Thursday, July 23, 2009

Brighten the World!

One of things Jared had asked us to pray for him, was that he would represent Jesus to those he met while in Brazil. I've thought about that so much this summer. I have always prayed over my kids that God's light would shine through them as they went about their day. How funny that I want that for my kids, but I don't often pray it for myself. My quiet time this week has been reminding me of that each day. Todays devotion says: I am the light of the world...The Holy Spirit that lives in you can shine from your face, making Me visible to people around you....The Light of My Presence is shining upon you. Brighten up the world by reflecting who I AM. I want that for myself too! I want to be His hand and feet to the world, to those I come in contact with everyday. I often fail. I often get caught up in my circumstances and choose to spend my time focusing on them instead of on my Creator. Then, they bogg me down with overwhelming stress and busyness. Today, I stop and ask my Father, to make His Holy Spirit shine on me, that others might see Him today! "Hold His hand in joyful trust, for He never leaves my side". My burdens are not my own. I am blessed. Today, I want to brighten up the world!

Thank you for praying for Sarah. The next court date is Sept. 2nd. Continue to pray for Jared while in Brazil, and for Maci and Molly as our family has so many changes going on right now. Pray for Kent and I as we make decisions on church related stuff with his interim having just ended.

John 8:12 I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

Go Brighten Your World !

Monday, July 13, 2009

Court date


For those of you who know what's going on, please pray for Sarah on Wednesday. I will be able to write more later. Pray for God's will in her life. She is so ready to know where "home" is. Please pray that we will find out more details and that things will move faster than they have been. She is starting to have problems with her tummy, I think from nerves. Please lift up Sarah's aunt and uncle as well as her dad and grandparents. Please pray for our family as well. A lot of people are involved, but we pray that Sarah will be exactly where God wants her to be.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Gabe

"We must be willing to sacrifice everything, to truly follow Christ. "
Chris Brewer wrote these words this morning as he is preparing to preach his 17 year old son's funeral today. He is asking God to use the "very hands you used to rip out my heart" use to change lives for your Kingdom.
My heart is broken for Chris and Judy. I cannot imagine the yearning for their child that they must be feeling.
I believe God has a mighty plan to use Gabe's life and death to do amazing things through those who knew and loved Gabe.

I continue to cling to Ephesians 3:20: Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, and hopes.

Father, we cling to this promise and will give you glory.