Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Praise and Prayer

After a quick trip to Kansas we've arrived home again. What a full, but blessed weekend it was. We prayed this weekend for a freshness of the Lord's Spirit to be at work as we shared. To be honest, after singing these songs so many times (around 175 times in 2005 alone) it is easy for all this to become routine.

[Arrive. Set-up. Sound check. Pray. Sing. Visit. Tear down. Say goodbye. Drive away.]

We've come to realize that it is only as we daily and individually abide in the Vine (Jesus) that our efforts will bear fruit. (John 15) And as we abide in Him, then there can be the fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit -- because He IS alive and anew in our hearts.

This is our prayer.

And we saw answers to that prayer this weekend. We were humbled and amazed to see the Lord at work as Dad shared and we all sang. On Sunday evening the pastor was able to pray with a lady who came forward -- before Dad even gave an altar call. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!

And other tidbits from the weekend.......

Does this look like a feast, or what?! In between services this weekend we were able to spend Saturday with some friends in Kansas. Given that they also have 12 children, you can imagine it was a lively houseful! What a delightful time of fellowship. (Thank you, Ulmers!)

Hannah enjoyed little Paul Anson. There's just nothing sweet as a baby!

And yes, we had time for a few (close!??!) games of volleyball!

We have been talking lately about how grateful we are for you, our 'regular blog readers'. Every once in awhile we will get a note or comment that is such an encouragment to us. And even more than that -- knowing that many of you pray for us is very humbling as we travel and see the Lord answer your prayers.

And now we'd like to know how to pray for you! We have family prayer most mornings so if you have specific prayer needs, please drop us an e-mail. How wonderful it is that as the body of Christ we can impact lives through the open door of prayer!

"The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me --
A prayer to the God of my life."
Psalm 42:8


Anonymous said...

WE sure enjoyed spending time with you all too! I think some of the guys are still recoving from the basketball games! :)
GOd bless!

BrittLeigh said...

Wow! What a time you must've had!!! Thanks so much for the post and pictures. I always really enjoy your updates! I'm praying for you guys! God bless you!

Anonymous said...

That Anson baby sure is cute! :)
One of the Aunts

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Ps.106:1

What a testimony of His faithfulness! His mercy truly does endures forever! This blog was also a testimony of God answering prayer, because I prayed specifically that lives would be touched for eternity, and they were! He also answered the request to have the songs be new, and fresh for you who have sung them 175+ times this year. Praise be to the Lord God Almighty, whom all our glory is due!

God's blessings to you!

Love and Hugs!

The Ulmer Family said...

We had such a wonderful time with ya'll!!! :) We've got a lot of fun memories from that visit!!! :) Especially those games of volleyball......it just goes to show that the best team does not always win!!! :) :) :)
Come again sometime soon!!! :)
We are praying for ya'll.