Category Faith

The details of our little man

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It is finally beginning to sink in… And I truly didn’t think that I would utter these words again, but:

I AM PREGNANT!

The due date has been set for May 19, 2016 and we could not be more shocked/excited.

Like with his big sister, it wasn’t some simple occurrence. The Lord has had his fingerprints all over this one yet again, and because of that, we would like to share the story with you.

This goes back to summer 2008. I had been studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and, before returning home, a group of friends and I decided to take a quick trip to Cairo, Egypt.

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While I did check a major item off my bucket list, I ended up coming home with more than a camera full of memories...

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Up from the trenches for EXCITING NEWS!

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I never really understood it when all my “new-mommy friends” would say things like, “uhhh we’ll get to that when we’re out of the trenches…” I know that there are equal parts of joy and challenge when entering parenthood, but until it actually happens to you, you really don’t understand what a load it truly is. 

First, I must brag: My baby will be 4 months tomorrow and she STILL hasn’t woken me by crying in the night. Now don’t get me wrong… the girl DEFINITELY wakes me up. We just transitioned her to the crib a few days ago, and last night alone I think I was up between 20-30 times (she lost her paci, wanted to move positions, etc). The lack of sleep is definitely the hardest part, but it all melts away as soon as I look at her...

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Depraved Indifference.

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In the spirit of this holiday season, I’m not going to say much.

This time I just want to share a video that reflects the heart of the One who was born to save.

I pray this video challenges you.

As you gather alongside your family, please remember the “least of these.”

Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah & thank you for journeying with us. 

See you in 2014! (Hopefully we will have some GOOD NEWS!)

 

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Waiting…

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In the past few weeks my mind has been wrestling over the concept of waiting.

Is there a right way to do this?

Sure, we can be in a constant state of prayer, petitioning for the Lord to give us a heart that reflects His, but how does this practically play out?

Being pregnant really does something to me. I’m waiting, yes, for my adoption process to proceed forward… but I’m also forced into a position of heavy family planning because of my growing baby bump and other private circumstances that I will reveal at a later date. Shouldn’t I be doing something? No..? Ok… sooo should I just sit on my hands and wait? No… something about that doesn’t sit right in my spirit. I KNOW that I should proactively be PURSUING something while I wait, but it’s all just a fog.

That’s when it finally clicked.

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The things I’ve wanted to say… (Part 2)

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By now you’ve probably seen the mighty hand of God at work my life. Just a few months ago, Jordan and I exited our “desert season” and are now enjoying the shade of The Lord’s love and mercy. Lately we have been walking in a constant awareness of Him. We feel His movements and can hear His whispers. 

Part 1 of this entry was about the little miracle that God breathed into our lives- STILL PRAISING HIM!- but this post is about a curve ball we most certainly did NOT see coming.

Before I go on, I must say that this hasn’t deterred us from enjoying the presence of God.

I think sometimes we get caught up in the red and yellow lights that The Lord issues -instead of- being THANKFUL that we even heard from God in the first place...

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The things I’ve wanted to say… (Part 1)

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Oh my… where to start? If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you probably know by now that WE’RE PREGNANT!

No matter how much I try to put words to this journey, I’ll never be able to describe all that God has done. His love and His miracles continue to astound me into a place of awe and praise. And before you ask, YES! We are STILL adopting. Again… “Oh my… where to start?”

Buckle in. I’ve got a lot of updating to do, and even though I’m dividing all the info into 2 separate posts, this is going to be a long one.

Let’s start with the pregnancy. I know that Jordan and I have lived in 4 states in the last 4 years, and this has caused interrupted lines of communication with the MANY faces we’ve grown to love...

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Mind vs. Faith

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Reality is starting to sink in, and with it comes a choice in mind-frame.

Living on a young pastor’s budget is something we are learning to adjust to, and we have been exploring all the ways we can be good stewards of our finances and many unnecessary blessings. For example, we are thinking about dropping cable for Hulu (please.. that’s still amazing) and have been learning about various programs where we qualify for extra grocery cash and medical bill coverage. It’s turning into a crazy ride of faith, that’s for sure.

Sometimes I find myself falling back into my “Bankruptcy Lawyer’s Daughter” mode and wondering how we will make all the numbers work. How can we live in one of the most expensive places in the world and STILL come up with more to respond in obedience? But what little faith...

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What about you? The hard truth.

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“I believe that God has uniquely created every one of His people to impact the world. Some may count it as idealistic, but I believe it is thoroughly biblical, rooted in Psalm 67:1-2, yet covering Scripture from beginning to end. God is in the business of blessing His people so that His ways and His salvation might be made known among all people.” – David Platt

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We were created to impact all nations for the glory of Christ. The testimony of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is that we were created to enjoy God’s grace in relationship to Him, so that we may extend His glory to the ends of the earth.

What does that look like to you?

What shape does that take in your life?

IS there an obvious avenue of worship that those of us from the outside can easily recognize?

These are all q...

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Faith in God includes faith in His timing.

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For you created my inmost being;

You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

Psalm 139: 13-14

Nothing is hidden from the Lord’s sight. 

He is God, and He knows me.

Perhaps you’re like me and are very aware of the current time of the year. It’s baby season. At any given day, I can name about 40 different friends of mine that are currently expecting mommies. Each month there are more births, and each month there are more announcements...

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