Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FEAR NOT

I was so appreciative of our Bible study last Wednesday night, and I wanted to share the blessing! Pedro was talking about how his daughters are sometimes afraid of things, like monsters in the closet or under the bed. He, of course, like all good dads, tries to reassure them and explain that there is absolutely nothing to be frightened of and that they are perfectly safe. From an adult's perspective, it's so easy to see how foolish that type of fear can be.

But don't we often do the same thing with God? We go to him with fears, and He tries to tell us that, as our Heavenly Father, He knows that everything is fine and that there is absolutely nothing that should frighten us. Everything is under His control, so we should be able to trust Him when He tells us to "fear not." We see that command all over Scripture. We're also told that perfect love casts out fear. God's love for us is certainly perfect. And since nothing can come into our lives that hasn't first been filtered through His perfectly loving hands, we truly have nothing to fear in this life. So, as I think about my own "monsters under the bed,"  I'm encouraged to trust my Heavenly Father when He tells me not to worry. I can choose to live with my foolish fear or trust God and His promises. What are you choosing today?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Spanish Scoreboard


So...Andy and I have started doing something new to help us with our attitudes on difficult aspects of life here in Spain. We're using a scoreboard system. Whenever we have a good attitude about something frustrating or difficult about life here in Spain, we give ourselves a point. Whenever we have a bad attitude or complain about something here, Spain gets a point. So for example, when they told us that we had to spend $200 just to take the written driving exam and we had a good attitude about it...we got a point! When we complain how inefficient things are here...Spain gets a point. This has been helpful because it keeps us from getting discouraged and being that way all day. We get frustrated about something, and we give Spain a point and then move on to the next "possession"!  

We appreciate your prayers as we navigate this intense time of transition! We wouldn't be able to do this if we didn't know that God had called us here. We're thankful for His clear leading in our lives and His sustaining grace to get through this phase. These issues may seem trivial, but we know that the lessons that we learn now will prepare us for the much more difficult days of ministry ahead.

Jeremiah 12:5 ESV
"If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? 



Year 7!

Yesterday Andy and I celebrated 7 years of marriage! We're so thankful to God for his blessings on our lives and marriage. It was so fun to watch our wedding video and think back on what God has accomplished in these last seven years. I also REALLY enjoyed this year's anniversary poem. For those of you that don't know, Andy writes a poem every anniversary to summarize the last year. We keep all the poems in a journal and each anniversary we go back and read some of the previous poems. It's a really fun way to remember the big events from each year of marriage! I say it every year, but I really think that this year's poem is the best! I laughed through the whole thing! He has a way with words!