Archive for September, 2010

Birthday Week

September 21, 2010

The now-12-year-old thoroughly enjoyed her birthday on Friday. We went for a family bike ride to celebrate, and rode 16 miles (one for each year with a few extra thrown in).

More Provision

September 21, 2010

There is hardly a day now when we do not experience “extras” from God’s hand. The farmer who gave us the raspberries asked us if we were missionaries. Then he gave us two large bags and told us to go into his garden and help ourselves to as many green beans and tomatoes as we’d like.

The woman who runs a nearby church said that our daughter could come in once a week to practise piano.

Several donations came in Friday’s mail specifically targeted to helping with Todd’s hearing — thank-you from all of us for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

God is looking out for His children.

More Provision

September 15, 2010

There is hardly a day that goes by without seeing God’s goodness in our lives; on the days we think we don’t see His goodness, it is still there. There was the man who paid for a few loads of laundry for us, the woman who gave us a week of lodging at a reduced rate (saving us $100), the farmer who let us pick as many raspberries as we wanted for free, and more. There were rainbows this week to savour and leaves beginning to turn to red and orange. There were sweet elderly folk who encouraged the children and who asked them to put on a camp concert.

And there are young people who are listening to counsel and making wise decisions in preparation for courtship.

Almost 12

September 8, 2010

God’s Provision

September 7, 2010

All God’s provision –the big stuff and the small stuff– is all big stuff; it is His grace and His mercy and His love shed upon the undeserving.

Last Friday, a fellow who does not know us looked all over the campground until he found us: he had saved an apple for each of us from his tree. We picked raspberries on Labour Day, and the fellow who owns the farm invited us to take a box of beans home with us; he did not know of our needs. Today, a generous couple called to say that they were putting a cheque in the mail with the full sum of our medical bills.

God is immensely, wonderfully good to His people.

The value of trials

September 7, 2010

One of the boys brought this Spurgeon quote to me regarding Psalm 11 verse 5:

“All events are under the control of Providence; consequently all the trials of our outward life are traceable at once to the great First Cause. Out of the golden gate of God’s ordinance the armies of trial march forth in array, clad in their iron armour, and armed with weapons of war. All providences are doors to trial.

Even our mercies, like roses, have their thorns. Men may be drowned in seas of prosperity as well as in rivers of affliction. Our mountains are not too high, and our valleys are not too low for temptations: trials lurk on all roads. Everywhere, above and beneath, we are beset and surrounded with dangers.

Yet no shower falls unpermitted from the threatening cloud; every drop has its order ere it hastens to the earth. The trials which come from God are sent to prove and strengthen our graces, and so at once to illustrate the power of divine grace, to test the genuineness of our virtues, and to add to their energy.

Our Lord in His infinite wisdom and superabundant love, sets so high a value upon His people’s faith that He will not screen them from those trials by which faith is strengthened. You would never have possessed the precious faith which now supports you if the trial of your faith had not been like unto fire. You are a tree that never would have rooted so well if the wind had not rocked you to and fro”

Peace in the Process

September 3, 2010

A couple of days ago, we drove 20 miles north, and along a little country road until we came to the border, and just as we could see across to the other side, we turned around and headed back to our temporary home. Part-time jobs and fundraising to pay for the children’s education this year are earnestly fueled by “seeing the goal”, knowing that as soon as we have earned our school funds, we have a green light to enter Quebec.

We are praying for peace in this process. This entire week has been warm-weathered and wonderful, and has taken the bite out of any concern over whether the length of this process would land us in freezing temperatures with inadequate housing. Only God knows how long we may be in the north end of one of the border states. We have looked at renting housing by the week, but we recognize that affording a place to spread out may be even more difficult than finding a place that will rent short-term!

It is not necessary to cross a border or to fly to a foreign land to spread the gospel. There is need everywhere. Last night as we sat around a late-night campfire, a couple of women approached to talk for a while. God sends whom He will, when He wills; we must live in a state of readiness, being faithful in every detail of our lives.