Matthew 6:19-21 Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

A thief or two reached in through our front sala windows last night while we were sleeping and stole a Mac laptop and a net book computer we had in the sala (living room).

It is very unsettling to know someone broke in while we were sleeping. They were unable to get in to the house due to security bars and locks, but they removed the window screens and reached in through the bars to get the laptop and net book.

Pray for us while we work through all this. The laptop was Mikayla's computer for school. We need to get her another laptop soon - hopefully one that is stronger and better and would last her a year or two into college.

We consider ourselves fortunate that this is the first robbery we've had in 6 years of living here. Friends of ours have been robbed many times here.

ISAC volleyball photos

Thought I'd share some photos others took of Mikayla during the recent ISAC competition held in Cebu for volleyball. I'm thankful for facebook and being able to obtain photos from others in an easy manner!!!

Volleyball ISAC update

The girl's volleyball team took first place overall at the tournament for the girls division! The boy's volleyball team came in second place overall at the tournament for the boys division.
Mikayla and team arrives back from Cebu this Sunday morning at 8a.m.!!!

awarding the volleyball team at ISAC tournament in Cebu

The teams at the airport before leaving Cebu this morning!

VolleyBall ISAC

Every year our school sports teams finish their seasons by traveling to the International School Athletic Competition. Mikayla, along with the girls volley ball team, the boy's volleyball team and coaches travels to Cebu tomorrow for three days of tournaments with other international schools here in the Philippines.
Pray for safety in travels and playing!

A fun team photo

Grace in the Grieving

Each of us have been dealing with the loss of Jerard in our own ways. As time has moved on from the actual event we discuss it with each other less often. But at times, especially in the evenings, the pain of missing him can flare for a sibling or parent.

The other day, Ben was dealing with many emotions related to missing Jerard and some other school stressors he's facing.

After he and I talked for over an hour, after many tears were shed, as I prayed for him, my hurting 11 year old son, I wrote this....

Grace In The Grieving

His 11 year old brothers cries
He misses his little blind brother so much
He asks why God made Jerard with so many handicaps and
why God took him ?Did God use Jerard for what purpose?
Hard questions
Psalm 139 reminds us that it is God who knit each of us together just as we are, there are no mistakes
I tell him I don't know why God makes some people 'normal' and others with handicaps, but I do know God makes no mistakes.

He wonders what the purpose of Jerard's life was, when
his death has caused this brother's heart to hurt so much
I share with him how God used Jerard in my life to help me know deeply and fully His love for me just as I am.
I loved Jerard just as he was. God loves each of us just as we are; with all our human failings and flaws; that His love is so
amazing it is hard to put it in words.

He wonders if Jerard is really in heaven. I explain about children and babies being covered under their parents righteousness just as Jesus' blood covers us in His righteousness.....
deep theological questions and study

He wonders why God has given him a brain that has a hard time grappling with spelling and other things
Again, I tell him I don't know why
but I do know that God makes no mistakes; that there is a reason for everything that happens even though mostly
we don't know that reason while we walk through the suffering

How do I tell him that we are all failing, hurting, struggling,
not perfect. We are all heart broken, longing for Heaven
and peace,...
How do I help him understand that the grace in this darkness
is that he is being drawn closer to his Saviour, Jesus
And that is just where he needs to be, on the solid rock of Christ when all around is shifting sand.
How do I help him process this grief, these hurts?
Human relationships hurt - when siblings say and do unkind things to each other, when a parent doesn't listen patiently, when school mates poke fun, when a sibling dies,.....

How do I share the grace there is in the hurting, in the
He is in such darkness at times...
and at times he wants to join his brother in heaven so he doesn't have to hurt anymore

my mother-heart grieves

Maybe I should share with him this poem I wrote ---------

Bruised Reed

This is the grace
embrace the dark
know my Saviour closer...
A bruised reed He will not break...
I am loved.
He holds my shame.
He knows my name.
I am His.
The ugly can be beautiful.
The dark can give birth to light and life
suffering can deliver grace
and I hear Him saying, "just be, just be."