taming the tongue

Psalm 139:3-5 : You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my TONGUE you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The last post, the last stop.....

Greetings! We have been enormously blessed by many of you who have commented here or sent us emails with encouragement and prayers for the upcoming journey. Thank you.

This picture is basically how we're feeling today.....it a loooooonnnnnnggg way down......a long ways away.......

And now, here we are with three days left and so relying on the Holy Spirit to fight for us. We've come up against a bit of difficulty with shipping our stuff over as we have Tim's piano and guitar to ship and we are still praying for a buyer for our car. Money is tight, but God has answered all our prayers in the past regarding this journey, so we expect nothing less than His gracious, undeserved provision once again.

After praying for a sign from the Lord that He was on the move in our finances this month, I got an email from my naturopath that floored me.

You see, I have one more appointment with her before we leave for the Philippines and that visit was to include a pap smear (ah yes, the dreaded test for the offspring of Eve.....) and yet, I have been on my period for over a month now! AHHHGG! So the pap smear was canceled, but the doctor and I felt like I needed to check in and get a few supplements that I would not be able to purchase in the Philippines.

Given the kind of week we've had, I was a little hesitant to continue with the plans to see her not knowing how much the visit and the needed supplements would cost. I quickly prayed and asked the Lord to give Tim and I wisdom as to whether we spend the money it would cost or find an alternative. I wrote my naturopath asking for a rough estimate of the cost and she e-mailed me the sweetest note. I was so humbled and blessed.

In it she asked if she could pay for my needed supplements and the office visit as a donation to our ministry! I was overwhelmed. Encouraged and full of joy......Once again, God had provided exactly what I needed and humbled me in the process. Wow. What an incredible gift and I am stunned at the generosity and kindness of my naturopath!

With God taking care of all the details, I know that the car will sell and the money will come. God is so good.

His faithfulness astounds me and His grace makes me cry.

As this is my last post before I write from the Philippines, I thought it appropriate to re-direct people to our new blog site that will follow our journeys around the Philippines. It is : www.theadventuresoftimandbethany.blogspot.com

We will begin posting upon arrival to the Philippines July 9, 2007. Our flight leaves Vancouver at 10pm and arrives in Davao City Monday afternoon.

Please keep us in your prayers as there is much to accomplish and we need favor with immigration officers, shipping companies, airlines, and banks.....whew! Here we go!
Be blessed.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Further Joy and Blessing.....

Greetings! Nine more days until take off! In the meantime, Tim and I are getting lots done and are getting the opportunity to spend some amazing time with friends before we go.

Yesterday I was so honored to go out for lunch with my BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) discussion group ladies. I haven't seen them since early May and while we have spent since last September studying the Bible together, we have never been able to connect outside of the classroom. Until yesterday!

My discussion group is filled with beautiful women from all over the map. Most of them are immigrants from Asia. I am the only "white chick" in the group.....I'm also the only one that cannot speak an Asian language. However, they have accepted me with wide open arms and have taught me so much in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin! I've learned ooodles more about Christ, love, and .....Korean BBQ from these precious ladies.....hence the BBQ pit in the table! I've never been to a restaurant where you buy the food and cook it yourself at your table! They had me trying all kinds of Asian goodies and with the exception of a few slimy things, I loved it all!

What overwhelmed me was their willingness and desire to connect with me before our trip....they remembered to pray for me in the discussion group when I couldn't go anymore....they sent me a beautiful card filled with messages of prayer and hope for the coming year...and even supported me with a donation for the journey. Then they bought me lunch! I was so blessed....and humbled...and grateful for the time that I had getting to know them and their journey to know Christ better.

A few of them even said they would come and visit us on their way back to Hong Kong or Taiwan! God has been so good. I am so thankful for our dear friends. They have shown me God's great care for me.

Be blessed!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"Feeling Phlegm-y" (set to the tune of "Feeling Groovy")

Greetings! (Sorry, Mom, this picture was just too awesome!)

My Mom is awesome...my dearest friend and my confidant and wise counselor....a woman who reflects Christ in every area of her life....or so she desires....except for in this picture!

Yes, this is my Mom....this is my wonderful Mom in a disgusting mask....this is my dear, lovely Mom posing in the mask that she bought from a garage sale.....this is my Mom's mask that she used to scare her granddaughter, Gracie, when she was two! I have to mention that I also used the mask while visiting my parents to surprise Tim when he returned from his getaway with Paso. :) Gross, eh!?

Well, that's a bit how I am feeling as of late. I came down with a nasty fever and the attack of killer phlegm. Deep in my chest is sloppy goo making me cough and sputter. Painful and goopy, I have been sick and yet, God is still being so gracious to me.

We're still staying at my in-laws' place and this passed week was filled with good-byes and blessings.

Tim's dear Aunt Donna and Uncle Hugh treated us to an amazing feast at their house on Saturday....it was to DIE for! The food and the fellowship were such a blessing...they are the blessing.

Then on Sunday, we had our "good-bye" service and we were overwhelmed with the words of encouragement and prophetic words so many spoke over us. Many have been a part of our church family for over 7 years and to have them surrounding us along with many of our new family members was so humbling. Uncle Bob and Aunt Sylvia (whom I have spoken of many times) were there to anoint us with oil and pray a blessing over our marriage and also communicate to us how much our Father delights in us. I cried. A lot. Being sick made it more messy, too.

I think that part of the reason Tim and I feel so safe heading off into the "great unknown" is that we feel so surrounded by our family. Not our biological family, but our adoptive family in Christ. No matter where we go or what we are doing, we are completely surrounded by a "great cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) and many who are praying for us. Even Christ is interceding for us before the Father day and night! We cannot fail. I am so grateful for my family.

Thank you for your prayers and your encouragements....we are so humbled at the grace of God in His provision of our dear family. Only 11 days until take off! Please pray our car sells this week! We'll keep you posted! Blessings!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Feeling dizzy!

Greetings! Sorry for the delay....things are getting a bit goofy in our world. We just arrived back in Vancouver, BC after almost 12 days in Oregon with my family.

We had an opportunity to say good-bye to friends and family while there and though many tears were shared, the time spent was full of joy.

We even had the opportunity to spend some fantastic time with Gary and Lynn Jones who spent seven years in Davao City caring for the poor with the directors of Mercy Maternity! We had a gas with them and regretted that they would not be there this coming year.

Tim led worship at my parents' church and I got to preach! Seriously! It was the first time that I was given the whole sermon time to preach. What a humbling experience. But God was so faithful and spoke volumes.....to me, too. I even had a few people ask for a copy of it!

We spent almost everyday with my brother and sister-in-law as well as their kids. I have been so amazed at how God has used them to bless me like never before these last few months.

My parents were such a blessing, too. They went out of their way to make sure that we were provided for and that we were having a peaceful stay with them. I loved spending time with them.

Tim's parents then put us up in a B&B on Whidbey Island for a night to regroup and have some 'alone' time as we haven't been 'alone' in over a month! What a peaceful blessing and now, here we are.....back in the disheveled mess of moving.....hence this pic of Grace, my niece, swirling around in my parents' backyard. She wouldn't let me take a picture of her, so I had to chase her. In my chase, I got really dizzy, and now that we're having to get back to working on traveling stuff, I am feeling that whoozy feeling again!

With only 16 days left until we board the plane to Davao, we are busy scheduling bank visits, doctor appointments, and last minute visits with those precious to us. Whew.
God has been so faithful throughout this process and I know I will never be able to thank Him accordingly for His provision, grace, and forgiveness. We haven't always handled everything with peace and trust in the Lord, but our desire is to be a blessing wherever we go and with the help of our Father, even when things get rough, we will be. Many blessings to you all...please keep us and our families in your prayers!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Here we goooooooooo!

Greetings! I'm in Oregon visiting my family, so I apologize for the delay in posting! This is the last time I get to see my side of the family before we head out to Davao! Time is going so fast, I feel like I can't keep up!

But I've been able to spend some fantastic time with my nephew, Ben, and my niece, Grace (pictured here). They are such a blessing to me and I love watching them grow.

I have also had the opportunity to hang out with my sister-in-law, hear my dad preach, go for long walks with my mom, write two book reports for school, visit my mentors and go out for coffee with dear friends. Despite the foreboding feeling of letting go, July 7th feels so far away from now. It's been hard, but very peaceful all at the same time.

God has continued to be faithful, too! We got an e-mail this week telling us that the directors of the clinic in Davao have found us an apartment to live in! PRAISE GOD! What an answer to prayer! It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, too, so we can have the visitors we have been desiring!

It amazes me how God has answered every need with an abundance. Tim and I are so humbled by His mercy and continued grace. I am floored that such a powerful, omnipotent, and holy God would choose me....call me to serve Him....reminds me of Psalm 8:3-5! "What is man that You are mindful of Him....mere man that You should care for him." The Creator of the universe wants to use ME!?

Wow...that He would call us His children and provide for us like a father....His glory is being revealed daily to us and we are blessed. Thank you all for praying for us as we continue this journey. No doubt the prayers are being heard and God is faithful. We serve a mighty, MIGHTY God. Be blessed!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Heavy and full of joy.....

Greetings! Sorry for the delay in posting....it's been pretty nutsy around here. I pray things are peaceful this week for all of you! Tim took this pic and I don't have a reason as to why I posted it....I just like the peaceful feeling it gives. I need a lot of that lately!

I am writing this while sitting in my in-laws' guest bedroom that has now become our home for the next month. They have graciously opened up their home to us despite their crazy schedule and the fact that Tim's granny is coming from Ontario tonight, too! A full house indeed. Our departure date of 7-7-07 is coming quickly!

This passed weekend, we had a benefit concert for our journey along with Chad and Naomi. Despite some mistakes, God showed us mercy and grace with a gift of over $1800. for us and about $2700. for the Bjorgan family. I'd say that's pretty cool. That's our missionary visas right there. It feels as though things are within our reach. God is showing Himself faithful in small and BIG ways....

Tim and I had the amazing opportunity to sing together at church on Sunday, too! For those of you who know me, Tim is a fantastic worship leader and we used to sing together on the worship team before we started working at the group home. Well, since we're outta a job, I get to go to church on Sunday without children so I am freed up to sing on Tim's team and even play saxophone! And you know, God was so there. I loved being able to sing with Tim once again and worship the Lord with a new sense of unity....there was a freshness about it. It felt like our worship to Jesus was flowing out of our marriage...a marriage that has faced many trials and yet, is so strong now. The unity was felt by others, too. We had so many people come up to us and share how they saw the Lord anointing us together during worship and that the presence of God was strong between us.

While I can't say I felt what they felt, I did feel a overwhelming sense of joy and Tim did, too. It was almost as though God was encouraging us and empowering our marriage...taking it to a whole new level. We know we need it in order to survive the next couple of years overseas. Wow, God is good. God is definitely preparing us for the journey in more ways than just the physical. It's been painful at times and yet, the process is more exciting than the future destination. I fully believe that God is taking us (as well as the rest of you) to the next level....urging and encouraging us to walk fearlessly into our destinies. Overcoming fear and insecurity is the hardest part.....but God has been so faithful. I am grateful. Thank you for all your prayers!

Be blessed!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Totally blessed.

Greetings, friends! I hope your week has been full of blessing and joy!

God has been so good to us. Last Friday, Tim and I sent a $9,000. (US) check to Mercy Maternity Clinic to pay for my first year of midwifery training! Since October, 2006, Tim and I have been saving and raising money for this trip.....the financial cost seemed to never end. But on Friday, we learned that we had saved and raised $11,000. (CDN) towards our journey! PRAISE GOD!

Not only that, but after paying tuition, we have enough leftover to pay for our missionary visas and our first month's rent! Though we are no longer receiving a paycheck, God has provided for our needs while here for the month of June, too! He is so faithful and once again reminding us that this journey is His will and His desire for us. Heavy.

This week, we've had some good friends come and help us with moving and cleaning the house, too. Today, Tim's buddies, Michael and Allon, moved some of our belongings (the ones we didn't sell) to Tim's parents' house to be stored until further notice. My buddies, Sarah and Kate, worked their bums off cleaning house. Then we headed to North Vancouver to try out some authentic Filipino food to thank them for all their gracious help!!! FUN!

Yes, it was REALLY authentic. I had to say g'bye to my nutrition plan from the naturopath as the whole meal was white rice, shellfish, fried fish, pork tummy, and fried ripe banana with ice cream.....there wasn't ANYTHING on the table that I could have besides the water! I better get used to that! :) It was pretty tasty...it will take some work to get used to it all, though!

But God used that time to bless me beyond belief. With our buddies beside us, we laughed and talked about the crazy adventures we might encounter and the waitress joined in telling us stories from her Filipino journeys. Then we found out that the waitress and the owners of the restaurant were Christians!!! We met a man named Raymond, who was overjoyed that we were going to HIS country to minister to HIS people and he excitedly asked if he could pray for us before we left the restaurant. We gladly accepted.

Raymond prayed the sweetest prayer of protection and grace....asking Jesus to fill us wherever we go and that the Lord would prepare our path. I cried. We were so refreshed by our gracious host. God was once again communicating to us that He is with us and will connect us with the right people....Divine Appointments no matter where we go.

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude. I feel so small. So blessed. So humbled.

Thank you for all your prayers....things are moving so quickly and yet your prayers I know are being heard....just look at what God has done!

Be blessed!