Monday, January 19, 2015

JOY~

One of the books I am reading is The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippets. Kara blogs at Mundane Faithfulness.   Kara is dying. Watching her journey and reading her book has helped me so much. I know that may sound morbid but .....   so often I worry or stress over the "small stuff."  Oh it seems big.....    but really....  it is not.
I find myself worrying over bills, school, life....   etc and not living life with JOY.  As I read Kara's words....   all that dims and I hurt for her as she holds on for another week, day, moment with her family.

As life quickly passes us by.....   and my 12 yr old (5th born) will soon turn 13, what the world says is now a  'teenager'.....   I know all too well how fast time goes.  You know what.....   the bills get paid and school gets finished.... or not.   We will never have THIS day again.....  

So today....  this week, this year.....   I am CHOOSING JOY.  I am smiling more, complaining less, laughing more, hugging more, and just breathing deep.

As I am growing older and this year I will turn 54.....   my youngest will turn 12 this year.  I only have 6.5 yrs left of home schooling.....     and all of our days are numbered .....   so God already knows the day I will see Him face to face....   oh what a glorious day that will be....   but, I want so desperately to live in the moment.....  with JOY.  

Please pray with me for Kara.  Hop over to her blog and listen to her words...   she is such a gift to me!


Grace~ Teena

Friday, January 09, 2015

Part of Our Family..... Always

We have been involved with Compassion since 2008.  We sponsored Ucok from Indonesia in March of 2008.

In 2009-2011 We became more involved and I became an Advocate. Our Alyssa sponsored her first child Jazzy Rain from the Philippines in 2011...  isn't her name cool?

Then in 2012....  we sponsored Erik from Bolivia. We hear from Erik a lot....  and have learned all about his mom and sister. I think it is important to ask about their family.  Erik is very open with us and tells us how to pray for them.

We also write to Neema (Tanzania our Dakota financially sponsors her) and Betlhem (Ethiopia).

Compassion is amazing. I am so thankful to be a part of it. It is part of our lives. THEY are part of our family. 

Each time we receive a letter from one of our children it reminds us of how blessed we are. It has helped us/our children to think of others and to me it helps them to not be as selfish. Wyatt & Wesley write Erik and pray for him.

You can call Compassion and ask for bookmarks & posters of your child. We put these in our books and the boys have Erik on their wall. Lysa has her girls on her wall too. They are close to our hearts. We write every month (online) and every couple of months send stickers/pictures and a hand written letter.

Most of the above pictures are on my side bar. Every now and then we receive other pics. I love seeing them in different settings!

This is Erik with our letters! I just love it!
Here he is with his mom and his birthday cake at the Compassion project! I just love how we are a part of his life and he is a part of our life. God is faithful.  I think it is such a gift to be connected to a child in another part of this world. Our words to them speak life. They read our words and know that we love them!

If you do not sponsor a child through Compassion it is an amazing experience. You can click on the link and see children that are waiting. You could pick from a certain country, your birthday, girl, boy, age....   ones that have been waiting the longest.  With Compassion YOU are their only sponsor. It is a one/one relationship.

Thank you for letting me share.  If you would like more information please feel free to email or comment!

If you do sponsor will you share the name and age of your child?

May the JOY of the Lord be yours!

Sponsor a child... change a life forever!
Grace~ Teena

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Giving and Serving....

For several years now .... the Saturday before Christmas we serve the needy in our area. We participate in what is called 7 Baskets at Christmas.  This year was a bit different than the last couple years.

We delivered food boxes to shut ins.....    and then we went into two areas and gave out food boxes, water and toys.  One of the locations were where we had our backyard bible club this past summer. It was amazing to see the children and how they remembered us.

Two of the girls said to me......  "I can't wait to see Lysa!"    We also helped a family that we have known for several years.  We were able to pray with them.

I do not share this to brag.....   but I have found when we serve it helps us to take our eyes off ourselves and think of others. A lot of the time..... we are the ones who are deeply blessed.




 I love how God has allowed us to build relationships there.....


It was a long day.....  but such a wonderful, blessed one.

Change the life of a child... sponsor a child today!
Grace~ Teena

Friday, January 02, 2015

My One Word.

Each year I wonder if God will give me a word for the year.

Each year He does.

I start asking.....   and thinking, wondering what it could be?  I think of a word.....  but then think.... no probably not....   and then I see THAT word EVERYWHERE!  

God does it like that.....

In 2011~ Mercy

In 2012~ Grace

In 2013~ Peace

In 2014~ Hope....

My word for 2014 was HOPE.  2014 was a hard year.  Lots of hard eucharisteo. I would cry out to Him....   and remember my word.  In the first few months I doubted that it was my word at all.  We sang the song by Hillsong.   Oceans.

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine


But my song that we would sing throughout the year.....    "In Christ Alone." 

In Christ alone.... my HOPE is found... He is my Light, my Strength, my song....

I would wake up in the night and just pray....

In December....   it was like God spoke to me....  several things happened that showed me HOPE.

 HIS HOPE.  

So I guess what I am trying to explain is......  for 11 months I kept waiting.... HOPING....  and the last month of the year.....

HIS HOPE washed over me.  Through other people, through working out a situation that seemed impossible.....  to helping with my sustaining longing.  It. floored. me.

I pray I can remember this. Remember how He tells us to wait on Him.  That His timing is perfect.

So, as I enter into 2015.  My word....  for this new year is

JOY

Yes, I know very simple. For me though....  after a year of HOPE and how He worked through some big things.... His way....    I need to ....

My Hope is found in Christ alone.....   and JOY comes from within so ... through the HOPE of Christ then JOY comes out. 


JOY. JOY. JOY.

Even now....  just this minute.... I went looking for a song I heard at Christmas by Rend Collective. Their version of JOY to the World.   Instead this song came up.   I have never heard it before!

Just God.

JOY JOY JOY
You're the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love

The pain will not define us
Joy will reignite us
You're the song
You're the song
Of our hearts



Isn't He amazing.  He draws us to Him. He is my JOY.

May the JOY of the Lord be yours!

Happy New Year!

~Teena