Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Time is HERE!


It has been a long road, but the end has come! I am going to POLAND!!!! I got word from my head office that I have raised all the needed funds and now I get start a new chapter in my life next month! Yes, I will be a “Polska” resident in January!

Please pardon my excitement. This has been a 13-year journey and I never thought that God would really have me return. HE IS FAITHFUL!!!

I am planning to leave towards the end of January and will be living in Katowice, Poland.

Thank you to all who have faithfully prayed and supported me! I cannot fully express my gratitude.

In the women’s bible study I attend we talk about how God’s timing is perfect and how our lives (after we are believers) are not identified by sin and the flesh, but by grace and the Spirit. During this time, I could not help but think of all of the lies about sin that I have believed. For the longest time, I believed that the main reason for the delay in my return to east Europe was that I was not “good” enough for God to use me and that God was punishing me for sinning against Him. WHAT A LIE!!!!

The timing of my departure has ALL been about HIS TIMING!

Life with Christ is a life of freedom from feeling guilty when I sin. He already paid the price for all of that sin. My life is a life that follows God because I LOVE Him, not because I am afraid of His wrath if I do not follow His commands. I follow His commands, because I LOVE Him. His grace is covering those times when my flesh (sinful self) temporarily takes over. I don’t have to fear retribution, because HE has paid it all. Sure, the Holy Spirit makes me feel conviction for my sinful behavior, but it is NOT guilt. My guilt has been paid by Jesus' shed blood on the cross and His resurection!

Through this class I have been able to see that my staying and going has been His doing and not mine. He did not keep me here longer than I wanted in order to punish me, but to show me and help me better prepare myself for the stresses that I am facing now and will face when I move over to Poland.

So there you have it, the BIG announcment. I am going to POLAND!!! YEAH! Thank you, dear LORD!


Anonymous said...

oh Alice!! I am SO excited for you to finally have the date set - and so soon!! Bittersweet for me, since I haven't had to think about saying goodbye, but I know God has been preparing you in so many ways to finally be truly ready to go to Poland next month. I will miss you dearly! Philippians 4:9-11, 6 is my prayer for you!

Dan Luebcke said...



HERE WE GO! I can't wait to see you this summer and hear you say, "Welcome to Krakow!"

Pat R said...

I am so excited for you and thrilled at what God has been teaching you these last few months. Sounds like we are on the same path.

I know we will both be busy with our respective ministries, but Poland is SO MUCH CLOSER to Spain than the U.S. I hope we will see each other often (whatever that means).

Love you.