Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Change in Weather

Today it is a sunny 55. The day we arrive in Mexico, the local temp is forecasted to be 98. I think a wardrobe change is called for! We are excited and looking forward to this trip. Please pray for us as we embark on this adventure. Pray for safe travels, health of the missionaries traveling, open hearts of the people, that God’s Word be proclaimed and people come to know Jesus, good relationships established for later missionary efforts, and whatever else the Lord lays on your heart!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shooting Lessons


How Could You?

How could you pass up the opportunity to donate to these missionary children and their venture into Mexico? The adventure begins next week and I will tell you all about it when we return in April! We are all excited to be able to participate in such a mission and see the Lord work in His mighty ways! If the Lord lays on your heart the desire to donate to this missionary work, please let us know!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What He Must Be - available now!

All parents want their daughters to marry godly young men. But which qualities, specifically, should they be looking for?

What will you say when that certain young man sits down in your living room, sweaty-palmed and tongue-tied, and asks your permission to marry your daughter? What criteria should he meet before the two of them join together for life? What He Must Be… If He Wants to Marry My Daughter outlines ten qualities parents should look for in a son-in-law, including trustworthiness, a willingness to lead his family, an understanding of his wife’s role, and various spiritual leadership qualities.

Author Voddie Baucham follows up on his popular book Family Driven Faith with this compelling apologetic of biblical manhood. By studying the principles outlined in his book, parents who want their daughter to marry a godly man—as well as those who want their sons to become godly men—will be well equipped to help their children look for and develop these God-honoring qualities.

$3 Worth of God, Please

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please;
not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,
but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine...

I want ecstasy, not transformation;
I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth.
I want about a pound of the Eternalin a paper sack..
I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please."

by Wilbur Rees

Sadly, lots of people want just a little bit of God. They want to be able to pray once a week, at Sunday dinner. They want to be able to say, "God bless you!" and mean it, sort of like a good luck charm. They want the goodies, but not the gift. The true gift is transformational. It consumes. My God is a consuming fire. {from Janet}

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My Prayer Today

O that God would help me to discern all the flaws and defects of my temper and conversation, and help me in the difficult work of amending them." - Jonathan Edwards

and: O that God would help me discern all the abundance and perfections of His grace, that I might not be overwhelmed by my flaws and defects!

Making it Real

I am at the point in pregnancy where you can feel the baby moving if you touch my belly. Don’t get any ideas! I called The Boy over and had him put his hands on my belly. The baby kicked. He jumped back with a hilariously surprised look on his face, “Whoa! What was that?” Just makes it a little more real for him!

God's Math

God multiplies blessings. We were at the Spanish Church one Sunday, and they gave us a basket of food. The next week The Ram gave a special offering to bless a family in need. We had no idea who it was to be, they envelope was just quietly handed to the greeter when we came in with a note he had written in Spanish. During one part of the service, they brought out the envelope, talked a little (remember, no Spanish here) and then several people came forward and laid money down. The Lord multiplied our paltry offering 20 times. WOW! There was a family that needed money as they had a child in the hospital and paperwork trouble.

When at a restaurant about a week later, a gentleman held the door for us. You could tell he had been on the streets for a little while. The Ram asked how he was, he was hungry and was going to see if the restaurant would give him something to eat. The Ram went back in with him and the manager was going to give him a taco. The Ram gave the manager some cash and said, “Please feed him a meal.” That was it. Next day we get a check for over 100 times the amount of the meal. You cannot outgive God!

Some Scriptures to Pray for Your Children

  • That they will have a real born again experience and come to know God personally. (John 3:3)
  • That they will have soft, tender hearts to hear the voice of the Lord and that they will walk humbly before Him. ((Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5-6)
    That they will love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. (Mark 12:50)
  • That God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon them. (Isaiah 44:3-4)
  • That they will love the Word of God, love to pray, and love to fellowship with the saints. (1 Peter 2:2; Psalm 55:17; Hebrews 10:25)
  • That they will love righteousness and hate evil. (Psalm 97:10; 101:3; Amos 5:15; John 17:15-16; Romans 12:9)
  • That they will hate lies and deception and seek after truth. (Psalm 51:6; 119:30; 163; Proverbs 12:22; 13:5; 19:9)
  • That they will stand up for truth and never compromise; that they will stand and keep on standing against all opposition. (Ephesians 6:13-14)
  • That they will hate the spirit of this world, but instead, bring God's love and salvation to the needy in this world. (John 17:18; Philippians 2:15; 1 John 2:15-17)
  • That they will understand true justice and have discernment regarding good and evil, the holy and the profane. (Leviticus 10:10; Isaiah 59:14-15; Jeremiah 15:19; Ezekiel 22:26)
  • That they will seek God with all their hearts. (Psalm 27:8; 105:4; 119:2; Proverbs 28:5; Zephaniah 2:3)
  • That their whole spirit, soul and body will be kept pure and blameless unto the coming of the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
  • That God will give them godly wives and husbands. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
  • That they will love and embrace children and establish godly homes. (Psalm 27 and 28: Malachi 2:15)
  • That God will keep them from accident, harm, sickness and danger, and all enemy attack. Psalm 91)

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!

~Rudyard Kipling