Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Prayers for Michael

We recently found out that one of the children we sponsor through Compassion International is leaving the program. His name is Michael and he is 11 years old. He is from Haiti. He is one of the most inspiring young men we know. In many of the letters we have received from him, we really feel the love of God. We will miss Michael very much. Here is part of one of the letters that we received from him last fall:

"I am so glad to talk to you in this letter. How are you doing? I hope you are very well by God's grace who is all powerful. As for me, I am doing very well by God's grace. I always go to church and pray to God. I pray God to bless you. I do love you so much. After the Bible what kind of books do you like to read? Please pray for me that God can keep me healing."

We were very glad when we found out that Michael and his family survived the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, where they lived at the time. I am not sure where they live now. We received a call recently from a Compassion employee recently to inform us that Michael will be leaving the Compassion program and that we could write him a final letter.

So we wrote him a letter, made him a card and a bookmark and we mailed it last week. Please pray for Michael and his family. Please pray he will stay close to God, as he often asks prayer for this. He also continually asks prayers for healing. So, please pray for healing for him and his family. Thank you.

Here is a picture of the front of the card we made.

Here is the inside of the card we made for Michael.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Learning to Trust

Yesterday Bunny started thumping his foot in his cage. It makes a really loud noise, almost like a hammer pounding. He looked scared. We had no idea what he was thumping his foot about. Rabbits usually thump their foot when they are super scared or mad. Or to send a warning signal. So I opened his cage to pet him and comfort him. I said "Bunny, you have NOTHING to worry about. You are safe in your home. You are going to be okay." Then I thought to myself..."Oh, maybe that's what you want to say to me God, that I have nothing to worry about." So, I guess I should take my own advice. I have been stressed out and worried lately. I listened to a Joyce Meyer CD this week on worry. She said the opposite of worry is trusting God. That sounds simple. Why isn't it always easy then? Monday the Bible was opened up on our green comfy sofa to Philippians 4 which I have underlined and highlighted a lot. I thought David had left it open. So, I thought, "Hmmm, I think I need this." I've been reading it every day this week. On Thursday, I told David that I've been reading those verses and meditating on them since he had left it open to that page. He said, "Oh, I thought you had left it opened to that, so I have been reading it too."

So, now I think I will take the advice I gave Bunny earlier. I think God wants to tell me, "Amber, you have NOTHING to worry about. You are safe in your home (in my arms). You are going to be okay."

God says in His Word..

"Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

- Philipians 4:6-7

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rainbow of Promise

David and I were driving home after visiting his parents last Sunday evening. We noticed the sky looked very stormy. We turned a corner and "Wow!", there was a beautiful rainbow across the sky, from one side to the other. It was awesome and brilliant! One end of the rainbow, from our view, ended on the very top of a church in Omaha called St. Wenceslaus Church.

It reminded me of God. It reminded me of His promise to never flood the whole earth again like He did during Noah's time.

"Then God told Noah and his sons, 'I am making a covenant with you and your descendants, and with the animals you brought with you - all these birds and livestock and wild animals. I solemnly promise never to send another flood to kill all living creatures and destroy the earth.' And God said, ' I am giving you a sign as evidence of my eternal covenant with you and all living creatures. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my permanent promise to you and to all the earth.'" - Genesis 9:8-13

The above picture is one end of the rainbow.

...middle of the rainbow...

and the other end of the rainbow. :)

And here's the other side of the sky. I believe this was facing west where the sun was setting.

This beautiful rainbow also reminded me of the power of God and many of His awesome promises. God's Word is truth. God's Word is powerful. God never lies. What a wonderful savior we have!

"This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God--who does not lie--promised them before the world began." - Titus 1:2

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Little Madeline's Artwork

Our 4 year old niece's artwork is part of an exhibit at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, in downtown Omaha. David and I went there on opening night of the exhibit, last Friday evening, and she excitedly showed us her 6 beautiful works of art. The Bemis had a very sweet and colorful display of the children's art from the preschool Madeline (Mady) goes to. It was fun to see the creative artwork of the children. Here are Mady's masterpieces....

Here is a photo of Mady making a painting. Notice her painting tool is not a brush, but a carrot.

That is Mady in the background, pointing at one of her other works of art.

I like the sparkly things in this one.

Here is a beautiful watercolor painting by Mady and a picture of her on the right.

This one is titled "A Goober". To me it resembles a heart.

Here is Mady again, hard at work with her creative mind flowing.

And lastly, here is a far away picture of the room filled with beautiful artwork made by beautiful children.
In this picture is Madeline and her older sister Kaitlyn.