Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bloom, spirit, Bloom

He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11
Our orchard is a vivid reminder that the dead looking twigs resurrect into bloom at His command.  I was pondering on the fact that God makes everything beautiful in its time, but then I realized I was pondering wrong.  The verse actually states that God has completed the work already.  What a difficult concept for the free will to understand that the dead looking twig has already been told to bloom and it will obey.  There are no "if"s or "but"s about it.  Because God spoke, the blooms will declare his Breath of Life, his completed work.

In a season of dry twigs, I don't want to hear how God is planning to work.  I am impatient to know he has already worked.  When Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross and when three days later he burst forth from the tomb, the twigs respond and rejoice.  May my twiggy, doubting spirit believe in the "doneness of his doings." 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

New Beginnings

After much thought, we decided our children needed a new beginning with a new name.  Every time we speak their new names it will be a reminder of our mighty working God.   
Jenny is now Beth ("house of God").  It seemed so fitting since she comes to us from Bethany  ("house of poverty") orphanage.  We speak promise over her that she will have her life redeemed with the richness of God himself.

Jeremy is now Luke ("bringer of Light").  May the Light of the world so fill him that he will draw men to Christ.

So now we get to introduce our children all over again.

Meet Luke.

Meet Beth.

The hand by the face is a typical pose for Filipino boys. 

She was quite taken with our neighbors' pooch.