Thursday, March 15, 2012

full heart. grateful heart.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8

This morning did bring forth fresh reminders of His unfailing love for me & my family... the past 2 weeks have had me up early to arrive at work on time... I have enjoyed working dayshift lately and picking up a few extra shifts as my schedule allows... my internal clock definitely works more efficiently when I have gotten my sleep! Though work has been emotional this past week, with a special family going through a difficult time... I am thankful for the moments that bring me home thanking God for Ray & Barrett & our families. I always hold Bear a little longer before bed... Stay up with Ray a little later... and Listen to friends and family with more intent. I am thankful for the simple reminder that life is short.

My schedule/planner has remained open on the table the past few days... it is filling up fast! I am pumped about all the things it is getting filled with... mainly family and friends... and that always does my heart good. I am realizing more and more that our time here in Chesapeake is growing shorter... my times with friends have seemed sweeter, Bear's playdate friends have been documented in his baby book... just in case he forgets, date nights here at the beach have definitely been more frequent and fun, time with family is more spontaneous, and sometimes a sadness fills my heart at the realization of missed birthdays, births, marriages, etc. But I am peaceful. Cheesy I know... But I am thankful for the simple reminder that "friends are friends forever if the Lords the Lord of them."

my heart... and much of my spare time lately has been spent with "the nations" weighing heavy on me. Not a day goes by that the sweet children in Africa don't run across my mind... or the desire to one day do mission work in India continues to increase... or the searching through books and mission organizations to learn where our family can make a difference in just a small way. After finishing the book, Radical, I knew that the part our family can play at this times is to PRAY. To pray for the Nations. I order the book,Operation World, the definitive prayer guide to every nation,and I LOVE IT! Barrett and I have been getting up in the morning and watching the short video on the country we will pray for... it is amazing! Most of the time, I am left with tears streaming down my face as Barrett and I pray for children in other countries. I am thankful that God is stirring hearts to pray for the people He loves...

Yesterday morning my heart was moved for the people in Botswana... I pray this video impacts your heart to pray for Botswana and the nations around the world!

"Here lies the supreme missionary motivation. It is neither obedience to the Great Commission, nor compassion for the lost, nor excitement over the gospel, but zeal (even "jealousy") for the honour of Christ's name... no incentive is stronger than the longing that Christ should be given the honour that is due to His name." John Stott

Summer is a comin...
(birthdays, anniversary, sis's graduation & wedding, beachhouse)

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