High School Christmas Concert

We are blessed with a wonderful music director at our kids school. The High school 'bandestra' and vocal ensemble performed a delicious treat of musical melodies praising our Saviour's birth last night.

Mikayla sings in the vocal ensemble

Giving Thanks in All Things.....

Giving thanks for ALL things.........
Learning to focus on the small graces of each day.....
A friend back in the states calls this looking for the God moments....
They are all around us.....

how easy, when wearied by the battle, to lose focus of God's mercy and grace....
the learning to give thanks in all things in a learned habit....

JR Miller states: "Christian thanksgiving is the life of Christ in the heart -- transforming the disposition and the whole character.

Thanksgiving must be wrought into the life as a habit--before it can become a fixed and permanent quality. An occasional burst of praise, in the midst of years of complaining, is not what is required. Songs on rare, sunshiny days; and no songs when skies are cloudy--will not make a life of gratitude. The heart must learn to sing always. This lesson is learned only when it becomes a habit which nothing can weaken. We must persist in being thankful. When we can see no reason for praise--we must believe in the divine love and goodness, and sing in the darkness. Thanksgiving has attained its rightful place in us, only when it is part of all our days and dominates all our experiences." J. R. Miller, 1912

Are you, like Paul, learning to be content whatever the circumstances? Philippians 4:11

I know I am learning....
There is joy in the journey.........

and the deliberate giving of thanks in all things is an on-going learned habit..............

49 and going strong!

My husband is 49 years old today!

My Programmer husband tunes his heart to God; diligently seeking first HIM in all his ways.

He is a good daddy.

A blessing to others.

I'm thankful for my husband!

Happy Birthday, Honey!!!!

For everything God created is good, .......1 Timothy 4:4


Have you read the book "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp?
I have to admit I have not read it in its entirety yet...yet already in the first few chapters, I know I need to learn the secret of 'eucharisto' - Thanksgiving......'charis' which means grace; 'chara' is joy....

Paul learned this secret when he confidently said (and challenged all believers to come to this point too)......
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content
in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

so in the dailyness of life....changing a 4 year old special need son's diaper, sweeping the floor, folding the seemingly unending pile of laundry, making bread and meals,.....all is to be done in an attitude of Thanksgiving.....

just as God tells us in Psalm 50....
14 "Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,
15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."

At times, giving thanks does feel like a sacrifice....other times the thanks roll with such ease.....

but in all things....to give thanks.....this is the joy in the journey.....

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and bless├Ęd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

5th Anniversary

Today marks our 5th anniversary of being here in the Philippines.
In some ways it seems we've just landed - the cultural learning never ends! But mostly it seems like we've been here a life time.

A few days after we first arrived here

We have traveled many hard, dark roads yet we have traveled closer to our Father's heart.
We see His provision and grace.
We are stronger in our faith and love
and yet
in many ways, more shattered

and isn't that paradox the paradox of Christ?
He, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Creator of all
came humbly to earth a lowly baby, a servant King
"For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its
shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
(Hebrews 12:2)

He is our Prince of Peace, our Wonderful Counselor

I love the chorus of Michael Card's Song
"There is a joy in the journey,
there's a light we can love on the way.
There is a wonder and wildness to life,
and freedom for those who obey."

We have this gospel ministry in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair.
(2 Cor. 4:7-8)

Our calling here has been one of joy and struggles ever drawing each of us closer to our ABBA's heart. He upholds all and leads us on in His way.

Pray for us as we continue our journey here. Because of the adoption process we will not be furloughing until June of 2013. We will have been here seven years by then with only one short 8-week 'vacation' furlough.
To be honest, a few of us are more than ready for a break of even just a few weeks to visit our home land and relatives.


We are thankful to be here. Thankful to be used by God for the advancement of His Kingdom; for the spread of His Gospel.

Thank you to each of you who pray and financially support us.

There is a joy in the journey.