Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God,who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

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We are thankful for each one of you, and the ways God has used you in our lives this year! Below is a video from Bob Creson, president of Wycliffe, and his wife Dallas, about the progress made this year in the work of Bible translation.

Praying “grace upon grace” to you this Christmas!

Life at the Moment

This is going on here – and there is much more to go!

downsized_1210032016We are asking, “Is this worth it’s weight? Is it going with us to PNG?” and if the answer is “No” it’s ending up in this pile. We will be moving out of our house here in Tupelo before our cross-cultural training, and we have a lot to do over the coming weeks!

Advent… The Season of Waiting

Waiting.
Advent.
It comes from the Latin.
It means “coming.”

– Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Advent started this Sunday. I didn’t grow up celebrating Advent, but in recent years I have seen how quickly Christmas sneaks up on me if I don’t take time to slow down. I love the focus on seeing how God has been coming to our rescue, for His glory, from the first page of Scripture to the last.

This year I am reading Ann Voskamp’s book, mentioned above. It has brief readings and questions for reflections for each day, along with ornaments to create a Jesse Tree.

To brush past it, to rush through it, to not see how it comes for you up over the edges of everything, quiet and unassuming and miraculous – how every page of the Word has been writing it, reaching for you, coming for you. And you could wake on Christmas only to grasp that you never took the whole of the Gift, the wide expanse of grace. So now we pause. Still. Ponder. Hush. Wait. Each day of Advent, He gives you the gift of time, so you have time to be still and wait.

Our "upside down Christmas" Jesse tree.

Our “upside down Christmas” Jesse tree.

God has been whispering the message of “waiting” to me since the beginning of November, so I am feeling this “hush” in a special way.

I am trying to pray not just “Lord, come! Lord, move!” But “Lord, grow me into who I am supposed to be. Help me depend on you in a new way through this season.”