Monday, December 8, 2008

Just stand and watch

As part of Sunday school we have been picking out some "Mega Scriptures." Over Thanksgiving, we had a time of reflection on God's word and we went over Psalm 103. I think this is a "Mega" chapter because it defines some of God's character. He forgives your sin and heals all your diseases. He ransoms you from death and surrounds you with love and tender mercies...

Today I came across a list of all the miracles of Jesus that are recorded in the Bible and I was overcome with gladness and thankfulness. These prove that God is a God of restoration! Here is some of the list:

5,000 people are fed
Stills the storm
Demons sent into pigs
Jairus' daughter raised from the dead
Diseased woman healed
Heals the paralyzed man
Leper is healed
Peter's mother-in-law is healed
Withered hand is restored
Demon-possessed boy cured
Walks on water
Blind receive sight
4,000 fed
Fig tree withered
Centurion's servant healed
Dumb healed
Mute speak
Widow's son raised from dead
Ten lepers cured
Ear restored
Lame walk

I know that I can be secure and safe with a God who has plans for my good. Today in Exodus I was reading where God was leading the Israelites out of Egypt to the Red Sea. The people became afraid when they saw the Egyptians pursuing them but Moses said, "Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you."

I feel like I need that word today. Our adoption progress is slow and may be changing course right now. I know that God has called us to this at this time but... once in awhile I begin to panic like the Israelites-- God says to me, "Stand where I have put you and watch me work."

We are also praying for Julianna's eyes right now. I have noticed that her left eye crosses when she focuses. I ask Julianna if she believes Jesus will heal her and she does...I believe it too. We have an appointment at the doctor tomorrow.

We have been having fun this Christmas season. For the first time, Julianna is really excited about all that is going on and can actually understand a little bit about what Christmas is all about---"Baby Jesus!" My favorite Christmas Classic is on tonight--Charlie Brown. Thank you Charles Schultz for telling the REAL story!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sweet dreams...

I love the way God is working and speaking to me right now. I am seeking refreshment in my spirit; a hunger to know God and to quiet my mind enough to hear his voice. I have begun to ask God to show me abundant revelation. A couple of weeks ago, He spoke to me in a dream. I don't know exactly what it means right now, but I am so excited to have heard Him in this way.
In my dream, I walked outside of our house and wind was blowing wildly all around. I was facing north and gusts were coming down and around me making my hair whip my face. Corn, several feet taller than me, was growing all around the property, right up to our house. The corn bent back and forth in the wind. And the voice of God said to me, "Where there is wind, there is good crop. No matter what crops look like anywhere else--where there is wind, there is a great harvest." I raised my hands in the air and began praising God for wind and thanking him for good crops.
Lord, bring the wind!!
Here are some ways I have caught Julianna dreaming these last couple of days...

Also, this is our newest, adorable addition----
Julianna has named him Certo (Chair-toe)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mi Casa es Su Casa

Are the churches we go to relevent?...Meaning do they look anything like what Jesus intended for them to be? While drinking my afternoon coffee today, I read an arcticle on the early church. Say you lived in a cave by yourself with just a Bible and all you knew of "church" was what you read inside that book. What would you expect when you finally walked into one of our churches today?
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:42-47

I want an Acts 2 church!! I can't come up with any reason why God wouldn't want the Church to look like it did in the beginning. I have decided that I am committed to seeing this happen in my life. I can't control if others break bread together or sell their possessions and I can't make miracles happen but I can do what I need to take care of others' needs. And so right now I lay all that I have at your feet. I surrender the keys to my cars, house, and bank account to you...what is mine is yours. If anything happens to you I will care for your elderly parents and your children as though they were my own. If you need a place to rest or to be fed you are welcome in my home and at my table.
"I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me." John 17:23
Here are some pictures of our lives as of late:
Harvest is pouring in!! I picked tomatoes at least every other day during the past month and got a wagon full each time. It feels good to have a full freezer.
Julianna had her 3rd birthday party. We had a rainbow/colors theme since she is all about colors right now! Luke and Deb helped us out and put on a great puppet show with a skit about the salvation colors...Everyone really loved it!--thanks Schmutz!!
We also recently made a trip to the zoo... it was a perfect day

I'm a good floater too...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lord, have mercy on me a sinner

We learned about the spiritual gift of mercy today in Sunday school. Mercy is not ranked extremely high in the echelon of my gifts and today I learned a little bit about why. I always thought that I was a compassionate person and so I could never understand why I wasn't classified as a merciful person.
Mercy is compassion moved to ACTION.
ACTION....that's where my trouble comes in.
I had a professor that explained the four different Myers-Briggs personality types by how each one would react if they came upon an accident scene. Cholerics, of course, would jump out of their car, grab their first aid kit, and start administration. Phlegmatics, on the other hand, might just slow down and pray that the right people would come along to take care of the situation.
---This is where I come in----
Now, I hope that I would be more assertive in a place like that, but I do this a lot. I am compassionate and I see other people's needs, but sometimes I don't feel like I would be the right person to do something or I second and third guess if my actions would even be welcomed. I would rather just wait it out and hope that a more competent individual will just take over.
And so, Phlegmatic Sarah and Compassionate Sarah need to pull themselves together and begin to show MERCY
"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This is how we know we belong to the truth and set our hearts at rest in his presence..." 1 John 3:18-19

On a lighter note...
Yester day we went up to the Lakes for a day of vacation. Maurice's mom is staying with us for a couple of weeks and so we showed her around. Of course, I don't have any pictures of the guest of honor. Micah and Jules went golfing with the gang while I visited an antique store. Here are some photos from their adventure.

Julianna picked a purple golf ball....I wouldn't have guessed.

She also got a tattoo "like Daddy"

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Capturing Summer

I thought it might be fun to give you all a small tour of some of my summer activities:

This is our front yard. We have worked hard on it this summer leveling and seeding.

Last year it was a pile of dirt and looked like this:

This is our new shepherd puppy, Gev. He's a really good watch dog, as you can tell...

In actuality, we adopted him to take care of our increasing problem with vermin and he has been successful. Now if I can only teach him to protect my chickens and not chase/eat them!

I have spent a lot of time in my garden this season and consequently a lot of time in my kitchen!

Pumkin and melon patch


That might be too many tomatoes...

This is Red, one of my pest exterminators

Julianna loves her baby kittens.

I love my baby, Maverick

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Here goes nothing


When I sit down to do things like this I always have a little voice telling me about what I ought to be doing: ironing, freezing produce, weeding the garden.... I have to stop and tell myself that if I spend my whole life just doing work that will be done today and here again tomorrow I am going to end up as an empty shell. So, I sit here and write as wrinkled dress shirts sit in my room.

This summer we had a friend move into our basement while he attends school. He is planning on staying for three years. Things are going pretty well so far. Here are some of the things we make him do...

Here are some of the things that we do...

Post-it Notes with horns on them = free Chick-fil-a