Monday, June 29, 2009
If you are anything like me, waiting on God to answer a specific prayer is one of the hardest struggles in your spiritual life. I feel like the last three months have been a constant teeter totter of faith vs. impatience. In April, when Bruce and I were certain that God was leading us to take some sort of sabbatical from full-time ministry, I was nervous and secure all at the same time. In 16 years of marriage there has never been a time that we were not consumed (in a good way) with a church family. I wondered how this was all going to play out. How long would God tell us to wait? How long could we endure it?
I realized it wouldn't be long about 4 weeks ago when I saw Bruce face light up after he led a little boy in our community to the Lord one night. The family called, and Bruce sprang into action. It was like he had never missed a beat. So when his pastor from childhood called and offered a part-time position to Bruce, I was pretty sure it was a done deal. But I was wrong. Bruce and I spent time in prayer and weighed the pros the cons and the finances. There was no way we could afford a mortgage and rent in a new town...especially with only a part-time job. Yet, somewhere in the middle of all the human rationalization, God was saying..."Go".
So we said "Yes". We figured if we tried to obey, God would do His part and provide. The next day we were given a check for $1200...like God was telling us..."watch me...I can do more!". So, after the call was made, we continued to pray. Two days later the offer turned into a full-time job offer. With benefits...insurance. retirement.
No...our house hasn't sold...but can you understand why I am not worried about it? God's got that under control. During the last 2-3 months our circumstances have been awkward, lonely and sometimes a little discouraging, yet God has been right here with us. Carrying the burdens, refreshing our spirits and encouraging us to stick with this hunt for His Will.
So...for those of you still reading (bless you)...Bruce will be an associate pastor involved in outreach, discipleship, teaching and assimilation. Please pray this transition is smooth for the church and for Bruce.
A few prayer requests:
1. Sell of our house here.
2. Transition for us all to be smooth.
4. God would be glorified and honored in all of this!
A few praises:
1. There's a huge homeschool community there for us to be involved in.
2. My kids enjoy staying at hotels...which might be our home away from home for awhile.
For those of you who have prayed for us....thank you. This has been a 12 week journey..I don't know how well we did, but I am thankful for all I have learned and praise the greatest Teacher of all.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The other day a community resident called and said they had excess squash in their own garden and wondered if we could use it to distribute to people in the community!!! She then told me she would be bringing me some every week or so!
The scouts came and picked the green beans.
Thanks to all our volunteers that are coming up during the week. I don't always know when you are there...but can tell by the lack of weeds you have been!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Hop on over to Truth for the Journey for a complete listing of all the bloggers who participate in Thankful Thursdays....who knows...you might want to participate too!
1. A friend who made dinner, colored my hair and took a family picture for me on Sunday.
2. Another friend who I was blessed to have a kid-free dinner with last night.
3. An unspoken prayer request- answered.
4. Teachable moments with my kids
5. A wonderful Mission Gunter Community Meal with over 200 in attendance.
Thank you Lord for your abundant blessings....all of them!
What can you give thanks for today???...leave a comment below!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I've been looking on-line for homeschool curriculum for 2nd grade. I was disappointed to see Switch-On Schoolhouse doesn't start until the 3rd grade because I was thinking Savannah would really do well with something computer based. So then I came across Time 4 Learning and really liked their site. Anybody out there familiar with them?
Last year I used Saxon Math, but to be honest...all the repetition is a little much. By the end of the year Savannah was bored out of her mind! We used a Brain Quest workbook to supplement all subjects. We used a phonics dictionary for spelling and Horizon's language arts. We used an art based penmanship book. She read Horrible Harry books, Magic Treehouse, A Beka grade level books, the newspaper and anything else she could get her hands on. I think we read close to 200 books...she loves reading. Anyway, I'm feeling scattered and the need to be more structured for her sake and mine.
If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to leave me a comment, let me know what has worked for you or what didn't! Let me know if you think going with one particular curriculum is better (like Abeka) or if you think mix and match works. Can't wait to hear from you. Thanks!
After your behavior at the garden, my kids are a little afraid of you. I mean really...must you always burn them? They are tucked away indoors for a day or two...and hopefully the next time they come out to play, you won't be so harsh.
I do have some high hopes for while you are here. I'll be looking for a new house, and selling this one hopefully! I'm also planning on doing a little leisure reading, eating a few snow cones and scoping out new homeschool curriculum for Savannah and maybe even a little for Tucker. I am planning to go to see my family in Georgia in July. I hear you'll also be there.
While you are with us I will be finding out whether I will be getting a niece or a nephew, and for my sis-in-law's sake if you could be gentle and mild during August, we would appreciate it...too bad you won't be around when he/she arrives in December.
I do appreciate the way you are helping with the garden and my flowers... and my yard looks better than ever. If you could message your good friend "Rain" and schedule some routine visits from him that would certainly increase our chances of having a fruitful harvest. It's been a couple of weeks since we saw Rain, so even if he's feeling scattered...he's welcome here.
Whenever you're around my kids are happier, there's no school and things look brighter. However, 3 months is plenty long enough to visit and I am hoping Autumn will want to come early this year...bringing with her cooler weather and a colorful atmosphere. Don't take it personally....there are many years you arrive early too.
We love you Summertime! Enjoy your stay!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
1. What is Daddy's favorite thing to do for fun?
- play hide and seek with me
- gives people kleenex
- He is really fun
- eats breakfast
- 5 minutes
- The Bible
- Chocolate pudding
- The family
Happy Father's Day Bruce!
Keelie over at Red Writing wrote a beautiful synopsis of last night's first Mission Meal. Please take time to read it. Several times in the evening, as I watched God working, I got misty-eyed. Sometimes it's almost too much for me to take in...the way God has done EVERYTHING!
Click on over to Red Writing and read all about it.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I'll cut right to the chase. Today Bruce and I are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary. As I was thinking back to the things that I love the most about him, I realized that the verse in the Bible that says "He who finds a wife finds a good thing- Prov. 18:22" could just as easily read "She who finds a husband finds a good thing". I certainly have found that. The song above is one of the songs we had sung at our wedding. I am not EVEN a fan of country music (sorry!) but I loved this song 16 years ago...and still today. Below are 10 things I appreciate about Bruce:
1. He loves God more than me.
2. He has amazing integrity.
3. He has an outgoing personality that balances my not-so-outgoing one!
4. He irons his own clothes!
5. He is a great dad.
6. He treats people with respect.
7. He goes the extra mile for friends...and complete strangers.
8. He's a great cook...(he's been waiting years for me to say that!)
9. He likes an adventure.
10. He loves me unconditionally.
At this point in our journey, we are raising kids, working jobs and most of the time just trying to snag a few moments here and there to spend alone. I'm thankful for the comfort I find in our life together. I am thankful we share the same goals and dreams. I am thankful to partner in ministry with him (wherever that leads us.)I am thankful for the security we share in our relationship and the strong committment we have in this marriage. I am thankful that from the beginning we have known this relationship would fail without God, so we have depended on Him. We've had our ups and downs, but they've been our fault...not God's!
To end this post, I'll let you in on a few little known facts about us:
1. We lived in married housing...cinder block style...at BBC for the first year of our marriage.
2. Our first car that we bought together was a sky blue Mercury Topaz. The payment was $202 a month.
3. After being told we couldn't have children and canceling maternity insurance we have ended up having 2 kids.
4. We marathon shop the day after Thanksgiving.
5. We love Tennessee.
6. We once boxed in a boxing ring for a sermon illustration...and I might have accidently hit him.
7. We have learned that you learn something from everyone...somethings you want to do in the future and some you don't.
8. Neither set of our parents have/were divorced.
9. We are huge American Idol fans...episode one to finale...DVR...every week!
10. We are both wearing replacement wedding rings.
Happy Anniversary Bruce! Love you!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Take a look at Truth for the Journey to read more Thankful Thursday lists:
My Thankful Thursday includes:
1. We had our first house showing with our new realtor. Good feedback...husband was previewing for wife who will be in town in a few weeks. Said our house was nice, cozy and liked our converted garage.
2. My brother and sil heard the heartbeat of their 13 week unborn baby last week.
3. A friend who was there just when I needed her.
4. A husband who I will celebrate 16 years of marriage with tomorrow.
5. The faithfuless of God.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you are thankful for.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
This spring after cleaning all my flower beds out, planting new flowers and a few seeds, I put a layer of mulch down. Things we moving right along. Until...a few weeks ago I noticed this...
Can you guess what this is? Yep...I am growing my own pumpkin patch....very unintentionally!!! I have deliberated about whether I should pull up the pumpkin vine and have decided not to. I am going to leave it there because it reminds me of an important biblical principle.
You never know when the seed you sow will take root, be watered and produce fruit (or pumpkin in this case). How true is that! We never know when that opportunity to share Christ's love will blossom into something beautiful later. I forget sometimes that just because I don't get the result I want when I do something for someone, that later...sometimes years later that kind deed, spoken word or prayer will be just the thing someone remembers in their time of need. I also fail to remember that just because I don't lead a person to the Lord doesn't mean that the seed I have sown was worthless. God's Word tells us that some sow, some water but GOD gets the increase. I just need to be concerned with sowing seed wherever I am and let God do the rest. He's more than capable.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
A big shout out to Truth 4 the Journey for Sonya's faithfulness in reminding us to take time each week to think about the things we can be thankful for.
My list this week includes:
1. The internet. It's been on the blink off and on for the last week. It's made me realize how much I rely on all the luxuries of having the world at my fingertips!
2. God's protection as we traveled to Houston last weekend.
3. Seeing friends and aquaintences from years gone by while we were on our quick trip.
4. First fruits from the garden
5. The blessing of working with some wonderful people on the board at The Mission Gunter.
Comment below are share what you are thankful for this week.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Here's a pic of the first banana peppers from The Mission Field Community Garden. I'll be taking these to Morgan in the morning for her to distribute to a few families. Green beans will be ready within a week, tomatoes in a couple of weeks..and more just around the corner!
Thanks to all those involved!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Today is my 1st birthday as The Journaling Gina. I can't believe that what started as a way to communicate with the GBF ladies for a Bible study on Proverbs has turned into a mild addiction to documenting all things important to me. Now, over 200 posts later, I am glad it has!
I was looking back through my first posts and was reminded of how good God has been throughout the last year. The joys, sorrows and giggles are recorded for me to journey back and rememeber where we've been.
At a time in my life when things look uncertain on the outside, I am comforted by the faithfulness of my God in the past and encouraged that the same God is still in control of my future.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Anyway, we are snuggled in at the hotel...but not without a few really funny incidents to share from our trip.
1. As we passed through Huntsville today we wanted Savannah to see the Sam Houston statue that towers the trees on Interstate 45. She was thoroughly impressed. We told her a little about Sam Houston and I concluded that he had lived a LONG time ago....her response "Like 1995?"....yeah...something like that!
2. Tucker is potty trained...mostly...but he doesn't really care for big boy underwear which is causing some problems. Also, when he needs to go to the bathroom, he completely undresses himself. I'm wondering how the nursery workers will handle this tomorrow. When I talked to him a little bit about this tonight...explaining that he might not want to take all his clothes off in front of strangers his response "I not mind...it's ok."
Happily living in the moment! Hope you are too.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Check out Sonya's Thankful Thursday list at her site.
Today I am thankful for:
1. Time with family.
2. A camera that works (mine was broken...all better now)
3. A God who knows all, sees all, care about it all.
4. The blessing to hear Bruce (dh) preach this weekend in Houston.
5. My job that allows me to work from home.
Leave a comment and let me know what you are thankful for!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I don't know what is worse....his poor little face or the fact that Savannah immediately went to the freezer and pulled out a pre-packaged roll of 73/27 ground beef!!!!