October 20, 2014

Life on a Mission: IT'S FUN!

If you're anything like me, you might be tempted to think of living Life on a Mission as all work and no play. Maybe you wouldn't come out and say that, but maybe you feel it, deep down - a striving to make sure and do enough, to log the hours.

Sacrifice. Servitude. Selflessness.

It's all a part of life on a mission. But so is having FUN. Living our lives on a mission to make His name known and to chase after Him is fun! God wants good things for His children. He wants you to enjoy this life!

Having the boys in our home is amazing. But it's also very regimented (school, homework, dinner, sometimes more homework, play, bed, repeat) so we actively try to fit in something fun once a week, whether it be an evening in the park or a day at the fair or renting a movie.

They call it margin. White space. In your journey to live your life on a mission, leave room for laughter and joy because living for Him is the most joyful thing you could be doing!


October 19, 2014

A Personal Update // life with the boys, 40 days in.

We've officially had the boys for 1 month and 10 days now. These past forty days have been such a blessing. Even today, as I stood on stage to lead worship I began to reflect on our lives now - things like sitting around the table for dinner, soccer practice and night-time prayers - and I, again, thanked Jesus for blessing us so much. I'm so incredibly thankful to God for the opportunity to join the boys' parents in raising them up into adulthood. 

We are having so much fun exposing them to the fun things our country has to offer (i.e.: paintball, field trips to the zoo, and tonight we're hitting up the county fair!) as well as gleaning the rewards of taking them to church, reading the Jesus storybook Bible together, and taking turns in our prayers.

Just this past Friday, the boys' school was taking a field trip to the zoo, and I volunteered to come along as a chaperone. The morning was a bit hectic as I was not only getting the boys ready for the day, but myself as well. My husband and I bumped each other in the kitchen, making sandwiches, breakfast and getting things together. I gathered arms fulls of things we "might need" and shooed everyone out of the house. Right as we were going out, I spilled my breakfast shake all over me. We were already leaving later than normal. I rushed upstairs to change, feeling frustrated.

When I came down, the boys and Wade offered to help me carry the load (I should have just asked them to begin with #stubborn) and we hurried into the car. I barely said goodbye to Wade and was letting the chaos get to me. When the doors shut and the seat belts clicked into place, PeeWee spoke up from the backseat.

"Gracias Dios por esté dia." (Thank you God for this day.)

I stopped, turned around and thanked him for reminding me what's important - Who is important. I called Wade and apologized for my attitude and prayed to God for me to come into this day with spirit of ease and peace, thanking Him for using PeeWee to speak gospel into my life.

You see, PeeWee doesn't come from a solid believing family, so for him to say that was huge. He's getting it. Even though we don't speak the same language, God is helping him understand. We are praying and looking forward with expectant hope for the day when both boys will come into a full understanding of the gospel and we pray that we will be able to witness the day they become our brothers in Christ. We believe that will happen and that God is going to use them to impact both their families and their community.

This was a little different than the other posts in my 31 Day Writing series on Life on a Mission, but this is how we, personally, are living our lives on a mission right now. Your story will look different. Your journey is unique. But the foundation for all believers is the same. The goal is the same: use your life to make His name great. Let the gospel lead you. Be willing to sacrifice and be quick to give Him praise.


October 18, 2014

It's the little things.

Now that we've got the boys with us going to school stateside, we are left with only the weekends to spend quality time in Mexico with their families and the others in our colonia. It can be difficult to fit into one day what we used to do in half a week. Wade being the "doctor" and the mission home being a hub of constant activity and the kids each wanting our attention, a day can pass by quickly, without taking the time to really savor the moments.

Today my little friend Melisa came to visit from another part of the colonia. She never comes empty-handed. Each and every time she comes to visit, she brings me flowers from the road. As she handed me the tiny bouquet, I stopped, struck by their delicate beauty and soaked in the moment. I hugged her tightly and meant it when I said they were the most beautiful flowers. My heart was moved, knowing she thought about our meeting in advance. That she prepared for it and looked forward to it.

What little things can we do this week to show others that we love them? What treasures can we prepare for our King? An open heart? A listening ear? Reverence and honor? Give thanks. Be present. Soak it in. Savor.


October 17, 2014

Take it with you.

Happy weekend to you! We have had a great weekend already with a school trip to the zoo and plans for a big fiesta in Mexico on Saturday and a Sunday evening trip to the fair. We'll be doing a lot of running around (and having fun!) so I thought I'd create a fun little phone screen to remind me of my goals. You know, the important stuff:
Feel free to snag it for yourself (just right click the image and save) and let me know how you plan to live your Life on a Mission throughout your weekend! I'd love to know!

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