Tuesday, March 30, 2010

And Here is Elijah enjoying 1 of the 300 Dum-Dum suckers that we brought! Don't worry he didn't eat all of them..we gave about 100 to two of the pastors in Colombia, passed some out at church for a treat, and the Dickinson's enjoyed the rest! :)

Here is Noah enjoying some gifts. If you look close you can see some of the airplanes from Bryan and Gram.

For offertory Kimberly and I played a violin duet. We played the hymn "Amazing Grace."

Daddy preached the Sunday morning message after we had sung about 10 songs! Some of the songs were hymns that we knew and others were Latin American songs.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

This is Colombian culture. The man is required to push the lady around, all day, everyday, up and down the hills, across the streets, up the stairs, and if you believe that; I have some beach front property for sale in Florida.

Thank you for your prayers. We made it back safely. Here we are with my nephew.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Being Where God Can Use You!

To quote my Best Friend, on this earth,(my sweetheart) "sometimes you do something because it's the right thing to do, even when all the 'numbers' might not add up, in the human"! As most of you know, now Daryl is in Colombia teaching a class on Spiritual Leadership, this week. What you might not know is that Natasha is with him. She came to us a few weeks back, asking if she could go along to help. Heather, as you know is on complete bedrest with complications with the pregnancy of their 5th baby. The desire of Natasha's heart is to be used of God wherever He can be used! It has been such a blessing to watch her grow in the Lord as she used this opportunity to learn what it means to seek God's will for HER!
Please do keep them in your prayers this week. They both are feeling inadequate, but are seeking the Lord's help in all things... even dishes, laundry giving Kimberly, Sarah and Noah a needed break from all the work that they have carried these last few weeks for their Mommy and even hoping to help watch sweet lil' "Whyjah"when needed! (Dickinson's special name for their little boy Elijah!)
Our prayers are with you, though we miss you MUCH here at home, Sweets and Natasha, we are glad that you are willing to allow God to use you where He can! To God Be the Glory!
(Natasha, you know Mommy can't do this blogging thing... so thus the reason for No photo attached!:) You could do that if you like from one of the photos that you have taken over there, or the nice one of You and Daddy that I took at the airport just before you left! We luv and miss you much!

Monday, March 15, 2010

After tearing a ligament in my ankle one particular Friday evening (yes of course it was on the basketball court), one of his sons asked me if I wanted to stay at their house for a few days. I didn't want to impose, but the thought of hobbling up and down stairs in the 'cold' dorm, quickly changed my mind. So, I spent the next 5 or 6 days in the home of Dr. Robert Whitaker. He was the President of the College, so I was a little intimidated. However, his tender smile and gentle spirit eased any anxiety within me. I had seen him as a 'position', but now I saw him as a man, and I was not disappointed. He was real!

In one particular chapel message, he illustrated that he didn't think anyone could play the piano. It's impossible to play an instrument that has so many keys. It can't be done. However, he went on to say, we all had previously heard that it could be played, and the piano was played quite well. Beautiful music came from that impossible instrument. People say holiness isn't possible. It can't be lived. You can't do it. But with God's help, the life of holiness can be lived and has been been lived by many saints.

The message in that illustration has never left me. Thank you Dr. Whitaker for being real. You made an impression on my life that went beyond head knowledge. Knowing Christ and making him known!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

  • Bear the blame; do not share or transfer it.
  • Give thanks when credit for your own work or ideas is given to another.
(taken from Spiritual leadership by J. Oswald Sanders)

Ouch! and Amen!

Monday, March 08, 2010

One Tall Grandma!
This is a picture of my Great-Grandma Bryan in a nightcap that her mother wore. She is 102 almost 103 years old. Some years back Grandma Bryan sent us a letter with stories from her childhood in it. Mommy used it as our bedtime story for that night. After she finished reading, she explained to us that grandma was 96 years old. One of us piped up and said,"Wow, she must be really tall!" :) And she has been our "tall Grandma" ever since!
We love you "tall" Great-Grandma Bryan! Thank you for your prayers and godly example to all of us!

We had a great time being with family over Gramp and Daddy's birthday as well as Valentine's Day! While we were there Brittany and I went to a Valentine game night. We had a fun time of eating lots of food, playing games and laughing!