Monday, February 21, 2011


Bear's in India and as I'm typing this he should be landing in Mumbai. They will be spending the night in the airport and then flying out to Hyderabad on Tuesday morning at 6:25 am (their time).... about 8 pm tonight (our time). I've been praying all morning that God provides them with a safe, quiet place to sleep so that they'll be fully rested and protected. I've also been praying Ephesians 6 over them like crazy!

We dropped Bear off at the church Sunday afternoon to meet up with the rest of the team. Jonah has cried several times over the past week in anticipation of Daddy leaving and going to "Imbeeyah" to tell the "Imbeeyan peepul" about Jesus. Sunday, he decided that if he pitched a fit than maybe Daddy would stay. It's been a great opportunity to teach Jonah that sometimes obeying God isn't the most fun thing. Daddy doesn't want to be away from us for two weeks. Daddy isn't looking forward to not seeing us nor is he excited about cuddling up with David at night either. (I know for a fact that he is very excited about what God's going to do in India though.) Regardless of the stuff we don't like, Daddy is being obedient to God and as Bear says, "It's better to be gone and be obedient than to be here and be disobedient. God's Will is the best...and to be." Amen to that! I can only imagine how much of a grump Bear would be if he were here over the next two weeks. So, it's been good to help Jonah see that we are to obey the Lord regardless of how we feel about it. Obedience is obedience and we're called to do it. No excuses.

As we pulled out of the church parking lot Daddy-less, I was trying to hold back my tears so as not to scare my children. My heart was breaking over the upcoming fourteen nights without Bear. Fourteen nights without someone to talk to before falling asleep. Fourteen nights getting the kids to bed by myself. Fourteen nights not having that security of Bear's back of solid muscle to hide behind when I hear a noise at night. Fourteen nights of restlessness. Fourteen! (I don't even want to calculate how many meals, loading/unloading of the car, diapers, etc. that is without MY MAN!)

Chris Tomlin's song "Our God is Greater" was playing on the radio. Yes, I know this song is way overplayed but it was like hearing it for the first time. He is greater. He is stronger. Greater than India. Stronger than my twisted up feelings in my chest. Higher than any other.

My previous memory verse for SSMT was Zephaniah 3:17:

"For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will sing over you with joyful songs."
(emphasis mine)

He did just that. How faithful is our God?! My next verse that I will be memorizing is a bit different. I personalized it just for me....

"[She] will have no fear of bad news; [her] heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord." Psalm 112:7

The Scripture actually reads "They" and "their". I'm pretty sure the Lord won't mind. I really wanted to memorize it in it's entirity of context but I don't think I could handle the entire 112nd chapter of Psalms! But it's a perfect prayer for "Imbeeyah" and the "Imbeeyan peepul" and the team's families at home.

"Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor. The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing." Psalm 112


Tales of a Peanut said...

I was debating between that verse and the one I chose (Ps 119:114). I love that verse though!

I'm praying for you and the kids and Bear as he's away!

His Jules said...

I loved both of your verses, I am excited for Bear and praying for his safety and for your peace as well as the kids.

My verse this time is "People will be rewarded for what they say; they will be rewarded by how they speak. What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded."Proverbs 18:20-21 NLT

I love Psalm 112, I actually memorized it in parts during the 2009 SSMT. I love you Kirsten and cant wait til we can see each other again.

Angela said...

May I just say that though our situations are vastly different right now--this is truly how I feel about our God!!!! I copied your verses to post to facebook. I cannot tell you how faithful out God has been through the start of my journey. It is overwhelming to say the least!!!! Isn't HE WONDERFUL!!!

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