"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being ROOTED and grounded in LOVE, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the LOVE of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Are things crazy around here? Of course, but then what family does not say that, especially during the Holidays? I am looking at our family calendar and it is full for the next 41 days! Christmas gatherings, visiting churches, packing for Peru, and oh yeah, work, school, church functions, soccer, and trying to prepare something a little more healthier to eat. You know I love being busy, having my kids and loved ones need me, it gives me purpose and I feel important, but I feel like sometimes I look like a chicken running around with my head cut off. Why are we all sooo busy? Like others I am always searching for ways to de-stress.
Today during my devotion I saw how busy Jesus was with the demands of His life. He was constantly surrounded and bombarded with requests. He always seemed to put others first, serving them, while putting himself last. He was always willing to serve others, but most importantly He was always serving His Father. Think about when Jesus would pray- early in the morning before the rooster crowed. He managed to live with a peace that seems beyond our reach, but yet it is available to all of us.
I have to confess, among all the daily to-do's and running from here to there, I do feel stressed out. Moments like this, I realize that I am only concerned with my check-list that are awaiting my day. Selfishly, I have been concerned too much about future things when I should be more concerned about what God is trying to do in my life today. I do not want to miss that. Then I remember all of a sudden that God has a plan for my life and it is not all in the future, but instead He has a plan for me to Glorify Him today if I will just listen to His Spirit. Just think about all the little prompts you have each day to stop and help someone, but we are too busy to stop. So I ask, "Even when we are busy, are we still willing to do the things that please God?"
John 8:29 ... for I always do those things that please Him.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
As we continue to prepare for this new journey as faith missionaries in Peru, everyday we feel like God is turning our world upside down. We are tearing our house down this week as we begin to pack our first bags that are going with us in January. Room by room, we are sorting through and making piles marked for Peru and piles that are going to be donated to My Sister's House (a ministry in town that addresses the needs at a variety of levels of those fleeing family abuse and sexual assault). As we look around at the amount of stuff that we have accumulated over the past 12 years of being married and the amount of stuff that has been boxed, stored, stuffed in the bottom of closets, and unfortunately, items that we never knew we even had...we quickly realized how ashamed we are. All these years, never being used, yet surrounding us all everyday are so many needs and people just struggling to make it by each and every day. As Sean made his way to drop off a mattress at Yolkfellow Ministry, once he arrived, he was greeted in the parking lot by a homeless man, clothes filthy dirty, whose face was covered with damage from an abscess infection with his nostrils stuffed with toilet paper because air going through his nose made it too painful to breath. Once again God is revealing to us and opening our eyes to so many things we chose to ignore and the belief we put in our heads daily that THEY put themselves in that situation and THEY surely can get a job somewhere...as we sort through another pile of clothes, some even with tags that have never even been worn.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
|Orphanage- abandoned by mother at 20 days old|
|Inside a local Peruvian home|
|Sharing the love of Christ as our Lord and Savior|
|Orphanage- providing milk and ice-cream|
|Meet Norman and his sister- they both accepted Christ as their Savior|
|Orphanage- so many needs...typical meals everyday consist of lettuce and rice|