Monday, February 11, 2013

Magnificent Monday

The view from the rooftop tonight.  
 Wow! Normal.  We haven't done normal for a long time.  Aren't Mondays great!  A fresh start.  A new chance to get things started right and we started things off at 6:30 this morning.  We did it all; Sam headed to the church for men's prayer meeting, Bible Institute prep (classes start tomorrow) and even help on some of the construction; while we did our morning routine, personal time with God, breakfast, dishes, laundry and lessons.  No one is even one day behind on their school, have to give most of the credit to the kids and Sam for that one.  We have moved, camped on peoples couches, taken and trip to the U.S., attended 7 weeks of language school and I was gone the whole month of January.  Still they plugged away at everything.  Can't help but be a little bit proud.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

I want so much more for them. by Angie Ellzey

I am very excited to present my very first guest post!  Angie Ellzey and her family are veteran missionaries to the country of Bolivia.  I admire her so much as a wife, mother, missionary and christian.  She is one of those folks I think of if I ever start to feel sorry for myself.  I have watched her smile and go right on praising the Lord through unimaginable difficulties.  When I read these words from her, they echoed my feelings for my children.  What an encouragement she has been to me and I think you will find what she has to say about her hopes for her children sprinkled with wisdom, experience and truth.

I want so much more for them. penned by Angie Ellzey

"I use to say as long as my children serve the Lord, I would be happy. It didn't matter what they did as long as they were faithful to church. 

Well, after all that has happened in the last few years, I can tell you I would not be happy with that! I want so much more for them. I want them to be used in a way I never could. I want them to have victories I never had. I want them to reach people I couldn't reach. I want them to go places I've never been. I want their testimonies to have more of an impact than mine ever could. I want them to love the Lord and His work more than anything. I want them to give God their all.

God has given them the privilege of seeing His grace in ways that some never will. They've seen His mercy and goodness like few can imagine. He has blessed them with the life He has given them. My prayer for my children is that they do more for the cause of Christ than I could ever do!"

 I want them to love the Lord and His work more than anything.

Isn't that beautifully said!  Thank you Angie for those challenging words to help us consider what we want for our children in light of what God wants for our children. 

Angie with her oldest daughter, she has taught her children to love the country and people of Boliva as they have served along side her and even for her in times when her health has not allowed her to do all she would want or need to do.