Unending Truth

Lee Michaels | November 24, 2014 | Comment

We can be so much like the Israelites who took God’s principles and placed them into their own packaging. But truth will tell us that “His way is perfect.” Obedience is not negotiable.
Psalm 25:5, “Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.”

Unmerited Favor and Opportunity is Mine

Lee Michaels | November 11, 2014 | Comment

One of the treasures that I love about immersing myself in third world countries is the teaching I always receive from my Lord’s Presence. In deepest poverty, He still shows Himself faithful. In unthinkable surroundings He walks about with continual reminders that He still understands all human frailty and need. In few possessions, He still gives abundant mercies. In deepest need, He can still offer unspeakable peace to those He is holding so tightly. In disease and lack, people will stop and listen to receive His forgiving mercy. I have been given unspeakable wealth in this lifetime with the innumerable opportunities the Lord has given me to plunge headfirst into this understanding of unmerited grace.
Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.

His Endless Gift to Me

Lee Michaels | October 11, 2014 | Comment

Lord, what a privilege You gave me to walk beside Bobby Michaels: an amazing man who taught me how to love and serve You unconditionally. I delight in this special day that You brought him into this world. Together we were able to represent You, even in isolated places, and tell of Your love, mercy, and forgiveness in Jesus. Thank You for the precious gift of my husband! Happy Birthday, Bobby!
Mark 10:8, “and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”

From Weakness to Strength

Lee Michaels | September 16, 2014 | Comment

In Your Presence, we see our weakness; through Your love, we see our strength.
Exodus 15:13, “You will lead the people You have redeemed with Your faithful love; You will guide them to Your holy dwelling with Your strength.”

Just Taste and See

Lee Michaels | September 1, 2014 | Comment

The need to trust implies our uncertainty—and our life is filled with the unknown. When we cling to the Lord, our circumstances not only become manageable, but blessed.
Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!”

Unspoken Words

Lee Michaels | August 19, 2014 | Comment

Sometimes we can say the right things, but with a trivial tone that will not encourage the receiver. Our voice, our eyes, our demeanor need to reflect a heartfelt compassion for the one we are with. People can feel the difference between mere words and true concern. Sometimes the words are not even necessary.
1 Timothy 1:5, Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

Whatever You Require

Lee Michaels | August 7, 2014 | Comment

Lord, You offer us holiness. I want to claim it.
You offer forgiveness. That’s what I need.
You offer everlasting love. That is my desire.
You want to transform my life. It’s Yours.

Psalm 71:5, “For You are my hope, Lord God, my confidence from my youth.”

My Lord Is Faithful

Lee Michaels | July 30, 2014 | Comment

Even though I have arrived back home, part of my heart remains with the dear people across the sea. I see their beautiful hearts and smiles when I close my eyes to rest, knowing the difficult life that continues for them. But my precious Lord lovingly intervenes and says, “Look again.” As I see each face now, I also see the Lord right beside them with His arms of love embracing each one. He lovingly reminds me: “Lee, you have left but I have not! Continue in your calling wherever I take you.”

July 22: PreahNetPreah, Cambodia

Lee Michaels | July 29, 2014 | Comment

Here we are again bumping over the “roads” for four hours to our next destination. We have had unexpected adventures this week due to torrential rain by the hours. We have encountered three flat tires on our caravan of vehicles and then our van became stuck in a thick hole of mud up to the doors—a little more adventure than we expected! We were in the middle of “nowhere”…. Right beside us was a small hut-like “store”. Unknown to us, the “home” behind it belonged to the police chief! He was leaving that evening for a meeting in another area and was pensive about leaving his wife and new baby alone. He welcomed our Khmer drama team boys to stay with her for the night until they could dig out the van to continue our journey! The rest of our team and the Khmer drama team girls snuggled into the remaining vehicles and we drove two more hours to our lodging for the night. The vehicle, carrying our team of boys we left behind, joined us later the next day with lots of smiling faces, despite the hours of work it took digging to retrieve the sunken vehicle. The Lord had blessed us richly, once again, with favor and answered our prayers to bring glory to His Holy Name and to continue our mission serving Him!

July 19: Steun Treng, Cambodia

Lee Michaels | July 29, 2014 | Comment

The Lord empowers us to see the Khmer people with His compassionate eyes. He gives us favor to pour His love into these special ones and joins our hearts together. He allows our words, our actions, our lives to lift Him up. As we glorify and praise Him, our loving Father draws the Cambodians with understanding of His saving grace, changing eternities and fulfilling individual purpose. Withered faces of desperation turn into beaming smiles of hope that come from deep within. They have come to realize that salvation is not an option. Hundreds here are coming to know that. They are now our brothers and sisters in Him!