Archive for 2008

Out our kitchen window

December 27, 2008

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There is a light snow over the land, with island grasses poking through;  the light and the steel grey skies turn one’s heart Godward. 

We are in the midst of many discussions about all that we have learned this year as a family. One thing we know for sure:  that God is worthy of our complete trust.

Christmas Week

December 22, 2008

It is nearly Christmas! All is snow and ice outside, but inside there is a fire in the wood stove and gladness in our hearts for all that God has done and is doing among his people. He has granted a great many opportunities for both discipleship and evangelism this Fall.

We learned a lot during the month of November, especially during the three weeks when I was here alone on the islands and we waited upon God’s direction, provision, and confirmation of our call to the islands for another winter. I learned once again of the depths of shelter and care of our Good Shepherd, as I spent many hours at His feet. I learned to ask God for big things and specific things. I learned that times of uncertainty can be some of the richest times of learning and intimacy with our Lord.

We miss you all, and are full of appreciation for your wisdom, care, and generosity in our lives.

Todd

Internalizing the Gospel

December 18, 2008

In a counseling session this morning, a young fellow and I discussed where he was at spiritually.  He’s been a believer for only two years, yet every month, the fruit of the Spirit is more evident in his life.  How is this happening?  His answer:  “I have begun to internalize the Gospel.”s3010044-1

Island Family Life

December 6, 2008

A fish peddler came to the house this week, knocked once at the back door and came in before we were able to bid him enter.  We bought a sack of sole.

 

This afternoon, First Girl and Little Belles (as sous chef) put together a seriously beautiful dish of sole with tomatoes, coriander, lemon, scallions, mushrooms and pesto (“filetti di sogliola primavera”, from the Eat Right — the Italian Way cookbook).

 

Looking down at the sea from the hilltop

December 3, 2008

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When we stand upon the hill behind our house (the hill with the cross on it), this is the view as we look down at the sea.  The waters hurl themselves against the cliffs.  From our house, the waves look angry in a storm (almost frightening), but when we climb the hill to the cross at the peak, we have fresh perspective.  I think there’s a lesson here.

The Goodness of God

November 30, 2008

The next “Letters Home” goes out Monday afternoon, which means that Monday morning, Todd or I will be writing it.  We are overwhelmed by the goodness of God — some of those thoughts are sure to show up in the letter…what we want to know is what you want to hear:  ministry update?, family update? lessons we are learning on faith and trust and living the good life in Christ?

Quick George Mueller update:  all’s paid, thank-you Lord!

Riches without Money

November 28, 2008

Here’s a quote from the book I mentioned in the last post:  “A truly rich man is one whose wife runs into his arms when his hands are empty.”

The Patience of God

November 28, 2008

Some Thanksgiving thoughts from one of our sons:

One thing I’m thankful for as I look at the last few months, is the enduring patience of the Lord. There have been numberless times I, we, or some of us have doubted God in our hearts, have given way to worry about the future, or have neglected to fulfill our spiritual responsibilities…not to mention the many times I know I have sinned, falling far short of my own potential, and grieving the Holy Spirit.

We’ve talked a lot about the blessings of God, the foresight of God, and the provision of God, but we haven’t spoken much of the patience of God, how He led us through month after month of the summer ministry, patiently preparing our hearts for the “desert” on P.E.I., looking past the little tensions and imperfections we experienced when we had what we needed, and patiently guiding us through growing financial concern as we came within sight of the islands. All in all, it’s hard to even begin to fathom God’s real mercy, compassion, and longsuffering. “For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee” – Isaiah 54.

I’m also grateful for the touch of God in the hearts of those back home:  God is at work among His own, stirring their hearts towards the Great Commission. I would love to be at the tip of the spear of a massive movement towards bringing light to the lost.

Another son wrote:

The thing that I am probably the most thankful for right now is the Lord’s goodness to us, and how He put us back on the Islands for another year in a way which clearly showed that we are definitely to be here.  This has been a tremendous blessing to me personally, as I now have no worries at all about God’s will for this next winter.  I am also grateful for family….  

Another said:

As for things I am grateful for, here are a few of the ones that come to mind:

  1. A fabulous family that loves to be together, and is totally sufficient in and of itself without a need for local peers to hang out with.
  2. Great friends that we can make memories with in the summer, and think fondly about in the winter.
  3. This amazing place where we live. (Today as we walked along the beach, there were some of the most incredible colours I’ve ever seen flooding over the top of the mountain and out past the lighthouse as the rays of the slowly setting sun lit up the majestically towering and crashing waves off the point.)

One of the girls shared this:

One of the things I’m really thankful for is our time at Yellow House, especially this year after our long period of waiting time, which makes it kind of like delayed gratification. This year I’m enjoying things like cooking in a nice kitchen and having a piano to play on again.  I’ve even been liking the feeling of having to be creative in coming up with meal ideas with a Co-op [the island’s grocery store] to work with. I’m also very grateful for all the wonderful people God has put in our lives.

            And finally, after sharing similar thoughts to those of all the other children about God’s goodness, His patience, his provision, and His leading, the youngest said she was especially grateful that back in September we got to spend extra time [Labour Day weekend] with special friends.

            I’ve just started reading a book called Making Life Rich Without Any Money, by Phil Callaway,  and this Thanksgiving, I hope we can all claim a richness in Christ that could never be bought with all the money in the world.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the Adams.

 

 

 

Magdalen Island Photos

November 26, 2008
Sand spit leading up to our island

Sand spit leading up to our island

Havre-aux-Maisons

Havre-aux-Maisons

 On the second hill from the far right, you can see the cross above the home where we live each winter, and along the road which follows the shore are the village homes of Havre-aux-Maisons.

At the Foot of the Cross

November 23, 2008

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When we were still a great distance from the islands, we peered through the ship windows across the dark sea.  In the night sky above the land, we could see the lighted cross, a welcome beacon. 

This is the cross which sits on the hill above the house in which we live.  You may not be able to see it in the photo;  if you can, you will see that it stands over 10 ft. tall  — either way, you will agree that it is fitting for our winter location to truly be “at the foot of the cross”, that place where our hearts seek to be through all the seasons.


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