Monday, June 27, 2011

Time Flies.................

"Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves. When our dreams come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord."
Sir Francis Drake

      It is hard to believe that June is almost over.  Time flies whether  it is fun or not. Four days and the change will happen whether we want it to or not.  We have prayed for a change and here it is 4 days away!!!  What does God have in store for our family.  I am dreaming GRANDE, as good as a latte grande made with coffee grow on the coastal ghats of India and buffalo milk.  It doesn't get any better than that.  Or one of my favorite re-occurring Indian memories, coming back to my room out of the heat,noise, and pollution to lay on a firm bed with white linens and looking up at the high ceiling with the fan on high and the air conditioning set to freeze me.  Now that is a big dream to match up to those memories.

"For I know the plan I have for you"-"plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

    Are we ready?  That is the million dollar question????I don't know, as ready as one can be.  A great resource is Operation World a huge book on countries and specific needs world wide. We took a family vote and the vote came in CHINA, no surprise there.  We all love China's culture,people,tradition, and great beauty of the land.    The next close runner ups were Thailand and India.  Of course we are open to stay right here as well for the right opportunity.  I find myself recently intrigued by Cambodia.  I would like some where with snow and 4 seasons, but that is just a preference not a requirement.  As many of you know that I love snow and winter months.  I would give it up for a major life change and opportunity.  I would go into the furnace countries for an adventure. Most importantly that HIS will be done, whether that is here or over there, where ever THERE may be.

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”
 Matthew 16:25 NLT   


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Philippians 3:20

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.

The last few weeks have been very difficult.  I am so thankful that Graedy, Elise, and Elijah are having such a fun summer.  Graedy stayed most of last week with friends.  Elise and Elijah went to camp at Winter park and had a fabulous time.  This was Elijah first time to go to camp and to be away from home for 2 nights without any family.  Today Elise and Graedy fly to magnificent Astoria, actually fly into Portland and on the road to Astoria.  I  miss my brother so much I wish that I could go as well.    While most of the kids are gone I am working on simplifying our lives.  Can we say get rid of everything we don't need and de-clutter.  So many moves and so much stuff.  Sneha on the other hand is very mad that everyone left and basically destroyed her new glasses yesterday.  She broke the bow and a lens and of course she is directing all her anger at me.
    I sure hope that we learn what-ever we are supposed to learn that we learn it soon.  I want summer to be fun and care-free not so full of worry. Time ticks very fast and  the weeks are closing in very fast.  A possible  end to this life as we know it .  Honestly I just don't know what to do.  I just have to sit back do what I can and wait on the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Resting in HIM...................Remembering the flight home from China

Psalm 34:11

Come, my children, and listen to me,and I will teach you to fear the Lord.

I trying my best to have sustaining Faith.  Faith that will up-root trees and move mountains.  I have stories of many moments and circumstances that only God could create.  More miracles already in my life time than many people ever experience in a life time.  I need to be grateful and rest in the day, not consumed by what is to come and how we will get there.  My dreams are huge so large that I know in my own strength they will never come true.  They can only come true from heaven above.
Guangzhou city view

  I have to remember that not long ago on a plane traveling home from Guangzhou I brought home a new son that spoke no English.  The night before we left the White Swan hotel in Guangzhou China I became dizzy and fell down marble stairs.  The result many bumps,bruises, and a sprained ankle.  We were flying United home and it is so cramped and crowded not optimal for a sore leg and ankle.   We were just glad to be heading home after 2 weeks in China, fun but time to go home.  Little did I know the surprise waiting on the plane for me.  I was seated next to a nice Chinese lady originally from Guangzhou, China  a city of 10 million people.  To make a long story short  this lady from China now lived where????Great Falls, Montana and we knew people in common.  A town up in northern Montana surrounded by only the wild and ranches.  What are the chances meeting some in China and now lives where we loved to live????We talked almost the entire flight home.  She translated for me with Elijah, took him to the bathroom, eased his fears so perfectly.  She let me stretch my hurting leg and foot on to her side for more room. A true gift from God to surprise me that he was thinking of me.  Only the God of the universe can surprise us with a gift that we could never even imagine.  Fourteen hours can seem like an eternity sitting next to someone.  How can I doubt that he will remember our plans and dreams.  I just wait and see what miracle unfolds.
 The Pearl River, Guangzhou China

Lamentations 3:25

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,to those who search for him.

Missouri River-Great Falls Montana

The Missouri River running through a state that has a population of less than 1 million.  Two rivers a world apart and two people meeting in the skies. Nothing is by chance.................

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The winds have changed....................

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11 ESV

   I am so ready to go, and I must say that I am ruined for the ordinary life.   I want more, I don't want the American dream.  We are finally free....Let us go......We are ready for change, I just can't settle for the ordinary any longer.  I want to wake up every day and see the new and the different.  Your will alone and not mine. It is out of our hands, funny we never could really hold on to it anyways.   You created the earth and everything in it, so I know I must have faith.  Nothing in this world is left to chance and I am dreaming the big dream, praying for a miracle to rescue us.  The hairs on my head are numbered and I praying to Heaven above to answer our prayers!

Psalm 100:5
 For the LORD is good;his steadfast love endures forever,and his faithfulness to all generations.