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Friday, July 18, 2014

Currently ~ You Make Me Brave

Amazed at how God is in the details. He has been drawing me in to His word more & the scriptures have begun to come alive. Things that I have read hundreds of times I see in a whole new way & have so much more meaning. Nehemiah, Ruth, Ester, Romans all filling my mind and my heart. Oh My Heart! God has healed it, grown it & stretched it. Praying that God continues to remind me that HE is the One who sustains me, He continues to take away the fear that can keep me from taking the next right step. He's Totally Awesome like that. So thankful that I have a copy of God's word. Here's where you can help get a bible into the hands of men, women & children in Iran

So thankful for Godly men & women who speak truth through their books and how God uses them in such a mighty way. If you're looking for a new summer read here's a few 'MUST READS"


Currently...


appreciating ~ cooler days

watching ~ Parenthood episodes 'til 1:00am. Why do I do that to myself!

reading ~ The Locust Effect by Gary A. Haugen
 

laughing ~ at with Tate as usual

eating ~ too much Chick-fil-a & Sweet Tea

attempting ~ to keep children outside playing


dreaming ~ of everything being packed & sitting on an airplane

planning ~ a big summer birthday party

wondering ~ what Lacey's doing in South Africa right now

brainstorming ~ smart ways to pack

wearing ~ Sole Hope "Nyaba" Sandals Check 'em out! You need these!

preparing ~ to look like a circus as we check 10 people and our stuff in at the airport

continuing ~ our fundraising partner challenge

making ~ summer memories

remembering ~ all that God has done for our family

getting ~ ready for a date night with the hubs

loving ~  sweet notes from people who are praying for us


wishing ~ i had a maid


listening ~ to Bethel Music's "You Make Me Brave"

enjoying ~ spending time with good friends

hoping ~ to check a few more things off the TO DO list

missing ~ Lacey's Craziness in my house

praying ~  for PEACE In Israel, South Sudan & Ukraine

knowing ~ 66 days is gonna fly by


Thank You Wynne for telling me about this song. Oh how it speaks to my heart.


You Make Me Brave

I stand before You now
The greatness of Your renown
I've heard of the majesty and wonder of You
King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us, You are not against us
Champion of Heaven,
You made a way for all to enter in

I've heard You calling my name
I've heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let you draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the Love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises You've made


"What sets lion chasers apart isn’t the outcome. It’s the courage to chase God-sized dreams.” ~Mark Batterson

Monday, July 7, 2014

Seventy-Seven

We are 77 days away from our departure!!
The shelves & the walls are getting bare, things are being given away, sold & stored and our To Do list is getting a tiny bit smaller. We are so thankful to all of you for your encouraging words, your support & most of all your prayers.

We are hitting it hard these last 2 months fundraising for Discipleship Training with YWAM + our monthly support once YWAM is complete. We started a fundraiser HERE and we were blessed to get 18 monthly partners at $25+/month. 


So today with 77 days left we are looking for 77 people to partner with us!

Please consider partnering with us!

You can click HERE to become a $25/month partner or make a one-time donation


Thank you for being a part of Our Story... God's Story. We are following where He leads, knowing that His plan will be more incredible than anything we could imagine.

Here's a little piece of our story...


You can read more about God's plan for our family HERE

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"Lion Chasers are humble enough to let God call the shots and brave enough to follow where He leads." ~Mark Baterson {In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day}

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ordinary Super Hero's

Honored to be the guest family over @

Making Super Hero's


Head on over and check it out!
Thanks DeLenn for loving our family. We are blessed to know you!
You can check out our most recent faith journey update 
HERE


So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. ~John 13:34-35


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Making Memories ~ #harpervacay2k14

We headed to South Padre Island for a fun-filled week with a stop at the San Antonio Zoo on the way. Everyone had a great time with the whole Harper crew, 24 peeps + one on the way:) I'm pretty sure most of our kids turned into fish while we were there. So thankful for Sid's mom who makes this beach vacation happen and for my brother's and sister in-laws for planning the fun stuff & helping with our big 'ole crew.
#harpervacay2k14























The best thing about 
Memories
...is making them

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Faith Journey Update

It's official....We have our tickets for 10 to Kona, Hawaii to attend Discipleship Training as a family with YWAM!! We depart September 22nd!!!

For those of you that haven't heard. We prayed about the right Training for a family and God led us to YWAM. Read about that HERE. It provides training for every family member from our 6yr old to 16yr + Mom & Dad. It will be a wonderful way to help prepare us for living cross-culturally. Our Discipleship Training (DTS) will include lectures on Hearing God´s Voice, Nature and Character of God, Father Heart of God, Revival and Reformation, Christian Biblical Worldview, Evangelism, Intimacy with God, Spiritual Warfare, and Lifestyle of an Intercessor, among others. In addition to the normal DTS curriculum, we will participate in the Niko (a wilderness leadership program), Principles of Apologetic, and cross-cultural behavior and research. This 12 week lecture phase ends mid-December & we will head out for 8 weeks of Outreach overseas (location TBA) with YWAM.


We are excited to head out on this new journey. God is in control & we are allowing Him to direct our steps. Because of the continue unrest in South Sudan we will not be moving into South Sudan at this time. We are however looking at possible ministry in Arua, Uganda near the South Sudan border where there are many refugees, in Jinja, Uganda with a special needs ministry or in Chennai, India where we would be involved in starting a much needed special needs ministry. Please continue to pray for us as we walk & pray through these possibilities. Pray that God would lead us to the ministry where we can bring Him the most glory, that He will show us which ministry is a God thing & not just a good thing for our family. Our hearts are to love God & love others & we know that God knows the exact location for our family of 10. We know we are to GO, we know our passions and desires and we know that God has given us those desires. We are just taking the next right step!


The mind of man plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9


“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”~Bob Goff

“When it's a matter of the heart, the place doesn't matter.”
~Bob Goff

“We get to decide each time whether we will lean 
in toward what is unfolding and 
say yes or back away.”~Bob Goff

 We are grateful to all of you that have been walking with us, praying with us & encouraging us. We couldn't do this with out your prayers & financial support and we are thrilled for you to be a part of our journey. 

To Make Him Known,
Sid, Wendy + Tribe


“God wants you to get where God wants you to go 
more than you want to get where God wants you to go.” 
~Mark Batterson

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lacey's South Africa Adventure

This beautiful girl heads to Cape Town, South Africa in 22 days for a 5 month internship. 

Cape Town, South Africa

She'll be there from July 12th - November 30th. She will be joining a team of volunteers that support numerous community development initiatives in the local township community of Masiphumelele in Cape Town, South Africa. Masiphumelele is a township of approximately 38,000 people near Cape Town. Most residents are economic migrants from the rural lands of the Eastern Cape. They settle here seeking work, better education and other facilities. Social and health deprivation coupled with poverty and poor living conditions make life tough for residents – only 30% have any regular work and life expectancy is age 50. 



She will be a part of several Community Development programs in the local township community including:
  • School Support Program
  • School Tutoring and Mentoring Program
  • Edu-care Support Program
  • Women’s Club Program
  • Life Exchange Program
  • HIV Prevention Program
  • Performing Arts Program
  • Sports Coaching Program
We are so excited & proud of her for her heart & her willingness to experience a new culture, meet new people & serve others. Please join us in praying for her as she prepares to go & serve.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. ~ Hebrews 6:10

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Currently... Summer's in Full Swing

Things are moving fast as we are 96 days from heading to Discipleship Training. We aren't letting anything keep us from time in the sun, camps, swimming, road-trips, vacations, family and summer fun! 

SGY CAMP





Mid-cities camp

Jojo SGY Camp #orangeteam


Cousins ~ Going away party





Kenlie @ Granma & Grandad Camp

Levi ~ His 100th jump
Brady, Tx ~ Uncle & Aunts New house/New Pool
Daddy & Charlie ~ San Saba River


Currently...


appreciating ~ people who love & encourage us

watching ~ the backs of my eyelids whenever possible

reading ~ In A Pit With A Lion on A Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

laughing ~ at myself often

eating ~ ice cream, popsicles & anything cold

attempting ~ to follow a summer schedule (Ha!)


dreaming ~ of toolboxes full of iPhone & iPad chargers (seriously! that was my dream last night) Finding chargers is a serious prob here

planning ~ a mini family trip to Six Flags, Ranger's Game & to deliver Lacey to airport for her South Africa Internship

wondering ~ how to squeeze it all in

brainstorming ~ places for Lacey to check out in London during her layover

wearing ~ shorts & choco's

preparing ~ to live in hot weather with no change of seasons

making ~ to do lists of course

remembering ~ it'll will all get done eventually 

getting ~ ready for our Harper beach vacation

loving ~ the freedom that comes with simplifying 


wishing ~ I could read books with craziness around me. Not. Gonna. Happen.


listening ~ to Matt Maher "All The People Said Amen" Album

enjoying ~ my kids home with me

hoping ~ nothing else breaks, needs to be replaced, or repaired

missing ~ my father-in-law a lot

praying ~ Ephesians 2:10 over my family

knowing ~ God is directing our YES