Sunday Meditation

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burdens gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
-Carl Boberg
*photos taken at The Ark Encounter

Growing in Our Relationship with the Lord

One of the challenges I faced when moving to the field was the lack of accountability and companionship around the Word.  In the states, I was involved in a small group Bible study.  I had a Bible memory accountability partner.  I had “iron sharpening iron” relationships.  When I moved to the field, those all went away.  On top of that, vocabulary cards started to replace Bible memory cards.  Instead of spare minutes spent in communion with the Lord, those spare minutes were spent studying for language school.  

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*I posted this photo on Instagram several weeks ago.  Furlough is such a challenging time to find quiet space.  I grab it where and when I can!

From Around the Web…

Furlough is still progressing and we are moving into our even busier season.  Fall is the time of year that a lot of churches like to have missionaries for conferences and meetings.  We will be doing lots of traveling so would appreciate your prayers for safety on the highway and good health.

I have read some things recently that have been very thought-provoking and I thought I would share them here with you.  If there is something you’ve read recently, leave a link in the comments below.  I would love to read and share.

A Tale of Two Teachers-“Women of God, I plead with you to pursue wisdom. I plead with you to put down the girl power self help book and pick up your Bible. Your life depends on it. Your children don’t need empowered mom. They need humble, god-fearing mom. Our world needs women who look not like our ‘truest selves,’ but like Jesus Christ. This will not happen outside of making a decision to dig in our heels, draw a line in the sand and declare that we are going after God.”

Sunday Afternoon Tea – Why I find decorating to be important to the soul-“What if we can no longer do everything we once enjoyed?  If we wait for perfect circumstances, they never arrive.”

Discover How to Memorize Psalm 1 in Community-Are you looking for a Bible memory project.  Here is a great one you can do in community.  I’ve memorized this before, so I am taking this time to review it.

Have a blessed day!

*the sunset photo was taken in SC during our travels

Life is Happening

I’m sorry that I have not been blogging over the last few months. Furlough has been soooooo busy that I can’t seem to keep up with everything, not to mention making time to write blog posts. I did post recently at In Her Shoes.  If you would like to read Reminders Along the Roadside, click here.

One exciting bit of news is that we are to be grandparents for the first time in November.  We were able to be a part of the gender reveal.  We were thrilled to find out that our first grandchild will be a GIRL!!!!

We are definitely moving into the busy mission conference season. We are headed out for 10 days on Saturday.  We are looking forward to reporting to 4 churches during this trip.  Thank you for your prayers.

until the next time…

 

Worth the Read

I read an article recently that has stayed with me all week.  It says so clearly what I am unable to say.  It is a good read for all, but if you are a pastor or pastor’s wife, I hope you will take the time to read and think about what is presented. Not all missionaries serve in the jungles or third world countries, but we each have our own cultural difficulties. When I read this article, my mind immediately went to a young family that I know.  Their difficulties are far greater than mine in many ways. Not all missionaries come back broken, but there is one paragraph particularly that applies to all of us. “There needs to be…grace to recognize that while living abroad, the person sent out from the church has changed. Is the church ready to welcome that kind of changed person back into their arms with tenderness and acceptance?”

Thanks for taking the time read…

When Missionaries Return Broken