Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Read Katie's blog. Read her whole story. Start at the beginning. You WILL be blessed.
She is a lovely 19 year old girl that has passion for Jesus. And she lives that passion out to the fullest! She has an incredible heart for the children of Uganda.
Her mission, the mission God has laid out before her, is to send 150 children to school. She needs sponsors for these children. Please, read her story. Pray. Can you help?
May the God of peace, Who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with every thing good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!
In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
After lunch the next day, Grandma said, 'Sally, let's wash the dishes'.
But Sally said, 'Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.'
Then she whispered to him, 'Remember the duck?' So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, 'I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.
Sally just smiled and said, 'Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.'
She whispered again, 'Remember the duck?' So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he finally couldn't stand it any longer.
He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.
Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, 'Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.
Thought for the day and every day thereafter...
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done... And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) ..whatever it is...
You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.
He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.
The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; He not only forgives you, but He forgets.
It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.
Did you read the story above?? R e a l l y read it??
The Lord showed me through this story that I act like "Johnny".
I confess... I "beat myself up" almost daily. My reasons... I wasn't patient with the children, or I wasn't loving to my husband, I was unkind, or selfish, or I didn't make a "decent" meal before practice, I didn't say the right thing, I didn't serve someone the way I should have, I was rude, or... the list goes on.
I am letting the "ducks" pile up. I am LETTING the enemy use this stuff to keep me in mediocracy. I am LETTING him keep my mind on the person I used to be, and on what I can not accomplish. The TRUTH is "I can do all things through Him that strengthens me." Phil 4:13
H E L L O!! I belong to Jesus! When I stop LETTING the enemy tell me what I can't do or how I fail daily because of all my weaknesses... and I remember the TRUTH, that I belong to the Lord, then I am effective for His kingdom. Because the TRUTH says "...greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world." 1John 4:4 When I stand on the TRUTH, I remember "if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36
Thank you, Jesus. I don't have to hide the "ducks". I can bring them to You, and ask You to forgive me, and You do. The TRUTH is "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1John 1:9 Thank you, Jesus.
So I ask you... what do you do with your "ducks"? Let's give them to Jesus and have roasted duck for dinner.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"Why are you in front of me when you don't know where we are going?" as they walk so slowly that I am stepping on them, because... they don't know where to go.
Or they might take off ahead excitedly, and then continuously look back to make sure I am behind them, asking "Are we going in the right direction?!"
I usually reply in a calm and loving way, patiently saying, "You must folloooww whoever knooowwsss where to go!"
My confession...This is such a picture of what I end up doing in my life with my Savior. I too will get in front of Him and try to lead. He is so faithful to lovingly remind me "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me." Mk 8:34 Our prayer is that we will be faithful to follow.
Come back and see us! I'll try to be witty, but... I'm not promising anything. ;~)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We are starting this blog in an attempt to keep family and friends posted on our journey to adopt a son and daughter from Uganda. I'm sure I'll throw in other happenings in the Sargent household as well. We are excited to begin this journey (the adoption, not the blog :) and hope you will come along beside us and pray with us as we "follow the Leader" wherever He may lead!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Sometimes Your calling, comes in dream
Sometimes it comes in the Spirit's breeze
You reach for the deepest hope in me
And call out for the things of eternity
But I'm a man, of dust and stains,
You move in me, so I can say
Here I am, Lord send me
All of my life, I make and offering,
Here I am, Lord send me
Somehow my story is a part of Your plan,
Here I am
When setbacks and failures, and upset plans
Test my faith and leave me with empty hands
Are You not the closest when it's hardest to stand
I know that You will finish what You began
And these broken parts You will redeem
Become the song that I can sing
Overwhelmed by the thought of my weakness
And the fear that I'll fail You in the end
In this mess, I'm just one of the pieces,
I can't put this together but You can
Here I am, all my life an offering to You, to You
Somehow my story is a part of Your plan
Here I am
DOWNHERE - Ending is Beginning - Centricity Music - 2008