Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mission trip fundraiser!

$15.00 t-shirts S-XL add $2 for XXL
$10.00 flip flops XS (5-6) S (7-8) M (9-10) L (11-12)
add 2.50 per item if we need to ship

Naples, Italy! Did you know that only .5% of the people in Italy, attend church anywhere? Although most of them claim to be Catholic, only half of one percent actually go to church! I recently met a woman whose daughter went to Italy on "Semester Abroad" through her college and stayed at a monastery. The nuns who lived there were from the Phillipines! They said they didn't have many nuns(if any) in Italy. Anyway, Kent is taking a group of teenagers, again this year, on a foreign mission trip thru Tennessee Baptist Convention. This year we are trying to raise enough money to send Jared and Maci (hopefully Molly and I will get to go if they go back in two years). They will be staying in hostels and working in small villages with families who have never been around teenagers who have a passion for following Christ! We are excited for this opportunity, but it is going to cost about $1500 each. Sooooooo........Need any flip flops or t-shirts?

The flip flops say, "Beautiful Feet- Romans 10:15" This verse says "Beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news."

The t-shirts say, "Mission Napoli 2010 Matt. 9:37" This verse says "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."

Italian missionaries usually only last about 3-4 years before they burn out. It is very tough to do ministry in a country where you have so few Christians working along side of you. We are excited to have the opportunity to send people to encourage our missionaries who live there and walk beside them in sharing true relationship with the Christ that they have only heard of.

If you can help with this fundraiser, that would be great!

We ask most importantly that you pray for Kent, Jared, Maci and the other 50+ teenagers who will be going on this trip. They leave on June 3rd and will return on June 14th.

You can send a check to: The Shingletons
1112 Poplar Hollow Rd.
LaVergne, TN 37086

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Too many cars!

Okay, our family has now outgrown our driveway! Of course, Kent and I have always had cars. Our garage was always too messy for us to park both in the garage, so my sweet husband allowed me the privilege to get in a warm and dry car for many years. We had one car, Kent's, in the driveway. Then, Jared got a car. Then Jared sold his car and got a motorcycle. Then Maci got a car. Then we turned half of our garage into a bedroom for Jared (so Sarah could have his room), and I lost my parking space. Then, yesterday, Jared got another car. Now we have 4 cars in our driveway. Clinging to Molly's comment that she doesn't want to start driving when she turns 16 (next January). Our neighborhood has a "silly" law that you cannot park in the street!
Therefore, if you come visit us, plan on REDNECK parking. The front yard will now be filled with cars as well. We love company, we'll get over loving a front lawn.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Seasons!

Wow! I'm not sure if you can see it or not, but I'm getting out my Easter and spring decorations and it is snowing!! Crazy! I love all the seasons! If you ask me in the summer, what my favorite season is, I'll probably say, "Summer!" If you ask me in the winter I'll say, "I love to get in my pajamas early and cozy up by the fire at night, so WINTER!" Same goes with seeing the new growth in my garden in the spring and the excitement of the changing colors in leaves with autumn! So, this is okay with me. I love all the seasons!

This all probably reminds you, as it did me, of the verse in 1 Timothy. "Be prepared in season and out of season." I was thinking of how we never would have known a year ago, where we would be now with our family. We are to be prepared to follow Him when life takes such a radical turn. I decided to look up the verse and ponder on it for a bit. I guess I wasn't realizing what else was there and what God was going to speak to me. The whole verse says,

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct , rebuke, and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

This was encouragement to me. I was pretty much in the "encourage" stage of parenthood. You know, when you have taught the Truth, and now you are at the point where you "influence" and "encourage" them to make wise choices. There is still some correcting, but not as much rebuking. Then, the season changes. When a, now, nine year old joins your family, you must go back to the basics of parenting. Because of Sarah's situation and background, we MUST be very intentional with our patience and "careful" intruction. Encourgement comes easy for me. I am thankful that God has gifted me in that (although service would have been my preference:). Sometimes I grow weary in having to be the "bad guy". But...everyday, I see her growing in confidence and security. The boundaries she has found were oppressive at first, but now I see joy in her eyes as she obeys and finds so much excitement when she tells me the truth. It's funny to hear her say, "Are you proud of me, I told you the truth?" I am very proud of her.

Pride doesn't even express how I feel about my teenagers right now. They have grown in ways that I would never have enough time to share with you. The pruning has been, and continues to be, painful at times for them. My heart breaks when they are hurting and grieving the loss of "the way things used to be". But as I see them growing closer together as siblings and learning to trust God more and more, my heart overflows with joy. When one of them says, "I really see why God did 'this or that'" I am blown away by God's Glory! He shows himself to us daily and we are seeing Him!

As I read this verse this morning, I am reminded of my children, including Sarah:

Psalm 1:3
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Thank you Father, for the seasons.