Monday, February 18, 2013

Free!

Just this week I heard a great message about the danger of harboring unresolved anger in your heart.  I realized that I had some, and followed these three steps prescribed by the speaker that I found immensely helpful:

1. Identify who you are angry with
2. Determine what they owe you (what was taken from you)
3. Decide to cancel the debt

The simple definition he gave for anger is "YOU OWE ME."  So after, identifying the people and determining specifically what it was I felt they owed me, I was able to consciously and verbally 'cancel' the debt.  The speaker quoted both Paul and JC in establishing the truth that FORGIVENESS is the only way to break the power of anger, and he was right.  Feeling very happy and free right now!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kids Playing in the Park


Monday, September 24, 2012

Kids New Preschool

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sweating the small stuff

It's amazing to me how quickly one can go from excitement about what Father has done to apprehension about the future.  I'm embarrassed to admit that this is often the case with me.  When I look back over how He has provided for me since I put my trust in Him in 1997, he has come through time and again in a big, big way.  Yet here I sit, six weeks from our return to Asia, concerned about some of the details of our return.  Will I ever learn? :)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jammin'


My (Gracy's) parents were in Asia visiting us, and we'd taken them to a small minority village called "Ancient Tree".  Among many other moments I'll never forget from that day was this one...

Market Day

Thinking outside the box

As the reality of our recent transition begins to set in, we are beginning to feel a growing sense of excitement that we once again have somewhat of a "blank canvas" to work with. 

It's funny how models and methodology that once brought you comfort can subtly begin to stifle your passion and vision for the work.  Optimism gives way to sobriety.  Passion gives way to submission.  Creativity and innovation slowly start to buckle under the pressure of conformity.

In Luke's second narrative we first encounter the character Paul.  As a vision for the future of the faith was birthed in him, his passion often moved him to action.  And though his methods were often in flux, his vision remained the same.  Sometimes short stays, sometimes long.  Sometimes confrontational, sometimes gentle.  Sometimes self-supported, other times provided for.  Sometimes he would yield, and other times he would stand his ground regardless of the consequences.

For Paul, staying true to his calling did not mean marrying his method(s).  His example gives me courage for the journey ahead.      


Friday, May 25, 2012

School Online?

When we return to Asia, I (David) plan on doing a combination of studying/teaching at the university there in our new town.  In preparation for this assignment, I have begun a 120-hour online course designed to prepare me better to teach English as a Foreign Language overseas (ESL).  Thanks for remembering us during this time.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Return Date

We are excited to announce that we plan on returning to Asia in August.  We have plenty to do in the next twelve weeks or so, and ask that you will be lifting up our family during this time.

Father has provided us a team to join and a people to focus on.  We will be living in the same province but a different city.  We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.  Much love from our family to yours.