Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sharing the burdens of my heart!

Just loving the heat these last few weeks as summer goes into full swing. I am thankful for a cool house at night and that cooking although important has been easier as everyone seems to be, not as hungry. The days are longer, we have family here from Alberta and life is fun and full of laughter.
For all of those who are not handling the heat I will pray for you, and those that work outside in the heat that God will give you restoration and replenish your stores, so working is not so difficult.
I love seeing the children at Lewis Park, tubing the river, and running around building sand castles at the beach. I love summer get-togethers and camping.

Please remember as we eat all the great summer fare, berries, fresh veggies, and BBQ's with friends, to pray for all those with not enough to eat.
Committing to carry the burden of the dad's and mom's here in the valley and around the world that do not know how they will feed their children today.
Be thankful for all we have and join with me today as we celebrate God's provision in our lives and call in abundance in places we have never seen and believe in faith that today they will be blessed. To our Christian brothers and sisters around the world may you share the good news today and shine the light of hope in someone life.
1 Thessalonians 1:3 (The Message)
Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you're in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.
From my burdened heart for the lost, the hungry and the weary.


Friday, July 24, 2009

God's Goodness and Blessings

It has been six weeks or so since we have both been working. We have had tons to do and so it has been great to get the gardens and farm cleaned up and organized. It has been a testimony to God's provision. We have wanted for nothing. Our family is different from many, in that we are ALL really close and we can't find a word to say how blessed we really are.
Where would be without Jesus in our lives. Each day we would "worry" and quite honestly feel "inadequate" because job hunting was different for people that had done one occupation for the last twenty years and over forty.

It was the worrying that brought us to the realization that we were forgetting the single biggest gift we had learned from our time in Haiti "faith". God had grown us in faith as we needed to lean on Him. Faith was our cornerstone, daily as we struggled with missing family and trying to learn a new language, adapt to living with a large group of people, having visitors (strangers) in our home all the time; it seemed we always came back to faith. Faith to step out had brought us to Haiti, faith brought our finances in, faith had kept us going on tough days, faith was what we learned and saw first hand in our Haitian brothers and sisters. Faith, faith, faith, large as life, for huge things and for little things.

So as we sat and applied for jobs and considered change, the Holy Spirit convicted us to stop worrying. We prayed for the Lord to work in us, and no sooner then we had asked the Lord revealed the importance of His goodness, grace, His provision, the blessings of family, and living a faith filled life.
Don't you hate it when you get so caught up in survival mode, that you forget
to trust in the Lord, have faith bigger than a mustard seed, and lose sleep because you worry.

A week ago we shared the grief of losing a baby with our daughter Kelsey and Jason. God had created a miracle for our family and they were expecting in Feb of 2010. We had celebrated the anticipated arrival of our Olympic baby. God called the baby home last week, before we could hold her and celebrate her birth. It was a sad time for everyone, we all need to continue to lift up Kelsey and Jason in prayer. It was a time of saddness, mourning and reflection. From all the families we are thankful for the prayers.
Jussi and I have realized how important our family is in times of crisis, how we need to have faith that God is in control, and how blessed we are to have such an amazing church family too.
We realized that work pays the bills, it doesn't run our lives. So thankfully we continue to LIVE life, Jussi is back to work, and once again the Lord has provided.
I was Holy Spirit directed to Psalm 13 this last week...
...verses5-6 I've thrown myself headlong into your arms—
I'm celebrating your rescue.
I'm singing at the top of my lungs,
I'm so full of answered prayers.
The Message

In Memory of baby Jada Grace, we look forward to meeting you in Heaven one day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Considering Change

So you ever wonder when to consider change? Strange thing is when Jussi and I have been looking for work, we realized that we are in an age bracket where change can be a serious consideration.
There are books after books about mid life career changes. I know funny thing to blog about but if you are not looking for work, you don't realize how many people are unemployed in our age bracket. Apparently we are the beginning of a ten year age span that are being discriminated against. That too was funny for us, we thought we had so much experience, but after looking on line at all the job bank jobs, the overwhelming number of employers wanted people with under 5 years of experience. I guess us old guys are set in our ways.
Also if you ever wonder why people are leaving Ontario and Quebec, just check out the wages for tradesman etc. The journeyman in Alberta can make in some cases over $30 or $40 more per hour. Jussi even found a job paying $86.30 per hour. Even with taxes you would be making $2000.00 a week.
So it comes down to the questions of mid life career changes, getting more education, and considering working elsewhere. If Jussi could be anything in the world I would guess it would be a pilot or a scientist, if I could be anything I suppose a travel writer/photographer, or possibly a community outreach nurse. Funny how things change as we age.....
Today think about what you are doing for a living and pray a prayer of thanks that you are doing what you love. We both love our jobs and would be happy to continue to stay in the same professions, but it was fun to consider change. Kind of like winning 32 million, fun to consider the spending ops.
This could be a whole new blog posting, what would you do with 32 million?