IS YOUR FAMILY FIRMLY FIRST?
We have had the joy to celebrate with Nick and Tegan our first born son and beautiful daughter-in-love, several times this last month in the delightful South African cuisine and ambiance of Peli Peli. Despite both working arduous hours they reflect a peace and loving care for one another that blesses us deeply. Nick has just been handsomely recognized for the creative and relational leadership of his team in the mid-sized accounting firm where he works. The four of us also took our recent Africa/Europe trip
Chris and Ashley his beautiful bride together with our two little front line missionary grandchildren, Caleb (2 ½) and Ella Grace (14 weeks) are in FULL church planting, disciple multiplying transition. A month ago Chis responded to my pray now question with: “Dad, pray that first, I will be the best husband to my bride, the best dad to my children and only then the best church planting pastor.
They are truly experiencing “The Imperishable love of Christ” (click to listen to Chris’s October 6th message on this subject.) from their sending church UHBC in Huntsville, together with partnering churches, Crossroads and WoodsEdge. This church planting process of “The Well” in San Marcos includes home selling/buying/moving and temporarily living here in The Woodlands with our precious co-in-loves, Ashley’s Mum and Dad.
FOUR SIBLINGS IN FOUR NATIONS WHATSAPP EVERY DAY
Over 31 years ago we were blessed to have my Sister, Jan, come from Zimbabwe to spend time with us and her first nephew Nicholas. Now Auntie Jan is back spending time with her first great nephew and niece. The full family picture celebrates her arrival at our favorite Pappasitos! Chkk-Chirrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
I am one of four siblings and we live in four nations, me in the US, Jan, our “Girlie” in Zimbabwe, Middle Boet, Andrew in South Africa and Little Boet, Rich in England.
We regularly praise God for the gift of our family, we have our struggles and suffer attacks from the enemy, just like you, however, precious friend, there is little too far from God that HE cannot redeem by:
WAITING ON GOD IN FAMILY BROKENESS. (EXCERPTS FROM ANDREW MURRAY DAY 17)
“I will wait upon the Lord, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will look for Him.” —Isa. 8:17.
Here we have a servant of God, waiting upon Him, not on behalf of himself, but of his people, from whom God was hiding His face. It suggests to us how our waiting upon God, though it commences with our personal needs, with the desire for the revelation of Himself, or of the answer to personal petitions, need not, may not, stop there. We may be walking in the full light of God’s countenance, and God yet be hiding His face from His people around us; far from being content to think that this is nothing but the just punishment of their sin, or the consequence of their indifference, we are called with tender hearts to think of their sad estate, and to wait on God on their behalf. The privilege of waiting upon God is one that brings great responsibility. Even as Christ, when He entered God’s presence, at once used His place of privilege and honor as intercessor, so we, no less, if we know what it is really to enter in and wait upon God, must use our access for our less favored brethren. “I will wait upon the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob.”
At times you feel as if things are hopeless; nothing will help.
Do believe that God can help and will help. Let the spirit of the prophet come into you, as you take his words, and set yourself to wait on God, on behalf of His erring children. Instead of the tone of judgment or condemnation, of despondency or despair, realize your calling to wait upon God. If others fail in doing it, give yourself doubly to it. The deeper the darkness, the greater the need of appealing to the one only Deliverer. The greater the self-confidence around you, that knows not that it is poor and wretched and blind, the more urgent the call on you who profess to see the evil and to have access to Him who alone can help, to be at your post, waiting upon God. As often as you are tempted to complain, or to sigh say32 ever afresh: “I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob.”
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