Monday, July 29, 2013

God Provides, Once Again: James




I had the privilege of visiting this little man in the hospital today!

I am sure you all remember James and his story.

Remember  - how we prayed and God provided
{through many of you} for James to be able to receive surgery?

Recently James began physical therapy to learn to walk.

Hydrocephalous {water in his brain} made it difficult to walk.

After seeing the therapist,  who throughly reviewed James'
situation, it was discovered that he needed to be sent to another hospital.

James was diagnosed with a rounded foot - another version of clubbed feet,
which made him unable to walk properly. 

Although James can stand with assistance,
is he unable to stand on his own.

Instead of having flat feet like we all do, he has rounded feet -
making it so painful for this little guy!

God provided again and this time even bigger then I could have imagined.

Not only did He provide for James to have surgery back in March...

But...

Special Thanks to all of our Ruby's Friend's donors and supporters

James was able to receive foot surgery!

He will continue to have weekly check ups and castings.

Tomorrow morning James will be having surgery on his right foot.  
He is still in a lot of pain and it's hard for him to understand at only 2 years old.

Would you please join us in praying for complete and total healing for James?

*******

Thank you in advance for all your prayers!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Forgiveness




 Forgiveness.

It seems like such a simple word.

But in my life and heart some situations had just seemed hard to forgive.

I am so thankful for a God who forgives and restores.

God has a way of working all situations for His glory and for that I am ever grateful.

Many years ago I knelt next to my parents bed and asked Jesus into my heart.

But I never truly understood the power of forgiveness until I had been forgiven for much.

But I am also still learning more then ever, what it really means to follow Jesus.

Forgiveness is where my heart has been struggling for awhile.

Sometimes in life its easier to hold onto the pain, 
sorrow and betrayal of life
 and relationships....
than it is to forgive.

I am, after all, not a perfect person.

I struggle and more then ever need Jesus.

Without him I am nothing -

He is my redeemer and restorer and healer.

He is my strength and my best friend.

I have been struggling in the area of forgiveness with a situation for awhile.

I held unto unforgiveness and that is something I am not proud of.

But it is something He is working in my life and redeeming.

A few days ago I sat on bedroom floor reading my bible...

God whispered to me and I knew this time it wasn't something I could shut out.

I couldn't shut my bible and go on with my day.

It was something I had to do.

He whispered to me,

"Your unforgiveness is holding you back,
 it's like keeping yourself in a box
 when I have a whole world for you -
it's time to forgive."

I broke down and knew this time it was time to get out of my box
 that I had placed myself in.

Time to move forward and forgive.

Unforgiveness is like a heavy burden that constantly weights you down.

It is weary carrying the burden.

But through Christ we have been forgiven and now we have
the opportunity to also forgive.

When you forgive it's not that you are really forgiving that person,
 but you are also forgiving yourself for your past mistakes.

I was able to speak to this person, we shared
 our hearts and when I heard the words,

"I have forgiven you.."

my heart felt peace.

I had been forgiven.

Forgiveness is a gift.

An opportunity to move forward.

You never know what you're holding yourself back from.

Don't place yourself in the same box as I had done.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. 
Forgive and you will be forgiven."
-Luke 6:37

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Their Food Was Almost Gone


Before moving to Uganda I started serving with
where I was able to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus daily!

Part of what I do weekly for IVO is deliver food {or money for food}
 to some of the orphanages that 
IVO sponsors through our Frontlines+ Feeding program!

This week we had the privilege of hand delivering food.

This particular orphanage was out of food and
 literally down to only a small serving of food left.

I just love when God provides at the very last second!

We took a trip to the market and were able to even 
 buy fruit for the kids as a special treat.

Mangoes and watermelon were the choice of the day!

Here is a peek into  

"Behind The Scenes"








Here we were trying to figure out the price of meat.

It's fresh or at least we think it is.  :}



Then we were able to deliver the food and the oldest boys came out to give us a hand!

They have serious muscle - as I couldn't even lift a corner!





If you would like to be a part of feeding an orphan 
through Frontlines+ Feeding program, 
GO here.

And to those who have made each orphan's meal possible, 
through your generous donations - 
on behalf of every precious treasure:
thank you, thank you, thank you.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

6 months

***I've been offline for awhile due to the fact of having my computer crash :{  
Please pray that the hard drive will be able to be recovered.
 Then my power meter caught on fire - resulting in no power. 
But God is faithful and He protected us and there was no damage to my home. 
Then I had the honor of hosting a GO Team {they even stay at my home}.  
So many God-filled moments and stories that I will share soon..***


Six months ago I landed on African soil.

My heart was finally home.
  
 I never would have imagined what
 the next six months would bring.

If I were to write a book on my first six months as a full time missionary
it would be filled with many lessons learned and lessons I am still learning.

It'd be filled with sadness and tremendous triumphs.

It be filled with times where God has carried me and rescued me.

I've cried many tears and seen so much pain - the gut wrenching - heart-aching kind.

But I've seen such JOY! 

I have laughed and I have smiled more then I ever thought possible.

I've learned that with living far away from your loved ones
 full-time is painful and not a day goes by that 
I don't think about them, pray for them and miss them.

When I walked off the plane and heard the words 
"Welcome home" 
I never would have imagined what God had already planned for me.

I have loved every moment of these past few months and
will never forget those times or the divine moments.
I can't wait for the next six months and can't wait to see where God will lead me.
 Below is taken from my journal on January 6th, 2013:
{6 months ago} 
"God spoke to me so clearly and said, 
'take the first step, 
then I will give you step two'."

Xo