Thursday, September 20, 2012


A few weeks ago a friend wrote me a card of encouragement.  On the front of the card was a picture of Jesus as the good shepherd reaching out to rescue a lamb caught in a precarious place.    Inside she quoted Mark 10:51 where Jesus asked:   

"What do you want me to do for you?" 

She knew at that point in my school planning I had been focused and under pressure.  Planning for five grade levels can be a challenge and I am thankful to be able to share transparently with the women of our church when I am struggling and need prayer.   

She shared that she often liked to think of that verse 

"What do you want me to do for you?"
as directly from Christ to herself and she would respond to Him with her petitions.

Don't you love that idea?  It is easy to forget that at times we do not have "because [we] do not ask."  James 4:2. 

As the new school year is now chugging along, I keep remembering that card and that message. 

Other verses have also been an encouragement to me.  While reading this week in Malachi, we see how the people were doing evil before the Lord- offering less than their best in sacrifice and dealing treacherously with one another.  He explained that He makes a husband and wife one for a purpose- because  

"He seeks godly offspring."
-Malachi 4:15 
And there it was-  the very thing my mother's heart desires is the very thing God seeks. 

As I shared the verses from Malachi with our girls, their eyes lit up- God wants godly offspring!  It so often feels like we are fighting uphill doesn't it?  Against our own flesh; against the lofty things of the world that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God; against attack by the enemy.  But God.  He wants our children to be godly and He wants them to raise up godly children before Him. 
I could see the glimmer in them for the moment as they seemed to grasp it.  It is like we are all on an exciting secret mission for the King.   

I know that we stumble.  I know if it depended only on me the whole deal would surely fail. 
On top of my own flesh I am acquainted with the negative reports and troubling statistics that are coming out of the church.  And while I think it is good to take council and sift to the bottom of things, ultimately I must ask:
"Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
-Genesis 18:14


He has said:

"My grace is sufficient for thee: 
for my strength is made perfect
in weakness."
- 2 Corinthians 12:9

He has said:
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
great shall be the peace of thy children."
- Isaiah 54:13

He has said:
"He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on Thee;
because he trusteth in Thee."
- Isaiah 26:3

 So I again I ask myself:
"Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
- Genesis 18:14

May we seek Him and His Kingdom.



WE WERE ON VACATION:   These are just a few of the photos I want to share from our week long trip.  If you are waiting for an email from me, well this is why you haven't heard back. :)  Please do not think I have forgotten you!  I am so blessed to hear from each of you and will be at work responding soon!  



  1. Great reminder to all of us!

    Loved the pictures from your vacation! Where did you guys go?? Sure looks like you had a ball toghether! :0)

    God is good all the time. All the time God is good!


  2. Love all those vacation pictures!!

  3. Thanks Kelly- We went to Klamath Falls, Oregon. We had a wonderful time. Amen- God is so good. I know you have been taught that through trial- which makes your saying it twice as lovely. :)

    Thanks Kristi! Love to you! :)