Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Did you say 36?????!!!!!

Just a very quick update.....

As you can see on the side bar countdown, we are leaving in 36 days!!!!  It seems so unreal.

I have rented my home, which was causing some unnecessary stress.  Through the process though I have learned some very good lessons about faith and trust.  Leave it with God, without taking it back, and He will bring the RIGHT people.  Thank you Lord for teaching me to rely on you, and you alone.

We have had two successful fundraisers, with the help of my trusted La la's.  Raising close to $4500!!!  AMAZING!  What an awesome confirmation from God that He has called us to this.

Mackenzie and I are both doing well.  I am having a bit of a hard time with the thought of giving up the comforts of home if I may be completely honest.  God is bigger than any of these comforts though, and He will provide peace.  I am fearful at times too, but God has directed me to this passage:

 Isaiah 41:9-10
I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

I have made the mistake of thinking this journey is about me, in my fear and my struggle.  God is revealing a bigger truth, this is about HIM and HIM alone.  I feel privileged to be asked to give up what I have here in Ontario, Canada to be His hands and feet in this big world of His.  To Him be the glory!

Now I must go and ready myself for some packing and organizing!!!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Everyone needs a few La La's

You've heard of Ya Ya's.  

I have La La's.  A sisterhood.  Friendships that focus not on age, personality, or backgrounds. 

We don't have any weird ceremonies or chants, athough I may come up with a chant someday, might be fun!!!  We have come together with one thing in common beyond all other things, a love for Jesus.

This post is to honour each one of them.  These women have come alongside Kenzie and I in this mission journey in ways that I never thought women could do.  These women are prayer warriors.  These women are special.  These women have been a gift from the Lord.....for such a time as this.  I could not be doing what I am doing without them. 

Thank you Jesus for these ladies.

And so, without further ado, I introduce you to my La La' no particular order....

Bonnie -  You give me the courage to be me.
Connie -  You are genuine and loving.
Gwen - You have a true servants heart, it is beautiful.
Jean - My BFFWAOP (best friends forever with an old person).  You are so real and true.
Joan - Organizer extrodinaire.  Your laughter is contagious and beautiful.
Karen - Your honesty and vulnerablity give me the strength to be so also.
Laura - You have taught me things I never knew I needed to know. You cheer me on.
Lynn - You are full of grace and joy.
Margaret - You are an inspiration to me in so many ways, you take the time to really see people.
Marilyn - You are dedicated to those around you.
Nikki - Having only knowing you a short time, your willingness to help has made my heart smile.
Patricia - You have a beautiful way about you, you have true integrity.
Patty - You are generous and have a heart of gold.
Sharon - You are compassionate and full of mercy.
Sherri - You are a prayer warrior.  Your spirit makes me want to sing.
Shirley - You have a quiet loving way about you.
Sue - Your words speak directly to my heart.
Cecile -  You have no judgement in you, you see people for who they are and love them no matter what.

In all of you ladies, I see Jesus; You have all inspired me to be strong and courageous; You are all my warriors, encircling me, ready to do battle for Kenzie and I. You have all shown great love,compassion and support.  May you all be abundantly blessed because of what you have done for Kenzie and I. Thank you.

Again I say.....we all need a few La La's around us!!!!