25 January 2009
20 January 2009
~Smalltown Poets, Clean
17 January 2009
I decided to go in and just lay with her for a bit. She kept crying and telling me things that she was upset about, but she started to hold my hand, and then hug it to her stomach, and intermittently just listen to the radio that was playing. Then she put her fingers in her mouth (her soother) and pulled her blankie close and slowly... slowly... the eyelids got heavy, the arms relaxed, the head rested fully on the pillow. And then, the sign when I know it's for sure, the jerky, big breath that is let out so relaxed and calm. Peace.
It is a joy and a relief to watch your children go to sleep. With Faith, it's not too often anymore... Joel either, really. When they were babies, we got to watch it all the time. There are so many analogies to be made between being parents to your children, and how God thinks of us (His children). I'm sure you've heard some. While watching Faith relax and trust and fall asleep, I was thinking about following God's will and desire for our lives. I desired so much for Faith to fall asleep and get some rest, and once she finally decided that was okay (which is a decision she very much makes herself!) I felt a peace too. Not necessarily an accomplishment or success on my part, but an assurance that the afternoon would be better for it, and that my own child was at peace, calm and content in her world, doing what I knew was best for her.
How much do I fight what God desires for my life? How much do I tense up and yell and kick and scream? When I can truly submit to His will, the relationship prospers. Just as our family's does when the kids listen, obey, and enjoy each other. Only then can we grow deeper and really build lasting, loving bonds as a family.
I only hope I can make God feel the same way that I do when I watch my children fall asleep.
14 January 2009
10 January 2009
Our journey to Kenya began not too long ago in April of 2008, when we (Jim and Heather) began to talk about our next step. We love living in Woodland Park, but knew that this wonderful community was a stepping stone to something different. We quickly became involved in learning about Africa Inland Mission, an international organization with a US office in Pearl River, NY. After two applications, an interview, psychological surveys, and reading preparations, we arrived in New York for the final step (or the first step!) in November 2008. We attended a candidate week with 14 other prospective missionaries, and by the end of the week we learned we were headed to the Rift Valley Academy in July of 2010.
Africa Inland Mission was established in 1895 by Peter Cameron Scott. The work we are joining began over 110 years ago! We are humbled to be even a small part of an incredible story. We would love for you to join in as well. We cannot be sent without the strong and faithful support of our family and friends. We look forward to sharing with you about God’s work in Africa, and want to hear about His work where you are, too.