1 Corinthians 3:4-9

"For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building."

1 Corinthians 3:4-9


Friday, December 19, 2014

16 years

Today we celebrate sixteen years of marriage.
When we got married we were so young. We really did not know what we were doing...but thankfully God did. Thankfully, before the beginning of time, God our Father had perfectly planned out our lives together. And we are so thankful! Our years together are full of  many, many fun times; great joy and difficult moments. We have walked through very low times, and also great victories. We've been together through times of plenty and through times of scarcity. We have walked together through sickness and through health.

Today, I look at this picture and am so overjoyed at God's goodness. He is so faithful. He never walked away from us, even when we wanted to give up. He has remained faithful and has restored our marriage. He has remained faithful and has strengthened our marriage. He has remained faithful and has made our marriage into something I had only once dreamed about.

There have been so many who have walked with us, beside us, and sometimes have carried us through difficult moments. We thank all of you who have been influential in our lives and marriage. We are thankful for our parents who gave us life! We are thankful for those who have prayed for our marriage over the years. Thank you- and please keep praying!

Would you join us today in celebrating God's faithfulness, goodness, and his grace as we celebrate our marriage today?






Monday, November 24, 2014

We're still alive!

So sorry it has been so long since we have updated here. We're still alive!

Life really has been that busy. We've seen IGNITE Class 7 complete their training here in Antigua and now they are serving in their respective fields. IC6 is now serving in their home churches, after having completed their re-entry in Montana. We've experienced our first English Camp here on the property as well as the Central American Pastor's and Leader's conference. Our moms came for a visit and I feel confident saying we conquered Antigua! Haha. We had a great visit with them and are thankful that they are best friends and travel buddies. It is such a blessing to have moms who love us enough to follow us all over Central America! :)

We are so thankful for what we see the Lord doing all around us. He is working in the lives of the students here on campus- both the IGNITE interns, as well as the Bible College students. He is working in the hearts and lives of the staff on campus. As He works and moves in our own hearts, we see that He chooses to use us in the lives of others.  We don't know why, haha, but He does. The church is growing, as well, both in numbers but more importantly spiritually. Each week, I hear testimony of the way God is working in the lives of church members. And the way He chooses to work is not through easy circumstances. There are really hard things happening in the lives of people here, and in the midst of those hard things, God is working and using those very situations to draw His people close to him, change them, and ultimately to transform their lives.

"I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free." Psalm 119:30-32

Yesterday I had two very different conversations with two very different women.  Both are struggling to let others in to the deepest parts of their hearts. The Lord laid it upon my heart to speak with, listen to, and pray for both of them. Both know the scriptures very well and have been 'in church' for many, many years. One chose to live out what we read in the verses above. One responded to the still, small voice of the Lord and opened up her heart yesterday, chose to run in what the Lord has set out before her, and consequently found freedom! The other sadly, responded to the Lord calling out to her by closing up her arms and her heart tight, like in a ball of tangled, knotted yarn. The Lord's presence was among us as tears flowed from her eyes, yet her hard was hard. Freedom was there- she just had to choose to run towards it. But instead I watched as her countenance changed and she ran away and not towards her Savior.

"Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. In the night I remember your name, O LORD, and I will keep your law. This has been my practice; I obey your precepts." Psalm 119:54-56

I asked her if she takes time every day to read her bible and she said no. She had moved recently and did not like her new home and had not even unpacked. She just did not have time to sit down and read. I prayed for her and exhorted her to be obedient to the word, make things right with people with whom she was angry- starting with God. And as she walked away my heart sank, knowing that her heart was still hardened.

What I take away from these two verses that the Lord has given me the past few days in my own devotional time is that we do each have a choice. We must choose the way in which we are going to walk. There are two ways- with God or away from him. There is a consequence of both ways.

Towards God leads to freedom- no mater what your circumstances of life are. When our hearts are set on or purposed to obey God's Word, we will find freedom. We will find life.

If you are not walking towards God, on the path He sets out before you, you are walking away from him. As a friend of mine says, we need to read the scripture backwards sometimes to understand what is there. When we read backwards in these texts we see that if we do not follow God we do not have freedom. Which means we are in captivity. Bondage. Death. 

Bondage?
Death?

Why? Because the word of God is alive and active. It brings us life and moves us to application- action.

Have you taken time today to sit and read God's word? Will you stop for a moment and listen for His voice? Will you obey what He says when He speaks?

If you have about an hour, take the time to listen to this teaching from a friend of mine. You will be blessed!

 http://vimeo.com/112604465