Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

Thank you both for your love and support!
For the countless prayers you have prayed.
For hugs when things were not going our way.
For your priceless friendship.
For those nights you sat up and talked to us.
For your open ears and words of wisdom. 
For teaching us what family is really all about.
For making skinned knees feel better.
For cooking our favorite meals.
For raising us in church.
For loving dad.
For showing us what work is.
For setting an example for us in serving others.
For helping us with homework that we procrastinated on.
For wiping tears away.
For giving your blessing on our marriage.
For more than we can say!

We thank God for our mom's!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Trust In God

     To think that God simply has the power to speak a word and that word comes into being.  That blows my mind!  The power in a single word from the mouth of God can produce the majesty of the stars and the mysteries of the sea.  With that single word He can lower a mountain or prick the heart of a little child.  He sees all and knows all.  What a wonderful God!
     Just a couple months ago Lindsey and I seemed to be stuck on 30% of our financial goal and now God has blown our minds and raised us to 97%.  We are trusting God for the remaining 3% and though our faith goal has come and gone we are reminded that God's ways are not our ways. 
     This morning at 12:01am I was praying to God and asking Him why He brought us so far yet didn't complete the goal?  He reminded me of the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  Mary and Martha thought Jesus was late but truly He was right on time to bring God crazy glory!  Our faith goal has come and gone but God is right on time!  God will complete what He has started and He will make a way for us to share His Word with the Carib people.  Those powerful words of God, "I love you!"
     Thank you all so much for praying!  This has truly been a defining moment in mine and Lindsey's life and we pray it will inspire you to trust God.
     Much love to you all!

Friday, May 6, 2011

This is the Day that that LORD has Made!

What is there to say on a day like today?  Letters cannot assemble themselves into words that could adequately describe the greatness of God!  We are humbled at His shear greatness!  What is there to say other than to simply brag on the King of kings and Lord of lords.  I will start with a verse that is revolutionizing my Spiritual life:
“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever. Amen”  Rom. 11:36 
This morning, there is a little Carib lady who is getting her wood burning stove fired up so she can cook her family something to eat today.  There is a stocky Carib man who has picked up his tools to go and work in the field, so he can provide for his family.  There is a young Carib child who will walk to school and will try to grasp an education despite not having a written language.  
Today they will go about their normal lives wondering what that gnawing and pulling at their heart is all about.  It pulls at them while they work.  It is with them while they sleep.  They do not know what it is but SOON, they will know that there is a God who loved them enough to send His Son to die on a cross so that they could have LIFE!  That pulling at their heart is the Holy Spirit of God prompting them to be saved and it is that same Holy Spirit of God that has prompted Lindsey and I to go to Guyana.  He has not only prompted but He is also providing! 
We are now at 95% PRAISE GOD!  I have no doubt that today is the day!  If God is working in the hearts of the Carib people, if God is working in the hearts of Lindsey and I, & if God is working in the hearts of people like you to pray for us and send us out, then I know God will provide!   
Please pray for the Carib people today!  Fall on your knees for those you’ve never met and may not meet until you are standing around the throne in Heaven and someone comes up to you and says, “You are part of the reason I am here!”
Please pray that today that remaining 5% will be received.  To God be the glory, great things He has done!  Lindsey and I thank you for your generosity and your love!  We are family, and where two or three are gathered in His name, He is here with us. Matt. 18:20

Monday, May 2, 2011

Faith Week

  I won't be so bold as to say that I understand faith.  In fact the Bible tells us that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed then we will see mountains move.  When I think about faith, I have to contemplate Peter walking on water.  It blows my mind that Peter would have even thought to say to Jesus, if that is You, call me to come out to You on the water.  Then when Jesus said come, Peter actually sits down on the edge of the boat and swings his legs out over the water so that is feet are getting wet.  Remember that there is a storm raging so Peter has to hold on to the boat for dear life.  I guess this is where many Christians live their life. (Including myself)  We cry out to God and ask Him to call us to Himself and when He says come on, we swing out feet out and get them wet.  Our knuckles turn white as we grip our 'boat,' (security blanket, comfort zone, family, career, etc)  Many Christians will point to their wet feet when asked how their faith is.  But I think God looks at our hands.  What are we holding on to?  For Peter there came a point where he had to let go of the boat so that he could walk out to Jesus.  That blows my mind!  Letting go, sink or swim.

  This Friday is our faith goal for reaching 100% of our financial needs for the mission field.  What that means is, Wycliffe asked us back in October to set a date when we hoped to have 100% raised.  Lindsey and I prayed about it and felt like Friday, May 6th was that day.  Now we are less than one week away and I find that God is teaching me a lesson.  On one hand I'm asking the question, what if Saturday comes and we are at 99%, on the other hand I truly believing God is capable of raising those funds!  Now I am in the middle hearing God say, 'Let go of the boat!'  Stop looking at your wet feet and look at Me!  So let this be my formal declaration:

I am letting go!
I am trusting God!
I don't understand everything but that is what makes it faith!
We love You LORD and it is in You that we trust!

"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever. Amen."  Rom. 11:36