Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Are you waiting on a Rescuer?


They waited for years, centuries.

Waiting for that King to come and rescue them from their oppressors.  From the people who did things contrary to what they had been taught.

They sometimes got caught up in the society around them. Fell into the same pit of sin that everyone else around them was wallowing in.

But, oh, they were sorry, they repented, they cried out to their God, they pleaded for a King.

They kept hoping for Someone to turn things around and lead them into victory.  To be on the winning side.

And so a King was sent.  He came to conquer, to reign.

But the people, the majority, missed it.

And they killed Him.

His people thought it was over.  No King = no kingdom.

But He had only begun setting up his Kingdom.  He had only begun to reign.

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We keep waiting.  Waiting for that right person to come into government.  To rescue us from those who do thing contrary to what we believe.

We sometimes (quite often) get caught up in the society around us.  We all fall into the same pit of sin, for all have sinned and fallen short.

But, oh, we are sorry, we repent, we cry out to God, pleading for a change in this country, this world.

We need some good people in powerful places to turn things around.  We want to be on the winning side.

But the King has already been sent.  He has already conquered.  He's already reigning.

But the majority is missing it.

He cannot  be killed.  Cannot be silenced.

His Kingdom is being built right now.  In hearts that humbly turn to Him.  Lives that are willing to give up their own desires, laying them at the foot of the cross.

We don't have to wait on some human to be a conqueror, a rescuer.  In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart, for He has already overcome the world.

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Come, set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we're made
Come, set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your power in us

We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You're our joy and prize
To see the captive hearts released
The hurt, the sick, the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for Heaven's cause

We are Your church
We pray: revive this earth

Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
We pray


Unleash Your kingdoms power
Reaching the near and far
No force of Hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ

Thursday, July 2, 2015

June Lookback

Oh, June went fast.  We started the month with a few final days of school, celebrating by going to the zoo and eating ice cream.  The month rolled on with Owen going to basketball camp and led into the next week of all three kiddos attending Vacation Bible School.  We finished the final full week of June with a trip out East. 

Our first ever Suvar Party of 5 vacation.  11 hours on the road got us to Williamsburg, VA where we spent a quite splendid week (pics of that trip in a post coming soon).

And here we are in July.  One full month left of summer vacation.

June filled up fast.  We are hoping for a bit more space between the hours of July, trying to get all we can out of the more slow paced life of summer. 

But for the moment, here are the moments of June, presented in picture form:

 Owen worked hard all year to get the most points in his grade for Accellerated Reader.  He accomplished just that...and received a medal for it.

 Had a surprise when hearing Hannah's name called for Best Artist in the 1st Grade. 

 Final pictures with 1st and 2nd grade teachers!



Enjoying the zoo and an ice cream treat



Got to get away for a day and visit my sister and my newest little niece!  Vanessa Nichole.

Natalie and Carson are pretty cute, too...


Had the much-anticipated excavator come to our house and move a TON of dirt and gravel from our driveway.  Before (above) the drive sloped toward out house and we were forever pushing water back and praying it didn't come into our house.  We have built a wall of gravel around our entry to try to keep the water out.

After 6 hours nearly half a foot on dirt was scraped away.  And just in time.  This was complete the 8th of June, just days before we had 3 weeks of daily downpours, creating a new record as the wettest month ever here: 11.74 inches.  We would have had water in our house, no doubt.

Half of the mountain of dirt and gravel.  We are still trying to figure out where to go with it all.

Local Baseball game and fireworks with Grandpa and Grandma.
Watching the rain..and seeing it flow AWAY from our house.  I have thanked the Lord daily for this!


Hannah had us do a scavenger hunt.  Judging by her spelling, one would think that she may need to head back to school.  Oy.  She takes after her mother.
A translation as best as I can tell:
Rules
1. Stick together and you look any way
2. If you find it you bring it out

Maddie 
1. if you find it leave it be
2. Maddie is just doing it

Paul and I have found much humor in the last line, 
and like to randomly tell each other "Hey, Josh boing it."


Maddie is riding a bike! No more training wheels in this family!

First crop from our garden, and the first time we have successfully grown broccoli - Score.

More pictures to come, but a pic from our trip to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.