Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us in the Philippines!
We rejoice at this time of year, remembering our Saviour's love for each of us to
come to earth as a baby, live, die and rise again so we can obtain eternal life in Him.
---The biggest event this year was losing Jerard. He went to be with Jesus May 18, 2012.
Prayer and Praise
---Our adoption of James should be completed in 2013.
---Mikayla will be starting college the fall of 2013.
---We will furlough in the USA for a year starting summer of 2013.
---We look forward to connecting with family and friends while in the USA.
---pray for our adoption to be finalized in a timely manner
---pray for our family as we face and deal with various issues
---pray for our kids as we transition from Philippine life to USA life
---pray for Mikayla as she prepares to enter college
frosting cookies with friends
White Christmas party with friends
celebrating the holiday with friends
I've been reading through Zechariah and Revelations recently.
This verse in Zechariah 9:12 really jumped out at me when I dove tail it into all the verses in the new testament that admonish us to keep on pressing on, to run the race, to endure hardship....
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
Each of us are prisoners of hope. As I trust my Heavenly Dad, resting in His leading and watchcare, even when the path makes no sense; I know I am His; He holds me. He never leaves me, and He knows my name.
I love reading about other women who've suffered so much; Corrie Ten Boom, Gracia Burnham, Lilias Trotter.....
truly, our trials here on earth really are just "light and momentary" compared to the joy of seeing my Saviour face to face!
And as Corrie says, "no pit is so deep that God is not deeper still"
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight
of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the
things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.
For the things that are seen are transient, but the things
that are unseen are eternal.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, "Seek[d] my face."
My heart says to you, "Your face, Lord, do I seek."
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
One of the main supply lines of water to Davao was damaged during the recent typhoon due to debris and heavy lumber coming down the river and hitting the pipe.
A fixer-solution is being installed and should restore some water in a week, but the real solution will be installed within two months.
So, one of the blessings of living on a hill is we don't flood.
But a down side, like now, is that when the city water pressure is low we don't receive any water.
So, now, we are using buckets of water to wash our dishes and selves with. And I am making arrangements to do laundry elsewhere for a while.
There are times in every life when the enemy seems to be working extra hard, like a roaring lion, to tear apart believers.
Our family is experiencing some hardships that I can't explain fully here now and we would really appreciate your prayers for each of our kids and for us.
Psalm 143:3 For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.