Monthly Archives: April 2014

Importance of our prayer partners

Melissa and I have heard many times people say a variation of the following, “I’m sorry all I can do is partner with you in prayer.” This is a statement which baffles us especially after yesterday. Yesterday, a tornado came through our town, and by God’s grace Melissa, our five children, and our transportation, and myself were all protected from a tornado that either passed directly over our heads or just over from us! Prayer partners whom have been praying for us as we prepare to go to PNG; you are vital to us. Thank you.

Standing on our front porch looking to the right.

Standing on our front porch looking to the right.

Front porch looking straight ahead.

Front porch looking straight ahead.

Front porch looking to the left.

Front porch looking to the left.

Front porch looking to the left.

Front porch looking to the left.

Front porch looking to the left & up.

Front porch looking to the left & up.

Tree across the street in front of the house.

Tree across the street in front of the house.

Wider shot of directly across the street.

Wider shot of directly across the street.

Directly across the street.

Directly across the street.

Front of the house. Covering up a *huge* window. A stray branch from this tree knocked out one of the smallest windows. A few inches to the left (from this view) and it would have knocked out the really big window.

Front of the house. Covering up a *huge* window. A stray branch from this tree knocked out one of the smallest windows. A few inches to the left (from this view) and it would have knocked out the really big window.

Our front door with pieces of leaves pasted to the front.

Our front door with pieces of leaves pasted to the front.

Side yard looking toward Parkway Baptist Church. This is where we were asked to go to be evacuated out of the neighborhood.

Side yard looking toward Parkway Baptist Church. This is where we were asked to go to be evacuated out of the neighborhood.

Side of the house.

Side of the house.

From the side of the house.

From the side of the house.

Window that was cracked.

Window that was cracked.

Side yard.

Side yard.

Neighbors behind us.

Neighbors behind us.

Humongous tree next to our house. It fell next to it rather than on it.

Humongous tree next to our house. It fell next to it rather than on it.

Back of our house looking toward a different neighbor.

Back of our house looking toward a different neighbor.

The corner of the back of the house.

The corner of the back of the house.

These branches on their side are taller than the house.

These branches on their side are taller than the house.

Other side yard. Clayton Ave is one house over the the left of this picture.

Other side yard. Clayton Ave is one house over the the left of this picture.

Back yard looking at two other neighbors.

Back yard looking at two other neighbors.

Side yard and neighbor's crushed garage and car.

Side yard and neighbor’s crushed garage and car.

A better view of the side yard.

A better view of the side yard.

From the front yard looking at our mini-van.

From the front yard looking at our mini-van.

More of our front yard.

More of our front yard.

Front yard with our mini-van.

Front yard with our mini-van.

Our front glass in the living room. Where we were sitting just before the tornado came.

Our front glass in the living room. Where we were sitting just before the tornado came.

Our van escaped without a scratch. In fact I moved the branch on top of the trash. Had the trash can not slid under the branch it would have probably gone through the radiator!

Our van escaped without a scratch. In fact I moved the branch on top of the trash. Had the trash can not slid under the branch it would have probably gone through the radiator!

God was watching over even our transportation.

God was watching over even our transportation.

 

 

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Just behind the mini-van. My back is actually against the van.

Just beyond our driveway.

Just beyond our driveway.

 

 

 

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The church just down that street where many people took shelter. Many of their vehicles where destroyed.

The road in front of our house.

The road in front of our house.

 

 

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My brother and I walked in to get clothes early the next morning (4/29)

 

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Down Joyner just past Pinehurst. This is probably a half block over from us.

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Joyner Elementary school.

 

Joyner Ave.

Walking down Joyner Ave.

Would you consider partnering with us in prayer?

Mondays: A Battleground

We always appreciate your prayers, but we could use them especially on Mondays.

On Mondays we sit down and look at the past week, and look at what our plans are for this week.

Mondays are the days we tend to fight the most spiritual attacks, discouragement, and doubts.

On Mondays the enemy whispers (or shouts!), “This is too hard. You are in this alone. It will never happen.”

Mondays are a battleground for our emotions. Our minds. Our wills.

On Mondays we cry out, “Lord, we believe! Help our unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

Would you pray 1 Corinthians 15:58 over us?

  • That we would be steadfast and immovable
  • That we would abound in the work of the Lord
  • That we would know that in the Lord our labor is not in vain

It was counted to him as righteousness – because of his faith

Right now I (David) am reading through the book of Romans for my devotions in the mornings. Just started last week and on chapter 4. Yes I’m a little slow ;). This morning as I was reading through chapter 4 a phrase about Abraham’s faith jumped out at me, but I’ll get to that in just a moment.

First a little context. Paul is in full swing talking about the law and faith. He comes to Abraham. Toward the end of the chapter he says:

He [Abraham] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God. ~Romans 4:19-20 [My emphasis]

This is of course referring to God’s promise to make Abraham the father of many nations. At the point God made this promise, science, common knowledge, and all that makes sense to us humanly was working against Abraham. Or more specifically God’s promise. Paul even uses the language “he was as good as dead”. I always smile when I see the parenthesis and explanation as to say he was not being disrespectful just real. Not only was Abraham old (beyond really being able to conceive a child), but Sarah was also old and barren their entire marriage. Surely if God were going to make Abraham the father of many nations it would have happened by now or at least by human reasoning.

The phrase in bold is what jumped out at me. After Paul recounted that Abraham’s unbelief did not cause him to waver concerning God’s promise it says how. “… he grew strong in the his faith as he gave glory to God.” It reminds me of a song my mom used to sing the chorus of:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the LORD hath done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Faith grows strong by giving glory to God; rather then to myself or my circumstances.

Home Sweet Home

March was an interesting month! We finished up our time at JAARS on March 8th. From there, we went to Tullahoma, TN and spent a few days with David’s parents. We arrived back in Tupelo on March 13th. It’s been wonderful to be back at our home church, and to catch up with friends and family. We’ve also been working on tolerating ambiguity, as David mentioned, while we looked for a viable temporary housing option for our family. We will be in Tupelo until the beginning of June at least. Long enough to need a space of our own, but not long enough to sign a 6 month or 1 year lease. Some precious friends allowed us to stay in their home while we looked for something, which was a tremendous blessing.

Mimi & Girls at Fall Cree Falls

After several ups and downs, God led us to just the right house. We are thankful to have a place to call home for this season, and we appreciate your prayers as we settle into a new routine. Transition is going to be our “normal” for quite awhile.

Our new house - thankful for the Lord's provision.

Our new house – thankful for the Lord’s provision.

Headed out for our first walk around the neighborhood

Headed out for our first walk around the neighborhood

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Fun at the park that is in walking distance.