Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Life Of God-Worship

This is my prayer for you as you walk away from a chosen career into what you were purposed to do.

If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what is on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.
                                                         Those without the Gospel

Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

                                                  So, fall back into the arms of grace and soar

Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion-do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

                                                             Claim your identity in Christ

If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers-most of which are never even seen-don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving.

                                           Receive, with joy, all that He has for you, his Beloved

People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.  Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

                                                                                                      Matthew 6:25-33 (the message)

 Know that whatever we face, we face TOGETHER. You are the most wonderful man I have ever met. You are a tree, bearing much fruit, planted by streams of Living Water. I will continue to pray for you as you lead us into this next chapter of our journey.

                                                                                                               Rock-Solid 100%

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beauty in diversity

"Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth."
Genesis 11:9 NASB

So we're finally getting around to updating the blog. As part of the training we just finished in Waxhaw, we got to experience God's beauty in the diversity of His people. Seeing the global church begins to open up aspects of God's character that we had not fully appreciated before. We attended a Korean church each Sunday. The entire service and all signs were in Korean. Talk about lost (literally - we got lost on the way and showed up late the first day). We wandered around poking our heads in doors looking for the kids' rooms. But by week four, we couldn't help but sit in awe of our God. God inhabits the praise of His people regardless of the language. He speaks them all. We sang along to "I Surrender All" in English while they sang in Korean and our great God was hearing it all. It gave us just a glimpse of what it might be like around the throne one day. So awesome.

Paul our translator along with Dan and Kelly
We also had the opportunity to spend three sessions with Paul who is from Kenya. He is here studying at seminary and speaks Kiswahili (the national language of Tanzania). Our partners in learning were Dan and Kelly. They are also headed to Musoma, Tanzania (what a small world). Dan is one of those "wicked smart linguists" we keep telling you about. Kelly is a nurse -and also wicked smart  :-)  We made some great friends in Paul, Dan and Kelly and had a blast starting to learn our new language. It made us all the more eager to get there.

I thought you would enjoy this short video clip of Kellee responding to Paul's directions in Kiswahili. She did a great job. I am so proud of her.

In case you are wondering, he wants her to take the cards for airplane, giraffe, orange and chicken in her right hand, put them in the boat (card) and give them to Dan.

Here are some of the words. See if you can hear them as well.

chukua "take"
kulia "right"
ndege "airplane"
twiga "giraffe"
chungwa "orange"
ku ku "chicken"
masua "boat"
nipatia "give"