Church- The Dearest Place On Earth

27 04 2008

Today I was reminded how fortunate I am to be a member of our church.  Today 3 pastors on our staff were ordained.  These men are living lives that honor God, and how greatly many have benefited from their faithful service.  As worship began and the service continued with testimonies of changed lives due to the influence of these men I was overwhelmed by how blessed I was to be a part of a body of believers that truly cared for one another.  A part of a church lead by men of character, and men of the word. 

Joshua and I were greatly blessed today by those in our church.  Back at Christmas someone anonymously gave us a monetary gift and it appears that the same giver has blessed us again! (the gift came via the same individual).  Today’s gift came with the following note:

Dear Josh and Bethany, We trust that God will use this gift as a gracious reminder of His good Lordship over your lives, and to strengthen your faith that, because Jesus Christ stood in your place at the cross, your Heavenly Father will never leave you nor forsake you.  Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and 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.” 

How timely this gift comes.  With approaching adoption expenses we are reminded that God is most certainly watching over us and that His plans are for our good and for the good of our children in Ethiopia. How can we say thank you?  We are so grateful to God for the people who have generously given to us.  It is an overwhelming and humbling expression of God’s grace and loving-kindness to us.  Thank you! 

And then. . . we were given a tv today too!  Since we’ve been married we’ve had a $75 18 inch square tv we purchased at walmart (yes, really now, who still has a square tv?) You know the kind that won’t work next year, and has exactly only 2 inputs for a video and audio cord on the front of the set.  =)  Well today we were given a nice used, rectangular 27 inch tv.  What an upgrade! 

We’ve also started receiving some donations for our adoption fundraising garage sale! (time still to be determined)

All of these blessings are gracious gifts from our loving Heavenly Father.  None of which we deserve and certainly never would have received if God had not drawn us into His family.  Today, I am humbly reminded of the wonderful gospel that makes all this possible and all the sweeter to me.  This kindness has so greatly affected me and I do not have the words to express my gratitude to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who allow God to dwell in them and work through them to display the gospel to me.  Thank you.

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A Cool new workout

24 04 2008

This is what I spent the first 45 minutes of my day on!  As challenging as it was, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and assume I will be going back for more.  I joined a small cycling class this morning at the gym made up of Teacher-Jackie, middle-age woman Debbie, grampy Fred, middle-age woman who didn’t say anything, and young guy Jason who probably could have competed in Le Tour de France.  We finished the exercise off with a some grueling ab crunches. (well maybe only grueling if you haven’t done any in a year!)

Now I am thoroughly enjoying this gorgeous 75 degree day with the kiddos I nanny.  Hope everyone is having a good day!





Important to remember

17 04 2008

I was cleaning out a closet last night to prepare our spare room for becoming a nursery/bedroom.  As I was packing up photo albums I came across a number of my mission photos and it stirred something in my heart.  I needed to see the faces of those I’d met in years past, many people all over the world have no access to a local church and many are without essential necessities like clean water.  Hopefully these images will stir something in you too.  We are world’s apart here in America and sometimes I loooong to step back into their lives….

I had to scan these images in so they are oddly spaced and I can’t figure out how to get descriptions in between so here is what each of them are:

1&2 -1998 a trip to the Baja in Mexico to help work on this hospital and minister to children.

3 -2001 a woman in Romania who knelt down and thanked us weeping for coming to share the gospel in her country.

4&5 -1996 a trip to Panama with a week spent ministering in remote Darien Jungle villages.

6&7 -1999 trip to Southern India with my uncle (who’s a pastor) we visited a boy’s orphanage during our time there.

8-2000 trip to Namibia to minister to the Himba and Herrero tribes.  We set up a base camp and would walk in with a translator to the villages and just spend the entire day with the people.  I was helping in pounding and grinding corn into corn meal.   

Mexico missions
Romanian woman
Darien Jungle mission
India trip to boys home

Grinding corn in Namibia





Girls’ Night Out

17 04 2008

Monday night I felt like I was in college again.  Emma, Joy, Naomi, Melanie, Kristin, Lauren, and I had a girls’ night out.  All of our husbands are out of town at a conference (except Mel’s) so we thought it’d be a fun evening to get together and enjoy some female bonding!  Here are some photo’s of our time together.

Coastal flats

Left to Right: Emma, Lauren, Bethany, Kristin, Naomi, Joy, Melanie

 The whole gang

 

Emma

Lauren and Kristin

Naomi and I

Mel and I

Joy and Emma

And for your daily dose of laughter. . .

stuffing my face!





It’s going to be alright. . .

10 04 2008

Spurgeon reminds us, “Beloved, remember everything that happens to you comes in the course of divine providence.  Your loving heavenly Father has foreseen, foreknown, and, I venture to say, foreordained it all.  The medicine that you have to drink is bitter, but the unerring Physician has measured the ingredients drop by drop and mixed them in a way that will best work for your highest good.”

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 

**Edit**

Guess I should have added a personal note to this post.  This is something I read in my devotional time this morning.  Something that Joshua actually pointed me to.  I needed to be reminded that no matter what I face day-to-day God is with me. 





Great Fun in the Cold

7 04 2008

Despite hours of rain and temperatures in the low 40’s Joshua and I had a very relaxing and fun weekend at James River State Park.  Here are some photo’s of our fun!  The rest of the pictures can be viewed on our flickr site.  Enjoy!

James River State Park
James River State Park 027
Cooking in the Cold!
Belle
Josh fell in!
Branch Pond
 James River State Park 001





It’s my hubby’s Birthday!!!

4 04 2008

Just wanted to wish Joshua a very Happy 28th Birthday!  To celebrate we will spend a relaxing weekend away camping!!!  Oh the joys of being outdoors in the fresh cool air!  Feel free to leave Joshua a happy birthday message!