Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I bet Pilate would've taken a flight out!

The following is a very interesting and very amusing conversation that we had at lunch today regarding Easter.

Ella, Noah and I were sitting at the table eating lunch and Ella asked why the people wanted to kill Jesus. Oh, yeah, that is an easy one to answer. How does one explain the Sovereignty of God's Plans?! Let's give it a shot anyway. We talked about how the the people weren't convinced that Jesus was the Son of God, the King of Kings, and that there were people in charge on earth that didn't like Jesus. We talked about Pilate and God's Will. We talked about how Jesus had to die to obey God and make a way for us to go to Heaven. So we reached the point of the conversation where Ella needs to "sum up" and reach a bottom line. So she says, "So, God is the number one person in charge, Jesus is the second, and Airport is the next." Airport?? Oh, Pilate. Well, I couldn't stop myself...I burst out in very loud laughter. Ella realized the twist on words that she had said and started laughing too. It was a good end to a very heavy theological lunchtime discussion.

Wishing all our readers a Joyful and Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Random Thoughts on Houses

Lord willing, at the end of April, we will go to the settlement table and officially sell our house to another family. The kids have been asking questions about this. Will we come back to our house? What about our stuff? Do they have stuff? Where will we live? All good questions! I could probably add 20 more!

This house selling process has been a good reminder that this earth is not our eternal home. Our stuff is just stuff (most of which came from the Goodwill and will likely find its way back there soon). Of course, there are a lot of memories hidden in these walls. We came here when Andrew was just 18 months old. We brought two babies home to this house. We've experienced and lived and enjoyed life together in this house. But now, it is someone else's turn.

Over the next several months, we will be somewhat nomadic. Andrew asked what that meant and I told him that it means we go where the food is (LOL!)...he said "that's good, i like food!" But we will be nomadic for the Glory of God...it is all part of the adventure!

So to answer the kids questions--no, once we officially sell the house, we can't come back. We will give, sell, take our possessions. Yes, they have stuff and it will go in this house. We will stay with awesome friends and then stay in NC and then...well, let's just take this moment by moment, shall we? -- it is WAY more exciting that way!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Abundant Chances to Endure

I (bethany...by the way...unless the post says it is from Jeff, it is mainly me posting to our blog...i simply have more words to use up than Jeff does)...okay...where was I...thinking...yes, I was thinking a lot this morning about the verse in James that says, "For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow." [NLT]

Well, we are certainly not lacking in "chances to grow" over here at the Bracht household. LOL. Is it tempting to get irritated at the abundance of "faith tests"? Sure. But it wouldn't be "exciting" if we weren't tested. It is the growth of faith and endurance that makes life abundant...and brings God the glory He deserves.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Let's Get On the Same "Post"

Just a little summary of where our family is on our journey:
~our house is for sale
~we are going to a whole family missions training for 6 weeks this Spring/Summer
~we continue to give away our "worldly possessions"....need anything?
~jeff has submitted his resignation (you can read his post below)
~it all seems surreal...and exciting...and CRAZY!

Thanks for journeying with us!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Step of faith

I (Jeff) submitted my resignation today in order to give my employer time to find a replacement as we prepare to leave in May for our training in North Carolina. It feels like a big step of faith to do this when we are only at 50% of our budget, and have not sold our house. However, as long as we are not acting foolishly or putting the Lord "to the test", I do believe that God likes for us to be at places in our lives where we need him to come through for us. Where he gets the glory, not us. We are making a "go move" and trusting that he has us on belay.

Lord, "I do [trust], help me overcome my [fear]." Mark 9:24

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hearts Desire

I used to think that "delighting yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart"(Psalm 37:4)meant that I'd get what I want. Thanks to time, study, experience, a bit of wisdom, and a whole lot of God's grace...I have learned that it is God who gets what HE wants...and we have the incredible blessing of being a part of it.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Living a Missionary Lifestyle

This is taken from an organization called Project MedSend.
It is challenging. Definitely convicting. Obviously something to work on.

Here’s what we mean by “missionary lifestyle”:
1. Missionaries buy what they need, not what they “want.” They “want what they have.” Missionaries can’t afford everything they want, but they can afford what they need.
2. Missionaries “use things up, wear things out, make things do, or do without.”
3. Missionaries have a conserver mentality rather than a consumer mentality.
4. Missionaries don’t “shop.” They buy with a list of needs and don’t buy anything by impulse. Shopping leads to buying things you don’t really need.
5. Missionaries always maintain the spiritual discipline of giving to God, but not with borrowed money. Sometimes they can only give by self-denial.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Backseat Talkers

I was driving with the younger two kids today on the way to pick Andrew up from school but also to speak to the teachers at the kids' school about our plans for Nicaragua. Ella was asking me, what seemed to be one hundred questions about this "speaking engagement". Noah was chattering on and on too but I don't think he was necessarily talking to me...just talking and adding to the "noise" coming from the back seat. It hit me that I may indeed sound like the "backseat" to God. I ask Him what is probably one hundred questions on a daily basis about our journey to Nicaragua. I finally told Ella that she just needed to sit back and enjoy the ride and trust me that this meeting would be short and we would soon be playing on the playground as promised. I suppose I need to sit back and enjoy the ride as well and trust that while all my questions are not getting answered...there will be fun times ahead.

Feet Vs. Hands

There are things that are better left at Jesus' feet than in my hands.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Keepin' It Stylin'

A heartfelt thanks to Michelle for hosting a Jockey Person to Person Party and Heidi for donating a part of her profit to Shepherd's Gate. Michelle generously shared her hostess benefits with me and I picked out some awesome clothes to bring to Nica! Thanks girls for keepin' me stylin' even on the missionfield!!! LOL!