Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Monday, March 31, 2008

We'll continue to consider them opportunities...(Todd)

"Setback", "Delay", "Inconvenience", "Discouragement", "Disappointment"...we could call it that, but we will call today an opportunity. Yes, you've figured it out already. Jenny did receive that call from the lawyer that she was waiting for, but it was not the news we sought. It seems the registrar was not at work again today. Pray with us that the registrar's "car" will run tomorrow so that he/she may get to work and give the ruling that the Judge has likely already given.

It's a bit frustrating, but God is helping us to keep our minds and hearts on the things that really matter. 20 years from now, it won't have mattered if we had to wait two extra weeks for that ruling. However, right now, it can seem like an eternity.

I'm not by nature a high-strung individual, but these last couple weeks have me feeling like I'm on a quadruple espresso shot I.V. dripline. I awoke this morning to my heart sounding like a hyper squirrel on a treadmill, anxious for news from the court.

I know many of you whom have prayed so intently for this ruling are anxious for news, as well. Thank you, and pray with us that God will help us rest in Him. That peace would still characterize our days, and that every evil thought toward those who "seem" responsible for delays would be dispelled immediately that our attitudes would resonate Christ. The world already knows what it looks like when folks are self-absorbed, impatient, prideful, greedy, unthankful, and full of slander, but, as Christ-followers, we are not of that world. God's Spirit lives in us that we would imitate Christ, no matter how great the temptation to have bitterness in our hearts.

"For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every evil practice.'
"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness." (James 3:16-18), knowing that God does all things with purpose, we will consider this an opportunity for kingdom work and His display of His more perfect glory.


lana said...

I'm so sorry I haven't written all weekend. I have been keeping up on your blogs, but haven't had opportunity to comment. On Saturday I actually had the opportunity to check your and Erryn's blogs at my friend's house who is not a Christian. She read them with me and enjoyed looking at the pictures. Oh how I pray that they would see Christ's heart in our lives.

We were very blessed to celebrate your dad's birthday and see your parents off last night. We feel so humbled and blessed to be counted among your family's friends. John and my kids all came and your dad was able to share your parents' story with him. His heart is softening daily - Praise the Lord!

There was an awesome turn out for World Water Day on Saturday, and I got to catch up with Lacey and Cheryl. I can't wait for the opportunity to go over there and meet all the beautiful people myself.

I'm so glad that you have been able to hang out with Rachel and Ariel and that Katie is feeling much better. And soon your parents will be there! And before you know it you'll be heading home with the kids!

"I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him, - since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened – so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength. This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come." Eph.1:16-21

lana said...

P.S. Thank you guys so much for your awesome song list - I usually have to turn the volume down so I can read the blogs, but today I pulled up your site and just listened to the music while I worked - it was so uplifting!

Cloughamily said...

Our dear brother and sister in Christ,

We stand faithfully in prayer with you. Know that we love you and join you in trusting God for His perfect and predetermined timing for this ruling. May all glory be His, and may your lovely family be blessed abundantly.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

Standing with you,
The Cloughs

P.S. 2 Corinthians 10:5 reminds us to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. May God guard all our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Matthew and Amanda said...

Todd and Jenny,
Thank you for the update. We learn and are in awe of your responce to this wait for the rulling. You live Micah 6:8 "what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."
God is with you leading you through this time and we are standing with you believing for a rulling soon.
Amanda and Matthew