Zander has taken some time learning about prayer and wanted a way to share. He absolutely loves making his videos and activly being apart of this journey to help those in Guatemala
It seems like it has been forever since I have wrote anything. We took the holiday season off just to focus on spending time with our family and with the Lord. Now that the New Year is here it is time to get back to work on the mission that God has laid on our hearts, the mission of providing HOPE and a brighter future for the children of Guatemala.
The word that has been heavily laid on my heart is TRUST. I knew this from the very time we started on this journey that we had to trust fully on God, for this was not something that we could do on our own.
I love the way that the message translation puts Proverbs 3:5-6 ““Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. You see when WE try and make things make sense in our minds, and in our own ways, we will fall short of what God has in mind. There are many things that are unknown about our future, but we have a known God that will keep us on track.
Over the next few months we have a lot of pieces that need to come together before we can make the transition to Guatemala. The two big things we need to do are sell our house and finish raising our budget for our mission. Both of these tasks have been very challenging over the last few months. Again we have to TRUST in the Lord, for we do not understand sometimes why things are not going the way WE want them to go. We believe that God has it all under control. We ask for your prayers and for your support as we go through the next few months of the next chapter in our lives.
It has been such a crazy 3 months and we have let our writing fall wayside. How do we begin to explain our lives and this amazing ride that has already begun. I keep racking my brain just waiting, and all I can think of is boats. And then as I continue to pray God just keeps showing me all the ways they point to exactly what our life has been like.
You know that old children's song, "Row, Row, Row your boat?" It's one of the first songs we teach our kids, but I never stopped to wonder why. It's the determination. Rowing is hard, and even harder when it's a team thing- a family thing--a God thing. You see we are coming to realize that when we are in this boat our dreams are in someone else’s hands and His dreams are in ours. It takes endurance to row and lots of training. God continues to remind us to not grow weary (Gal. 6:9), and we must continue to grow and train with God, or we will never have the strength to make it. Pray for us as we continue to row towards His calling in our lives. Row with us as we move toward the shore.
So, we honestly are begining to see what life might have looked for Noah building his boat. No, I'm not talking about the corruption, but seriously-- the looks. Here is a Godly man, and God said, "I need to you to build a giant boat, and I am going to make water fall from the sky, and well it will cover the entire earth......" and we know the story. So, here is Noah doing crazy things because God called him to do some incredibly scary, crazy things-- yet he built it. The last few months we understand the looks from some, and the people thinking we maybe crazy. There is one thing we know though... When God says build the boat- you build the boat. God tells us to do the impossible, becuase he is a God that makes all things possible. Pray for us as we build our boat.
In 1519, Cortés landed in South America to begin his great conquest. Upon arriving, he gave the order to his men to burn the ships. Faith is always easier with Plan B. You see we have His plan and our back up plan. It's easy to retreat when the going gets hard when you have that as an option. It’s our safety net “just in case…” What we fail to do is honestly complete that sentence. We lie to ourselves. If we were honest, we would say, “This is my safety net just in case I get scared.” Our family is burning boats in each moment in this journey: Putting for sale childhood memories, family desires, and things we just genuinly love. God says over and over again, "Do NOT be afraid..." almost 100 times in the Bible and gently reminds us to remain faithful. We prayfully remain faithful with each boat that is burned, knowing He holds our future.
We can not wait to see the shore in this journey, and are so blessed to have so many row with us. Thank you for rowing with us. Pray for 2017 and the many boats that come our way. We will be praying for your boats too!