Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
There are people who train very hard to run a marathon. They are committed in every area of their lives, they spend countless hours running and cross training and sprinting. They eat food that "fuels their body" and forgo the well deserved snacks at the end of a long day. Well, I'm not that person:) I don't have the time to commit and I don't have the focus to endure. I love to run, most of the time, and I find that if I set a goal, sign up for a race, pay the fee and tell people, I will stick with it.
Good thing I don't have to work:)
Monday, September 26, 2011
After taking a team of young adults there over the summer one explained it like this,
- "We see them as children with special needs and we feel sorry for them but they are in the best orphanage in China. Could it be that it was God's mercy that they were born with special needs so that they would be able to live there and know His love?"
invest yourself in His kingdom.
Shepherds Field Childrens Village
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Its easy to keep your eyes on Jesus when your purpose is clear. So that is the goal, keep my purpose in mind. The Lord said, “Come, Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” What more could I ask for?
We are called girls…we are called to step onto the stormy sea…keeping our eye fixed upon our savior. Our buoyancy is dependant on our faith, however small, it is dependant on our focus, on our purpose, on our Savior.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The truth of it is that He has been working on us for years. The first thing that stands out in my mind is the short term missions trips that he has called us on. The first one we went to support at a VBS in Hungary, the next one we led a group of young people to Leatherhead, England to do youth outreach at a small Calvary Chapel that Matt Kottman pastors. The third was to an orphanage in China, The Shepherd's Field Children's Village where we met Henry. Short term mission trips make a difference. They matter to the people you are going to support...they bring unity to the body and share the love of Christ with the world. But they also make a difference in the lives of the people who go and that is my favorite part. You can see the fire being stoked, hearts learning to trust Him, and lifelong relationships forming around His love.
The second thing that the Lord used to change us to the core was Vivienne's health. She is 16 and we have spent the last three years battling Ulcerative Colitis as well as a related inflammatory joint disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. For a person who found a way to control everything and every situation it is exhausting, infuriating, frustrating and yes, humbling for your child to be in pain and the doctor's to be filling her with medicine "trying" to see what would bring it under control. The lessons we learned were that God is in control of everything and God wanted control of our finances. Vivienne is doing well. Still on a lot of medicine but she has learned to manage her disease and is one of the strongest people I know.
We are changed. Our finances are completely dependent on God, but are simple and stable. We have learned to live at the feet of the Father, knowing that He is sovereign and that He loves us. And I have done a year long study on Peace which God has shown me countless lessons on. Foremost of them is that Peace is the opposite of control...you can't have both. You can have the Peace of God but you have to trust Him with the control OR you can have control...He will allow you that but you will not have His peace because.....YOU are not trustworthy! (Speaking to myself, of course:)
God is Good...All the Time. These two things together has brought us to the point where when we saw the faces of the fatherless and heard the call of our Father our hearts were ready. We could see the lack of necessity of independence. We could fathom His provision. What we could not imagine was ourselves retired if it meant not heeding His call.
It may not be "normal" but at the end of the day Jesus is not normal...nothing He did was normal and he does not call us to live a life that is safe...He calls us to be extraordinary....In Him, Through Him, Alongside Him.
Matthew 14:27 "But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid'"
Friday, September 16, 2011
But we are so excited to see what the Lord does. We keep hearing that He does miracles for orphans and we get to take part in it!
So let me officially introduce Henry:
He is 5 years old, will be 6 in January. He was born with an absent right eye but is really smart, so independent and completely sweet. I spent time with him when we were in China over the summer and fell in love with him among other children at Shepherd's Field Children's Village but when Charles and I felt the call to adopt his face was the only one I could see:)
I will write more on the story later but I just wanted to share the news and post some photos...(I have hundreds:)
Saturday, September 10, 2011
This is the beginning of a calling to deny myself, to deny the plans I have for myself and my future and submit to His...not because I am forcing submission but because I am answering the call He has placed on my life...because I long to be a well watered garden.