Seems like a short while ago I gave birth to our daughter Mikayla....and now she is 15!

Mikayla - taken this morning of her birthday

As one of her friends told her, "...half way to 30!"

having ice cream and brownies with friends

Mikayla is a blessing. She is doing well in her studies, playing basketball on the High School girls team, helping lead a weekly Bible Study at school, continuing to play her clarinet, and writing.

We continue to pray that God, our Heavenly Father, glorious, may give Mikayla the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that she may know him better. We pray also that the eyes of her heart may be enlightened in order that she may know the hope to which he has called her, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Birthday hugs

Calling All Teachers........

Faith Academy Mindanao, the Christian school for Missionary children our kids attend, is in need of the following for the next school year (2010-11).......Check it out....are you a retired teacher or librarian? Want to serve for a year or two overseas? Teach motivated children with actively involved parents?........

* Kindergarten Teacher * Elementary School Upper Elementary Teachers * Middle School Mathematics Teacher (6-8) * High School Bible Teacher (9-12) * High School English Teacher (9-12) * High School Librarian (9-12) * High School Science Teacher (9-12) * Physical Education Teacher (K-12) * Special Education Teacher (K-12) * Guidance Counselor and Chaplain

Interested? Email Mr. Alan Farlin mindanao.principal@faith.edu.ph

Please pray that Faith Academy will obtain all the teaching staff needed for the next school year. It's always amazing to see how God works!

James' and Jerard's 2nd Birthday

James and Jerard turned two on October 26th. That morning a couple friends with their young children, James, Jerard, Arlene, and I went to Play Zone at a local mall. The kids played for one hour there, then we ate lunch at McDonalds - a special treat for James and Jerard. They both love coke and french fries!



Helping Jerard down the slide

James!.... finally, a computer he can touch!!!

Jeralyn, pushing her son, Silas

Friends - Ashlyn, Keighly, Ewan

Jerard with Arlene

Lydia, Louise's daughter

Silas giving James a ride on the roller coaster

All Saints Day

All Saints Day is being celebrated as usual. It is almost a carnival-like atmosphere at the local cemeteries.

Here is more about the holiday:

"In the Philippines, it is called Araw ng mga Patay (Day of the Dead), Todos Los Santos or Undas (the latter two due to the fact that this holiday is celebrated on November 1, All Saints Day), designated by the Roman Catholic Church). The Filipino citizens treat it as an almost festive event and has more of a "family reunion" atmosphere. It is said to be an "opportunity to be with" the departed and is done in a somewhat solemn way. When November 1 hits the calendar, the "Araw ng mga Patay" for the Filipinos start, as a celebration of the solemn and collective remembrance of the Day of the Dead. The almost festive movements are not short, for in fact lasts till the next day, which is the All Souls Day. Catholics in the Philippines have a tradition of setting aside their days to wind down and remember their dead loved ones. Since the Philippines have the most number of catholic citizens in the whole of Asia, a lot of people celebrate the fact that the whole of the state has a mandatory two day vacation for the whole country."

Mundane?......or Worship?

Since the arrival of James and Jerard, God has been teaching me that no matter what I am doing, be it changing diapers, holding a crying baby, mopping the floor, picking up toys, playing with toddlers, etc.,...it is all for His glory. Two verses that have been key in this teaching are "So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).

"Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17).

I wish I could say I'm always thankful for and patient in these opportunities to worship Him in the mundane of every day living....but that would not be true!!!!

So I found today's blog from John Piper's ministry, Desiring God, very interesting.

The Gospel Infuses Daily Activities with Meaning
October 28, 2009 | By: Matt Perman

Mark Driscoll has a great word in his book The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out :

Every day, people eat, sleep, work, play, love, and hate, but they do not know why. Not knowing where they come from or to whom they are going, they lack the ability to make their lives meaningful. Consequently, our culture is filled with "successful" people who are mired in anxiety and confusion because they do not know the point of all their toil. But the gospel reveals Jesus as Lord over all of life, who infuses even mundane tasks such as dishwashing with meaning as acts of worship.

This also makes me think of Stephen Curtis Chapman's song "A Moment Made for Worshiping." When you first hear the title of that song, you think he's talking about a mountain top experience or miracle moment where everything is going so right that you can't help but worship.

But instead, the first line of the song is: 6:30 Monday morning.

In other words, the ordinary moments of the everyday are the moments made for worshiping. Everything we do can and should be done as an act of worship. This infuses even the most mundane activities with meaning.

And, ironically, it rescues the more amazing moments from futility as well, for it turns out that even those moments derive their meaning not from themselves, but from God.

"So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).

"Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17).