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Is It Safe?

By | Life and Faith, Personal Reflections, Swaziland | One Comment

Is it safe? We’ve occasionally been asked this question about our move overseas and yes, thoughts of our baby boy’s safety have entered into our minds. But for us, Brandon and me, we had not given much thought to our personal security. During our two weeks of training before flying to Swaziland, we covered persecution and martyrdom, but it wasn’t until a dear family member hugged us at the airport and tearfully whispered her request for us to be safe that I began to feel a bit of fear. I felt almost a sense of guilt that I was a contributor to possibly putting our family’s safety in jeopardy, had now carelessly flung it away, and it was too late to turn back. But then, God’s peace. I didn’t realize He had given me peace about this until I briefly felt that fear. Seth Barnes, our fearless leader at AIM, wrote this blog the other day, “Is Safety an Idol?” How timely for us. Seth writes, ”No, it’s not safe. Jesus is not safe. Neither does he want those of us who follow him to be safe. He said, ‘the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force.’” (Matthew 11:12) There have always been enemies of Peace and Love forcing their own agendas and if we are committed to advancing God’s kingdom, it is inevitable that we are going to meet this opposition at some point, if not at many points. Seth also notes that Jesus…

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10 Weeks Later…

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Today the little one is 10 weeks old! Zach is now 12lbs 10oz and 24.5″ long (90th percentile for height!). It’s so fun to watch him grow and develop- he’s been smiling for a month now, and boy, can he ham it up! My heart just melts. A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of dedicating him at church. Our church follows the example of Hannah dedicating Samuel to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1:21-28. Along with some other families, we pledged to raise our child in a way that honors God. Standing at the front of the church, I was just so filled with gratitude, knowing that God has entrusted us with this treasure we have long prayed for. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” 1 Samuel 1:26-28 This last Sunday we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. It was a bittersweet day as it would have been Adam’s 2nd birthday. I’m not sure that having Zachary made the day any easier than last year. If anything, having Zach now makes me realize just how much we missed out with Adam.  It does however make me treasure our time with Zach even more. It is truly an honor to be a parent and I hope Zach will always know just how…

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An Example of Love

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Brandon, my mom and I are in Seattle, WA, for the weekend for a wedding. One of my cousins closest in age to me, Patrick, is getting married today and much of my family is in town for the occasion. My father was the oldest of five and most of his siblings and their families live in different states. Before my dad and my grandparents passed, we used to have big family reunions and this wedding weekend is reminiscent of that family time. An unexpected treat has been getting to talk with my Uncle Alan, the second oldest, about his time as a missionary. He and my saint of an aunt packed up their kids, 3, 4 and 6, to move to Thailand in the 70’s for over 7 years total. It’s been so amazing to hear about how missionary work was especially challenging then- no English, no internet or cell phones, no Google. Last night he shared his personal view of the gospel with Brandon and I (love God, love your neighbor!). Uncle Alan’s humble reminder of the ultimate simplicity of the gospel -LOVE- was so refreshing and so timely. In two days, we fly to Swaziland to see what being missionaries would be like. Brandon and I have been to the country with our church through Children’s Hopechest. The Swazi people and CHC’s vision to help their country have resonated with our hearts and we are looking forward to how we can help long-term on the ground. Uncle…

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