Friday, August 23, 2013

The Rock, Activity Craziness and Obeying when He says GO!

This past week we have been studying about Jesus, the Rock of Ages and how we can be like the wise man who built his house upon the Rock. We decided to create our own art project because we have so many rocks around here and they sure turned out great! 

I just love this picture of Abigail...she is learning so much! Well, this fall is just a wee bit crazy. We have never really had to deal with too many activities until now. We have 3 kids in soccer, 2 in piano, 1 in ballet and 4 in Awanas! It is every night madness! I am seeing how young families can get so exhausted in activities that they simply don't have the energy or desire to be a part of another activity. We have decided to not be a part of the soccer games on Wednesday nights so the kids can do Awanas. They just love it and we do too. We realize that they can never get enough of God's word! Our Christian Homeschool group will be meeting starting in September every Monday at the Library for discussion and activities and then go to the Methodist Church in town for PE afterwards. We are all really looking forward to that and meeting some other families. We have been continuing to pray for friends for our children. That has been such a hard thing here in Morehead. The church the Lord has us in now does not have many children and there are really not any girls Abby & Claire's age to play with. We are praying the Lord will provide for that need. I am excited to meet some of the Moms in the group that have the same calling from the Lord for their families that I do in homeschooling.
 Well, the one other exciting thing going on is watching the team form for our first trip to Haiti. We are taking a team October 26-November 1 to establish and continue routine medical care at the two orphanages at the Hands and Feet Project. We are so excited to see it all come together! Mimi and Papa have so graciously agreed to come and serve us in taking care of our children so we can go and help take care of the 100 children in need in Haiti during this week. I am so thankful for their willingness to help support us in where the Lord is leading us. We could not do it without them! Our kidos were sure excited to hear that Mimi and Papa are coming but there was quite a bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth when they heard where we were going. Our kids so desire to love on our children there in Haiti that we sponsor. I love how the Lord has so intentionally melded their hearts together. We have told them when they are ten or eleven and we know that they are mature enough to go that they will get a chance to go too. So, we are going. Like really going. And people are rising up to come alongside of us! We have a team of 6 right now from Kentucky going and a team of 4 from Oklahoma that will meet us in Miami. It has been so neat to see God orchestrate just the right people for this team. We are still waiting to hear back from St. Claire Hospital on their support of immunizations so if you would pray with us about that need we would really appreciate it. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. For the first trip we have decided that completing all the well child check-ups and creating the paper chart system will be the goal. In order to continue this care we have set up teams to go again in April and October 2014. We already have names of people who want to go! Truly, what an exciting thing it is to walk with the Lord and see His hand in so many of the details. He has provided faithfully and will continue to do that through His people. When I think of this first trip and how God has moved us from Oklahoma to Kentucky, aligned us with the Hands and Feet Project, St. Claire Residency Program and called our family to homeschool it makes me think of a chess game. God strategically moving the pieces of our life to align them together with His plan in order that we might come out victorious with a W...a win! I think the real win here is getting to be a part of His plan and joining Him where He is working so that we can share his love, grace and His hope with those that need Him most. It is a joy to serve Him! It makes me want to cry and laugh at the same time. Why on earth would He choose us? I am so glad He did. I am so tearful when I think of hugging Luca, Naidine, Wadley and Darbens in 8 short weeks. My heart is humbled, thankful and overwhelmed at what God has done, is doing and will do in the days to come. What a great adventure in obeying when He says GO!  

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