“One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
Last night, I was asked…”How are your girls doing?”
I sat in silence.
“How do you think they are?” in a sarcastic tone came over my head – (not out my mouth).
We are approaching 3 weeks that we have been away from them. It stinks. It stinks. It stinks.
The grandparents assure us how strong and solid they are in their faith. I believe it.
They are like us – they have moments of tears, questions, and frustration.
They are also like anyone else, in that they are excited to be at home with friends and soon to be with cousins.
They BELIEVE in the incredible God that we have taught them about through countless hours of prayers and devotionals.
“Train a child in the way he should go,and even when he is old he will not turn away from it.”
We talk to them daily and tell them that we love them and how grateful we are of all the pictures they send us. But that doesn’t take away the void we feel as a family for being separated during this time.
This morning, Kevin and I were reflecting and remembering ten years ago when Emilie Grace was 4 and going through us being away from her for 8 weeks. Then, for the next month after I returned, we all lived with my parents. Things took a while to be back to normal.
We saw for many years after that how God had supernaturally protected both Emilie-Grace and Carson. (Even though Carson was only 2 weeks old.)
We still in the last couple of years have received visions of God protecting their eyes and ears from things around them. We are praying that those Big…Godly…Loving hands of our Father are covering all 3 girls as they process this now.
It is not just Kevin and I that are in that shelter of the Most High God…It is all of us. (Psalm 91)
The children, the grandparents, the aunt, uncles and cousins. Even the pets.
Ok…On to other things…if I focus on the down and out then it is hard to get back up…so…
To Kevin’s new (non) Hairdo…
He was worried that you guys didn’t see the finished product, but we did think it was funny to wonder how many of you actually thought he was still sportin’ his mohawk Texas Style!
I think we look quite handsome! His awesome smile is still the same and we have had some great laughs in the meantime.
He says, his hair just dries too quickly before he can style it! 🙂
We have spent this week mainly relaxing, reading and catching up with some phone calls to family and friends. We are still in that “Be still” season. (I will update tomorrow next weeks plans).
We are journaling and making notes of all the phenomenal scripture God is revealing to us on so many different topics.
I think I have shared before that we are in AWE at how God has brought many people that we don’t even know, to read about our story on this blog. Many that we do know are speechless that we are being so transparent. But in that transparency we are witnessing God being glorified because they are learning how to walk in faith.
Do we do it all the time? Not necessarily. But we do try.
Ten years ago, God began us on this journey of walking in faith. It didn’t stop there when the complete healing occurred. We have continually been poured out upon by the Holy Spirit to see how Great and Mighty our God is.
The last 4 years have probably actually been harder for us and more revealing to us about how faithful our God really is…but that is another story for another day…possibly told by Kevin.
One of these surprise new friends is a gal that lives in Canada and she and I both are contributing writers to a group I became apart of in the last year. We had never really connected until 2 weeks ago. Her story is similar to ours. Her husband has just been diagnosed with Prostate cancer.
Jeannie Pallett’s faith is as solid as a mountain. She and I just resonate together that God is Almighty and so much bigger than anything many of us give Him credit for.
Today, I want to share with you one of her writings. I will post portions of it here but you can visit her blog HERE. Let her know THIS body of Christ is also praying for her and healing for her husband. Her devotionals are amazing and have lifted our hopes many days in the last 2 weeks. Tell her you are a friend of Amy and Kevin’s!
Sometimes His Hands Move First:
Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes Lord that I might see wondrous things from Your Word.
It truly is wonderful to know that when we talk to the Lord He hears us and answers us. We can share the most intimate secrets of our hearts with Him and He never turns His back on us, He never ignores our heart cry. He does not have an attitude of superiority even though He is holy and pure, true and altogether lovely, completely without sin…and expects us to be the same.
He is amazing the way He takes our lives and creates something of great beauty. He never leaves us alone while we go through our fiery trials, He is right there in the fire with us and His gentle hand is refining us, shaping us, and perfecting us that we might reflect the fullness of the Image of the Son. He is with us in the fire. He is with us and turns us at just the right moment when it feels like the fire is too hot.
He is walking with us as we go through the times of flood. In the rush of the mighty waters, He scoops us up into His arms and we stand, held upright as we push through the waters. We are never overcome! Our flesh may feel weak but He always strengthens us with the power of His mighty right hand.
There is a saying “seek His Face and not His hand”. While I was gazing into His holy Word and seeking His Face, He showed me how sometimes His hands move first in our behalf and we are not even aware of it!
His Hands Move First
Isaiah 26:7 The path of the righteous is level; O Upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.
This is the effect of God’s hand upon our lives, moving and coordinating events for our blessing and benefit and many times, we are unaware of the hand of God moving on our behalf.
My heart is crying out, “Yes Lord! I will walk in the ways of your Law, I will obey your Word, and I will live in the perfect will you have planned for me. It may be hard to find the way sometimes but as I keep your Word in front of me, you will shine light upon the path you want me to take. In every circumstance of my life, it is your desire that I am successful.”
It is as if God is rolling out the red carpet for us – the Highway of Holiness…
If we choose to walk the bloodstained path, He will teach us to see life from a higher perspective.
Will you walk with me and allow Him to constrain you, to yield to His hand that is leveling out the way before us as we walk our journey together?
Will you wait for Him to complete the necessary work He needs to do in you in order to present you as perfect and spotless before the Father?
As we wait, He will reveal His Name, His Renown; He will show us the greatness of His strength and power. His glory will cover the bloodstained path we walk.
I am inclined; I am inclined to incline my ear to hear His heart. My desires in life are being fulfilled as I make Him my greatest desire and seek His face with all my heart.
When my spirit longs for fellowship with Him each day, I need to keep a picture of the bloodstained Highway of Holiness before me. This is where He wants and expects me to walk.
I must enter into fellowship with Him, with joy, gladness and thanksgiving. With a heart that understands and perceives that as my life aligns to the plumb line of His Word, so He makes my way level and smooth.
My soul therefore waits and hopes in the promises of God. My Father, Abba, Papa, the One who promises to keep me in perfect peace and keep my mind steadfastly trusting in Him; He establishes peace for me.
Humbly I recognize the power of His mighty right hand at work in me. All that I can ever hope to accomplish – He has done for me.
I wait on Him. His Face is turned towards me and joy and pleasure are radiating from Him. My Father loves me, desires me, is pleased with me, and is glad to be spending time with me!
Our hearts are knit in love and beat with desire for one another. Oh Lord, You are my God. I will exalt you and praise Your Name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. I am your beloved and you are mine. Your banner over us is Love.
Surely, Jesus, You do all things well.
Wasn’t that PHENOMENAL???
Now… I need to go and figure out what veggies and protein I can fix my handsome fella! Tomorrow, check back…I want to tell you the most amazing part of her writing and why it resonated with us so strongly!