Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Let's go with this instead:
Jesus Sends Out the Seventytwo1After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' 6If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.' 10But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11'Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.' 12I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.So this scripture is something that we're reading every week for the next year. You may ask why. We, as a church, have chosen to be a part of Partnership for Missional Church, which will help us discover who we are, what we are doing, what God is doing around us, and how we will chose to join him in what he is doing in our community. We are also reading this text over and over to live in the scripture instead of using scripture as a tool for our own means. It's foreign to me but we're doing it, none-the-less.
What sticks out to you from this passage?
Monday, November 19, 2007
Shiloh is the sweet baby of Jen and Filipe Nunes (A family that were missionaries in Portugal for several years). They have been in the process of adopting her from Guatemala for many months. They have had her precious picture since she was 2 weeks old and she is now 7 1/2 months. They have gone to see her and spent a week in Guatemala as a family. Shiloh is still in her orphanage just waiting to come home to them. There are several things holding up the process and (even though they have been trusting God all along) it is getting harder and harder for them to be without their child. Now with the political situation in Guatemala changing there is a very strong need to pray for this family. The new president is saying that he will stop all adoptions coming from their country, including ones that are already in process now (this would include Shiloh), at the beginning of the new year. At this point now it looks like Shiloh wont be home before then. This is a very discouraging and scary situation for the Nunes family.
What they really desire is to have their daughter home and safe with them by Christmas time. For this to happen it is going to take a miracle. We need to all pray that God will answer the desires of their hearts and bring her home to them.
I know it's short notice, but on Wednesday the 21st (the day before Thanksgiving) we are going to do a prayer and fasting day. We are asking anyone who knows their family or who wants to petition God on behalf of this precious child and her family join us. If you have a blog or myspace please link to this post or cut and paste this request so that as many people as possible read this before Wednesday.
If you want to pray with us please do so. If you would like you can leave a note on my blog (http://www.jessicawoods.blogspot.com)
or Jen's (http://guatagirl.blogspot.com/) letting us know you are joining in or just write a note of encouragement for this family.
Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
sitting together, reading a book
standing in the kitchen, learning to cook
sharing some deep thoughts
sneaking out and getting caught
playing games at your house or mine
late nights, hospital visits,
talking on the phone , losing track of time
living in the same state
friendship, my mother
No one could be as great!
I love you. Happy Birthday!
May God grant you with peace and comfort and may you dwell in the love that he has given you in us.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
"Izzy, if you could change your name and pick a new name, what name would you pick?"
She replied, "Izzy with Dicky."
"What was that? You want your name to be Dicky?"
I couldn't stop giggling.
Emma chose Lizzy for her name and Aiden chose Harry Potter.
Emma is a pretty cool kid. She tries to wear cool stuff and she's funny and nice to her friends but I am still amazed sometimes because everyone seems to give her things. She has come home from school with pictures, of course, drawn by all her friends and then cute hair rubberbands, head bands of all sorts, pens, pencils, magnets, toys, candy and the list goes on. I feel like I am constantly asking her where she got such and such. Half the time I ask her if she asked them to give it to her. It's what she does to her siblings when I'm around so I can only imagine she does the exact same things when I'm not around. Sometimes I am amazed at the things she convinces her brother and sister to give her. And, mind you, no one is ever crying!
Let me take you on a slight detour and we'll come back around to this subject. Emma has a friend named "Tanya", we'll call her. Well, a while ago Tanya told Emma that she was moving. Emma was sad. Then she told Emma that she was moving the very next day. Emma continued to report to me her tragedy. Then she told Emma that she was moving next week. Then she told Emma she was moving Wednesday. Then she told Emma that she could come to our Harvest party. Then she told Emma that she had her own Harvest party. Then she told Emma her family was rich and she said if she could she is going to bring her a hundred dollars today.
How cool is that? I think she will. 'Cause everything Tanya says is true! How many kids do you know that get presents from their friends all the time and get 100 whoppin' dollars. Emma is awesome! Guess that means I'm awesome! Awesome!
Saturday, November 03, 2007
We had a Harvest party at our church on Wednesday and invited the neighborhood. it was good and we did have neighbors come. We had a bounce house, an apple cider press which made delicious cider, a maze, glow in the dark water game, trike races, bobbing for apples, fishing, corn toss, tractor racing(kind of like at the fair with the water shooting and the horses racing along a board...), pumpkin smashing, seed spitting, freshly fried doughnuts, finding candy ina whole bunch of hay, and some chili and corn bread for dinner. Did I forget to mention there was a friendly photographer at the front door taking pictures of everyone in front of a cute little barn scene?
Well, my kids were actually able to borrow costumes from friends . Aiden started off as a gorilla and ended up as spider man when he got too hot. Emma was a Barbie cheerleader. Izzy was an dancing elephant and then took off her tutu making her a plain ol' elephant. Ben and I were both farmers. Good times, rotten teeth!