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Week 12: God is our good Father

And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”  – Luke 3:22 NKJV

Let me just tell you this: Our God is a good father.  I don’t know what you have been through in your life, what your views of God are or what type of relation you had with your father, but regardless, our God is a good father.  He affirms, He loves, He disciplines.
I’m so thankful He never leaves our side, always loves us, and cares so much for us.  He knows us and what we are going (have gone) through so well, and what our needs really are.  Rend Collective has a new song out Every Giant Will Fall, and in one line it says “Every chain of the past, you’ve broken in two.”  It reminds me that no matter your past, no matter what, God can break every chain.  And that is just it!  It, whatever it is, is in the past!  5 minutes, 5 days, 5 years….it’s the past.  Praise the Lord that everyday is made new.
I was praying about our future, praising about provision, and surrendering our present and it hit me.  It’s all about how God had provided, not about me or what I’ve done.  Then I connected the dots.  The God who provided in the past, who restores our present, is the reason for this joy.  My family is completely reliant on God, for all things.  None of it has to do with me, it’s all about Him.

On Sunday we had a chance to share our testimony with our home church, Centerpoint, here in Pagosa Springs, CO. What a blessed time to fellowship with our sending church family.  God showed up in an awesome way, speaking through Michelle and I.  I forget how extreme Michelle and I’s life must seem to some.  By this worlds standard we are reckless, careless, or risky.  We see it as a passionate pursuit of our Father’s presence, love and direction.

We have been through a lot these last few months: sickness, car accident, insurance companies, long travels, many beds, car rentals, 7 fillings (and more to go), and, to top it all off, I just got off the phone yesterday with our credit card that has been flagged for fraudulent purchases.  But Praise God!  He has been with us every step of the way, like a loving Father.  He has filled us with joy, peace, and provision.  All of our unexpected expenses have been covered.  Praise the Lord!

Please continue praying…

…for our family as we prepare for the return to Poland, only 16.5 hours of flights and layovers.

…as we move back to Poland, our search for a place to live (house preferably).

…as we open the Sweet Life this fall. (October 1st!)

…as we rest in His peace over our finances. (About 1/3 monthly raised, $1,000/$3,000)

 

Week 11: God is Present (with Love)

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. -1 John 3:16(NJKV)

I awoke Sunday morning with a heavy heart.  I had a vivid dream Michelle and I met a person who felt wronged by us.  The intensity of emotion that swept across her face moved my very soul, so much that I awoke from my dream.

You ever notice how God continues to speak to us, even when we don’t speak to Him?

“It’s a trap.”

God spoke this very clearly and audibly to me.  Perhaps the trap is becoming self-centered (for both of us in the dream!).  This life is not about you(or me), it’s about everyone else (for God’s glory).  To think yourself removed from impacting the world around you would be foolish.  Your decision to be active or passive has already made a participant of this world.  Marriage, Death, Independence, Dependence, Love, Hate, Good, Evil…No matter the emotion, event, moment, action, reaction…we all are a part of this world.

I was (am) comforted, by the fact that God was (is) with me in suffering and in joy.  -Katie King

This last Saturday my good friend Katie reflected on her Father’s death a year ago.  Her reflections were well thought out, honest, and full of truth.  They also reminded me of how we fail(at times) at being the body of Christ.  Too many times people are overlooked, neglected, or forgotten.  Thankfully God remains by our side during these times…it also helps to have a Greg in your life!

My cousin has one of the best tattoo’s in the world.  This simple phrase is etched into arm, copied from his mothers handwriting.

Remember who you belong to Sam.  – Mom
I love to hear the story behind a tattoo.  Aside from the “because it looks cool” responses (usually for a dragon, tribal print, or koi fish), their is always meaning, symbolism, tragedy, an experience, an event, or a milestone reached.  There is (almost) always life behind it.  Hearing Sam’s story is so much more than getting a tattoo, I hear a loving parent pursuing their child.  I also love these words!  It’s not about us, it’s about God.
We travel this week to Pagosa Springs, CO to visit our home church and build relationships with our church family.  We have two weeks and one day left before we board our flight to head home.  The roller coaster of emotions we are experiencing is hard at times.
But I remember who I belong to, remember He (was)is with me (always), and remember it is not about me.

Please be praying

…for our family as we head into the final 2 weeks of our time Stateside.  God has been moving like crazy in our lives.  He has been asserting Himself as our Provider and Protector, making Himself Present.

…as we move back to Poland, our search for a place to live.

…as we open the Sweet Life this fall. (October 1st!)

…as we rest in His peace over our finances. (About 1/3 monthly raised, $1,000/$3,000)

Week 10: God is like having chocolate chip pancakes on a Saturday morning

being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

Luke 4:2 NKJV

“He was hungry.”  The Lord of all creation, was hungry.

These last two Sundays, our temporary church home has been teaching on the Holy Spirit.  Yesterday we heard some very profound truth about Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Just think about this…

Jesus is fully man whom God is well pleased with (Luke 3:22)

Jesus is fully God (Luke 4:12)

Jesus did not begin His ministry until 30 (Luke 3:23), and not until He was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22)  Similarly, the church didn’t begin its ministry until it was filled with the Holy Spirit as well! (Acts 2)

Jesus lives His life as a man empowered with the Holy Spirit. 

That’s a lot to chew on, just like our breakfast spread this last Saturday.  The beauty of having chocolate chip pancakes, freshly brewed coffee, and family together for breakfast is a lot like God.

Our good friends have been welcomed into our family   —>  we have been adopted into the family of Christ

We ate until we were full —> we need to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)

Saturday morning didn’t just happen.  It took time, the right ingredients, patience, and practice.  Michelle doesn’t make the best pancakes in the world by accident.  I don’t make the best coffee because I pushed a button and walked away (Sorry! Keurig wont cut it anymore).  We didn’t just coincidentally sit down for breakfast, all at the same time.

God is intentional with experience that changes the way in which we perceive the world around us.

…Much like starting your weekend with chocolate chip pancakes.

Please be praying

…for our family as we head into the final 3 weeks of our time Stateside.  God has been moving like crazy in our lives.  He has been asserting Himself as our Provider and Protector, making Himself Present.

…as we move back to Poland, our search for a place to live.

…as we open the Sweet Life this fall. (October 1st!)

…as we rest in His peace over our finances. (About 1/3 monthly raised, $1,000/$3,000)

Week 8 & 9: God still is about love

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1 John 3:16 NKJV
So much has happened these last two weeks in our lives and in the United States.  Just thought this verse still rings true in my heart right now.  I wont get political, that’s not my style.  I will get biblical though, Jesus called us to Love others.
So, our family enjoyed more rest!  Huzzah!  We spent last week with our family in Waco.  Thank you Hyde family for opening your home to us and showing us a great time.  Nothing like being heard, loved, and spoiled!  Then we had the opportunity to travel to Community Restoration in Arlington. Talk about a Christ centered group ministering to their local community.  It started with a pick up game of basketball, Paul and Cynthia now play an active part of their local youth and their families lives.  A humble, Christ centered family that loves Jesus with all their heart.  Keep up the good work guys!
We are in OKC.  I’m allowing these words to sink in.  We are in the last month of our Stateside adventure..  Portland, California, our 2,000mile trek across the dessert of I-8 to San Antonio, Houston, Honduras, Waco, and now OKC.  Where did the time go?!  It is amazing how God has moved through these last two months.  Praise God for His protection, provision, and presence!  Amen!
It is a weird feeling seeing our old Cube in the driveway of our old house, sitting on our old couch talking with friends who now own it all.  Not ours.  Not any more.  3 years ago we moved in with my sister to save money.  We continued our journey of surrendering our lives fully to Christ.  Christ even takes the burdens of this world (financial, emotional, physical, etc), and carries them all for us.  He lines up friends to rent our house, buyers for our car, supporters for our call, buyers for our house, a church family to call our own.  Every major and minor aspect of our lives we have surrendered to Christ.  We have stepped out on the waters to trust Christ with our very lives.  Nothing is the same.
It feels good.
Our priorities have shifted.  Our passions have blossomed.  Our dreams are big.
God is our provider.  God is our protector.  God is present.

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