Monday, February 16, 2015

Sitting in God's Will

We have a team from England volunteering at BG for a week and tonight we had the opportunity to share our testimony with them. We get to share our testimony about 8 - 10 times a year because so many people ask us how it was that we decided to move here with our kids. Telling the story really reinforces God's faithfulness and that His ways are not our ways, they are so much better.

This morning I was totally drained and had no motivation or desire to work on my newsletter. I am so worn out and I cannot even pinpoint why. Yes, there are a lot of people in my life who are going through some very hard stuff, but I am not going though anything as hard as them, so why am I feeling so numb?

Retelling the story of God orchestrating our lives to become the directors of BG was a good reminder that even when I am tired, God has me right where I am suppose to be. Even when I am praying for dear friends and family members who are hurting or who need God's healing, I am still right where I am suppose to be right now.

We are sitting in God's will by being here at BG. We are obeying His call and unfortunately, He never said following Him would be easy or that we would always have the energy to keep going. But He did promise to never leave or forsake us. He has promised that He has plans for us, plans not to harm us but to give us a hope and a future. Plans not to leave us the way we were, but to shape us and make us better as we try to shine His glory.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A HUGE answer to prayer!

WOW!!!! God has answered a HUGE prayer request for all of us at Beautiful Gate. I know that I have asked many times for prayer for a little girl here who has special needs. She has been on a feeding tube for about 10 months. She has gained weight and she is looking healthy, but there was concern about her ability to swallow. Over the weekend, we encouraged our staff to give her all her water and formula by mouth and not through her tube. We also increased her baby food quantities and moved her from stage 2 to stage 3. She has done very well with thicker food and it gives us hope that she will be able to progress to normal pureed food rather than baby food.

At the end of January one of our staff members, who had been the little girl's one on one, came to me and said she felt very strongly that all of us staff and volunteers need to come together and pray and fast for this little girl's healing. She said it had been 9 months since the tube had been placed and it was suppose to be temporary. The staff member said that we all need to seek God and ask boldly for healing. We had fasted once before but not everyone who wanted to fast could due to medication restrictions that several of our staff have. She suggested the Daniel fast where we would eat only fruits, vegetables, and nuts and drink water. We agreed to do this fast for 21 days and ask boldly for this little girls healing.

Today, she had a doctors appointment and she came home with NO TUBE!! That's right no tube! The doctor pulled her tube and she is now able to be free :) We have to keep feeding her the proper amounts and being very patient on the days she is a slow eater because she cannot lose weight, but we are on the right path.

God's faithfulness is amazing. We sought Him for healing and He answered with this big step. She needs more healing, but this was our biggest obstacle at this time with her. A few of us will be continuing our fast as a thanksgiving to God and also in expectation of more healing on her behalf. We praise God and give Him the glory because only He could have given us this perfect answer on our 9th day of the fast! We are so grateful for this and our hearts are celebrating God's faithfulness to this precious little girl!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Prayer for our Friends

On Sunday, good friends of ours lost their son, Zach, very unexpectedly. He was a friend to our children, a friend to the children at Beautiful Gate as well as a friend to our staff here. Our hearts are overwhelmed with sadness and I cannot begin to imagine the pain that his family is facing. Please take a few moments and pray for his parents, Keith and Lori and his siblings, Tyler and Morgan, as well as their extended family because he is loved by many.

I have a song that I will often put on repeat when I am going through a time of sadness because I need God to remind me that He is in control, even when things do not make sense. Here are the words of the song.

"I'm Still Yours"

If You washed away my vanity
If You took away my words
If all my world was swept away
Would You be enough for me?
Would my beating heart still sing?

If I lost it all
Would my hands stay lifted
To the God who gives and takes away

If You take it all
This life You've given
Still my heart will sing to You

When my life is not what  I expected
The plans I made have failed
When there's nothing left to steal me away
Will You be enough for me?
Will my broken heart still sing?

If I lost it all
Would my hands stay lifted
To the God who gives
And takes away

If You take it all
This life You've given
Still my heart
Will sing to You

Even if You take it all away
Youll never let me go
Take it all away
But I still know

That I'm Yours
I'm still Yours 

This family is the family that first brought me to Beautiful Gate. They lived here for 5 months in 2007 and their hearts are very close to Beautiful Gate. They have visited us and brought teams here for us and have been a huge blessing in my life. If you know them and live close to them, please pray for them, love and support them on our behalf. If you do not know them, please take the time to pray for them as they are such a beautiful family and they will need much prayer to make it through this hard time.