that we might be a kind of first-fruits of all he created.
JAMES 1:18 NIV
It is a wonderful time when we as Christians are dedicated to God in all that we do and all that we are. It is important to remember that all we have belongs to the Lord first and foremost, The Lord is also kind in His loving ways to remind us that there is more. If you listen carefully and open yourself, you will see many sweet reminders, both of His love and of His firsts.
Many of you know that I am not a big New Years Day resolution person per say. My normal is to skip over that part of the holiday and move into the year without thoughts of resolutions or a yearly goal. I can quite nicely live without the years regrets of breaking promises that I know I most likely cannot or will not keep. (With the exception of the one and only year that I formed and fully filled out a perfectly “me type” resolution, hint: think watermelon!!!)
This year, The Lord gave me a gift. He filled out a resolution list or a “firsts list” for me. From the beginning of this year, actually started in Dec., He has been showing me gifts of firsts from His view point. This has been a tremendous time to see new and beautiful ways that He surrounds us. His artistry of Life is vast. Each day I wake up to see what the “new” or “first” will be. Each Day, pure to His promises, He shows up and grants another unknown to be discovered.
This year, I will be sharing a few of these insightful and fun firsts. As the year progresses, I hope to share many more.
Jan. 7th 2019 – One of the Firsts
(Mandalay, Myanmar airport immigration)
By now, most of you have journeyed with me across the seas. Most of you have heard me talk about the need/requirement to apply for a visa’s to live outside of your home country. Myanmar is no exception to this rule. My visit to Australia had a top priority; to apply to the Myanmar Embassy for a one year multiple entry visa. Applying for a Myanmar one year visa was a first for me. Previously all of my visa’s to MM (Myanmar) was either a tourist visa or 70 day visa. Once I got this particular visa back, I was quite scared that I filled it out wrong. It was stamped for 70 days and multiple entry. Even so, beyond my fears that day, The Lord provided a missionary friend in Yangon that explained I would not know how many days I actually got until I went through immigration at the entry point in Myanmar. It was totally up to the immigration person.
As it turns out, this was the first time EVER, not only was the Immigration lady smiling and friendly, the whole crew was!! She asked if I applied for one year. Which of course I answered, “Yes.” She smiled while showing me the stamp for one entire year!!! My first time ever reaction in an immigration line, (with a very expressive) “YES!!!” followed up with “Oh, I am so sorry.” She smiled and told me to have a nice day. So, YES!!!!! I now have a one year, multiple entry visa for Myanmar. The significance of that is that I have totally been blessed to come and go freely in and outside of Myanmar. God’s grace is overwhelmingly amazing and abundant! His provision was there from the beginning until now and forevermore!
There is one more first, HOWEVER, I am running out of space here, sooooooo
If you are more than curious to see and to read about a wedding in another culture, please email me. I will gladly send you a copy of my newsletter with colorful pictures and wonderful experience of a union Myanmar style!