Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
We had a glorious time with the family on Thanksgiving. Last year we made 1 gingerbread house and we used a kit. The kids had such a good time that this time Steven and I made the gingerbread so more people could make houses. And all the kids enjoyed it this year!! The above picture is Chad and Kelly's retirement cottage. Kelly helped build the structure and Chad decorated it. Notice those nifty bushes in the front. Their house won best decorated and it would definitely be a great cottage to live in - one day
This side is a duck blind with green (of course) decoys and 4 tree stumps.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
On a different note, dear me I struggle with finding day to day freedom in the Gospel. I grew up with a Father who was a strict, strict perfectionist. I am certainly not blaming things on my Dad cause I have more than enough parental failures of my own. But I have come to realize there is somewhat of a connection here. I am prone to self-righteousness and working, working, striving, striving and more striving trying to please God.
Paul David Tripp says: "You will only get what God has given you when you understand that you need much more than a system of answers; what you actually need is a Redeemer. Why? Because only a Redeemer can rescue you from you! And so God didn't simply offer you legal forgiveness. Praise Him that He did that. But He offered you something much more profound. He offered you Himself. He knew that your need was so great that it wouldn't be enough to simply forgive you. He literally needed to unzip you and get inside you, or you would never be what you were supposed to be and do what you were supposed to do.
And so the whole redemptive story marches toward Immanuel, the redeemer who would destroy sin's dominion in our hearts by making our hearts the place where He, in His power, wisdom, and glory, would dwell." from Whiter Than Snow
Oh and the author doesn't stop there. He asks me to take a moment and reflect. "What does it means to live believing that Jesus lives inside of me and empowers me to do what He has called me to do where I live every day."
Still pondering but that should give rest to my soul as I surrender to Christ doing through me instead of me striving, striving, striving. Just sharing.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Gal 2:20
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Eyes to Your glory
Ears for Your wisdom
Heart for Your grace.
But I live with me in view.
Eyes to my kingdom
Ears for my opinion
Heart captured by my will.
I know I was made for You,
I know that Hope
My agenda for every day,
Is to be found in You.
But I want my own kingdom
I love my own glory
I define my own meaning
I delight in my control.
I know You are not fooled
by my burnt offerings.
There's a war that never ends;
The battleground is my heart.
It's a moral skirmish
Between what You have ordained
And what I want.
So I don't find pleasure in Your glory,
I don't delight in Your law.
But my heart doesn't rest;
I know there's a better way.
I know You are God
And I am not.
My sin is more than
A bad choice
My sin is a violation of the relationship
That I was meant to have with You.
My sin is an act
Where I replace You
With something I love more.
Every wrong thing I do
A love of self.
"Against You, You only have I sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight."
And then help me to rest
In your mercy
In your tender mercy
In your faithful love,
Even as the war goes on.
by Paul David Tripp
God didn't give me the gift of words but I am thankful for others that can pen words to the desires of my heart! This Thanksgiving season I am thankful for a God that first loved me and for God who holds on to me in spite of my rebellion!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
“See, I have called by name Bezalel, and have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability, intelligence and knowledge…..that they may make all that I have commanded you.” Exodus 31:3,6
As we feel that time is drawing closer for us to go to Mexico, we are reminded of our need of God and His grace to fulfill His calling through us for His glory. So, may we share some specific praise and prayer requests with you, which are on our hearts?
-Praise God for our supporters who have sacrificed much during these difficult economic times.
“Through eternity (we) shall thank God for the silent flame in the hearts of those and what they did for (us). Not many of them has ever had their path opened into foreign work, but the light of the Day that is coming will show what He has let them do in kindling others.” Lilias Trotter
- Please praise God for our supporters who have given much and prayed much during the past 5 years. We are thankful to God for each one of you who support us financially and through prayer.
-Praise God for His detailed provisions for us during these past 2 months. Please praise Him for the loan of a car. Our dear friend, Chaplain Don Malin is serving our country in Afghanistan and they have graciously given us his car to use. Please pray for him and his wife Bess.
-We are so thankful to our daughter Lindsey for allowing us to move right into her home.
-Praise God for our encouraging communication/visits with most of our supporters during these 2 months.
-Praise God for special times with our Children and Grandchildren.
-Praise God for using our son Chad to encourage us, counsel us, point out sin and listen to our hearts.
-Please pray for God to grant us ability, intelligence and knowledge to accomplish His ministry in Mexico.
-Please pray that doors will be opened and that hearts will be opened for the gospel.
-Please pray for God’s abundant grace during language school, and for us to learn the language quickly. We are planning on attending school in Guadalajara, Mexico in September.
-Please pray for a place to live in Guadalajara (a place that feels like home) and for quick transition to this country/city.
-We only need $352.55 per month to be able to depart for Mexico. Please pray for God to raise up commitments for this amount through churches and individuals so that we can depart in September.
With many thanks and much love – Deborah and Steven
Friday, July 03, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thank you for praying for our time in Florida with Andrew Lamb, Ann his wife and their 4 boys. It was an incredible time of fellowship, getting to know Andrew and Ann better and enjoying their boys as well. What a privilege to enter into their family life for 3 days and to enjoy Ann’s definite gift of hospitality. God granted us safe travel and allowed us to get all of our questions answered.
We returned to Mississippi feeling a bit overwhelmed and yet began to pray for God to reveal His will for our lives. As we began to think and process there were several things that stood out distinctly to us.
-Andrew was the chairman of the committee that interviewed us during MTW’s Interview and Orientation in the very beginning of our mission career and God used him to extend some refreshing grace to us during this time.
-We reflected upon God’s sovereign hand in bringing Andrew to the Philippines to visit with us during our first term (when he was headed to a partnership meeting in Thailand). We appreciated his willingness to listen to us and encourage us.
-We continue to be amazed at God’s timing of our leaving the Philippines and the already open and approved position in Mexico.
-We are so thankful for our ability to be honest with Andrew and Ann, their life commitment to minister in grace as much as possible and their acceptance of us.
-We are still amazed at God’s plan for our gifts and talents. Steven will be able to use all of his administrative gifts, mercy ministry and short-term team experience in Mexico as well and even more. I (Deborah) will be able to continue to participate in Mexico in every mercy ministry that God had previously laid upon my heart with an added bonus of working with an orphanage.
-And last but not least, since January we have prayed for God to reveal His will to us and we also prayed for Him to make it clear and not confusing. Upon our return, we realized that He has closed all other doors that have been opened so indeed the call to Mexico became really clear to us.
Therefore, it is with much excitement that we want to share with you that we have accepted a call to work on a Servant’s team in Mexico with Andrew Lamb and one other participant. What does that mean next??
-First, our budget for Mexico is less than our previous budget, but we have lost some supporters who were interested specifically in the Philippines. So, we need to raise some more support before we can depart for Mexico.
-But we would really like to be in Mexico, in Guadalajara, for language school this September. Our precious daughter-in-law Kelly is fluent in Spanish and so we are going to start working on language with her. We are thankful that Spanish is supposed to be easier than Tagalog.
-So, would you please praise the Lord for His clear calling upon our lives to Mexico and for our time with Andrew and his family?
-Would you please pray for God to quickly raise up churches or individuals that are willing to support God’s work through us in Mexico?
-Would you pray for His hand to be in all the logistics, housing, transportation, what we need to take to Mexico etc?
-Please praise the Lord for the support of our family, Chad, Kelly and Lindsey. Each one of them has given us countless hours of encouragement, wisdom, listening and just loving us. We are so thankful for the gift of each precious family member, including Wyatt who will be 4 in December, Raney who will be 2 June 27th and the newest baby which will be born the first of November.
And we thank you immensely for standing with us during this time of transition, for your prayers, support, encouragement, grace and love.
We would love to hear any questions that come to mind!
Mexico bound -
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sorry it's been awhile since I have posted anything. This month has been a delightful time of refreshing myself in the Lord. I am so thankful for time to sit and watch the birds, look at the flowers and just enjoy God and His creation. It's been a blessing to have time to read, reflect, process and seek the Lord. By the way, have you read the book PRODIGAL GOD by Tim Keller? I am not even finished as it's really taking some pondering and praying but I can't recommend it enough - it's incredible and a must read!
Well for over 4 months now we have been seeking the Lord to reveal His will for our lives. It appears that God is leading us to participate in a management team for all of Mexico, including the Border Ministry. There are 62 missionary family units on the field in Mexico and it’s simply more than Andrew Lamb, the regional Director, can manage. So, he is putting together a management team, which will consist of him, 1 other family and possibly us. Because this is a new concept with MTW and there are no job descriptions, we are leaving Sunday morning driving to Florida to meet with the whole management team and, we have LOTS of questions.
So, would you please pray for us this week as follows?
Praise God for the time this month to read, reflect, process and repent.
Praise God that Andrew really wants us to work with him.
Praise God for Andrew’s willingness to process with us further and answer all of our questions.
Pray for safe travel, we will return on Friday, June 5, 2009.
Pray for God to clearly confirm/reveal His will for our lives through these meetings.
Pray for a time of refreshment and fellowship.
Pray for God to reveal a timetable, and other future logistics if this is His will.
We thank you for standing with us during our transition, for your financial support especially during these difficult financial times and for your prayers. We are very excited about being able to share the outcome of our meetings upon our return with you.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…….come and pray to me, and I will hear you…..You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-1