Saturday, June 27, 2009

ON MISSION

It's 4AM and we are up and headed to the airport.

We will be in Philly for the next week or so on a mission trip with the students. Please keep our group in your prayers this week as we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SEVENTEEN YEARS

Keith and I went on our first date 17 years ago today.
I can't believe it's been 17 years.

It seems like so long ago, yet it seems like just yesterday.
(It's so weird how that works.)

We have known each other since we were about 6 years old, started dating in high school, and have been together ever since.

He truly is the love of my life and my best friend.
I feel so blessed to be able walk through life with him by my side.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

CAMP ORLANDO 2009

Tired.  Yep, that pretty much sums up what we are right about now.

We just returned home from an amazing week of youth camp.
We did middle school and high school camp back to back.
(Maybe crazy is a better word.)

Either way, we had a great week and are just so thankful for all God did and all the lives that are forever changed.

Here are the highlights...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

THOSE LITTLE MOMENTS

Do you ever feel inadequate?
Like you've been given a responsibility that is bigger than you?

Almost ten years ago, the Lord blessed me with an amazing treasure, but with that treasure came great responsibility.

I've never taken it lightly.
Always aware that it is bigger than me.
Much, much bigger.

Parenting is one of the hardest things I've ever done.
Isn't it just like God to make one of the hardest things one of the most rewarding.

I love being a mom!  I love it more and more with each passing day.

I also love when God gives you those moments.
You know, those little moments that just happen.
Those moments that God gives you to encourage you to keep at it, to keep going, to keep praying, to keep seeking Him, to never give up.

God has been so gracious to me the past couple of weeks to give me several of those moments.

All of these are snapshots that the Lord blessed me with that I never want to forget.  Snapshots that were captured in the moment with my phone (which is why they are a little fuzzy.)

I was driving home the other day and saw this in my rearview mirror.
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A little hand.
A little hand in the air, raised as he sings praises to his heavenly Father.
He's not worried about what's going on around him.
He's not doing it so anyone will notice.
He's just singing.  Hand raised.  As I sit in the front seat, heart melting.

And this moment.
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Is there anything more satisfying than seeing your child reading God's Word?
Working hard to make it a habit in their life.

Oh, that the living, active Word would take root in his heart.
I pray that he will not just be a hearer of the Word, but a doer.

Someone who lives it.
Someone who is willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Someone who doesn't wait until he's older.
Someone who doesn't buy into the lie that he's too young.
Someone who is willing to make the most of every opportunity.
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We ran over to the housing projects the other day to give some diapers to some families in need and stopped to say hi to some little boys that come to the park when we do our Love Orlando events.

Three boys and a flat basketball.  Playing a game they made up.
They taught Alex how to play curb ball.
Alex just hung out with them.  Just played.

Alex left that day with a greater appreciation of what he has.
Realizing that you don't have to have 'stuff' to have fun or be happy.

Sometimes being the hands and feet of Jesus is taking care of babies in the church nursery, or visiting a widow, or sticking up for a friend at school, or sitting by the kid at lunch who is all alone, or giving diapers to a family in need, or feeding someone who is hungry.

Or sometimes it is playing curb ball with three boys who just need to know that they are important.  That someone cares.

It's being willing to share the love of Jesus in a practical way.

I am so thankful that God has allowed us to partner with Him in parenting Alex.  And we are ready to partner with Him again.

Oh, and the baby, today is 4 months on the waitlist.
We're ready!  We're praying!  We're still waiting!

Alex was praying for the baby a couple of days ago and he said, "...and God, when baby boy Harmon cries today, please make sure someone picks him up.  And if he's hungry, please make sure he gets something to eat.  And if he isn't born yet, please help his mom make good decisions..."

Just another one of those little moments I pray I never forget!
"Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children" {Lamentations 2:19}

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

THAT'S A WRAP

It's done!  The Amp'd Students truck is done.

The wrap (which was donated by an awesome company that heard about what our students were doing in the community) was put on this week and it turned great.

What an amazing blessing!