Thursday, June 30, 2011

You Just Never Know...

…what God has up His sleeve!  In less than one week’s time, a “double dinner date” with a pastor friend and his wife has turned into an opportunity for me to go to Kenya on a mission trip!!  I have been praying about the possibility of going on some sort of a mission trip for several months now, and God has placed this in my lap, taken care of all the details, resolved a few conflicts, and made it all fall into place in such a short time!!

I will be going with a team from a church near where welive.  We will be gone for almost two weeks.  I have never left my family for that length of time, and I’ve told them that Jesus is the only one who could make me do so!  We will be working with Maua Methodist Hospital and doing some construction projects at the hospital, building a home for a family of AIDS orphans, and conducting a one-day VBS for children in the village.  I know it will be a tremendous opportunity to share the love of Jesus with those who have needs beyond my imagination.  My heart is already broken for the needs that we will see, and I know this is just the beginning.  (I’m prepared to just cry my way through the next 6 weeks!)

Please pray for us as we prepare for what is certain to be a grand adventure!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


"Mama, are you going to wear your purple pajamas tonight?" she asks me.

"Yes," I reply. "Why?"

"Because I'm going to wear my purple pajamas because I'm a mommy, too," she states, holding her baby doll...

"Mama, where do you keep your purse?" she asks me.

"It's on the counter by the phone," I say.

"Okay," she says as she walks off, butterfly purse in hand, to put hers beside mine...

I stand in front of the ironing board, starching, ironing.

She appears with a tub of baby doll clothes, a princess spray bottle, and her own makeshift iron, to do what I'm doing...

Tears fill my eyes as I am reminded of just how much she watches me.  Every day.  Every move.

Oh, God, I fall so short each and every day.  Through your mercy, may what she sees in me be pleasing to you.  Through your grace, may what she sees in me be a reflection of you.