redeeming our Victory lap… {be transformed}

Today started out like any other Friday… I had stayed up too late working on adoption grants & FB, so I slept in while Mark cooked me bacon/eggs/hash for breakfast. Tryston took the train to piano lessons. The other boys played & messed around instead of school because mom was asleep, until Daddy cracked the whip & they got to work. Once I was sipping coffee around 9, Dad left to run errands (Friday is his study/work at home day, so he also runs errands that must be done during work hrs-VERY helpful!) & we all got started on some projects…

Somewhere around 11, Mark & I both had the same idea for a fun family outing everyone had been trying to fit into our busy schedule. This was no small miracle, since we weren’t together or even on the phone/texting each other when this happened… As soon as he got home, I asked if he had seen my text about my idea. “He said no, but can we talk in the other room?” LOL Short story is, we agreed it was the perfect day & weather for a day at the public pool! YAY for taking the afternoon off from school!!

And THAT’S when it happened. Out of nowhere, the house seemed to be in a fog. Kids started bickering, parents were nit-picking & the teenager was huffing around… What is this all about? We were having a great morning & planning a fun afternoon??!! What the heck?


This was going nowhere fast friends, I was about fit to be tied. With everything we’ve been working on lately for work & the adoption, we have had precious little time as a family to go have fun & relax. How can we throw it all away? People were already suggesting that we just stay home… 😦 I was about to cry…

Instead, I made a DECISION. A choice. We are NOT going down without a fight. Fear Not little family! This is NOT how this battle ends. The devil can go play around with someone else’s family because we’re not defeated today! — So I told my family all that. I reminded them who we are, Children of God. I acknowledged that we have plenty of ‘issues’ that need to be addressed from time to time. (Every family does, if they’re honest!) I told them how we have a CHOICE to get into all of it today, right now, when we KNOW we are planning to leave for a much needed family day… knowing also that the ‘discussions’ may ruin our plans altogether… Or we can CHOOSE to set an appointed time to calmly/rationally address these little dust bunnies that get swept under our rug now & then… when we are rested & can come prepared with rational & well thought out opinions, rather than feeling defensive & angry at not being heard ‘right this second’… For everything has its rightful time & place. But THIS was neither the time OR the place. Not today, not on my family’s ‘family time’!

Of course, I’d like to say we all held hands, prayed & sang ‘Jesus loves me’ at that exact moment. But that would just be a silly lie & you wouldn’t buy it anyway… right? Well not if you know us very well! Ha ha. What we DID do is take a deep breath, go to separate rooms (admittedly, the hardest thing to do in a 680sqft flat with 5 people!), & cool down until lunch was ready… The rest is history. We had a perfectly lovely day at the pool & water slide playground! We had a delicious dinner at a little noodle shop, bought some groceries & topped it off with some soft serve from McDs & a short tv show before bed… Successful fun family day! – Praise the Lord for His grace – our victory lap for today was indeed redeemed!

Moral: NEVER let the enemy steal your joy! Protect your family! PRAY! Mark & I pray constantly pray for our family, our kids & our marriage. The Holy Spirit lives in our home & I’m certain HE is the reason I had the clarity to grab ahold of our quickly spiraling day this time! Be ready to kick the devil out of your house friends! Be ready in & out of season! KNOW that you are God’s children, He is WITH you always. But because of that, the enemy of your soul is out to attack everything he can to derail you from God’s calling & plans for your life! It’s no surprise to us that we’ve had more & more moments where we’ve identified enemy attacks like today’s on our family since starting our adoption of AnnaBelleYou can be sure, if you are following God’s will for your life, it’s not a matter of OF the devil will attack your life/work/ministry/family/health/finances… but a matter of WHEN! – Don’t LET him beat you! He only wins when we stand down… but why should you? With God on your side, who can be against you? The VICTORY is won friends – CLAIM IT IN JESUS’ NAME!

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” -1 John 4:4

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:15

As always, feel free to leave a comment about your experiences or how this peel into our world may have helped you… But please also email me if you have any questions or if you would like prayer for your family!



finding Courage to {be transformed} {pray}

“… so your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you…”

A woman stands lost in a crowd, unseen & afraid. No one can hear her pounding heart, they don’t know her pain. Walking through the masses, she finds herself searching for something she’s never known. Busy people rushing past, in their fancy suits & 5 inch heals… do they even notice as she begins to cry, right there in the intersection? Clutching her bundle of boxes, she’s racing to gather more… later she will soak them to add to the weight before claiming the reward. Just as she sits to rest her failing & aching hips, a young man interrupts her thoughts of hopelessness… “M’goi PauPau!” {Please/Excuse Me Grandmother!} He’s handing her a rice box with a bowl of hot soup. He explains she should rest & eat it now while it’s hot. Tells her that Jesus loves her & He’s looking out for her. She offers a feeble smile of thanks, “Dou Jei! Dou Jei!” {Thank You! Thank You!} The old woman’s eyes lit up for a moment & the young man spots the slightest glimmer in them. Was that hope? Was it thanks? Maybe even a hint of love? She is grateful, just like every week. He says goodbye & he prays as he walks on to find the next lost & lonely soul, in need of a warm meal & a bright light of hope.
Last week, Tryston & I saw a van with a ‘vanity license plate’ – it read “IMPACTHK” – It really got us thinking! We sometimes wonder if the things we do make any impact here in Hong Kong at all… Our Tuesday nights are for the homeless & street folks. We see the same people every week, give them dinner, ask how they’ve been, tell them we love them & so does Jesus, etc. But they are always there the next day, nothing changes… Or does it? Do our efforts mean nothing? Is it really our job to cause any changes? Are the unseen blessings still a blessing? If a tree falls in the forest & no one hears it, DOES it make a sound after all??

The Lord reveals himself in new & mysterious ways all the time friends. Tonight I found His words new & fresh once again. He has promised that HE will build the house. The house of David & the House of the Lord Jesus His Son… We have a job & we do our job, but then God himself comes in & blesses it, bringing the increase & the power & salvation through Jesus! He alone builds it! … OK, so this is a reminder of what I already knew. So what’s the revelation then? That although we have done & continue to do the work faithfully & joyfully… & although we have never ceased to pray… we can, we SHOULD… find COURAGE to pray! When one prays with courage it is a POWERFUL & CONFIDENT kind of prayer! Not a defeated, tired or withering prayer. Not a “if it’s not Your will” kind of prayer. NO! No more!

We are called to be COURAGEOUS PRAYER WARRIORS!!! So as for me & my house, we will STAND & PRAY WITH NEW FOUND COURAGE & BOLDNESS before the throne of God Almighty who sits waiting for our petition & praise! When we renew our mind, we will be transformed, then we’ll know that He is Lord. KNOWING that, we’ll find peace! Then, we’ll have courage to PRAY!  May we get up every time we fall… may we encourage ourselves in the Lord & never take our eyes off of the One who is building with & for us! May we be brave in finding courage to be transformed & pray!

 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.” ~2 Samuel 7:25-29

“And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant.” ~1 Chronicles 17:23-26