Thursday, April 30, 2009

A New Site!

I am so excited to introduce our new site for missions: SGTs for Christ. SGT stands for Sing, Give and Tell, some commands God gives us in Psalm 96. We are sergeants in the Lord's Army as we seek to obey and follow His commands. This new site will showcase the work God is doing through these broken vessels named Barcak on the mission field.

Submission...As Unto the Lord

Submission. I know, it's not a popular term. I mean, who really wants to give up their wants desires so someone else can have their way? But our goal should not be to live as we see as right, but to see how God would have us live. Scripture tells us in Ephesians 5:22:

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

We are submitting to God by submitting to our husbands. Let me rephrase that, by not submitting to our husbands' authority that God has placed over us, we are being disobedient to God. By not submitting to your husband, you are in sin. OUCH!

But I hear you saying, "But what if he wants Burger King and I want Shrimp Fried Rice, after all, I am the one 35 weeks pregnant." Okay, maybe that was my voice, not yours. You are probably not as rebellious as me. But you get the idea, it is still sin. If you husband asks you to do something, you do it, as unto the Lord. Would you gripe and complain if God asked you to do something? He put your husband in authority over you. Now, clearly, if your husband asks you to sin, you obey God and not man, but we are talking about non-sin issues here.

Here are a few questions from Doorposts' publication As Unto the Lord that you may want to ask yourself today:
  • Did I submit to God and His plan for me by humbly respecting and submitting to my dear husband (dh)?
  • Can I, without shame, give an account to God for every word I have spoken to my dh?
  • Is God pleased with the way I have treated my dh? Have I shown Godly love, patience, and forgiveness?
  • Have I earnestly prayed for my dh today?
  • Have I shown proper gratitude to God and to my dh for the headship that has been provided for me?
  • Am I aware of my dh's good qualities?
  • Have I chosen to cheerfully obey my dh's commands today? Have I openly rebelled against his authority?
  • Am I being loyal to my dh and his leadership? Have I treated him with pride or scorn?
  • Have I supported and built up my dh as the leader of our home?
  • Can my dh delight and be proud of my attitudes and actions?
  • Have I been negligent, lazy, or resistant in fulfilling my duties toward my dh?
  • Have I been discontent or angry today under the God-ordained headship of my dh?

How far do you go in your submission? What if it makes you uncomfortable? What if it leads to physical harm or even death? Who is responsible? God's Word clearly indicates that He puts the husband in the position of authority. Your dh will have to answer to God for his actions, just as you will have to answer to God for your actions. Were you submissive, as unto the Lord, even unto death, as Christ was submissive unto the Father, even unto death?

Lest you think otherwise, this is an issue I struggle with as a Christian wife. Die to self? For Christ, okay, I am fine with that. But for my dh? What about equal rights? Remember, Adam was created first, then Eve, to be his helper.

Conviction is painful, but I thank God that He continues to mold me to be more like His Son.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Diapers, diapers, diapers

I love using cloth diapers. They are so soft and cuddly! And really, not that difficult to care for. It is so much easier (and cheaper) to do a load of laundry than run to the store if you run out of diapers! Some have asked what we need for the newest blessing, and it would be cloth diapers in size small.

This is a pic of Fuzzi Bunz diapers. They are pocket diapers (about $18 each new) and are so fun and easy to use on baby. You use just like a disposable, but wash instead of throwing away. These are our favorites as anyone can change a diaper. Awesome! You can find them all over the internet, even Amazon, or at The Young and Restless over on Ella. I love that store as they have new and used cloth diapers.

Can you tell my nesting instinct is kicking in?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

John 10:10

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Secret

While in Texas, we stayed at Granny's one night (yummy Mary Lee's ham and cheese croissants!) She took us to our new favorite thrift store, Value Village. Now, I usually don't give away such secrets, but this place is great for clothing and there are several locations around Houston. The best part is they put out a coupon for 1/2 off your entire purchase. I think Granny got hers out of the Chronicle, and they are good for 2 weeks. I love thrift store clothing for several reasons: 1) the clothes are pre-shrunk (although we do find alot with the tags still on); 2) there is a much better selection than a department store; 3) you get quality clothing at a fraction of the price; 4) I don't feel so bad when clothes get ruined or outgrown so quickly because I didn't pay top dollar (going shopping with Granny, we don't pay anything, thanks Granny!). Last trip, we even got a Spanish hymnal for $0.50. We couldn't find one of the lambs sandals and she really needed some for Mexico, so I ended up at Target and they were $15. That is outrageous to me for a pair of sandals in a children's size 11! Besides, saving money on clothing leaves some cash for my book addiction. Speaking of such, I am searching for one with good Mexican bread recipes...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Thoughts on Mexico

We left for Texas on Monday and visited with Grandma and Grandpa. We headed to Santa Fe and were blessed to have the Ram bringing the Bible Study Wednesday evening at church. Thursday was a prep day for Mexico. We are thankful for Hermano Benito and Hermana Rosa for sharing their casa with us. We left for Mexico Friday morning around 4:00 am. By the time we got to the border crossing around noon, I was having contractions and praying they were just Braxton Hicks. The first border crossing took the longest, as they would not permit the trailer we were pulling. We stopped and unloaded most everything that was in the trailer into the already packed van with us. The Fronteria border crossing was not a problem as we basically sailed past. We got into Ciudad Mante around 9:00 pm and I was looking forward to the hotel as my feet and ankles were swollen and contractions were not comfortable. There are very few stop lights in Mexico and traffic seems to be semi-controlled with speed bumps, lots of speed bumps. Lots! However, we went to a family's casa for an excellent dinner. Excellente! The children played ball you would never know that there was a language barrier. By the time we got to the hotel, everyone was ready for sleep.

Up Saturday morning bright and early on our way to Limonal. It was about a 3 hour drive over some of the most scenic mountain ranges and valleys we had seen. Again, the roads were bumpy, but thankfully some of my swelling had gone down and the contractions had stopped. We stopped and visited a couple of missions along the way and were blessed by the people and the Spirit of God was evident. Services were held Saturday evening under the trees and afterwards we had a dinner of tamales and pan dulce (sweet breads) at Hermona Ava's. They insisted that we stay with them instead of going to a hotel. These people take hospitality seriously as we found out later that some slept in their car so that we could have their room. Talk about humbling!

Sunday morning was another delicious meal and a few of us took a walk around town. Sunday was service at Limonal from about 10 am to 3pm then back to Hermana Ava's for lunch of chicken mole. YUM! After visiting for awhile, we headed back to Mante. Again, I was thinking of an early night in the hotel resting. Silly me! We went back to Hermano Goya's, services at Monte Horeb, then back to Hermano Goya's before going to the hotel. The Mexican children were always so excited to see us, running up to the van as soon as they saw it bouncing down the dusty road.

Monday morning saw us departing Mante for Santa Fe, and no problems with any border crossings. The border crossings really surprised me. We were never asked to get out of the van, they did not search any suitcases, they did not even open the doors. We shopped some at the market in Progresso, but it was expensive. Hermana Rosa bought Lily a precious tea set and Hermano Udiel bought each of the girls a beautiful bracelet.

Up in the mornings around 6am, to bed somewhere past 11pm, and we loved it! We were exhausted when we got back to MO, but excited about the work in Mexico and ready to go again at a moment's notice! Some of us cried upon leaving Limonal, as they definately made an impact on our lives. Even looking at the pictures makes some of us tear up still.