Friday, May 28, 2010

Great Post on Mothering!

I have been meaning to blog about the super, awesome, amazing, life-changing, Holy Spirit lead Uganda trip that hubby got to "facilitate" and how they are all home and looking forward to going back but....... my sis wrote a great post I think you all should read.  It is truth, truth, truth!


Friday, May 14, 2010

My Man

Yup, I like him alot! 
Missing him like mad. 
At first it was, "ugh, I miss his help" - he helps in every way.  This is not a man that is afraid of a poopy diaper or making a mean dinner.

Then it was missing his touch - I hate sleeping alone ~ so I steal a kid to cuddle with (sweet but I just don't love being kicked in the face that much :) ~

But now it is missing his friendship.
He is my Best Friend.
He is my secret keeper.
I tell him EVERYTHING.
We talk all day long usually.
We talk most nights about hopes, dreams and whatever we may be dealing with.

Thinking 17 days is too long.
{but crazy proud of my man - crazy proud}

Friday, May 7, 2010

He is so dang cute!

So apparently hubby reads my blog!  In African no less!  He is so dang cute!

Here is the comment he left today:

Justin said...

You tell it sweetheart. I love you so much and there is nothing I would rather do than serve God together, even if it is worlds apart. Thanks to all you who prayed. I am feeling great, for more in the story go to the team blog @ God is Awesome, no matter our circumstances, He is awesome!

Ya - I like him - ALOT!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lessons I learned last night!

Justin texted me about 7pm and asked me to pray because he had been sick alllllll night.  The kids and I immediately began to pray. 

A few hours later I called and all he could say was "pray for me, pray for me" (not exactly what I wanted to hear a half world away)

All I was hearing from the other team members was "pray" and "we dashed to the clinic" (I did not like the word "dash" - I would have rather a leisure gaunt).

The next thing I know is, he is on IV and not talking, just trying to keep meds down.  They were running tests.

Now here is where my learning came in - many of the things are relearned and some were just a deeper look.

1.)  I am not in control.  (this is an old one but seems to need to be looked upon often)

2.)  Being anxious, throwing a fit before the Lord, pacing the floor did no one any good.

3.)  Life is fragile.  (he was fine and building at Ssenge earlier that day - super healthy (and hot) guy)

4.)  Each day is a gift.

And a deeper look at what the heck we are doing there. 

Parts (a lot of parts) of me wanted to just medivac him out (he never would have gone for it but not saying it didn't cross my mind), never look back and say "too bad so sad for all of you there, living there - I am not willing to give up my hubby" (again I think I am in control and can keep him safe here - HA).  (pretty hu? - did I mention I was alone and it was alllll night long this went on).

But God .....

The conversation went something like this (and no it was not an audible voice - it was scripture, which is truth, that kept coming to mind - so I will call it a conversation with God).

Me - "I hate this - I did not sign up for this.  What if, what if, what if?" 

God - Luke 12:25 (New American Standard Bible)
"And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span?

Me - "I don't want to do this anymore - I choose comfort and safety from now on."

God - John 12:25 (New American Standard Bible)
"He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal."

Me - "He can just do a mens bible study and pulls some weeds for a neighbor from now on."

God - James 1:27 (New International Version)
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Psalm 112:7-9 (New International Version)

7 He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn will be lifted high in honor.

Hebrews 10:38

But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.

Sharper than a two edged sword I tell you!

This conversation went on for quite some time.  Only to be confirmed in the end that no matter what happens  - God is in control - Just because we are serving Him in a third world country (or in America for that matter) does not make us exempt from disease, illness, tragedy - God is in control - no.matter.what!

He is worthy to serve, worthy to lay our Isaac on the alter (or hubby for me last night) and know that no matter what happens, God is still God, and God is good

*Justin is now at the guest house resting.  Still feeling pretty rough.  Tests came back clear and it is thought to be a bad flu bug that got out of control because he ulcerated (?) his guts some how (totally do not understand).  Prayers appreciated for a healing touch.  God says ask - so I am asking.*

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I am overwhelmed at My Jesus tonight and the Life that is in Him. 

I just wanted to take a moment and share.  Maybe you feel this way sometimes too? 

Tonight was just great. ~ why?  It was just a awesome worship time. ~ where?  Here in my kitchen with my kids and a itunes playlist that has a few very anointed songs on them ~ perfection.  Planned?  Perfectly spontaneous!

Isn't that cool that my kids and I can worship Our Savior on one side of the Earth and Justin can on the other?

Feeling very overwhelmed with gratitude.

Some people ask how we can do this?  Have 5 + kids?  Go to Africa 3 times in one year? 

And my question is  - "How can we not?"

Matthew 6:33 (Amplified Bible)

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

Seeking, His kingdom and ways, whether in my kitchen with my kids or in Africa!  Blessed be the Name of The Lord!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mixed Messages

The world says: "You NEED more, more stuff, bigger, badder, more things to be happy."

Jesus says: "Be satisfied in Me."

The world says: "Be afraid, Don't go to Africa, Do not adopt, Be filled with fear - fear of ash in the air, fear of parasites, fear of disease, fear of violence, fear of traveling, fear, fear, fear."

Jesus says: Romans 8:15 (New American Standard Bible)
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"

The world says: "Don't step out in faith, you may fall and be embarrassed."

Jesus says: Romans 1:17
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

The world says:  "Remember the a bad things you have done."

Jesus says:  Psalm 103:12 (New Living Translation)
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

Today I am choosing to listen to Jesus!