Thursday, June 30, 2011

June/July update

postcard update!  enjoy. ;)

June 30, 2011

Greetings! We hope you’re enjoying your summer! From July 17-28, we’ll be staying in the dorms of Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, CO, while attending Campus Crusade’s national staff conference. We’re excited for the opportunity to reconnect with friends and gain vision as we hear from our leadership and other prominent pastors. This year brings added celebration as Campus Crusade recognizes its 60th anniversary as a ministry. Please pray for safe travel & refreshment for us and the other 6,000 staff who will be in attendance.

We’ll have more stories to share with you about the conference in August.  Until then, enjoy the sun!

Blessings!  Matt & Kristin :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Abe & Isaac and spiritual mountains

I'm (Kristin) in a Bible study that's using a Kay Arthur study on the Pentateuch and we're currently in Genesis. I just read the story of how God called Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on the mountain (Gen. 22) and felt like the Lord caused a few new things to stick out to me. The first sentence of that story is "God tested Abraham and said to him...." (Gen 22:1)  God was looking to see if Abe loved Him more than he loved his son. Then, when Abe and Isaac leave the servants and head up the mountain, really at any point God could interject and say 'ok, ok, I believe you love me'  But God doesn't do that.  God lets Abraham get to the point where he's holding the knife over his only son that he waited 100 years to have.  At that moment, and not a split second before, God shows His faithfulness to hold to His promise and He provides a ram for the sacrifice instead.  

As I pondered this passage, my mind started thinking through parallels episodes in my own life and thinking about what God might want to teach me through those faith-trying moments. I wrote a few questions in my journal that came to mind: How far will I go to show the Lord I trust in Him more than people, money, reputation, etc...?  Where am I on the mountain? Did I sit down somewhere out of fear instead of continuing along to do what God has asked of me? Am I trying to cut a corner somewhere or find my own 'ram' to sacrifice instead of trusting God to provide?

These are questions the Lord has continued to bring to my mind over the past week and its been a great challenge. We're currently in Alexandria, MN meeting with people to share about our ministry work as we build our team of ministry partners.  In the midst of that, we're in a position of needing to trust the Lord wholly to provide for us in something that isn't within our control.  What a great role model Abraham is!  As I finished the study on the passage I mentioned above, I cross-referenced Romans 4:21, which mentions Abe's steadfast faith in no uncertain terms:  "No distrust made him (Abe) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised."

mmm...what a way to live. Fully convinced of the Lord's promises and faithfulness. An ever deeper trust in His perfect ways is my prayer for my walk with the Lord.  Leave a comment or drop us an email if you have a spiritual mountain you're hiking right now that we can pray for.  May you grow strong(er) in your faith as you trust Him.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A little preparation

The weather is still struggling to make up its mind as it switches back and forth between rainy and sunny days.  One day good and the next day bad.  Well yesterday was another rainy day and Kristin and I decided that we would make the most of our indoor time and assemble our new baby crib that had arrived.

We've been doing a little work lately in turning our home office into a baby room.  Kristin's parents recently paid a visit.  While here they brought up a rocking chair and helped cut a carpet remnant to fit the room.  The room was starting to take on some of the characteristics of our baby girl's future room.  It just seemed to be missing one key component... the crib!

So yesterday we enjoyed spending that hour getting on our knees and assembling the crib.  When finished we put on the new pink bed sheet and folded the new pink animal print quilt over one of the crib's railings.  Oh how pink will be an ever more prominent part of my life!

It has been fun to make these little preparations.  They help to remind me of the exciting days to come and suppose the challenges as well.  They help to make everything feel more real and have given Kristin and I some opportunities to share in our anticipation.  Three months now doesn't seem that far off!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011