Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.Our oldest son’s friend’s mother died of cancer last Monday. She was just in her mid-50s. When we saw her at our sons’ graduation just last May, she was radiant and full of hope. I remember when I briefly Skype chatted with her earlier last year when her son visited us in Canada. She said she wanted to continue the work the Lord had called them to do in Brazil. During the graduation’s reception, we had the chance to visit some more and I prayed with her for her healing. She lived an extra eight months after that time before going to the one she loved and served.
I know I believed both times when we prayed that they be healed. I respect the Lord's wisdom in not answering with a longer time than what they were given. Also, neither were just completely physically healed. Instead, they were spiritually completely healed as they now dwell with the Lord. I don't have the answers, BUT, I am sure that both are much happier where they are now. They’re free from their physical and excruciating pain. They’re also in a place where there are no tears. What could be better? Most of all, they’re with Papa God =) so I don’t think they’ll ever have any problems nor need anything ever again. Perfect bliss. =D
Their untimely departure made me think of my own death and my going to heaven. I don’t know when I’ll be called home but I am ready. I’m very grateful for my life now but I am so looking forward to going home to my final destination (no more moving!).
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
And it’s constant in the trial and the changeJust today, I was relating the story of how our oldest son’s first year of studying at Houghton College was provided for. My colleague and I had been talking about some concerns of late in our family regarding our second son’s continuing on in college. Eric was considering going to a college that cost $30,000 US per year. How on earth were we able to pay for that? Except, this was a question already asked of us over four years ago. Evan actually wrote about it in this blog. The post was called “Provision in Answer to Prayer” (February 6, 2008).
This one thing remains, this one thing remains
Cause Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me
From the song, “One Thing Remains” by Kristian Stanfill
His college then, wanted us to list our assets and give them a copy of our bank account(s) to prove that we could support his education (totalling $120,000 by the time he finished his 4-year degree). At the time, we had about $400 saved up in our bank so we were in a serious quandary. Our money was just a little over one percent of what was needed. =D What could we do? How would we provide for him? A little later, I suggested that we write, “The Lord God Almighty will provide” in our application form. Eng thought I was crazy but he relented, got the paper notarized at the US Consulate, and sent it off. =)
Because nothing is impossible with God, Evan was accepted at Houghton College in spite how we responded to their forms. For those who regularly read this blog, you already know he graduated last May 2012. Currently, he pays $80 a month to pay for his school loan totalling (drumroll, please) just a little over $5,000. It is mind boggling that the difference of $115,000 was provided for from the total but that is exactly what God did. Evan received scholarships every year, had part-time jobs throughout the school year, two summer jobs, and financial gifts. The biggest gift was for $10,000 US and the smallest was $5,000. They were given by people we hardly knew. I’d known the lady who gave us the $10,000 for barely 3 days. We just met at a week-long silent retreat so we couldn’t even talk a whole lot. =) She was convicted by God, pointing out to me different sections in our collective prayer one morning. It was almost as if she was convincing me why she was giving Evan the money! I was just flabbergasted; I didn’t even know what to say! When I found my tongue, I explained that Evan hadn’t even been accepted by his college yet. Once he was, I told her I'd write her. True to her word, once she heard from me, she immediately transferred the funds to Houghton.
God’s love will do what I just narrated. His ways doesn’t make sense but He is able to work it out. From nowhere, stuff just happens and we just find ourselves with our needs accounted for. I’d learned not to figure it out because it’s inexplicable. Truly, God’s ways are higher than ours. We can allow ourselves to be stressed with our situations, or we can choose to be in complete peace as we wait on Him to provide. Either way, He will come through for all of us. His love never fails, it never gives up, and it never runs out. Really! Ask Him to prove it to you because I know He will. We currently don't know how Eric's schooling will be provided for but we know our Papa God who doesn't change, WILL do so! =) Thank you in advance, Papa God!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
For Thou, O Lord, art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee, O Lord.
From the song “I Exalt Thee”
• Gratefulness for the house we lived in in Canada.
• Our move back to Chiang Mai, Thailand (from Toronto).
• Evan and Eric at Camp of the Woods for the summer.
• My mother (and Chris Tom) had gone to be with the Lord. I made it back to Toronto for three weeks to be with family and to attend my mother’s funeral.
• Eng and I traveled to Malaysia to visit family and to celebrate Eng’s Mom’s birthday.
• Fun with friends and family while camping at Doi Inthanon.
We were all grateful that Evan and Eric could be here and celebrated Christmas and the New Year with us but Eng first mentioned it. He would like prayers to know what he should do this year as he senses the desire to do something different.
Evan’s highlight of the year was his graduation (with an English and a Writing major) from Houghton College. He’s also grateful that he was able to take care of his grandfather from August until he came here. He would like prayers to find a full-time job in Toronto but he is also willing to move to the US, if necessary. Also, he would like to meet someone special in his life.
Eli would like prayers to continue to do academically well in 2013 as he did in the last semester. He would also like prayers to know what he should do in the future (where to study and what to study) after he graduates from high school. Finishing in June 2014, he hopes that his brothers can attend his graduation.
Ethan’s thankful that we were able to return to Thailand. Because Evan and Eric will leave us shortly to return to Canada, his prayer is that we’ll be able to be together as a family again. =)
Still amazed, I’m so glad my friend from the Philippines came to celebrate my birthday with me when none of my family could be here in August. My prayer is to love well in 2013 in spite relational challenges. I also want prayers for help with my online Counseling courses and the provision of finances for those courses.
The Lord has been so faithful and good. We do exalt Him, thank Him, and praise Him. We are sad to have to be separated again soon (not knowing when we'll all be together again) and we still have unanswered financial needs, a job for Evan, direction guidance, etc., but we can surely trust that the Lord will be just as faithful and good to us in 2013 as he was in 2012. Amen! Thank you, Papa God! We are looking forward to what you have in store for us in this new year.
Happy New Year! =) With love and blessings from us,
Eric, Eli, Evan, Ethan, Eng, and Linda