Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Walls of Water

(Let's start by saying, this is Bethany writing...since Jeff surprised all of us by posting two times in a row!!) One of the questions we've been asked recently is: "what have you been learning throughout this journey?" Well...many things...but one of the recurring lessons for me has been about faith & obedience. I am currently re-reading one of my favorite books of the Bible, Exodus. I am particularly struck by the scene at the Red Sea. So there the Israelites are--standing on the banks of the sea. Here is where I think faith and obedience come in....or at least in retrospect. The Israelites haven't seen (or felt, or tasted, or enjoyed) the Promised Land that God has promised them, but God is leading them there through His servant, Moses. The mean ol' Egyptians are mad and coming to get the Israelites. There stand walls of water that God has made that create a pathway through which the Israelites must walk to get to the other side. Faith says that there is certain hope on the other side of the watery pathway. Obedience says "GO...walk across to the other side." In faith-filled obedience, the Israelites walk. Faith and obedience go hand in hand. I get that now more than before...that is one thing I've learned.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Good Excuse

In our process of thinning down our "stuff" a new friend helped us by taking my (Jeff) clothes dresser this evening. I finally have a good excuse for leaving my clothes on the floor...I don't have a dresser to put them in. Why didn't I figure this out years ago and get rid of it sooner?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Blessed by generosity

This past weekend I (Jeff) was immensely blessed by caring friends:

-On Friday I was treated to dinner and a Wilmington Blue Rocks game. Who cares that it rained, I was with friends. Thanks Tim and Debbie!
-On Saturday, Friends prepared a nearly 7 course meal for me. I would be ashamed to list all of the wonderful food I ate. The word gluttony comes to mind. Thanks Bob and Vicki!
-On Sunday good friends had us over for a rousing game of basement football and pizza. Good times! Thanks Shawna and Curtis!

I am blessed to be surrounded by generous people. I can learn a lot from them. I hope that you have opportunities to be generous and enjoy the generosity of others.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blender=Faith

We had a yardsale this past weekend. Who would've thought that selling a blender you hardly ever use would be a test of faith?!

Friday, April 9, 2010

I Sound Like a Three Year Old

Noah has yet to grasp the nuances of the English language. Okay, let's be honest-- Noah has yet to grasp the basics of the English language. Yet, that doesn't stop him from talking. In fact, he talks all the time, and we understand him about 90% of that time--at best.

I can only wish that I'd have the unawareness of my poor grasp of the Spanish language that Noah has for his native tongue. If I was as unaware as Noah, I'd get out there and practice my Spanish. I'd talk to whomever would listen. I'd communicate with the world around me even though I have the wrong endings, tense, grammar and gender. Realistically, when we are in Nicaragua, I will probably sound a lot like my three year old...but that is okay (however, it just won't sound as cute coming from me as it does from him.)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Are we there yet?!

Today, we have the blessing of sharing two different meals with two differnt wonderful families whom we have the privilege of calling friends. The kids have been up since 6 o'clock this morning asking me when we are leaving. I've given them the necessary information, yet for 2 out 3 who can't tell time, this information is useless (and the one who can tell time is in a minute-by-minute countdown mode). I am so glad that they are excited and looking forward to this day full of fellowship...but I can't accelerate time and I want them to be patient. Yeah, I know..."whatever!"

Then it struck me--OOOOHHHH, is this what I sound like to God? "When are we going to Nicaragua? Is it time yet? When are we leaving? How much longer?" For someone like me, who can't tell "time" on God's clock...I am responding much the same as my little children. I am excited and looking forward to the fellowship (and adventure)but I must be patient. Yeah, you gotta love these moments when you realize you have so much to learn!