Pondering…

Pondering a thankful heart.

Thanksgiving in the US comes but once a year, but the spirit of thanksgiving should be with us throughout the whole of every day. I mentioned a couple weeks ago in Looking ahead to Thanksgiving that we are to ‘count our many blessings’. Our family has been doing that during prayer times and some of us are even writing them down.

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Molly received a book from a friend, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. The subtitle is: A dare to live fully right where you are. As I ponder that thought, I think of how often I feel frustrated in some of the daily activities of life. The simple task of doing the dishes is rarely, if ever, a daily duty that any of us enjoys in the moment.  As I have considered the things I do each day and looked intently at the blessings to be had, I have even found thankful thoughts toward doing dishes. I am thankful for an abundance of clean water.  During our time in Papua New Guinea this was not always a given. Often times we had to save the rinse water to do the next day’s laundry. I also remember showering with one bucket of warm water for all three of the Clementz boys!

As you come to the Thanksgiving table tomorrow, look to the gifts and blessings God has brought to you and give a gift of praise back to Him. God will smile down upon you and give you peace.

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Looking ahead…

Looking ahead to Thanksgiving.

As we cornucopialook forward to Thanksgiving 2013, Molly and I have discussed visiting her brother and his family.  Extended family, especially Molly’s brothers and sisters, has been a big part of our lives.  Missing them while serving in Papua New Guinea and not seeing them as often as we would like while here in the US has helped us to be thankful for the times together.  As we look at all aspects of our lives, we have much peace when we recognize the blessings God has poured upon us.  May the God of Peace fill you this season with the ability to ‘count your many blessings’ especially in times when you may not feel like doing so.

Looking ahead…

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Looking ahead to Papua New Guinea mission trip.

Last night Molly and I were joined by Sean, Mikayla, Emily and a half dozen other young people and their parents to discuss and give forth information concerning a GET Global mission trip to Papua new Guinea in July 2014.  We are in the planning stages and hope to have a full team of 20 young people before the end of 2013.  The month-long trip will cost approximately $4500/person not including passports and required vaccinations.  Many partners are needed to pray and provide finances for each of the team members.  Please be praying for us as we build this team and help to prepare them for this life-changing trip to the South Pacific.