ISAC Soccer Update

This is the final ISAC Soccer (Football) update for this school year.

The girls played two games today.

They tied the first one and then lost it in the tie-breaking kick off thing(I'm not up on my terminology for that).

They then played in the playoff against the 6th ranked team (they entered this playoff as the 5th out of 8 teams). They lost this match but it was a well-fought game and the girls had fun!

They are happy with their 6th place overall ranking.

Tonight they attend a banquet for all the ISAC participants.
Tomorrow they will go to church, a mall, and then return to Davao in the evening!

I'm glad they did as well as they did. They only had enough players to go up to field a team with one substitute (12 players). And one of the players sprained her ankle yesterday and is hobbling around on crutches, so today there were no subs!

(Mikayla texted me to let me know she purchased some Starbucks coffee for me! She knows her Mom's love for a good cup of coffee!)

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.

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.

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.

ISAC Soccer update

Yesterday, the Faith Academy Girls team won their first game 2 - 0 , tied their second game 1 - 1, and tied their third game 0 - 0. They ended up in the top three of 8 teams playing for the day.

Mikayla, even though wearing lots of sunscreen, burned on her face and behind her knees. Today she is very uncomfortable with it and her burn will make playing harder for her today. Pray she doesn't burn more today.