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Showing posts from May, 2012

The joy of Joy

This week Shawn's Aunt Joy turned 75, and her kids put on a big bash for the celebration!  I love going to Shawn's family parties-this is a HUGE family, and they are a lot of fun.  And once you are in, you are IN!  Hanging out, laughing, eating, playing games, and more laughing is always involved in these get togethers.

This party was not only fun and celebratory for an amazing woman that we love - but Aunt Joy took it one step further and asked people to donate to our World Harvest Account in place of traditional gifts.  What a blessing.  Not only did we receive a good chunk of money towards our ministry there, but we had several more opportunities to talk about getting to the place that our hearts and going more and more each day.

Aunt Joy has always been a great gift to our family, but this day was a special blessing to us.  It encouraged us in ways that she may not even realize.  Because, yes - we DO need monthly donors to help us get to the field and stay there for our …

Love in the gaps

"If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer: Intercession is a way of loving others."  Richard Foster

I have had some thing become very clear to me recently.  I have started to love recklessly.  Not selflessly - not by any means.  In fact, most of my love for others comes with some sort of expectation, if I am being completely honest.  I wish it didn't, but it is always there in the back of my mind trying to poke it's ugly, selfish head out.  Regardless, when I love you - really love you, I love with abandonment.  

As a woman who has been in ministry my whole adult life, I have had to learn to love difficult people.  (I am sure people would say the same of me!)  But there has usually been a holding back in that love; a self protection mechanism where I feel like if I do not love completely, and give completely, then when it is time to leave, or when I am disappointed by someone, it…

this crazy, amazing life

God is such a crazy, amazing, wild God, isn't he?  Yet in the midst of all of it, he is a calm refuge.  I don't understand how those two things work, but I am so glad that it does!

A few things that I have been so thankful for in the past couple of weeks:

A GREAT time in the Buffalo area with friends from a decade ago.  Laughing, sharing, praying together, laughing some was wonderful!  And watching my kids hit it off with the kids there was great, too.

Watching Anna go to Junior high Youth group at Kenmore...where were got our official start!  (All I could think was, "I hope this Jr high youth is not a crazy as ours was!"  HA!)

Laughing at RJ for trying to eat without his two front teeth - which are FINALLY starting to come in.  Poor kid - he's a mess-maker as it is, but now there are constant food stains on his cheek where he tries to eat from the side of his mouth!

A visit to the magnificent Niagara Falls.  When we lived close and went all the time,…

a quote

I saw this on a friend's wall today on Facebook, and have thought about it all day:

"Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong." Tim Keller

The worry part I knew and understood - it is something I think about often as I get anxious and fret.  However,  I have never thought of bitterness that way before. It makes me really dig deeper into my reaction to some things.  I have a deep desire to trust God in all circumstances - past, present, and future.  Honestly, it gives me much relief and freedom to really live that way - realizing I don't have to "remind" God, nag him, reprimand him, or worry that he has "ulterior" motives.  Who am I to say he is not doing things right or that God got it wrong in the past? Isn't it more freeing to just believe he is who he says he is, he loves as he says he does, and he has a perfect plan that he is carrying out to completion in our lives?

This quote came at exac…