Archive for January, 2010

Quebec on Our Minds

January 30, 2010

Big News!

January 30, 2010

 

It’s been a wonderful week, full of surprises and delightful emails.  The biggest news of the week is that we are heading home to California, thanks to the generous donation of God’s people!!  Lord-willing, we will be there until some time in May, before heading east towards our beloved Quebec.

Things to pray for:

  1. Thanksgiving to God for providing the means for us to get to California
  2. God’s tending of our hearts as we deal with as much sadness to leave His Texas children as there is anticipation of seeing His California children
  3. Preparation of our oldest son’s mind and heart as he nears the largest exam of his entire education (the California Bar, February 22-24);  also prayer for his fellow students
  4. Safety as we travel west (we leave the second week of February)
  5. Wisdom in the final days of intense counseling that Todd will do prior to our leaving

Pray for Caroline in California

January 29, 2010

Please pray for the daughter of dear friends from our sending church in California.  This little girl is the sister of the newborn boy (Joe) for whom many of you prayed when he landed in ICU with the enterovirus. 

Little Caroline in California…under 10…14th day in ICU after her appendix burst…today under anesthesia for the fourth time as the doctors try to drain a pocket of infection in a difficult-to-reach part of her abdomen.

Please pray for her parents (Andy and Kendra) and for their whole family. God healed baby Joe.  Pray for full healing of little Caroline.

Return of French Missions Workers from Haiti

January 17, 2010

Praise God with us that the 9 people from La Bible Parle  Church on the Magdalen Islands have returned safely to Canada, landing Wednesday around 2 a.m. via Canada Air Force in Montreal.  They will return to Les Isles this Tuesday.  Two pastors from the same denomination in Montreal are still in Haiti and are seeking to return via the Dominican Republic. 

The area in Haiti where our church friends from the Magdalen Islands go to help every January is about 300 miles from the epicentre of the recent earthquake and so they were not harmed, nor were the Haitians with whom they work, however because they fly out of Port-au-Prince to return to Montreal, they were faced with the devastation from the earthquake.

California Kids in Texas

January 15, 2010

Yep, we’re still here in Texas.  We’re learning to see the full value of “being all here”, knowing that this is His plan for right now.

Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”  Jim Elliott

A mix of thankfulness and faith

January 15, 2010

The following is from:  http://emersonandsarah.blogspot.com

 Cal Rychener, the pastor of Northwoods Community Church in Peoria, Illinois, shared this poignant memory with me.

“I remember a situation from 1979. I was home for Christmas from college and one afternoon when just my mom, dad, and I were home for lunch, I saw my dad at the table with his head down in his arms. That was very unlike him and I said, ‘Dad, what’s the matter?’ He said, ‘I’ve got a $300 fuel bill that I don’t know how I’m going to pay.’

“Everything in me wanted to say, ‘Dad, let’s pray about it, turn it over to God and see what he does about it.’ But I didn’t say that. I didn’t want to sound super-spiritual. I didn’t want to get my hopes up that God might do something and then nothing happen. That’s the real tension in faith. If you truly believe God for anything, there are going to be times that you’ll feel like an idiot for trusting him. Because until he comes through you don’t know if he’s going to, and if he doesn’t, you feel like maybe you weren’t supposed to trust his promise like that. So we play it safe, and worry and fret instead of trust!

“I went up to my bedroom after lunch because I was feeling badly for my dad and I got down on my knees and prayed for him. ‘Lord, Dad never has had anything to spare with all of us kids. It’s always been so hard for him. Please bless him and provide for this fuel bill somehow.’

“I will never forget him coming up the walk that day at 5:00 pm with a surprise Christmas bonus that the boss had given to all the employees that day. Care to guess the amount of the bonus? $300! What a great answer to prayer!

“But I remember thinking, ‘Lord, I want to learn how to cultivate a heart of faith and joy at noon before I actually see you solve the problem at 5:00.’ The circumstances said at noon, ‘You’re in a heap of trouble. You’re not going to be able to pay your bills. You’ve got a reason to feel hopeless and dejected,’ and from our natural surroundings, we did! But, those were the lies that were designed to take my eyes off my Source! I was not any less secure at noon than at 5:00 p.m. Because of this, I want to trust God and give thanks to God ahead of time. I want to learn to pray, ‘Thank you Lord. Though this fuel bill is due and I don’t know how I’m going to pay it, you are the Source.’”

Cal then shared that he is learning to activate his faith through thanksgiving. “For me the secret to operating in faith is found in this little word – thanksgiving.”

Years later, as the senior pastor of Northwoods Community Church, Cal and his church board had the opportunity to purchase extra land for their exploding church. The price?  $300,000. They didn’t have $300,000 so discussed borrowing and other options. Deciding to pray, Cal thanked God for this situation. He offered to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, having learned over the years that thanksgiving releases his faith. Cal only desired what God desired for the church, and did not want to worry and fret. Thanksgiving lifts the burdens and anxieties. Thanksgiving brings peace and confidence.

The next day in the mail a businessman in the church sent Cal a check for $300,000. This man had no idea about the need or the board discussions. He knew nothing. This man simply felt led by God to give the church a check for $300,000.

Look, Cal doesn’t receive miraculous interventions like this every time he prays! But because he has encountered God several miraculous times over the years, thanksgiving puts him in a posture to exercise faith and remain calm of heart regardless of the outcome.

Sadly, some never learn this. When the $300 bill comes, they pound the kitchen table in anger, go up to their bedroom and kick the wall, and later cope with the frustration by indulging in some carnal activity. The miracle at 5 pm never comes, and they blame God! The Bible says, “The foolishness of man ruins his way, and his heart rages against the Lord” (Proverbs 19:3).

Friend, what is your need? Are you thanking God ahead of time? Assuming you are acting as responsible as you know how, are you learning to relax and release your faith through the giving of thanks?

Be still before God

January 14, 2010

“How can you expect God to speak to you in that gentle and inward voice which melts the soul, when you are making so much noise with your rapid reflections? Be silent, and God will speak again.”  (Francois Fenelon)

Thank-you to the dear friends in Illinois who sent the Fenelon book…it is still a source of great encouragement.

5 Things for which I’m Thankful

January 12, 2010
  1. Our awesome God
  2. Sweet family notes
  3. Faithful friends
  4. Mail
  5. Snow in Texas