Mackenzie wrote in her Bible journal yesterday and I just had to share with you. She intended it to be a song. It is titled "You Are the One God."
(I have corrected some spelling so that it is understandable :)
Lord, wake me up
I want to sing with You every morning 'cause You are the one and only God
You telled us that You really are God!!!
So tell us more. No one's like You, Lord
Tell, tell me Lord
You died on the cross for our sins
I can't believe my eyes
You died on the cross 'cause You loved us and you are the one and only God
You are the One and only God
This mommy is blessed...
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I almost did it, but I just couldn’t. We were on a rafting trip and we were jumping off of a forty foot cliff. It was too high. Living in Montana is AWESOME! It’s pretty, it’s fun, it’s just amazing! There is not even a million people in Montana. There’s also a lot of animals here. I’ve seen at least ten deer, at least five bald eagles, one black bear (which ran in the middle of the road and almost got run over), more than a hundred gofers, at least a hundred robins, and many, many more. The mountains are AMAZING here! The closest mountain to us is called Dog Mountain, which from the bottom it doesn’t look high, but from the top it looks like it’s a million miles high! Dog Mountain is right next to Dog Lake, which is right next (actually connected) to Dog Creek. The Crick (as we call it) is really fun to play in. Most of it is like one foot deep, so we can run around and splash in it. The people are really nice here too. The staff, Caleb, Michelle, Chris, Joe, Klein, Olivia, Izzy, Courtney, Pastor Jim and Patty, Pastor Steve, Pastor Mike and Pam Rozelle, and finally, Pastor Daddy and Mommy. I’m having lots of fun here (you’ve probably figured that out by now). I am starting to make movies which is really fun! Oh, and by the way, keep an eye out for the Brendan10 News Update, it should be around here somewhere. I work in the kitchen which is fun because I get to taste test them. I also work at the lodge, which is where the horses are kept. I feed them and scoop their manure and pull weeds.
Friday, July 20, 2012
These first few weeks have been a whirlwind! I will try to give the update on our family... Brendan is having a blast. While we've been here, he has gone canoeing and sailing on the lake, played on the rope swing in the creek, hiked, built forts, tent camped with the Milton boys, gone shooting, worked at the Potter's Field Lodge (where the horses are kept), designed and built working lego guns, etc. There is a family of 7 here who will be moving to Uganda later this year. Mackenzie has become friends with them and spends a lot of her time playing with them. She really misses her friends back home. The Lord knew she needed someone here, and we are so thankful He provided some special people just for us. And Kylie, well, she is just the same here as she is at home! Our sassy little girl has no problem bossing everyone around. And she has surprised us with her ping pong skills this week:) Donathan has jumped right in. He teaches a School of Worship class twice a week and leads worship for various classes and Bible studies. A good portion of the interns are musically inclined and interested in leading worship, so hopefully there will be time to work with them towards that direction. As an added bonus, he has been on two floats (river rafting), jumped off a cliff and gone shooting a couple of times :) We miss our family and friends and our church family immensely, but we are so thankful that the Lord has brought us here. We are enjoying getting to know all the staff and interns, and thankful to glean from all the pastors and teachers that come here. As a sidenote... I know for myself, that having all the familiarity and normality stripped away enables the Lord to expose and reveal things in my heart that He wants to deal with. Such a good thing, although painful at times. I love what Kay Smith said in her book "The Privelege": Brokenness is necessary to the Christian life. It sounds scary and unpleasant but if we're to be useful to God, it's essential. We want to be useful to Him, don't we? So we need to understand brokenness and we need to accept it. The simplest definition I can give you is this: Brokenness is living in the bright light of truth about myself as I am before God. True brokenness brings us to the feet of Jesus and we are changed. When the light exposes our sin, selfishness and shame, we give it up and lay it down. We don't justify it, we don't ignore it, we don't insist on "our rights." That is my challenge and your challenge as well. More of You and less of me...
Monday, July 9, 2012
Well, we made it. Sorry for the delayed post. It's tricky to get the right time to use the wi-fi where our computer is and finally got all the pictures loaded as well. So here is our trip in a nutshell... Firstly, our kids left the week before with Donathan's parents and stayed the week with them in Missouri. So the first leg of our trip was just Donathan, Scott Condon and myself.
Next day we set out and finally reached Potter's Field Ranch in Whitefish in the early afternoon. The drive was absolutely beautiful. The weather was perfect and the scenery was breathtaking.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Alright, my sister and my mom can no longer
nag encourage me to get this blog going again. Only a year since I last blogged. That's not too bad, is it? In my defense, the camera broke and then I got so far behind that I didn't know where to start. So here we are! Our little Mackenzie Joy turned 9 this week. We are so proud of our girl. She has such a tender and joyful heart. We look forward to watching how she grows and matures into the young woman that God designed her to be. We got to celebrate Noelle and Kenzie's birthday at the beach. Here are some pictures I stole since my camera is still malfunctioning...
We had a blast with all our friends and enjoyed one of our beautiful Florida summer days.