Monday, March 30, 2009

Our weekend!

Jared got home yesterday morning! (Sunday) So great to hear all about the many things God did in and through him on this trip to Brazil. This was Jared's 3rd time to Brazil. He truly loves the people. You can see his blog at www.jaredshingleton.wordpress.com He has some great pictures and blogs about his trip.

We also got a new oven! Kent got a great deal! I'm back to cooking:) Tonight I use "both" the top and bottom oven! Woo Hoo! How old does that make me?? To be excited about using two ovens. Sad...

Kent, the girls, and I went to the symphony this weekend. THANKS to Bobby Brantley who gave us his boxseats. It was a great experience. We went to eat at a little Italian place first. We were all dressed up, my girls even wore heels! They were beautiful!

We had Sarah for the weekend. It was fun. She is fitting in great with our family. It just seems "normal" for her to be here. Life has had to change in some ways, but God is blessing that, and I believe He is changing us for the better. My prayer is that we are helping her in this VERY difficult time. We have had some great talks about her mom. Friday night we were laying in bed, and I asked her what she missed most about her mom. We talked for a long time. It was a little emotional, but I think healing for her. Please pray for her. She holds most of her feelings in, so when she talks about things, I see more hurt than what we realize just being around her daily.
Continue to pray for Maci and Molly also, as this is life changing for them, too. We don't know if we will be able to have this time with her for just a few more months or if God will open the door for it to be on a longer basis. Our prayer is that we are open to His will and that we will know His voice as we continue to follow in whatever way He leads.

I was a little sad taking Maci back to school today. I have had a great spring break spending time with my girls. I am so proud of them. I'm now looking even more forward to summer and having ALL my kids home together!

I am so thankful that we are not on this earth to simply be about US! These scriptures stood out to me this weekend:

"As the Father has loved me , so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My comand is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why?

Why do ovens cost so much?? I'm thinking, we should go back to using the fireplace to cook in! It would be so much cheaper! I've also enjoyed all the delicious grilled food my husband has been preparing on the outdoor grill:) I've also enjoyed getting to eat out more often. Hmm...if I figured up the price of a new electric range (the one with the double oven is my favorite) and compared it to eating out...no...but cooking on the grill and in the fireplace would work...hmmm....and I would just be in charge of the veggies...I LIKE IT!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

He Called!!

We were in WalMart tonight and JARED called!!! He was using April's international phone! I couldn't believe it when I heard his voice! So exciting :))) He sounded like a man though...Kent reminded me that HE IS A MAN :( He said he was sitting outside looking at the most beautiful stars and it was so peaceful. Then he said that he saw an owl staring at him from a tree. Pretty creepy he said. Anyway, he is loving it. He sounded really happy, yet hurting for some of the people there. He asked us to pray for the people that they are meeting and talking to. He said the stories of their lives just make you cry. Pray that although they may not be able to change their circumstances on earth, they can lead them to Christ who can change their eternity! Make sure and pray for him at about 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. He is talking with a little girl, I think she's about 10 or 11, that he met last year. She's really had a rough time. You can read more about her on his blog www.jaredshingleton.wordpress.com It was so great to hear from him. It made me cry when I hung up the phone, not just because I miss him, but because I know that God is using him and it makes me so proud.
Jared, if you're reading this, "I love you, Son!"

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gatlinburg and Brazil!

jared in brazil, 2008

It's been a busy weekend! We left for Gatlinburg on Friday and Jared left for San Paulo, Brazil.

Kent and I led break out sessions at the state WMU/Acteens conference. It was fun. I enjoy speaking to girls about using the strengths and gifts that God has given them. We took Maci and Molly and Sarah. Maci and Molly helped sell t-shirts in the exhibit hall while I watched Sarah play on the escalator when I wasn't leading a conference. I hadn't thought about it, but I guess with her mom having had cerebral palsy, she didn't ride on escalators much. I bet Sarah rode up and down them 100 times! We rode the Sky Lift, which Sarah loved and she swam and even rode go-carts. She decided she wants to live in Gatlinburg. Hmmm.....I know I just taught that God made us all different, but... I think He can use my unique self on this side of Tennesse. :) I don't think I was created to live in East TN. GREAT! Now that I say that, God will probably call Kent that direction just to show me that it's Him who decides these things, not me. Sorry God!

Speaking of where we are called...Jared is in Brazil. He says he feels like he's home!!!!!! He has said many times that he would love to live there and minister to the people of Brazil. God could be calling him south! We'll see. This is his third time to Brazil and he loves the people. They are pretty amazing. I must say that I don't blame him. Pray for him this week. They will leave on Saturday night and fly overnight. He gets home on Sun. morning at 10:45. You can see his blog at http://www.jaredshingleton.wordpress.com/ He is updating quite often. YEA for me! It definitely helps to hear from him about what God is doing through him.

Maci and Molly (and I) are enjoying Spring Break!! Kent took us fishing today. Not many fish, but we caught a few brim. It was fun. Hope you're having a great week! Let me know what is keeping you busy this spring!??

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

YEC, sleepover, and more of our crazy life!

YEC is this weekend! I hate how hard Kent has to work the weeks leading up to the conference, but it always comes off so great! I'm so proud of my husband. His heart's desire is to do this to glorify God so that as many teenagers as possible will have life-changing experiences! We are excited that Sarah is going with us this year.

Speaking of S...we had her birthday sleepover this past weekend! On Friday, I was set for 13 little girls to show up at my home. I took cupcakes to her school and by the time we got to our house, the phone had started ringing. More RSVP's. (I finally quit answering the phone when I didn't recognize the number, bad?) S had filled out more invitations and taken them to school. Moms started telling me that they were bringing extra siblings that weren't invited. When I protested, they offered to bring more goody bags and food, but insisted on bringing their other kids! We ended up with 21 little girls. 3 went home by midnight. We played games, facepainted, made bracelets, picture frames, and book marks. We danced and watched movies and ate! It was FUN! S spent the night away from her mom or aunt for the first time. She decided she could do it as long as we promised to make biscuits and gravy the next morning!! Sweet! She ended up spending the next night too! She said, "It's funny how I couldn't sleep away from home when I was 7, but when I turned 8, now I can!" We are loving pouring our hearts into this little girl. She is so smart and beautiful. Please continue to pray for her.

Kent and I are also leading a the Fireproof class at Donelson View. It is challenging me to pray for him and show him respect even more. I am thankful to have a husband that makes it easy. I know I am blessed.

Jared leaves for Brazil in just over 2 weeks. We still have 4 large t-shirts for sale. That would complete the cost of his trip! If anyone wants one??? $20. Jared has such a passion for the people of Brazil. We know that God will use him there.

God is truly working in our home right now. We are having more opportunities to serve Him than we have had in a long time. It is a joy to feel that you are right on His path. Knowing that He is leading us each step of the way, we follow. We are guarding ourselves against Satan right now. We know that with all that is happening, he could attack us. We are praying. Please join us in praying for God's protection on our lives.