A Living Offering...

So as I continue my attempt to read through the Bible in 90 days, I have found myself struggling through Leviticus and Numbers. I just couldn't see the point in reading all about how to precisely prepare an offering. 

Then my eyes were opened.

I was reminded that these things were included in the Bible for a reason. To these people at that time, offering livestock and other valuables was a great sacrifice for them. Their lives revolved around their livestock and to give one of their sheep or goats meant giving up their pride and joy. Then it hit me. While i might not be preparing an offering of my possessions, I was preparing myself to be a living offering. I remember back in middle school when one of our youth leaders gave us the visual of literally crawling into the offering plate and giving up everything for the Lord. I don't know what it is that keeps me form letting him have control of everything but I hope that eventually I will be a living offering to him. By sacrificing my time and money to go to India, I am investing myself in his plan for the world. I just need to give it up. 

I would like to ask that any of you out there reading this would keep this challenge in your prayers. I, and the rest of our team for that matter, need your support to help our mission be successful. If we all can just hand everything over to the Lord Im sure he will use us in great ways. Once again if you feel financially compelled to participate in supporting us, please visit:

Click the Giving tab and then create an account. Select India Missions 2010 - The Mill and then select my name, Phalin, Kelsey from the list.

Any and all contributions are appreciated! 

This song came to mind as I thought about being a living offering. These lyrics sum up where I want to be completely:

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and ture
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living
Sanctuary for You

It is you, Lord
Who came to save
The heart and soul
Of every man
It is you Lord
who knows my weakness
Who gives me strength,
With thine own hand.

Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and Holy, tried and true
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With thanksgiving I'll be a living
Sanctuary for you

Lead Me on Lord
From temptation
Purify me
From within
Fill my heart with
You holy spirit
Take away all my sin

Lord prepare me to be sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living
Sanctuary for You


  1. hey kelster! i've been keeping up with your blog. nice work! your post today reminded me of while brett and i were in Africa. It was there were the Bible REALLY came alive for me. I bet you will find that in India as well. Like, the women would prepare their grains by pouring it from bowl to bowl. The chaff would blow away and the grain would remain...just like that verse in the Bible. i don't know the exact wording now...but it was something about how you don't want to be like the chaff. And also, the idea of Jesus washing his deciples' feet took on a whole new meaning. I bet in India, just like in Africa, you will see some NASTY feet...and these are the feet we are called to wash. i'm so excited for you kelsey :)

  2. Sarah
    Im so glad you've been following the blog! I am so excited to see what God has in store for us in India. I so want to experience the kinds of things you were talking about!

    Yep that's one of the verses I had in mind. "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as LIVING SACRIFICES, holy and pleasing to God - This is your spiritual act of WORSHIP." Romans 12:1

    and this one...

    "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2