A penny for your thoughts…

Today I had a few minutes to go by myself to Redeemed Music and Books. I was looking for homeschool curriculum for the next school year. While I was there I decided to look for some ladies Bible Studies. I found a study that I am excited to get started. The author is Jennifer Rothschild.
I had already done one of her Bible studies before and one of her quotes is: “It doesn’t have to be well with your circumstances to be well with your soul”
Her study is about how we allow our thoughts to dictate how we feel about ourselves. How many times do we say negative things to ourselves in our minds not realizing the damage we do to ourselves.
If you don’t know anything about this author I recommend you read her story. She truly helped me “open my eyes” to how I am truly blessed.
While I was at Redeemed a lady came up to me and asked me if I knew of a book she could read about spouses and gambling. I asked her if she went to church and she said no. I was able to invite her to Seminole Baptist and I told her that she could receive encouragement and counseling at church. Please pray with me for Geneva. I don’t know if I will ever see her again but I do know that prayer works.
This evening we were able to spend some one on one time with fellow missionaries Ben and Rachelle Metzger. We had a great time.

These are just a few thoughts about things that happened today.

I feel truly blessed and Happy!!

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Great Sunday at Seminole Baptist – Our Sending Church

We had a wonderful time visiting Seminole Baptist Temple, our sending church, yesterday Esteban was able to teach a class and in the evening service he gave a brief presentation about what has been going on in the last few months.  We are so thankful that God has given us a church that is behind us 100%.

In our own lives sometimes we forget that God is with us and backing us up 100%.  We just need to let him be the ruler of our lives.  God knows better than we do.

May we never forget who should be in control of our lives.

I hope everyone has a great week.

 

 

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10 Months on Deputation!!

I can’t believe how fast time flies.  What an amazing journey this has been so far.  We have met some amazing people along the way and God has blessed us beyond words.  I am so excited that God has called me to share His Word with those in need.  These summer months we have been relaxing and taking some needed R&R.  God has allowed us to spend some quality time with family.

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My family on my dad’s side along with Esteban’s parents that came to visit from Uruguay.

Last week we had the opportunity to finish our last week of Candidate School.  We were receiving training on how to prepare to leave for the field.  We had an amazing time reconnecting with other missionaries.

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The deputation Ladies at Candidate School 2013

The last week in August begins a journey that will take us through Christmas.  We will be going back to California, then to the east coast.  Please pray for traveling mercies and that God would use us to encourage others and show His love.

I Love being a Missionary and traveling around seeing what God is doing in other churches and in other peoples lives.  I can’t wait until God is ready for us to get to Uruguay.  Pray that it would be soon.  We know how lost the people of Uruguay are and we are ready to get there and share God’s Word.

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Beautiful quilt from Beacon Baptist

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What I have learned so far on Deputation.

For our family of 5 it takes at least 3 days to prepare for a trip.  Washing clothes, preparing schoolwork and misc items to take.  

So once we start putting the clothes into the suitcases they look like this:

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Organized and folded.  Everything has a place and it fits perfectly into the suitcase.  That is how I believe we can start our life or deputation .  We try and plan everything and have everything organized.  We try to prepare for situations that might happen along the way.  I am not saying that we have everything under control just that we try to prepare beforehand.

Well….after being on deputation for 6 months, I can say that there is nothing that can prepare you for all the different emotions or situations you will face.  You never know what is going to happen, except that God is in control and not us.

So after traveling on a trip the suitcase now looks like this:

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Everything is messed up.  Nothing is in its place.  You can’t find anything.  If we are not careful, and we try to take everything into our own hands then this is how our life can be.  We start out good and we think”this is not so bad” and then reality and life sets in and we say “what was I thinking?

But today I wanted to share with you some things I learned while on deputation:

  • I learned to take deputation as a learning experience and a time to be an encouragement to the people and the churches we visit.  
  • I  learned that even though I don’t feel like smiling I should still smile.  You never know when someone is watching and can be encouraged by your smile.
  • I learned to be willing and happy to do whatever the pastor asks of me. Even if it is in the spur of the moment.
  • I learned that my kids are watching me to see how I will respond to situations.
  • I learned that there is nothing greater than waking up every morning with my family near me.

I am still learning and am excited to see what God is going to do in our ministry while on deputation.  I pray that we all learn to allow God to be in control of our lives. He knows what is best for us.

Have a great day!!

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Great Easter Sunday!!

It is always nice to be able to stay in one place for a week.  We are able to regroup and do some homeschooling and feel like we are “at home”.  This past week we have been staying at Beacon Baptist Missions House in Taylor Michigan.  Since we didn’t have a church booked on Easter we decided to join Beacon Baptist on Easter Sunday.  What a blessing to be able to sit and enjoy an Easter Cantata.  They did a great job and God was glorified.  Pastor Gilbert gave a simple yet powerful message and one man accepted Christ. Later we were able to enjoy some fellowship with Pastor Riley and his sons.  God is Good and we had a Great Easter!

We also were able to spend some much needed time talking with our family back in Uruguay.  We talked about ministry and that sometimes when we know we are doing the right thing, others will oppose.  Christians can sometimes be the hardest critics.  Sometimes this can discourage us but we should not feel defeated when we know we are doing what God wants us to do to bring others to Christ.

Even though the road may be tough and we may get criticism God is with us and will give us the strength to continue.

In Psalms 28:7  it says: The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

LET OUR HEARTS REJOICE TODAY!!

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Easter Sunday at Beacon Baptist

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My 3 handsome boys on Easter Sunday

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