Crying Out for God

As I blog right now, James is on the sala floor crying out for "Daddy, Kirsten, Ben" over and over. The three of them just left to go to various Saturday morning activities.

As I listen to James cry out for his Daddy I find myself wondering how fervently do I cry out for my Heavenly Father? How fervently do I seek Him? Do I cry and yearn for Him as my two-year old son cries and yearns for his earthly Daddy?

James and Jerard are such blessings to me. God has used these two to draw me closer to Him, to understand a bit more about the deep, deep love He has for me, His mercy and grace - despite the messes I make.

May we each cry out to God and see Him First all the days of our lives.

Psalm 57: 1-3

1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge;

in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.

2I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

3 He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah

God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

Matthew 6:33
33But seek first the kingdom of God and his
righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Track and Field Day 2010

Last Friday, March 12, Faith Academy had its annual track and field day for elementary and middle schoolers.

Enjoy the pics!

Kirsten running the 1 k

Ben and his friend Fernando

Ben running hurdles

Ben doing the long jump

Ben receiving an encouraging hug from his Dad

Kirsten manning the red team table

Kirsten running a race

Ate (ah-tay) Kirsten walking with James. (Ate in Cebuano
means 'older sister'. Its a term of respect.)

James running his own race and having fun at the track and
field day.

Kirsten, Trea, and James taking a break from activities.

Ben running a race.

ISAC Soccer Update

On Friday, the 2nd day of ISAC, the girls tied their first game 1 -1 with Brent Baguio, lost their second game 2 - 1 against Brent Subic, and lost thrid game to the First place team , European International School 2 - 0.
Reports are that most of the play is happening on Faith's opponent's end of the our girls are putting up a great fight and playing well!

Pray for Mikayla's sunburn to get better. March, April and May are the Philippine summer months - the sun is more intense and it is hotter. Even the best of sunscreens doesn't always work well here.

Today they have one scheduled game and then playoffs. I'll keep you all posted!

A Night of Studying....

This week Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben have had a break from school for the spring break.

But the week before I took a few photos of them doing homework....

Ben and Mikayla studying at the end of the dining room table.

Mikayla thinks High School has a lot of homework, especially
toward the end of each quarter!

Ben thinks studying for a science test isn't much fun.

Kirsten thinks working on a poster for language arts is tiring
and frustrating after a two hour soccer practice.

Update from the Recent Women's Retreat

A while ago I posted that I was going on a women's retreat.
It was a great time of refreshing. A much needed break...quiet time ...fellowship time...drink of cool water to a parched soul. I thank God for the opportunity to attend and stay overnight there.

Psalm 46 1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he
has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire. 10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Pictures from the Women's Retreat weekend

Our group after the Sunday morning worship time.

We had beautiful views up at Mount Hope Retreat Center.

The dorm we slept in. About 35 women attended on Saturday
and about 20 of us stayed overnight. It was great fun!

Ann, from Barnabas International, delivered the main
messages on Saturday. The main theme was standing on
the firm foundation of our Father's love for each of us.