Monday, January 25, 2010

We Must Go

We sang this song at church yesterday and I wanted to share it with you (well, a portion of it). As we prepared our house this past week for our eventual departure, it was tough at times, emotional...but "we must go"...we must be "moved into action". Sometimes, the words of a song can express your heart better than you can express yourself.

We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

To act justly everyday
Loving mercy in every way
Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us, what You require
Freely we've received
Now freely we will give

(sung by Bethany Dillon, written by Tim Hughes)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Jesus, NOT Mr. Clean, is the Magic Eraser

We are on day one of "operation: finish all the house projects that are 88% complete." Yeah, not an efficient title...but true. And actually it seems from where I stand right now that we have not completed ANY house project we've ever started in this house in the nearly 7 years we've lived here. We are getting our house ready for the eventual sale in preparation for our departure to Nicaragua. One thing I've discovered, and it's startling, we live in grime. I know, I was shocked as well! I thought I was a clean person, a clean-freak even...but sitting on the kitchen floor yesterday disassembling the cabinet doors so we can change hardware and "touch up paint"....I realized just how filthy my house is...well, at least the kitchen. [Seriously, what is that sticky grey dusty stuff that is between the stove and the cabinet??]

It made me think that while I look "clean" to the people around me, God sees in my heart...He sees the sticky grey dusty stuff. I am SO INCREDIBLY thankful that He provided Jesus to clean that nastiness away.

And here's a shout out to those who helped us paint and "ready the house" today: Bruce, Alton, Paul and Mark & Michelle (for your painting supplies!).

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Let's Pretend

Ella and Noah pretended today in their imaginary world to pack their carry-ons and fly to "Gawa" [translation: Nicaragua]. They made it seem so effortless and there appeared to be a bed and a super soft blanket on the plane. And the flight seemed so short. If only....

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Faithful Balance

There is definitely a challenge in finding balance & wisdom in taking steps of faith.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Becoming Amish

On New Year's Day, our family drove to Lancaster to visit some good friends (thanks Chris, Heather, Tim, Ben & Nate for a great visit!). We drove through Amish country and passed MANY horse and buggies on the way there and back. I personally am so intrigued by the Amish culture (fueled by the many Beverly Lewis books I've devoured). I just can't help but to allow my glance to linger longer than is polite. It struck me on the way home after seeing an Amish couple working outside on their land that our family will become the "Amish" of Nicaragua. We will at times be the "spectacle"...glances will become stares. My hope is that our family will at least provide an authentic image of God's love to the people whose glances linger on our fair skinned family!