Monthly Archives: July 2014

Overcoming the Battle

     I sat down to read the other day and came across a passage I have read many times before. And what I loved so much is how God is always ready to teach and show us new things even through passages we already know.

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”- Ephesians 6:11-12

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     To be honest, a lot of days are hard. A lot of days I see or hear things that break my heart. Things that make me want to just shake our kids until they wake up and see the light. Things that make me want to sit down and explain to them that life doesn’t have to be like this, and THIS time they would listen and believe me. A lot of days I feel like I am fighting a battle against the kids. Like it is me versus them.

     As I sat there reading I began to get angry. Not at the kids. Not at the people who continue to sell rugby to the kids. Not at the way the parents deal with situations. My anger had shifted and I was angry at Satan for trying to destroy the lives of our kids.

     I began to let it sink in that I am not fighting a battle against the kids. Or the parents. Or the community. The truth is I am fighting against evil. I am fighting against Satan. The battle is not against the flesh. The battle is not with the kids at all. It is against the darkness that is in this world and in their lives.

     And the best news of all is that the battle will be won. Because Christ is victorious!

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“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”- 1 Corinthians 15:57

Whatever battles you are fighting today God is victorious in them too! 

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Family in the Philippines

I have been trying to think of words to best describe a once in a lifetime experience but I think I will always come up short. I do not think there are words to best describe my emotions as my parents and brother traveled across the world to come visit me here in the Philippines.

The days leading up to their arrival were filled with excitement and talk about how much someone must love you to travel so far for a visit. The whole drive to the airport and waiting for them to step through those doors I stood there with an anxious heart.

But as they walked through the doors and the warm embraces were shared all other emotions disappeared and I just felt at home. Funny how I was a million miles away from my old physical home yet having them here made me feel right back at home.

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The two weeks they were here were filled with excitement, adventures, and greatness. But above all I will always remember the blessings and love that came from their visit. I was so blessed!

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I was able to give them a glimpse of what my life looks like here. I was able to take them on Philippine adventures-the beach, zip lining and caving, to the church I always attend & to spend time with the kids-both in the school setting and for fun little shenanigans.

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But as I remember the big things we did together as a family I will also remember the tiny moments just as much. The night where we decided to start playing cards at 10:00 at night because there were only a few nights left together.

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The afternoon it rained very hard and I got the car stuck in the mud and then we waited for rescue to pull us out.

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The countless trips we made to hardware stores to buy parts for dad to help turn our new house into a home. The mornings we got to wake up and just sit on the couch drinking coffee together. The day we got to spend Father’s Day just roaming around together.

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The time we went to a tea shop to sit in air conditioning to escape the blazing heat and Ryan lost his phone, only for it to be returned less than an hour later. The morning I woke up to my mom on her hands and knees scrubbing the floors and my dad fixing the washing machine. The night we all sat on the ledge by the ocean watching the sun set.

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The afternoon we spent shopping for a kitchen table so we did not have to sit on the couch & floor to eat dinner.

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The morning we went out on a boat just like we have done many times before on the lake.

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Their journey across the ocean is filled with moments I will truly cherish forever. Hopefully soon you will get to hear their version of their trip.

Mom, Dad & Ryan-I am so thankful you love me enough to travel across the ocean for us to create these moments together!

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