  Have you stopped to think about what makes you...YOU?  Why are you the way you are?  What makes you act in the way that you do?  Are you concerned about what others think of you?  Are YOU one of the ones that put that pressure on someone to be concerned about what others think?  OUCH!  Tough questions, but things that we must ask ourselves in order to dig deeper into whom we are and whose we belong.

Image is huge in today's society.  We are trying to reproduce or imitate things that "society" says is 'hip' and 'cool.'  By living this way, labels are developed and slapped onto people that do not "fit" in the current image society has set or they're slapped on so that we can "fit" in.  There are so many labels that the world puts on you...too many to list.  Not all labels appear to be in negative form.  Some may set such unrealistic expectations for you that it is impossible to ever be that.  Others are very much ugly and hurtful.  Ones that exclude, isolate and set you apart from what is considered 'living the life!'  Are you striving to live up to those labels?   Maybe not so much on purpose, but perhaps it's just been said of you for so long that you begin believing it for yourself.  So you begin living according to the label or labels that have been slapped onto you.  Is it true of what's on the inside?  Positively...NO!  I have an analogy that I had the opportunity to share with a young lady just about 4 years ago about how we do not have to live according to what the world has labeled us with.  Here's what I shared with her...

I asked her what her favorite canned food was and she replied with, "Peaches."  OK.  How do you know how to buy a can of peaches?  She said, "By seeing the label."  Of course that's how we know that, but do we absolutely believe that to be true by just the label?  What if I took a can of peaches and took off it's true label slapping on a "not so appetizing" one...say dog food.  "Eeeewww, gross!" she said.  Of course it's gross but stick with me.  I take that can of mislabeled peaches and put them in their rightful place on the shelf at the grocery store.  How many people will judge that can by its label?  Probably... most likely... every person who goes to buy peaches.  That can will be pushed aside, reached over, scooted with dislike to the back of the shelf.  Is the contents of that can of peaches any different than any other can of peaches?  ABSOLUTELY NOT but no one knows this until the contents are revealed when it has been opened up.  Then and only then the truth of the can is discovered.  The trueness of the peaches are pleasing and enjoyed.  Why, peaches were you hiding behind a label that contained you to a point that you were not able to enjoy or be enjoyed?

We are very much like that can of peaches.  We get stripped of who we are through hurts and/or disappointments in our lives and we feel very vulnerable in a weak way.  The world, which always has its label maker handy, begins to slap different labels on us.  Labels that are not true of us.  They hide what is truly inside.  But if we allow God to take us, go through the process of label removing with Him then our trueness begins to be revealed.

God's Imprint
You have a creator who designed you just the way you are and YOU ARE ENOUGH!  Psalm 139:14 declares, "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."  You are a unique expression of God's love in this world.  Nowhere on Earth is there anyone with exactly the same bright eyes, loving arms that hold, hands that do, feet that go, life to live.!  Every physical quality...or flaw as we sometimes call it,  is absolutely designed to fit just you.  Inner qualities are also very much designed specifically just for you!  These are what make you special and different.  The way you laugh, the tenderness of your heart, the care and concern that show through your bright eyes as you listen to others, your smile alone...warms and welcomes others.

You do not need to be labeled to be like anyone else.  You do need to be YOU just as God imprinted Himself all over you to be just YOU!  Absolutely no one else can do that except for YOU!  You are an original, which is priceless...YOU are priceless!  Be the wonderful YOU that God has designed for you to be, being confident in yourself through Christ.  2 Corinthians 7:16 says, "I am glad I can have complete confidence in you."  And Jeremiah 17:7 says, "But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him."

We will be blessed by God when we allow Him to remove the labels from our lives so that His Perfect imprint on our lives will be exposed, seen and able to be lived out.  God's imprint is not removable.  It does not come off.  It is YOU.  He created your inmost being; He knitted you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13.) He knew you before You were YOU!

You are wonderfully, uniquely, fantastically, wonderously...YOU!  Live it.  Only you can!

Take Care and Be Blessed,
Christy Krezman
Rosette Ministry 

Hope in God's Promises

Hope in God's Promises

God 's character is:

 Holy, Just, True, Gracious, Faithful, Pure, Righteous, Steadfast, Loyal, Honest, Loving, Good, Honorable, Merciful, Compassionate, Almighty.  

These are just some of the amazing and wonderful truths about God and most of us have heard all of the attributes listed, but have we really stopped to consider what these "words" truly mean?  I love to open up the old Webster Dictionary just to see the meanings behind words that we use so loosely on a daily basis.  What I found was amazing...especially when I knew I was looking up words that describe our God.

God is HOLY : exalted; worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness; divine=supremely good; of, relating to, or proceeding directly from God.

God is JUST : acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good; Righteous; genuine=actual, true.

God is TRUE : Steadfast; Loyal; Honest; Just.

God is GRACIOUS : godly; pleasing; acceptable.  Marked by kindness and courtesy.  Graceful.  Marked by tact.  Characterized by charm, good taste, generosity of spirit; Merciful; Compassionate.

God is FAITHFUL : full of faith; steadfast in affection or allegiance; Loyal; firm in adherence to promises; given with strong assurance.

God is PURE : spotless; free from what vitiates (corrupts, misdirects), weakens, or pollutes; containing nothing that does not properly belong.  Free from moral fault or guilt; ritually clean.

God is RIGHTEOUS : free from guilt or sin; morally right.

God is STEADFAST : firmly fixed in place; immovable. Not subject to change.  Firm in belief, determination, or adherence; Loyal.

God is LOYAL: unswerving in allegiance; faithful to a private person whom fidelity is due.  

God is HONEST : free from fraud or deception.  Legitimate, truthful; Genuine, real.  Humble; Reputable, respectable.  Good.  Worthy, creditable, praiseworthy, marked by integrity.

God is GOOD : of a favorable character or tendency; that can be relied on.  Honorable; deserving of respect.

God is HONORABLE : Deserving of honor.  A showing of usually merited respect; recognition.  An evidence or symbol of distinction;  Purity.  Integrity=(an unimpaired condition; soundness; the quality or state of being complete or undivided.)

God is MERCIFUL : full of mercy.  Compassion or forbearance (patience) shown especially to an offender.  A blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion.

God is COMPASSIONATE : having or showing compassion=sympathetic consciousness (the quality or state of being aware of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.)

God is ALMIGHTY: God =the supreme or ultimate reality; as the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.  

Is not such a God to be trusted?  Why is it so difficult for us to joyfully trust and rely upon Him?  To trust Him in ALL things...not just the big things or the things that we know that we need His help with?

All of these things that God are, are also His Promises to us.  If we only would put our hope in Him as we fix our eyes upon Him.  There's so many reasons why we drift our focus from the Lord...perhaps it hurts, disappointments, impatience, guilt and shame or just the idea of thinking that we can handle it ourselves (we do with everything else anyway.)  So, we move ahead it may seem.  We become almost mechanical in our living just to get through our day..."Get that done...check.  Drop kids off at school...check.   Work...check.  Clean...check.  Do this...check.  Do that...check.  Repeat, repeat, repeat...check, check, check!!

Where is our hope when we live like this?  When we put our hope in our spouse, children, family or in our awesome problem solving skills we are let down everytime when they don't meet our need. Let me tell you, these were not meant to be the true everlasting hope that God intended for us to strive for.  Proverbs 11:7 says, "Hope placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing."  It's not fair to our loved ones or even to ourselves when we put all our hope in them.  They're incapable to meet the need that Christ has set only for  Himself to meet.

What is hope?  According to good ol' Webster, it's the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; it's where we look to someone on which our expectations are centered.

Wow, it's where our expectations are centered!  Who is the center of your life?  Who is the One that will be Immovable, Trustworthy, Honorable, Compassionate, Good, Honest, Loyal, Steadfast, Righteous, Pure, Faithful, Gracious and Almighty in ALL of your times?

Hope is a promise=a declaration that one will do something specified; a reason to expect something.

Christ and Christ alone is the One who can truly keep ALL His promises.  We can trust and expect that in our lives today.  When we are struggling in some difficult trials, hard circumstances or we are just somewhere dark and have lost our way for a bit, God's Word is FULL of His promises which should encourage us to place our Hope in Him.

Psalm 119:50 says, "My comfort in my suffering is this:  Your promises preserves my life."

When life is sour and getting bad, Jesus just pours Himself over us preserving us for His Glory while we are being filled in abundance of all that He is.

Hebrews 10:36 says, "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised."

Following Christ in our struggles and trials is hard.  It's not always an easy road to take.  It may even require us to face fear head on.  Grab hold of His extended Hand.  He will show us where to walk and how to walk.  There may be times that we are at a crawl because things are just too thick to take steps but that's alright because as long as we keep moving forward we are moving closer to Him through Him.  Little is much when God is in it!

Hebrews 10:23 says, "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful."

Take hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.  That means a steady, firm, unfaltering grip.  We securely and solidly fix ourselves in place of that hope and don't let go because of God's faithful promises.

Psalm 145:13 declares, "Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations.  The LORD is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does."

Christ's finished work upon the cross secured this True Hope for you and I.  It is absolute, constant, and immovable...all this is yours and mine.  Jesus is enough. Nothing else will do.  When we fix our eyes upon Christ with a blessed hope, no matter what circumstance is happening or what journey we are on, Jesus is enough...He will fill our hearts with JOY! Unspeakable joy.  Joy everlasting.  1 Thessalonians 2:20 tells us, "Indeed, you are our glory and joy."  Jesus is our joy!

All things in our life, big or small, is important to Christ.  He is always there for us.  Always ready and more than willing.  We need reminded often of just how Massive He truly is.  All those Truths of God's character is more than anyone or anything else could even possibly try to promise us and remain faithful in that promise.  The same God that sent His only Son to die upon an old rugged Cross, only to be raised to life on the third day is the same God that loves you so tenderly, genuinely and completely.  The same power that enabled Jesus to shed His blood for our sins is the same power that lives in us should we accept Christ as our Savior.

Problems, situations, circumstances don't change or lessen in this world, but as we trust God more the more confident in our faith in Him will be.  Trusting God for the ability to enjoy our days despite all else.

"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy." Psalm 94:19

"Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy."  Psalm 126:5

"...yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior."  Habakkuk 3:18

Friends, God does not waste anything!!

There is one last Scripture that I would like to leave you with as an encouragement to your hearts, but know that this is a sweet promise from your Heavenly Father for you...

"We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and shield.  In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust His holy name.  May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you."  Psalm 33:20-22

Take Care and Be Blessed,

Christy Krezman
Rosette Ministry

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

When Famine Hits Our Souls
Famine: extreme scarcity of food; a shortage; hunger.

Famine causes calamity, catastrophe, disaster and tragedy.

This is very true of our physical being but it is also very true of our spiritual being.  It is vital in our walk with God to feed on His Word daily to receive the nutrients that He provides for us as we journey through life.  His Word is food for our Soul.  Scripture tells us that we do not live on bread alone but on God's Word (Luke 4:4) and it refers to it being our bread of life (John 6:4) as well as pure milk for those who are new believers (1 Peter 2:2).  We must hunger and thirst for righteousness, for then we shall be satisfied (Matthew 5:6).

Well, life happens and we all live it. We all have jobs to do, activities to be active in, hobbies to enjoy, families to love and care for, perhaps school to attend and the list can go on and on.  Things are good.  Things are fine.  Things are OK.  Then, things are not so good...not so fine...not so OK.  What seemed to have happened to get us here?  We were once in a place where things were lush and green, life was going well.  Prosperous and fruitful.  We were feeling satisfied and well taken care of.  Perhaps it was heartache, loss, disappointment, stress, disobedience, busyness or any other stuff that may have come our way distracting us from God and His life-line to our souls.  It's easy to get to this point really.  We don't feel it right away.  It's one skip of reading the skip of quiet time with skip of going to church because who's really going to miss us anyway?! skip of saying a prayer because God knows everything skip of Bible Study because we didn't finish our lesson plus WE ARE TOO TIRED! skip and before we know it we've skipped our way right into barren land. We are smack center in the desert and we wonder, "How in the world did we get here, Lord?"

No matter how we find ourselves in deserted, barren land with a famine within our souls, God will meet us right where we are.  We do not have to go wondering around looking for Him. However, we are in this dry and barren land that now needs to be nourished in order to be productive.  I am no farmer by any means but I do know that no crop of any kind can or will grow in a ground that is hard, dry,  and unfertilized by nutrients.  God does not want us to starve spiritually so He does what every good parent does...He equips us with what we need to be healthy.  This is not always a pleasant or comfortable process, but it is very necessary for us to become strong again.

Like a farmer preparing a field for a crop, he must first turn over the ground.  Our dry and barren land that we stand upon must be broken turning it over multiple times.  This must be done by rows of razor sharp discs pulled by a tractor navigated by the farmer.  He is very precise in how he is driving the tractor and very careful on how those discs enter the ground breaking it up.  He is not angry, upset or disappointed in the land.  He is not taking pleasure to be causing this disruption but he cares very much for the land and knows that is very much needed for it to be productive.  He sees the potential in the land and works the land getting it to its potential.  He continues by nurturing it and tending to it consistently.  Pruning...weeding...plucking out dead plants...watering it until the land has finally become rich in soil, crops deeply rooted producing much fruit.

The same is true of us.  We are like the dry and barren land that is in much need of being broken and turned over by God's grace.  It's not always easy, comfortable and many times we absolutely do not even like it, but God loves us far too much to leave us spiritual starved.  While we are in the middle of being "disced" we have hope and the promise of Romans 8:28, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose."  This is also a time where trust in His work comes in.  We need to put our trust in Him knowing that He is working in us for our good for His purpose in our lives.  Psalm 27:14 encourages us, "Trust in the LORD.  Have faith, do not despair.  Trust in the LORD."  Through our struggles, our hardships our faith is being  tested.  We can fix our eyes on Christ allowing Him to prepare us to become rich in soul, deeply planted and producing much fruit.  In order to get to that point we must go through the transforming part of "discing, ground breaking, pruning, weeding, and plucking".  Through all of this God's sweet grace is always upon us, watering and feeding us with such True nutrients. 1 Corinthians 15:10 says, "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.  No, I worked harder than all of them - yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me." We are who we are because of Christ.  Praise Him!  We are better!

We've fixed our eyes on God putting our trust in Him with ALL of our BARRENNESS.  Our faith has grown.  Our soul is rich...we are deeply rooted in Him.  We are growing and producing fruit sharing it with others who need to feed from our life story and sharing what God has done for us.  Wow!  God is so good...all the time!  Psalm 145:9 exclaims, "God is good to one and all; everything He does is suffused with grace."

You are beautiful!  
 Trust Him.  Believe in Him.  Fix your eyes on Him in your time on struggle.  He will see you through it, Beautiful!

Take care & Be blessed,

Christy Krezman
Rosette Ministry

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


 Mark 16:15, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News [of salvation from the bondage and penalty of sin] to everyone, everywhere."
Every single one of us has a valuable story to tell...a story that will impact a life of one or lives of many.  We may be hesitant in sharing our story with others because we're shy and feel awkward or perhaps we feel as if it's just too trivial that it wouldn't have an effect on anyone.  How would it help someone else?  Perhaps we struggle with the heaviness of guilt and shame of our story that we shrink back and don't dare to even think about mentioning these past experiences with anyone.  Psalm 34:5 gives us something to be encouraged and bold about, "Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces."  

Isn't that encouraging to know that no past experience, no amount of guilt or shame can darken our faces if we only look to Him for help.  He will lift us up, pouring forgiveness and grace upon us as we seek Him with all our heart.  Then we will radiate with JOY!  Praise God!

Our life story can help others who are trapped where we once were.  We are not the only ones who ever experience hardships in life...discouragements...hurts...sorrow...regrets...guilt.  Friends, the enemy would love for you to believe that you are very much alone in your "horrendous" situation.  That no one would ever understand what you are going through.  But that is a bald face LIE!  

For those of us who are believers in Christ, we have a hope and an assurance in knowing that He will see us through each and every situation.  Though because of our flesh it is still very difficult to Trust and Obey.  That's where our Faith needs to come in and be strong.  Our faith becomes strengthened by others who have experienced what you are going through, who have been there and seen it through to the end victorously with Christ Jesus. 

Jesus said to 'Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.'  What does that mean in sharing our story?  Yes, many go afar traveling on mission trips sharing the love of Jesus, however, distance doesn't mean that you're not already on a mission field.  We really don't have to go that far.  And as far as preaching, it's really only conversation with one another what the LORD has done for you through your circumstances...His Truth...His Promises...His Love.  

Christ will put people in our lives, intersecting our paths and forming webs of connections.  They can be people we see on a regular basis doing life or perhaps complete strangers that 'pop' into our lives.  However He is having our paths cross there is always an opportunity to share Jesus even if a word is never spoken.  

Slowing down in our rush of errands and tasks to look people in their eyes; genuinely greeting the cashier by their name as we check out of the supermarket; speaking with kindness and grace to those who are around us wherever we are; being courteous and waving at our neighbors instead of quickly driving into the garage and closing it immediately behind us; basically treating others as we would desire to be treated ourselves.  Thinking of them before ourselves and allowing Christ to flow through us to bless their lives.  We must love Jesus first and love Jesus most because we cannot do anything affective without Him.

As we consistently, purposefully live our lives this way on the "mission field" , then people will see something different within you.  Something that is of hope & encouragement to them.  They desire that for themselves wanting that unspeakable peace that is upon you. [Opportunity.]  God will guide and direct.  He will prepare hearts.  We need only to be obedient and share our life story.  No worries on what to say or how to say it, that's why God sent the Holy Spirit to intercede for us.  To fill us with all that He is. We'll lack nothing as long as we put our trust in Him and let Him lead us through. 

Psalm 37:23:24, "The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD, He delights in every detail of their lives.  Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand."

Whenever we are blessed to have an opportunity to share our life story with people and they hear our story then they are offered a chance.  A chance to identify and understand that they are not alone.  A chance to release all that they have been carrying to the Most High.  A chance to be loved on by the most loving and gracious King.  A chance to loosen their chains.  A chance to begin their own healing through Christ Jesus! 

Within each of us is our own personal journey that is waiting to be shared.  Are you willing to allow God to use it to help others?

Take care & be blessed, 

Christy Krezman
Rosette Ministry 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Comfort While Patiently Waiting

Isaiah 40:3-5, 6-8

"Make a highway for the LORD through the wilderness.  Make a straight, smooth road through the desert for our God. Fill the valleys and level the hills.  Straighten out the curves and smooth off the rough spots.  Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together."

"...people are like the grass that dies away.  Their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of flowers in the field.  The grass withers, and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD.  And so it is with people.  The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever."

God never gives up on us, no matter if we are struggling through the wilderness or wondering aimlessly in the desert.  No matter our situation or circumstance or things we've done. God NEVER gives up on us!  The punishments of these things will end.  God will restore us.  He meets us right where we are, just as we are.  He gives us the strength, courage and endurance to clear out the obstacles in our lives so that we  are able to reveal that highway in the wilderness and that road in the desert to follow.  We wonder aimlessly and get lost   only because we've taken our eyes off of Him who directs and leads us.  We start off we think...skipping down that path like it's the yellow brick road.  We've got all our necessities on us...handbag stocked with all the proper girly stuff, refreshments for the trip, good looking walking shoes...everything that we think we need for our journey.  But we've decided to bring a little something extra, our PAST!  We're just tugging it or carrying a little something, something...but honestly, it's a load!  It's much too much for us to carry so we scrunch it up like in those infomercial vacuum sealed bags.  WOW!  Look it there!  We just condensed it making more space for more stuff!  PILE IT ON!

Well, eventually that load has become a mountain but we keep on our journey determined that we can handle it.  Each step that we take tugging at and pulling our load, things begin to seep out falling onto the path.  Sometimes we see it happening, but think that it's OK, it's only a little.  No one will really notice.  Everyone has a minor breakdown here and there.  But continuously it is happening whether we recognize it or not.  All the while we are polluting the path making it harder and harder to take a step.  We become exhausted because we have created an obstacle course.  We look back and remembered all the times that our "stuff" seeped out and spilled over, but what can we do about it now?  We keep trying to move forward the best we can.  We are still ever determined and white-knuckled as ever totting this load behind us. We notice that the path is gone...outta sight.  It's still there, it wasn't destroyed or removed, it's just completely and totally covered up with our life "stuff."  We have no direction to go. No compass to follow because we once had clearance to look upward toward God for direction on a clear to somewhat clear path.  Now that we have obstacles to climb and crawl over our focus has become toward them.  There may be times that we look upward in desperation crying out for help.  And God is faithful.  He gives us the help and then we lower our heads to focus on those obstacles yet again to push past.  We keep on keeping on through all this stuff getting bruised and battered and even more exhausted. 

Jesus is a true gentleman, ladies!  He is ever ready and willing to carry ANY and ALL of our luggage, our load...the cute, the ugly, the despicable, the horrendous...ALL of it!  It is absolutely NOT yours to carry.  It is vital for us to understand that we cannot undo a lifetime of damage, hurts, regrets, disappointments in just a few moments or to pack them away in a 'suitcase' trying to forget about them and then carry them around with us.  It is a challenge to wait patiently in general here on Earth and even more challenging to wait patiently on God who is at work within us.  EVERY part of healing requires time and patience.  It also requires that we wait on God.

"But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength .  They will fly high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint."  Isaiah 40:31

Waiting on the LORD has its rewards..."The LORD is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him and seek Him.  So it is good to wait patiently for salvation from the LORD."  Lamentations 3:25-26
God gives us the strength and the stamina to bear up under the strain so that we won't faint or collapse under it.  God will continue to lift us up like wind beneath the wings of eagles as we are learning to trust the LORD and wait on Him.  Developing patient faith in God means we will be able to endure.

Now that we've let go and let God we must take action.  It is our responsibility to act on and use what the LORD gives us to clear out those obstacles in our lives.  As we do this step by step, day by day, sometimes even minute by minute, more & more of the "forgotten" path is being revealed.  And God is so good, the obstacles that are just too large for us to remove He will remove Himself.  When we deal with our obstacles through Jesus Christ, then we are FREE!  Free to become all that God has for us.  Free to have a closer walk with Him and a more intimate relationship with Him.

Through this the glory of the LORD is being magnified in us and all are seeing it.  The once withered, tired, defeated and not so graceful person that was mashing about a bunch of 'stuff' as well as carrying a whole other load of that 'stuff putting on 'FACE' to have it all together is now...RESTORED!  Refreshed, filled with goodness from God and walking much lighter and so much brighter.  No longer having to have a low head watching every step, now our heads are held high basking in our Father's love and His grace that shines down upon us.
Hope & Joy are filling the valleys.  Strength & Perseverance is leveling the hills.  Faith & Trust is straightening out the curves and smoothing out the rough spots.

Thank You, Jesus!
Take care & be blessed,

Christy Krezman
Rosette Ministry

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Two Week Mission Trip

July 10, 2012
  "So this is it!! I'm on my way to Fiji!!"...that was my first entry in my journal a year ago as I embarked on what I thought was just a missions trip.  Little did I know that it would be such a life changing experience in such an amazingly great yet challenging way.  As I reflect back upon my experience today, my 17 year old son is on his own life changing experience mission trip in Kenya, Africa.  Can't wait to hear his exciting stories. I'm feeling so blessed.

When I decided to go to Fiji on the missions trip it was a last minute decision, really a God thing.  I was at a place in my spiritual walk where I  felt like I was needing to do more.  I desired more.  I wanted to go and serve others in a way like I had never done.  I was a little nervous in going because I didn't know anyone really except for my friend, Sara and it would require me to step waaay outside my comfort zone! 

July 12, 2012
  "Touchdown in FIJI!!  Let the amazingness begin in this land, Lord!"  I was so excited to arrive.  I was also a little surprised to see what I saw.  Beautiful and the most friendliest people ever.  Lush green everywhere I looked, however, this was not the Fiji that I had Googled.  It did not look glamorous and gorgeous like all the photos shown when I would type in Fiji in the little box Google provided!! "Fiji is amazingly spectacular! We've taken all the back roads and have seen true Fiji living. Each village is different but very much the same.  No where like anything I've seen in America.  Boy, do we really take things for granted & possess lots of stuff.  Nothing of familiarity." A bit of reality has hit just about now.  Wow.  I believe I may be a bit spoiled and hadn't realized it...hmmm...didn't like that thought!

July 13, 2012
  "Overnight barge to our destination...raining...barge going up & down.  I took some motion sickness medication & Tylenol PM.  Up & down, up & down, rocking from side to side, lots of people laying on the floor, cuddle in chairs, anywhere to get comfy for this long choppy ride. Lord help me sleep & keep me safe! "  Oh golly, that boat ride is something I wouldn't wish on anyone!

July 14, 2012
  "Just woke from one challenging, quite uncomfortable night...thank you, Lord.  You're preparing me & removing my SELF, my SPOILEDNESS, my NORMALCY, COMFORT and STRIPPING me to allow me to receive all that You have for me!  Lord, this is my prayer.  Help me to remember to be vulnerable, releasing all...unzipping myself; my American self & ways - stepping out and allowing You to work in and through me to minister and bless the people.  Lord, be my strength today for I feel so tired from traveling.  Help me to endure & press on.  Lift my spirits and widen my smile.  Let your brilliance brightly magnify through me radiating Your sweet love.  Give me words to speak, hugs to give.  Lord USE ME and make sure I don't get in the way of YOUR WILL!  I'm looking forward to what's in store for us and the miracles that You'll perform!  I love You, Lord!  Amen.

So breathtakingly beautiful!  After a full night of storm night, rocky waves, sick people...we awoke to this!
Calm, serenity, clarity, stillness, light...hope.  As I read through my Journal I thought I would be empowered by God's workmanship, however, I discovered the opposite...
"Lord, I feel so small in this gigantic place.  I feel out of sorts, of place...I know that it's not by accident that I'm here.  I know that You have a plan for me, that You will use me.  I know that I will be blessed and that I will be changed!  Praise You, Lord! Glory to Your Name.  Open my heart, my mind, my eyes...lead me to do what You would have me to do.  

Romans 12:1-8 'Dear friends, God is good.  So I beg you to offer your bodies to Him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing.  That's the most sensible way to serve God.  Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think.  Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him.  I realize how kind God has been to me and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are.  Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you.  A body is made up of many parts and each of them has its own use.  That's how it is with us.  There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as one another.  God has also given us each different gifts to use.  If we can prophesy, we should do it according to the amount of faith we have.  If we can serve others, we should serve.  If we can encourage others, we should encourage them.  If we can give, we should be generous.  If we are leaders, we should do our best.  If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully."

July 15, 2012
Arrived at port.  "We're on Taveuni where only 2% of the world population ever visits...and I'm here! It's so beautiful. So many coconut and 'popo' (papaya) trees, lush green vegetation with sporadic tin huts filled with lively friendly villagers eager to see the people on the open aired bus passing by.  The tiny dirt road is peppered with boys and girls skipping alongside adults - men carrying machetes or coconut logs and women carrying fruit and various other items.  As we pass they all shout with jubilee, 'Bula, Bula! (Hello, Hello!)

"Hours later we arrive at our host church.  We were greeted with warm curiosity and fed a yummy snack of popo juice and egg sandwiches.  The women are amazing-there's no kitchen-just an open outdoor fire!  The village literally all help out.  Men are cutting wood and collecting water , gathering vegetation from the jungle ...women are sitting on bamboo mats slicing and dicing vegetables while others are stooping over a large pot and even others in a framed building without doors or windows doing a host of other things.  The children are running, singing and laughing joyously.  They all love getting their pictures taken and then eager want to see themselves on the tiny screen grinning even larger than before when the picture was being taken!"

July 16, 2012
"Walked 15 minutes to hold a medical clinic in a nearby village of Vuna.  We had to carry all the supplies including all the tables and chairs.  Long day but by far one of my most rewarding days ever! I had the pleasure and opportunity to educate the people of Vuna on dental hygiene.  I complimented each and every one of them for their gift from God...their beautiful smile, telling them to never stop using that gift-always turning to Him!  I received such warmth, numerous hugs, countless handshakes and endless thank yous.  One beautiful 32 year old gal, Melamla, was so proud of her teeth and spoke that she had not lost one...which is incredible!  She excitedly showed me her 2 year old daughter, Krystel's  teeth which were perfectly clean as well.  Unfortunately not all teeth were not like theirs, I did get some requests for me to pull their teeth out because of how much pain they were in.  I told them I was not a dentist but they still requested!! I felt so helpless.

As the day went on, many different faces, different stories but always kind and smiling people as I compliment them and shared information.  God, thank You for this opportunity to share education on a simple task of brushing teeth, but more importantly for allowing me to love on over 235 amazingly beautiful people being Your light and planting a seed for Your Kingdom.
July 17, 2012
Travel by bus then by small boat to Island of Qamea.  Very excited but a little nervous I have to admit!

Spending time on this Island was extremely difficult and hard for me.  I was only able to journal a few things..."INTENSELY HARD...INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL! You can't have one without the other."  This is where I experience much of my raw growth.  Have you ever had that feeling where you just wanted to run and escape from a situation?  Well try having that feeling but literally being stuck on an island with the only means of transportation is an hourish boat ride in the middle of the gigantic ocean!! And on top of that the boats aren't returning until the next day that evening! So whatcha gonna do?!? Well, I tell you it was hard because there wasn't ANY privacy at all either! So literal heart to heart with God is what happened.  Never had that before and it's quite the experience.  Being stripped of everything that's comfortable and normal yet the only thing that is reliable and true is Christ.  He was the only One that I could turn to and express EVERYTHING to...the good, the bad and the very ugly.  Oh, believe me I said some fit throwing, tantrum shouting things in my heart to Him!  If only anyone could see what was going on in my heart, WOWZA!  It would not be pretty!  But Christ being the ever gracious Father that He is, waiting for me to get done with my not so gracious fit throwing, caressed me and gently spilled healing words of truth into my heart and spirit.  He used others around me to minister to my heart and to reveal things to my once blinded eyes.  What the enemy had planned for me on this Island was not happening no longer! Victory is mine through Jesus Christ. 1John 5:4-5, "Every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is what gives us this victory.  No one can defeat the world without having faith in Jesus as the Son of God." Christ did what He always does, He came through.  He got me through moment by moment. I relied on Him for everything and needed to.  He truly is the only way.  He protected and guided.  Strengthened and allowed me to endure.

1 Corinthians 15:58, "My dear friends, stand firm and don't be shaken.  Always keep busy working for the Lord.  You know that everything you do for Him is worthwhile." 
I will stand firm in Christ who is always solid and I will not be shaken by anything that the enemy tries to throw my way to prevent me from doing and serving in the name of Jesus!

July 18, 2012
Village of Qaleni. "Lord, I give you my heart, I give you my soul have Your way with me.  Intensely Hard, Incredibly Beautiful!  This journey has been just a battle within me, heavy burden and I don't understand it!  But I do know that You are the Sovereign God and You brought me here to break my heart for these people especially those on Qamea Island.

Isaiah 33:6, 'You are the foundation on which we stand today.  You always save us and give true wisdom and knowledge.  Nothing means more to us than obeying You.' God chooses willing vessels.  No skills required, no work-experience needed.  Weakness is actually preferred...humility a must!   To witness, to be a servant, a born slave to the Master-then Christ is the only Way, the Truth and the Life.  If we go with our agendas, our skills or our how-to's then there is no room for what Christ intended.  Not only for those He sent for you to serve but most importantly for YOU!

Psalms 34:4-5 "I asked the Lord for help, and He saved me from all my fears.  Keep your eyes on the Lord! You will shine like the sun and never blush with shame."

July 19, 2012
"I have to admit I am continuing to have miniature heart tantrums with Christ.  I'm not fully aware of why He had me come so far across the world to teach about dental hygiene when most everyone I came in contact with did not have a proper place to store their toothbrush or toothpaste or didn't even have a restroom to even brush their teeth in. I just didn't get it and I wanted some clarity.  Our bus had made a pit stop in a village of Suva Suva while I was in the middle of this tantrum.  All of us were to stay on the bus which was fine with me because it made it easy for me to hide my head from all the joyfully friendly locals waving eagerly with their greetings.  'Christy, come out here now! Send Christy out now!'  My thoughts instantly turned apologetic to Christ!  Oh, Lord please don't make me stay here for my poor attitude! I'm sorry!!  

Well, let me tell you that wasn't it at all!  Pastor Steve swiftly wrapped his arm across my shoulders and said come see.  So I rushed out and  a few steps away were boys and girls all dressed properly in their school uniforms.  Boys in their khaki shorts with crisp white collared shirts, girls in their knee length purple apron styled dresses  also with a crisp white collared shirt.  Most without shoes, some with sandals.  The students ranged from kindergarten to high school, each with a toothbrush in one hand (which was received from our clinic) and a small water bottle in the other.  The instructor, whom came to our clinic previously had a mega phone instructing the students with the chant that I had shared with him and all the other villagers throughout the trip -Brushe, Brushe, Brushe...Circlee, Circlee, Circlee!  Priceless!!  Thank You, Lord!  

Simple little Christy from a little place in this world called to Fiji to teach proper brushing of teeth.  All it takes is for one who listened and was inspired to go and instructed and loved on others in the name of Jesus.  Out of those, all it takes is one to go, so on and so forth.  When Christ calls and you are willing to go and to serve, it doesn't matter how simple the serving may be, it's your willingness and obedience.  He ~our Sovereign God~will plant the seed in hearts of those being served.  He in turn will allow those seeds to sprout and grow through other willing obedient vessels.  I just need to be obedient and willing ~prayerful always. He will take care of the rest.  You do what's asked of you and remain faithful in prayer and He'll take care of the rest!  You may get the honor of seeing the fruits of what was planted or you may get the honor of being the one who actually plants the seed.  Whatever the case, it is always an honor to serve Christ.

"God loves people who love to give.  God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others.  2 Corinthians 9:7-8

This was a reflection into my journey in Fiji and it has and continues to be life changing!  I look forward to the day that I can go abroad to serve where Christ will send me.

Take care and be blessed,

Chrsity Krezman

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Joy and Trials

This past week, my son and I went on a day trip to the coast.  As we traveled I noticed for many miles fields of dry and barren land.  Land that appeared to be lacking and producing no type of harvest of any kind. Then without any warning lush rich vibrant crops filled the land.  Neighboring right next to the barren field.  I thought about how that applies to our lives. 

So many times we believe that we can only experience one thing at a time.  That is true of us.  We can only handle being stressed through stressful times.  We can only handle being angry when we're mad.  We can only handle being sad in sorrowful times.  Add one more thing on top of that and we'll just burst!  We'll go over the edge.  But when we have Christ as the center of our lives, we don't have to carry the load.  It doesn't mean we don't ever experience these emotions ever again, it just means we have a hope in our future with Him.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  It goes on to say in verse 12, "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."  We have a God who will hear all our hurts, our pains, our sorrows, everything that we are going through.  He will give us a peace and Joy that will carry us through each and every trial.

I can guarantee that all of us have experience problems and pain in our lives.  But I can't guarantee that we all have experienced the Joy and peace that God offers during those times.God goes before us, He follows us and He places His hand of blessing on our heads (see Psalm 139:5.)  Joy... because happiness is not enough!

I looked up the definitions of Joy and happiness.  Here's what I found...

     Joy:  the emotion evoked by well being.  (evoked-to call forth; to bring to mind)
     happiness: a pleasurable or satisfying experience  *Webster describes "happy" as 'favored by luck'

What is Joy?  God's Truth. What He has already done for you in your life.  It's different for each of us but we each have a joyous moment we can bring forth in our mind...a joyous time that God blessed us with.  And if we give it enough time, I'm sure we can bring forth a few more times that were quite joyful in our lives.  In case your mind is too jammed with all the mess of your trials, refer to Scripture starting with John 3:16.  That is a Joyful time that Christ gave His life for you and for me that we can spend eternity with Him.  That He took on all our sins and paid our penalty so that we would not perish.  Praise you, Jesus!! This is solid. That is secure.  Joy does not waiver.  Joy...because happiness is not enough!

What is happiness?  Happiness is an emotion that comes whenever we experience a pleasurable or satisfying experience.  It waivers.  It is not solid.  Not secure.  I found it interesting that in the dictionary under the word happy was the word luck.  We don't serve a God of luck.  God is Absolute, Conclusive, Infinite, Complete, Upstanding, Firm, Strong, Worthy, Concrete, Massive, Sound, Supreme, Sovereign and so much more than my minuet brain can think of.  Happiness is all depends on our pleasurable or satisfying events.  We most certainly CAN NOT experience happiness as we are in our trials, it's like oil and water.  But we most certainly CAN have Joy in the midst of our trials all because of Christ. 

Joy is lasting.  It doesn't replace what we are going through or what we are experiencing.  Joy is just choosing to leave it all at the feet of Jesus - believing and trusting Him to see us through it.  Allowing Him to transform us according to His Will for our lives.  Seeking Him and praising Him through each moment as tough as some of them may be.  Then calling forth times He has brought Joy in our life so many times before.  Remembering  times He has brought us out of some deep dark mirery pits.  Joy and Trials can run parallel just as long as we keep our faith in Him trusting Him each step of the way!!  John 15:11 says, "I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have and so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy."

Here's a few more Scriptures on Joy:

"My soul will find joy in the Lord and be joyful about his salvation."  Psalm 35:9
"Worship the Lord with joy!  Enter his presence with joyful singing." Psalms 100:2
"You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance; you have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy."  Psalm 30:11
"They find joy in your name all day long.  They are joyful in your righteousness..." Psalm 89:16

JOY...because happiness is not enough!

Be blessed and take care,

Christy Krezman