Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Week in Pictures

Good afternoon from northern Florida! It has been a full week for our family -- and as I haven't been keeping up with short updates, here's a post of recent "happening" pictures. (Many thanks to our photographer!!!)

I was encouraged by Psalm 111 this morning, and thought it was so fitting for the events of this week. So, on with the pictures...... [smile]

"Praise the Lord!"

"I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation." (vs. 1)

We experienced the Lord's grace through several services this week. While a few of us were fighting the coughs, every time we stepped up to the mic, our voices would 'clear' to sing. And although it was stretching (especially the service Dad had to skip due to sickness!!!), each time we saw the Lord's strength extended. After all -- it's not about us, but about HIM!

"The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them." (vs. 2)

What a special treat it was to spend last Tues/Wed near the Gulf Coast in Sarasota. With water as clear as glass and seashells aplenty, the hours passed quickly -- but not fast enough to escape our share of sunburns!!

"His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever." (vs. 3)

"He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion." (vs. 4)

Has it already been a month since those miraculous 15 seconds in Mississippi?! We continue to marvel at the Lord's protection -- and now His provision as the story continues. Besides providing a 'bus-on-loan' to finish this trip, we've been invited for lodging in beautiful guest homes along the way. And it looks like a new bus may be in the works soon. Stay tuned......

"He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant." (vs. 5)

Oh, the joys of fellowship! This past week we were able to spend several days with our good friends in Orlando -- including friends who just returned from missions in South Korea. In spite of their 'jet-lag', they graciously spent an evening of fun and fellowship with us. We miss ya'll!!

"He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations." (vs. 6)

The inseparable group!

"The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure." (vs. 7)

"They stand fast forever and ever,
And are done in truth and uprightness." (vs. 8)

"He has sent redemption to His people;

He has commanded His covenant forever:

Holy and awesome is His name." (vs. 9)

One of our favorite stopping places in northern Florida -- the Covenant Home. We are staying in this lake house until Thursday as we share a family seminar in nearby Blountstown. We were encouraged by the opening session last night, and look forward to the coming evenings.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments." (vs.10)

And school continues on!!! This week we've been able to settle down to somewhat of a routine and pull out the bookwork once again. Some good time to 'catch-up'!

"His praise endures forever!" (vs. 10)

Many, many thanks once again for your prayers and encouragement to our family. This trip has had many unforeseen challenges -- but at the same time we've seen the Lord at work and felt your prayers upholding us in the 'tired' moments. Truly, "His praise endures forever!!!"


Andrea said...

Praise the Lord for His provision and leading! It sure looks like you all have had some blessed family times together in spite of the obtacles. Will be praying for you in the remainder of your trip!

The Ansons said...

So glad to see the update! I have been thinking about you all a lot. I hope everyone continues to recover from colds and you enjoy good health for the rest of the trip.
By the way, I know you will all be tired and ready to see Seward in a few more days, but PLEASE feel welcome to stop by on your way home- we would LOVE to introduce baby Marcus to you in person!
Lydia for the Ansons

Danielle said...

Hi friends! I found you by way of a link from a friend's site and I've loved reading about your ministry and adventures! I'm adding you to my list of regular blogs to check :).

Kori said...

Hi there! I am really missing you guys! That is such a cute picture of all the girls. I'm sure you all are so ready to get back home to Seward! I hope you have a safe trip. Is it July yet???? :)

Rachel, I 'experienced' many cough drops today and I thought of you! :) I hope you all are feeling better! Love ya'll!

Anonymous said...

That is a really neat update! Thanks a lot! You're in our prayers. JConner

Bob said...

I will continue to keep your family in my prayers as you finish up the last of your trip that you are on now. Your family is such a blessing to see in person and as well as listening to on cd. I am thankful for the ministry that God has given you and will pray that he will continue to use you in a mighty way in the future for his kingdom. God bless you. Your Friend in Burlington Iowa

Bob Payne

BrittLeigh said...

Oh YES!! An update!! wink! What beautiful pictures. My, you have a good photographer!! Thanks so much for taking the time to fill your loving fans in on what's going on in your lives. Wow... Isn't God faithful? What a testimony this trip alone has been to the goodness of God.

Oh yeah, and I know we're out of the way but you can feel free to stop in anytime :).

Keeping you close in thought and prayer as always!!

Happymama said...

A wonderful week of pictures. I still can't get over the pictures of the bus and knowing that you were all safe and sound. God's hand is an amazing hand.

I'm so glad that He took care and is STILL taking care of you all.


KFamly said...

Wow, those are beautiful Pictures!