A good day!

A good day!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Practicing what I preach...

Ugh...this is where the rubber hits the road. Being the submissive wife and trusting your husband is hard...especially when you don't always agree...We are in a particular situation where decisions are being made by several people. I don't necessarily agree totally with the decisions, but my husband believes the decisions being made are for the best right now. So I must go with that. I just hope the people speaking for us are able to convey the reasoning properly. If not, I hope we are asked for clarity.

When your husband has made a decision you don't completely agree with, this is when submission comes into play. Oh, I could rebel and go against him and even some others, but that wouldn't be biblical unless I was asked to do something against God. This is where I am tested by God to see if I am going to be obedient to His word or am I going to do what I want. Ugh. I want to do what I want. ;) But, I know that I am to trust my husband and his decisions believing He has consulted our Lord on the matter. If he hasn't and is just going along with things, then that is on his shoulders. I must continue to do my part by being submissive and obedient to God's word. God is using these circumstances to teach us all something. The time will come when all things are brought to completion. God finishes what He starts. :) Until then, I will continue to be under the headship of my husband and will lean on God for strength to be submissive when I don't completely agree.

My work...

My Work


I have the greatest work in to world;

A husband to encourage when things go wrong,

When he comes from work to greet with a song,

Denims and shirts to wash and mend,

A helping hand, when needed, to lend,

Three times a day is meals to cook,

To strive to be my best to look,

His back to rub at the close of the day,

For his faithfulness to God I pray,

When hubby's in the field I take lemonade,

for all these tasks his love has paid.

I am a " Wife."

I have the greatest work in the world;

A home to keep happy, clean and bright,

Make things go smooth and strive for the right,

Jams to cook and jellies to make,

Cookies and pies and bread to bake,

Washing, ironing, and sewing to do,

So many tasks, will I ever get through?

Lettuce to wash and peas to pick,

floors to scrub, lost items to seek,

Dishes to wash and windows to shine,

These and many more tasks are mine.

I am a "Homemaker."

Help me, Father, to faithfully work,

Forgive if I unconsciously shirk,

give me the patience and love I pray,

To keep myself in duties way;

With all the hustle that each day brings

May I not neglect the needing things;

Each day to spend time alone with Thee

That Jesus Christ be seen in me.

Thank you for husband, our home, our girls and boys;

Thank you for love which brings me much joy.

Thank you, Lord.

~Mary Lou Burkholder

Being feminine...


I really enjoy being a feminine woman. I am not a feminist. I think there are just some things that we are not equal to men in. God didn't create women to be equal to men except for their standing in the Lord. We are different.

We are softer. Men are tough and rugged. Sure, we can be tough in our own way, but not like a man. We can be tough in the way we take pain during child birth, in the way we suck it up and do what needs to be done in an emergency situation, and when we are hurting. But, even during all those situations we still have our softness.

We are nurturing. God created us to be nurturers. Taking care of our loved ones with tenderness and love. Being kind and gentle even when it's hard.

Men were created to lead and be strong and firm. When we become strong and firm and try to lead, it only confuses things. God created two different types of humans on purpose. When we try and go against that, it becomes stressful, confusing, and unbiblical.

Ladies, I encourage you to embrace your femininity and enjoy the role God has called you to. Being a submissive wife, tender, kind, soft, gentle, loving, attentive, nurturing, and caring is very rewarding. It is God ordained. When we are cranky, hard, distant, mean, and cold it damages our household. It can make our husbands withdraw by naturally trying to balance out what God had purposed. Husbands will be weak, quiet, unhappy, fearful, etc when we are acting out their role. There needs to be balance. Wives fulfilling their role and husbands fulfilling their role will produce a beautiful picture of Christ and His bride. The headship order was put in place for a purpose. Let's do our part...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Mondays...

We all know how we feel about 'em. LOL...

At least this Monday is sunny! I am VERY grateful for that! The birds are chirping and the cats are meowing...it's nice. :)

I have to head to church this morning to do some data entry and then I'll be back home to do my chores. I have started to not do any household chores on the weekend. I try and get everything done on Friday so I can have a relaxing weekend. So, Mondays are quite busy with dishes and laundry and such. It's ok though, keeps me busy. ;)

Yesterday at church we had baptisms...It is wonderful to watch such a thing. Someone publicly declaring their belief in Christ makes me smile every time. :) I saw my "dad" at church yesterday, but they didn't wave to say hi. I'm not sure why. I know we are not having any communication right now, but a simple wave would be just fine...But, if that's what they need to do then ok. :) I continue to be in prayer for them...I just hope they know it's ok to say hi to us...

This week looks to be nice outside...hoping to get the chicken coop cleaned out and the chicken poo scatter throughout the garden and get that tilled in sometime in the near future.

My chicks are getting so big. They are losing their "fuzz" and are starting to get some feathers in. They are in that "ugly" stage right now. lol. My big girls have finally started laying normally again after a scarce winter of laying. I enjoy watching them so much. :)

Trying to figure out what to have for supper this week...It can be so hard to think of stuff to cook and not have the same things over and over. And Lord knows I'm not creative. ;) But, I have some ideas...

I pray everyone enjoys their Monday as best as they can. ;) I am going to enjoy this beautiful day and thank God for all the blessings He has given me in my life. I am so thankful He chose the nails...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The need for encouragement...

Encourage Pictures, Images and Photos


Which one are you? A Debbie Downer or a Lucy Lifter? Honestly, I think I tend to be a Debbie Downer...especially when it comes to my own circumstances. I can easily keep my eyes on circumstances and get very down. I can bring my household down. Not a good thing. I can be encouraging to others and see through their circumstances to the cross, but why is it so hard for me to be encouraging to myself? Hmmmm....something to ponder I suppose. :)

I'd like to try and be more encouraging to myself and others. The need for encouragement is very great. It's a wonderful gift to have to give. When I really stop and listen and watch for what God is doing it's easy to become a Lucy Lifter again. :)

life Pictures, Images and Photos

No matter our circumstances, God is ALWAYS in the midst. When we don't see Him there or ignore Him is when we get stressed and overwhelmed. Trust me, when life is swirling around you with it's hurt and disappointments, it's easy to get caught up in the swirling and lose focus on Who is in the middle of the swirl...That's when we need to hang on to something, stand still, focus on Christ, and just let the world swirl by...It takes work, faith, trust, and hope to do this. But, it can be done...I'm living proof. :) I may be a Debbie Downer at times and get caught up in the swirl of life, BUT, I have been able to stop getting caught in the swirl and stand still and listen to that still small voice in the storm. It also helps when you have people around you to encourage you to keep your eyes off the storm and onto the Lighthouse...:)

Friends Pictures, Images and Photos


It is a lot easier to just stop fighting for what is right and to encourage others to do the same. Sometimes we physically cannot fight anymore, but we sure can fight in prayer. The bible tells us to not grow weary in doing good..."Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9


life quote. Pictures, Images and Photos

Let us try and encourage one another..."But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

I know I can easily become hardened by sin...I need the encouragement of others to lift me up and help me keep focused on the cross. We all have a choice to make...are we going to be Debbie Downers or Lucy Lifters?

Things to keep Pictures, Images and Photos

Friday, March 26, 2010

Prayer...

I am realizing more and more the need for prayer. That wonderful communication we have to God. To lay our cries before him, our desires, our needs, etc. But, prayer is also necessary for the intercession of others. We can go before the Lord on behalf of others. How humbling is that? There are so many references in the bible about prayer. We are commanded to do it. We can use it to fight the darkness of the world and to strengthen believers. I am going to list several scriptures pertaining to prayer...

Praying for those who mistreat us...

The bible says in...Matthew 5:44 "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

Luke 6:28 "bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."

Praying and not giving up...

Luke 18:1 "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up."

1 Thes 5:17 "Pray continually"

Ephesians 6:18 "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for all the saints."

Praying against temptation...

Luke 22:40 "...Pray that you will not fall into temptation."

Matthew 6:13 "...and lead us not into temptation."

Not knowing what to pray for...

Romans 8:26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."

Praying when there is trouble and trials...

James 5:13 "Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray..."

Psalm 6:9 "The Lord heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer."

Psalm 86:6 "Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy."

He listens to the prayer of the righteous...

Proverbs 15:8 "....but the prayer of the upright pleases Him."

James 5:16 "....The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

1 Peter 3:12 "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer..."

1 Chronicles 5:20 "...He answered their prayers, because they trusted Him."

We have the privilege to go before the throne and make our request known to Him. We can come before Him on behalf of others and pray for them when they may not have the strength to do so. We can join in fighting against the evil of this world without weapons, but with prayer. Sometimes that is the only way to fight against evil. God hears our cries to Him and will answer us according to His will. May I encourage you to continue to be in prayer and to intercede for others. I know I will continue to go before the throne to fight for those I love. Prayer is powerful and it keeps us in relationship with Him. It is for us just as much as it is for the ones we pray for...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring...

It's raining here again today...Can I just say I prefer sunshine more? I know we need the rain and Spring is notorious for rain, but it just makes things so messy...The path to the chicken coop is a mud path and it just slops when you walk in it.

Hunter has camera club tonight. He's looking forward to that. I'm glad he enjoys taking pictures and he does such a good job.

I have some flowers starting to poke up out of the ground. Can't wait to see the blooms. :) I need to tend to the garden area and hopefully Ryan can get it tilled soon. There are lots of little things needing to be done around this ole homestead. :)

Continuing to be in prayer for relationships, Haiti, work season this year, a productive garden, strength to put up the harvest, and for God to continue to work in my life. Times can be discouraging, but I know they are only for a season. God's purpose will be fulfilled in my life and I pray that I will have made some sort of difference before I die. I have a lot of love to give. :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My new bible...I got free. :)





I wanted to give a review of this bible I got in the mail free compliments of BusyMomsBible.com compliments of Zondervan. I tend to get busy around this ole homestead either with chores, cooking, running errands, homeschooling, pondering, praying, listening to my captain's day, etc. So this bible peeked my interest. It is geared for busy mom's like me. It is a regular NIV bible with little snippets of scripture that literally only take a minute to read. And it's PINK! :)




If you want to read more, there are 5 and 10 minute reflections to ponder and study.



There is also a study index in the back which I love. There you can do a word study or a topical study and it guides you to the scriptures pertaining to whatever word or subject you are seeking.






I really enjoy this bible and believe me it takes a lot. I have a bible that is ratty that I just love and would buy new bibles to use and they would just end up on the shelf. I just kept going back to my ratty one. lol. But, this one is just so useful that I have started using it more. Oh, sure, I still have my ratty one. Always will. It was one of my very first bibles that I have marked all up from studying. I will do the same with this one. ;)

If you tend to be a busy mom like me, I recommend you try it. I don't think you'll be disappointed. :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Be still...

In response to the comments in my last post...I know I just need to be still. I heard this song on the radio today and liked it. Anywhere I go, I can just close my eyes and be still...and hold on to the truth of the love that I know until I know different. In the meantime, I will continue to let my husband comfort me and I will comfort him during this difficult time...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Family...

Family means a lot to us...either blood or brought together by the Holy Spirit...I love my family so much. It hurts me when they hurt. It hurts when you feel you've caused it. I feel like my "dad" is hurting so much that he has lost some of his love for me or maybe doesn't want anything to do with me ever again...We had to depart ways for a bit due to some stress that was in a situation and my health was getting down. My heart aches right now. I just love him so much and I pray he knows that. I want what is best for him and his wife and want him to be the best man God has created him to be. He will always be a "dad" to me...that will never change even if his feelings for me as a "daughter" do.

I'm praying for strength during this time. I'm praying for healing for a situation. I know God can mend any situation and I am praying hard for that very thing. I pray God comforts my "dad" during this time and I pray he draws his strength from Him. This will probably be my last post specifically addressing my "dad". It brings up so many memories that are wonderful that my heart just can't take right now. When you have experienced something so wonderful as the love of a "dad" and then you can't pursue that for a time, it feels like your guts are ripped out. If the good Lord decides to mend all the relationships involved I will certainly update with a praise.

Relying on our good Lord to comfort me and bring me through this time...

When are we truly free?

Close Up of Handcuffs, One Woman's Arm to a Man's During a Round Up of Dope Addicts


Have you ever asked yourself that question? The bible says in John 8:32..."Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."

We are truly free when we know the truth. Only then are we let out of our bondage to fully follow Christ. Truth is what sets us free...

What are some things that hinder truth....

Fear...being afraid to speak the truth in fear of a response from a person. We can be afraid of being misunderstood, so we hide the truth. We can be afraid of what the truth will cost. Oh it can be very expensive to speak the truth. A lot can be lost. But, there is so much to gain...

Sin...our sin we carry can hinder truth. The sin of others can also hinder truth.

What we gain by living a life in truth is freedom. Freedom. I'll say it again...FREEDOM. We can only be freed from the bondage of sin by truth. When we speak the truth about our sin, repent, and ask forgiveness, we are truly free. "You have been set free from sin and are slaves to righteousness." Romans 6:18 The bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth...2 Corinthians 3:17 says "....and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

It can be hard to see chains of bondage broken. Especially when those chains have been around for a while. The damage of the chains on the body can be very apparent. It takes a person time to get used to their freedom. But, being set free is the most wonderful thing! It takes you to a whole new level in your walk with Christ.

Wives, I encourage you if there is anything you have withheld from your husbands, to bring it to them in love. I know from experience in my own marriage that bringing up hidden things into the light can be very hard. I've had to do it...my husband has had to do it...but in the end we have learned to keep things in the light always. It gives our marriage freedom to grow and both of us to grow closer to Christ and to each other. Love deepens in truth.

Trust God with the truth...it will set you free.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Discernment in times of confusion...

I think being discerning is a gift from God. Knowing exactly what to do in a situation is priceless. Being able to know God's will in a confusing time is worth it's weight in gold. :) When we aren't sure, we can always go to God for guidance.

Psalm 25:4-5 says.."Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths." He will show us if we just listen...

Proverbs 4:11 says.."I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths."

Exodus 15:13 says.."In Your unfailing love you will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling."

Psalm 73:23-24 says.."Yet I am always with you; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me in Your counsel..."

Psalm 139:9-10 says.."even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast."

Philippians 1:9-11 says.."And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God."

These all help us realize that God will give us guidance when we don't know what to do. He is there to hold our hand and to give us wisdom to discern what is best. We need to be obedient to whatever wisdom is revealed to us through the Holy Spirit and know "that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him." Romans 8:28

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Your husband...

is the God appointed head of the house. He is the leader of the home. What an awesome responsibility! God has created a man to have broad shoulders to carry such burden. He is responsible for the final decisions of the family, providing for them, protecting them, guiding them in God's word, and helping his family become more like Christ by teaching them the principles of God.

My Home, Husbands and Wives Magazine, UK, 1934

We as, wives, need to support our husbands in this. How? By being submissive to his leading. By trusting that he has a relationship with Christ and that is where he gets his counsel. Our Christian husbands seek counsel from the Lord and relay that to the family. We support them by not fighting the decisions that are made. We can also support them as the provider by being good stewards of the money that is brought in. When we are wise in our grocery shopping, that is telling them that what they do everyday to provide for the family is important and not to be squandered. We can also be supportive by having a clean home and good food on the table when they get home. Being available to them to talk to after a hard day's work is very much needed. We are their best friends and helpmeet. They should be comfortable enough to "unload" the day on us and we should be soft enough to sit and listen and maybe even give a shoulder rub.

When we each do the roles we were given and instructed to do by God, then the house is set up like a picture of Christ and His bride. One leading, one submitting. It works wonderfully! I know from experience. ;) I encourage you today if you haven't been stepping up in your role as a helpmeet to begin to apply it in your marriage. You won't be sorry...it's God ordained and God knows what He's doin'...:)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What a beautiful day!

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The sun is shining today. :) It's around 60 and it feels so good. I can't wait for the flowers to bloom. :)

I really enjoy this weather. I feel so deprived of sunshine in the winter. Especially this winter. It seems there was hardly any sun the whole time. I longed to see the sun and I am so glad that it is out today. :) It brightens everything up. It helps green up the grass and helps to bring out the buds on the trees.

Had a scare with my eyes today. I lost peripheral vision in my right eye for a couple hours. I went to the eye doc, but he is not sure of the cause. My eyes look ok. No change from the last visit. He said this happens to some people and no one ever really knows why. He wants me to check my blood sugars for a while to see if that may be a cause. He said the vision loss wouldn't be permanent and the vision is much better now. :)

Trying to complete all my chores today. I got a late start due to going to the eye doc. I'd like to get all the laundry folded and put away, dishes done, floors mopped, and maybe do some outside work. I will find time in there to rest. :)

The captain and I look forward to relaxing tonight...he went back to work Monday and has worked 10 hours days since. He is pretty tired when he gets home. I've been tired myself. I did sleep well last night...didn't wake up until 5:30. :) I've had a lot on my mind lately and my heart has been heavy. People I care about are hurting and that makes me hurt. I pray they have wisdom and strength to get through this difficult time in their life. I love them so much and pray that their pain is eased by God's grace. I pray my pain is eased, also. Seeing them suffer hurts. God is the mender of all things broken. His will for all that has happened will be revealed. May He be glorified no matter the outcome...

If the sun is shining where you are, enjoy it! Let yourself feel it on your face, soak it up, and whisper "I love you" to God. :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Trials...

"Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again." Psalm 71:20-21


I'm sure most of us have faced some sort of trial in our lives. God says here in the above verse that He makes us see troubles. But, He also gives a promise of restoring our lives again. We have many opportunities to grow during the times of trials. It's not always easy, but it's always for our good. God wants us to be free. The truth sets us free. (John 8:32) He doesn't want us to be bound to our trials, but to see the truth and love in them. Life doesn't always go how we'd like it to. Sure we plan our course in our hearts, but God determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9) He knows best. There are many things I desire in my heart, that may never come to be. That saddens me. But, I trust in the Lord and His will for my life. If it is His will, He will give me the desires of my heart. I will hold on to the love I have been given during the trials of my life. Love makes the trial easier to carry. It helps us see the purpose of the trial. In the end, my life and the life of the ones I love, are in the hands of God. I surrender my joy, hurt, pain, sickness, comfort, peace, and steps to Him.

Take God's hand and allow Him to walk you through your trial. He is there to help equip you to conquer. And we are more than conquerors in Christ. Find comfort in His love...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Final Haiti update...


Ryan and his new friend Ben.


Ryan's visit to Haiti has made an impact on him...his eyes were opened to poverty, filth, desperation, and heartbreak. Life there is so difficult for the Haitian. They make due with what they have and try and make the best of it. Through all the poverty and filth, he did see hope in some of their eyes. Despite their circumstances, they kept plugging away at making a life for themselves.


This is a tent "city" that has been set up. You can see they are selling diesel fuel in the jugs there.


It was so dirty...and he said there was these lotto things all over the place...


The Haitians that have accepted Christ were on fire for God. They worshiped with fervor and joy. He attended a service which had 200 people attending and the excitement for the Lord was palpable. How awesome!



They did a lot of work around the compound they were staying at. He also visited hospitals and an orphanage. God has spoken to his heart about taking care of widows and orphans. He has learned to be content with what he has. He has learned that when God speaks to be obedient. His heart was broken for how the Haitians lived and just how dirty it was everywhere. Please continue to be in prayer for Haiti...

Typical housing in Haiti.



This is what they call a "tap tap" You ride in this standing up to get where you want to go and tap twice to get off. Ryan and the team road in something similar for their 3 hour ride to the airport.



Here he is in the back of a "tap tap"



Ryan and his little buddy. :)



This little guy is so adorable! But, I cringe at the environment he is playing in. :(



At one of the hospitals he visited.



This little girl was upset and her dad was comforting her..



Ryan helping to chop wood to make houses for the refugee camp. They use a machete.



More tent "cities".



Kids playing near the sewer drainage ditch. This runs right though town and is all open. Yuck.



Doing wash where sewage passes through..


There are so many more pictures, but it's difficult to share them all. :) This is just a glimpse of what he saw there. I leave you with Ryan and a family he met there in Haiti. He said this family was very hospitable and kind. Please continue to be in prayer for the people of Haiti...



I encourage you in that whatever God is speaking to you about to be obedient to His call. We, as Christians, all know His voice. It's unmistakable. Listen...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

While you wait...

This is something I wanted to share with you while you wait for the final Haiti update. My husband is back in the states and will be home tonight! Yay! We have a lot of talking to do and pictures to sort through. I will update as soon as I can. :)


My Hope in the Day of Evil

“You are my hope in the day of evil.”
–Jeremiah 17:17

The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God’s Word, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace;” and it is a great truth, that religion is calculated to give a man happiness below as well as bliss above; but experience tells us that if the course of the just be “As the shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect day,” yet sometimes that light is eclipsed.

At certain periods clouds cover the believer’s sun, and he walks in darkness and sees no light. There are many who have rejoiced in the presence of God for a season; they have basked in the sunshine in the earlier stages of their Christian career.

They have walked along the “green pastures” by the side of the “still waters,” but suddenly they find the glorious sky is clouded; instead of the Land of Goshen they have to tread the sandy desert; in the place of sweet waters, they find troubled streams, bitter to their taste, and they say, “Surely, if I were a child of God, this would not happen.” Oh! don’t say that, you who walk in darkness.

The best of God’s saints must drink the wormwood; the dearest of His children must bear the cross. No Christian has enjoyed perpetual prosperity; no believer can always keep his harp from the willows.

Perhaps the Lord allotted you at first a smooth and unclouded path, because you were weak and timid. He tempered the wind to the little lamb, but now that you are stronger in the spiritual life, you must enter upon the riper and rougher experience of God’s full-grown children. We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.

- Charles Spurgeon

Monday, March 8, 2010

Another Haiti update...

I was happy to talk to my husband tonight...it has been a difficult day for me. I'm not always collected. :) I did cry a bit today from missing him. (Steroid blast didn't help any) I am looking forward to seeing him again and hearing all about his experience in Haiti. He leaves tomorrow morning to leave for Miami. He will be there overnight and then fly back home on Wednesday. I am so thankful for my loving leader. I am so happy to be his helpmeet. And I'm so happy at what God is doing in our life...

This is the only picture I have so far...The internet there in Haiti is sketchy and very slow so this is the only one uploaded for now. He will upload more when he gets home and I'll be sure to share some with you. :)




I am thankful that he was able to express love to this little boy. It was a blessing...it made an impact on him for sure. :)

(by the way, can you see the sunburn on his arm below his shirt sleeve?) Yikes. :) He'll need some doctorin' when he gets home. :)

Thank you all for your prayers for him and the people of Haiti. After he gets home, I'll give a final update on his experience there and share some pictures. Thanks for being part of this journey. :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Haiti update...

Chatted a bit with my husband tonight on skype before their internet went down...he visited an orphanage today. He said it was very emotional. I'm sure it was. God is softening his heart and using these experiences to bring about compassion. I'm glad for all what God is doing in Haiti and in my husband...

On a side note...I think the loneliness is getting to me. Before you say, "You're not alone, God is always there..." I know that. But, I don't hear His voice audibly and can carry on a conversation out loud both ways with Him. ;) I miss my husband's voice and laughter. I am really looking forward to Wednesday. :)

The rest of the week I have plenty of things planned to keep me occupied until Wednesday...finishing touches on cleaning, grocery shopping, and going to the Amish/Mennonite community to get supplies and possibly visit friends.

Thank you for your continued prayers for Haiti...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

He cares for us...

“Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.”
-1 Peter 5:7

It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel that –”He cares for me.” Christian! do not dishonor religion by always wearing a brow of care; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight which your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to Him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to

“Lie passive in God’s hands, And know no will but His.”

O child of suffering, be patient; God has not passed you over in His providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Do not sit down in despair; hope on, hope ever. Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall yet end your distresses. There is One who cares for you. His eye is fixed on you, His heart beats with pity for your woe, and His hand omnipotent shall yet bring you the needed help.

The darkest cloud shall scatter itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning. He, if you are one of His family, will bind up your wounds, and heal your broken heart. Do not doubt His grace because of your tribulation, but believe that He loves you as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the cruse, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same.

If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust Him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, He has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all your concerns in the hand of a gracious God.

- Charles Spurgeon

Knowing how much God cares for us and is for us is so very comforting to me...I know there are many broken hearts in the world in which we live...I know my husband's heart has been broken in Haiti...it can be painful to see. And there are lots of other reasons hearts are broken...but God is the mender of the broken heart. He is to be trusted with our hearts. He will complete the good work started in your life and mine. He will not abandon us. We just need to lean on Him and continue to praise Him in the midst of this world in which we live. Be strong and courageous and hold on to the TRUTH. For that is what sets us free...

Friday, March 5, 2010

More from Haiti...

My husband skyped me again today...He was telling me about what he ate tonight...goat. He said it was actually pretty good. Glad he got to try it. :) He also visited a hospital today...the pediatric unit. He said it was very hard to see. Amputations, burns, broken limbs...

I spoke with a man from Haiti today on Skype also...a friend they met there. He wanted to tell me he was praying for us...how awesome.

He is excited to be doing God's work there in Haiti...Please continue to pray for him and the people there. A few of the other members have fallen ill...

I'll update with more when I can...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Haiti update...

I heard from my husband tonight and he is much better! Praise! He said he doesn't even feel like he was ever sick. :) I'm so relieved to hear that!

He is just soaking up all of what God is doing and how He can use Him to help the Kingdom. He is so happy to be on a mission. :)

Today he repaired screens to keep mosquitoes out of houses. He went into town today and got a few things. He is building relationships there. Tomorrow he is tearing off a roof. Right up his alley since he is a roofer. :) I'm really happy for him to have this opportunity.

I'm so glad God is watching over him. I'm glad He watches over me too in my times of fear and loneliness. I must need a lot of lessons in TRUST. :) I must not get it right the first time, so I need A LOT of opportunities to learn.

Thank you for your continued prayers...

Courage...

It takes a lot of effort to lean on the Lord at times and be courageous. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's not...

Haven't heard from my husband this morning, but no news is probably good news. I'm sure he is feeling better by now. Let's pray...

This is a growing period for me...I have had a lot of emotions running through me these last few days. I yearn for a lot of things...but, I know I have to be content with whatever God sees fit to allow me to have. I long for my husband to be home and safe, but I know that he is in the hands of our Lord. I have to be courageous the remember to focus on Him and not my feelings. He knows my feelings and I need to trust in that. I am content knowing that I have a family that loves me not matter what. That is such a blessing. My heart cries out to be with them and live life with them. I will wait patiently to do that again with my husband when he returns. I know God is doing a work in Him there and I am so happy for that. I find peace knowing He is working even so many miles away. He is with us all....

Sometimes you just need to get things off your chest. :) I feel better writing about it. It helps me refocus on Christ and not my circumstances. I will hold His hand today and be content and courageous....

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Haiti update...

Please keep Ryan in your prayers...he has fallen ill. He woke up this morning with V and D. He is trying to stay hydrated and rested. Not sure the cause. Praying for whatever is causing this sickness to pass quickly so he can continue on with God's work. He is in God's hands and I am comforted to know that, but I am still a concerned wife...Praying he doesn't get worse. He is leaning on the Lord at this time and knows there is a purpose for everything.

Here is some of an earlier conversation from skype...

Stephanie Wiseley: wish i could be there to help you

[12:24:23 PM] Ryan Wiseley: Your prayers are all I need for now. God is making sure I am being taken care of

[12:24:47 PM] Ryan Wiseley: Oh, I am drinking sugar/salt water

[12:24:59 PM] Stephanie Wiseley: hope you get well soon so you can continue on with your mission

[12:25:33 PM] Ryan Wiseley: Me too, though this may very well be my mission for some reason

[12:25:48 PM] Ryan Wiseley: I love you so much.

[12:25:55 PM] Stephanie Wiseley: i love you sooooo much!

Ryan Wiseley: please don't worry, it won't fix a single thing

[12:27:39 PM] Stephanie Wiseley: i know it won't but i can be concerned and pray

[12:28:12 PM] Ryan Wiseley: yes, but will you do it trusting that God is in control no matter what?

[12:28:26 PM] Stephanie Wiseley: yes...

For my facebook friends...please don't comment about his health on my statuses. He doesn't want some people to worry...thank you...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Quick update...

I heard from my husband tonight and he made it to Borel. He and the team had to ride in the back of a truck standing up for 2 1/2 hours though to get there....He is very humbled by his surroundings. His heart is wide open and I am so proud of him for being obedient. I wish I was there with him. It's hard to be here alone, but I have the comfort of friends while he is away and that helps. :) I am so thankful for what the Lord has done in the captain and I's life. So many things put into motion over the last couple years. It's amazing to see God work and to see Him continue to work in our lives. He's always been there and will always be there.

I will try and update when I can with Haiti. The internet connection down there is very scattered. I only get updates on facebook and skype. The cell phones do not work there due to a tower thing. He is helping remodel a house for a missionary family there. They are also hoping to play soccer with some children at the school there tomorrow. Happy to watch God unfold in a new way in my husband's life...It's been a joy to watch Him unfold in my life and the lives around me.

Pray that I will get some sleep. It's hard, and my body really needs it. Thank you for your continued prayers. :)

The ache...

Those of you who have had loved ones go away for any length of time know what I'm talking about. It's that ache in your heart and the pit of your stomach from missing the loved one. I'm trying to be strong in my husband's absence and I will be if I lean on the Lord during this time. I'm so proud of him for being obedient to the Lord and for being open to what God has planned. Here is a status he posted this morning from facebook....

Up and ready to fly into Haiti. Praying and watching for where God is heading and moving. Praying to be broken and rebuilt to be the tool I was created to be and used for the purpose I was created to be used for. Extremely excited and humbled at the same time.

Since being missionaries in New Mexico, he hasn't been this open to doing such things again. I'm praying it strengthens his relationship with our Lord and draws us even closer together. I am trying to keep busy while he is away to lessen the ache in my heart, but I know it's normal to feel this ache. :) I think it would be strange if I didn't feel it. :)

I'm excited for what I can get done here at the house while he is gone. I'm just hoping my strength holds out for it. :) I was put on a steroid blast for 10 days and I am on day 4 and it seems to be losing the effect it had in the beginning...but, I will pray it will pick up momentum and continue to give me that much needed boost. I just need to get a good deep sleep and I think that will help tremendously...I just need to keep myself motivated and not dwell on my circumstances and keep focused on Christ and just do what I can...

Thankful for God's love and for the love of others. I was lying in bed while it was still dark and thinking how short life is...in a blink it's over. I was thinking how much I want to show others that I love them while I can. To be free to love as Christ has commanded us. To show His light and love in a way that is so unmistakable. I want those I love to know I love them and never doubt it. If I do anything with my life, I want to strive to show others the wonderful love of our Savior. I know there is a season for all things and looking forward to the new season of showing my love even more to my husband and to others around me. Life is short and precious...

Thank you for the prayers for our family while my husband is away in Haiti. I rely on you going before the throne on our behalf. What a blessing...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Leaving on a jet plane...

My husband left this morning for Haiti. He flew into Miami this afternoon and then flying out tomorrow for Haiti from there. I miss him already...

I'm just trying to keep busy with housework. There is always plenty of that to do here. When you heat your house with wood, there is always dust of some sort. And the dog paws this time of year seem to be never ending...

I am thankful for the encouragement and love I have from family while he is gone. What a blessing to have such love in my life. God is so good to us.

I plan on reflecting while my captain is away on how I can better serve him in the future. How can I be a better helpmeet and mom? How can I show the love of Christ to him more often? I need to be rooted deeper in Christ and keep my eyes off my circumstances (which can be soooo hard to do) and keep my eyes on the Savior, who is full of compassion. He knows our circumstances and two of us don't need to be thinking on them. :) He can do that all by himself and allow us to trust in Him and think on Him instead.

This time of being without my husband is going to be hard. But, I am thankful for the family I have to help me get through this time of absence. I know love is an action, but it feels so good to know your are loved by your family. I hope they know I, too, love them VERY much.

I'm praying I feel good the whole time my husband is gone. Hoping to get quite a bit done so he can come home to a clean, organized, comfy home. I don't want to exacerbate myself though. I want him to come home to a refreshed wife. Thank you all for your continued prayers for him, the team, and our family. What a blessing...

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