Showing posts from December, 2009

Merry Christmas "Faithie"

Yesterday the boys and I were out doing some Christmas shopping and this beautiful song came on the radio. It was the first time I had heard it and the lyrics just gripped my heart. Each of us miss Faith this Christmas and wish she could be here with us. It is hard to think of her spending this Christmas so far away from home...because to us, she is already our daughter and Kody and Tyler's sister. We hung one more stocking this year and it gives us hope that she will be home soon. And maybe next Christmas she will be here to decorate the tree, open the advent bags, fight over who gets to blow out the candles on the wreath and eat one too many peanut butter balls....we pray it with all our hearts.

Every Christmas we buy an ornament for each of the children that symbolizes their year. This year Kody is getting a baseball ornament and Tyler's is a smore snowman with a "little soft, fluffy, cute doggy". I found the perfect ornament for Faith at Megan's Gifts that Giv…

The choice to open the door

On a cold night a long time ago, a man and a woman searched in desperation for a place to rest. They needed a place to lay down after a long journey, a roof over their heads to provide shelter from the night. They went from house to house and at each door the answer was the same, "We have no room for you to stay." And so the search went on, as their bodies grew weary. She was especially exhausted. Her body had provided the nest for a very special baby these past 9 months. And tonight her body was telling her that her son was ready to breathe his first breath of air and announce his arrival to the world.

However, this was not just any baby, this was the Son of God and the King of Kings. He had come to bring healing, freedom and eternal life. To pay the penalty of sin and redeem God's creation. And yet, even at his arrival all that could be found was the rejection of closed doors and no one willing to make room for Him to enter into their home.

At the last door, th…

So Blessed

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ... you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful ... you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold…

The Bread of Life

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
I like to get up before the sun, before the kids, before the noise and just be with God. To be able to just sit with Him, read His word and pour out my heart and hear His. In order to make this happen with my early rising house, I have to get up by atleast 5:30. So that is the goal, unfortunately my physical body doesn't always agree with my soul, but the number of days that my soul wins are increasing.
On a recent early morning, during this quiet time wit…

Team-Hope Thanksgiving Race

Karen and I got to run for Team Hope again on Thanksgiving morning. The entire experience was such a blessing to both of us! Crossroads United Methodist church here in Ashburn hosts a race every Thanksgiving to raise money for the Humble School and Clinic in Uganda.

We were treated to a children's choir from Uganda who sang to us before the start of the race. Their beautiful voices praising God was the most perfect way to begin a race! This choir is traveling throughout the US to raise money for children in Uganda. What a wonderful Thanksgiving blessing....we hope to participate in this race again next year and become more involved in their ministry. I think we have caught the racing bug and hope to run more races to raise money and awareness for orphans in Africa.