Thursday, June 16, 2011

Philippines Prayer Update


As a little girl, I dreamed of being a missionary's wife.
Being a missionary wife to a guy like a "modern day" Hudson Taylor, Nate Saint or Jim Elliot — all three who are missionary heroes of mine.

Two years ago I spent three weeks in Thailand.

Inwardly, I told the Lord as much as I loved the mission field and as much as my heart had a place there, that I didn't want to go back overseas again without a husband to serve with. (Shallow thing to say, yes?)

In just those three weeks in southeast Asia, I experienced lonliness and feelings of inadequateness like I never did before. I found myself stretched beyond myself in areas of speech. I couldn't converse in conversation with ANY of the natives in their native language. Even if I could've, I'm not naturally a great speaker or an outgoing person. When you're in a place where everyone speaks a different language than you do, you especially feel so much more self conscious about your speech! (or the lack thereof...)

It was on my return home flight from Thailand — as I made my way across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo, Japan to Seattle that God had something to teach me. The Lord brought my attention to Exodus 4:10. Moses said to the Lord, "O my Lord, I am not elequent... I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." I had NEVER seen that verse before, and for so many years, I had told the Lord the same thing Moses did. I'm not talkative enough! How can I possibly be involved in ministry and be of few words? We find the Lord's amazing answer in the verse following, "And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." I remember sitting there in my airline seat, and a chill ran down my spine. The Lord created my mouth! God created me to be of few words. No, I don't know why He made me to be quiet, but He did for His purpose and His plans. Being outgoing doesn't matter. But it is important to use the words that I do speak [whether few or many] to glorify my King. He will put words into my mouth and speak through me when He wants to ... because it's in that moment that only He is glorified, and not me.
 
And so, here I am.
I'm going overseas again. [And whatdoya know, I'm single! (ha! yeah right, Leah!!)]
I am learning that the LORD is my sufficiency. I am complete in Him! I have everything I need IN HIM.
 
I'm going over to the Philippines to teach the gospel.
I will be giving several 20 minute teaching sessions to groups of college students... to crowds possibly up to 300 students!
 
Am I scared? You bet!
Am I nervous? Um, hello, I'm as nervous as a cat!
Am I worried I will fumble over my words and totally mess up my gospel presentation? Absolutely!
 
But I'm also SO excited. So much so that I have butterflies in my stomach. [the happy kind.]
Why you ask? Because I know that God has called me to serve in the Philippines this summer.
I know that if He's called me to do this, he will equip with just WHAT I need just WHEN I need it.
 
So I have just 3 weeks to go!
 
Will you continue to pray for me?
 
1. Pray for me as I'm practicing (right now) giving 20 minute gospel presentations, and that I would be fully prepared with a presentation by the time I go.
 
2. Pray that the Enemy and his forces would be bound back in ALL of this.
 
3. Pray that I would rely fully on the Lord for everything that I need.
 
4. Pray that I would be able to sell a computer and photo backpack (that I'm currently trying to sell) as SOON AS POSSIBLE, to enable me to get what I do need before I leave in 3 weeks!
Update: Praise the Lord! I sold the computer on Monday, June 20th, and the photo backpack the very next day! God is good!
 
5. Pray for continued financial support. My support level is at $761 (of the $2000 total needed.)

6. Pray for the souls of the people in the Philippines and that their hearts would be hungry, open & ready to hear the Gospel.

7. Pray that I would be HIS eyes, hands, and feet in the Philippines!

8. Pray for SAFETY and for health for myself and the other 4 people that I will be going overseas with.


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Monday, June 6, 2011

Jenny | Senior Portrait Session | Sneak Peek

Everyone, meet the super cute Jenny! :-)

Jenny just graduated from high school, and I was honored to take her senior portraits last month! Last week she left for the summer to go serve on staff at a teen Bible camp in beautiful - but desolate - Marble, Colorado. Her heart to serve the Lord in this way is an inspiration and blessing to me. Jenny, I know God is going to use you in awesome ways this summer!

Jenny picked out a couple of locations for her portrait session... a recreational park with lots of variety in backgrounds and then we trapsed a little into old town Loveland, CO and found more uber cool backgrounds. I loved taking Jenny's senior portraits.

Take a peek for yourself!

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

Jenny Senior Portrait Session

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Nathan Yen | Senior Portrait Session | Sneak Peek

Meet Nathan!

After the Yen family had visited my church a few times, Nathan's mother talked to the church secretary and asked her if there was a photographer in the church. My church's secretary referred me to them, and so Mrs. Yen called me in April and said they needed to do Nathan's senior portraits. Soon and fast!

One morning, I met them at their house, and we headed across the lawn and the street to the park and little pond there. 45 minutes later, these are just some of the shots we walked away with! :-)

Nathan Senior Portrait Session

Nathan Senior Portrait Session

Nathan Senior Portrait Session

Nathan Senior Portrait Session

Nathan Senior Portrait Session

Nathan Senior Portrait Session

Nathan Senior Portrait Session

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

And I am still here!

Hello long lost friend.

Today someone asked me, "Sooo, is blogging a 'thing of the past' for you now?" My answer was absolutely NO. :-) And then I pondered in shock.. has it really been over a month since I last came here and jotted my thoughts?

I could possibly still find little bits of time here and there to write teeny updates, but now instead of pictures, my updates would be filled with stories about adventurous grocery shopping trips with 3 children, driving all 3 kiddos around for school pick ups, gymnastics practice, and piano lessons..., or I might even mention attempts at washing my car -- all while the hose decides to dance a jig all across the lawn and get everything in it's path sopping wet -- including me. Oh, and I guess I haven't told you all yet...

I purchased my first car a few weeks ago! God's provision was simply amazing. I bought a 2003 white Ford Focus SE. It only had 74,000 miles on it and everything important (the engine, transmission fluid, battery, etc) was in flawless condition! Of course, being a used car, there were a few little inexpensive things to fix (like window power buttons, and a hatch back lock, etc.) God is so incredibly good and gracious! Whenever I turn the key, smell my MidSummer's Night scented car air freshner, and drive off ... I smile. I love my car!

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Another piece of happy news is that a dear friend of mine was married a couple weeks ago. I made a trip to the midwest and count it a priviledge & honor that I got to stand up as a bridesmaid in the wedding. There were times of tears, laughter, hugs, and memories... it all was such a beautiful weekend.

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Heather'sWeddingbyEvyPorter
This fabulous image is created by Evy Porter at http://evangelinerenee.com/


Heather'sWeddingbyEvyPorter
This fabulous image is created by Evy Porter at http://evangelinerenee.com/

God has been teaching me so much of His sufficiency. How many times I am like the woman at the well... seeking for things that do not truly satisfy. It is only when I am living in such sweet, open communion with my Father, and live with HIM as my All that I can experience true Christian living. Oh Jesus, strip me of  mySELF and fill me with YOURSELF!

5 weeks from this morning, I will find myself boarding a plane for Manila, Philippines! I am very excited about this intense time of evangelism, but I do appreciate each and every prayer in my behalf... that God would go before me and speak through me. I won't lie... I am nervous about getting in front of college classrooms and speaking for 20 minutes (where I'll be giving a gospel presentation each time.) Some class rooms may have as many as 300 students in them!

I'm sorry this post doesn't have any REAL imagery from my professional camera. Sadly, I don't carry it around with me as much as I used to. Now, my lousy camera phone serves it's purpose for those quick, momentary shots when I'm running about or at work.

Stay tuned for some new updates very shortly! I've done a few senior portrait sessions and a Kindergarten graduation ceremony over the last couple months. I just haven't had any time to post any sneak peeks on the blog. ;-)

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