Saturday, March 20, 2010

Another Answered Prayer!

Would you believe it?  Charlie started praying that we could go to Disneyland.  We told him to pray hard and often because Disneyland is sure expensive!  We are getting a strong feeling that God hears Charlie's prayers!  Some wonderful friends of ours blessed us with the opportunity to go and we all had a blast.  How many words is a picture worth?  Well, here are a few pictures to give you an idea of how much fun we had! 

One Snap Shot of Winter Camp

Camp seems to have become a second family for Paula. It is sweet when she comes to camp, as we get to catch up and see where she is with the Lord. This time was no different. She got off the bus and fell right in to my arms. I got the biggest squeeze ever! Over the course of the weekend, I saw Paula’s participation in all of our discussions. It was as if she was looking for some answers without being too obvious about it. Later, she asked two pretty heavy questions…How can you stand up for Christ when no one else around you is a Christian or even seems to care, and How can you be a Christian but struggle with messed up thoughts about sexual identity? Her heart was aching and broken. Her family said they were Christians but really didn’t live it out. Any time she tried to tell them more about Christ and His ways, she got shut down. And, her past abuse left her confused about her sexuality. She knows what the bible says and she believes it to be true, but her mind is telling her lies. As tough of questions as these were, we both saw God’s word and love giving her encouragement and comfort throughout the weekend. Our winter camp theme was My Heart, Christ’s Home based on the book by Robert Munger, and our memory verse was Ephesians 3:17 Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong. It was God’s perfect timing for Paula to be at camp when she was, and it was God’s perfect plan that this was our theme. It was a gentle reminder for her to trust in Him all the more and that He will keep her strong.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

God Answered Prayer!

We made our first trip to pre-school today! Charlie has been praying that he would be able to go for quite a while. And today it happened. The pictures tell the story from being at home to the time in the car and getting to school. As you can see, he is not at all excited or happy!!! The first thing he said to the teachers was that he was too shy to say hi. The next thing we knew he was playing and making new friends. A few times while we were there he came running over to us and explained what he was learning about, and this was while they were having free play time. "Hey Dad, look, I'm learning about blocks!"  "Mom, look, I'm learning how to drive!" (as he drove a car around a track) He was not even bothered when we left. He barely even took the time to say good-bye. As for mom and dad, well, it was harder to leave. Our boy is growing up! Thank you God for answering prayer!