Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How We Have Been Doing and a Ministry Update

Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.
~George Mueller



As I write this, we are in the throes of winter in the Midwest. We are beginning to get used to the "long" (in my opinion 😉) winter season here and to adapt to it. I'm thankful for a warm home and the closeness of family and friends during this time of year. We are inside a lot and I am (still :-)) *trying to get used to not hanging up my laundry outside as I had become accustomed to that pleasure during the warmer months :-) I hear that the Amish people who live near us hang their laundry in their basements during this time of year, but for now, I think that I will use my dryer. :-) 


My Mom feeds the little birds and we see the sweet little juncos and chickadees and cardinals outside the window on these cold snowy days. The birds are hearty around here--I think that they have to be! I don't feel so hearty! I'm trying to get used to wearing two sweaters in my house and keeping myself supplied with a steady stream of hot coffee to sustain me and to keep my fingers from freezing. My two children, ages 3 and 5, are longing to play outside again. We have tried to play a little outside, but it is a challenge to keep the blood circulating . . . 😉. 


I am fascinated by the animal prints that we see around our home --foxes, rabbits, deer, etc., and I often think of these creatures struggling for survival around me. We frequently see deer in the cut-down fields of corn. They try to eat the leftovers until the Lord provides a fresh supply of green for them in the spring. They are such sweet creatures. One day (before winter) a fawn bounded over our lawn during the day. I don't know if it lost its mother or was running from something . . . but these are the kinds of things that we occasionally see.






We replaced the windows in one of the rooms in our home--we live in a circa mid 1800's farmhouse and I am not sure how old the windows were . . . at any rate, the wind is not whistling into that particular room anymore. :-)  Our Pastor replaced them with my husband helping him. So I am very grateful for that--and it made for a bit of a warmer winter--at least in that room! :-)



I began homeschooling my little 5-year-old daughter this year and that has been a wonderful experience for me . . it actually breaks up the long winter days and warms my heart as I see her learning and enjoying her little workbooks (for the most part :-)). 


My kids and I constructed a "chariot" for Queen Esther and King Xerxes out of these boxes from Aldi's :-)

Food warms us up and promotes general well-being and good-will, so we have been doing a lot of baking. 😉 My kids enjoy it, especially my little daughter who loves kneading bread. My son can always be counted upon to put in the salt (for some reason he loves that particular ingredient!) :-). 

We are all longing for spring . . . it will come soon enough--and I think that the long winter will make our hearts gladder to see the spring come in all of its beauty. Praise God that He brings the springtime and softens the icy wind and sends the warm spring winds of His comfort and goodness. 



In terms of our ministry, the Lord has been placing our "attic" room upon my heart. This is a large sloped-roof room in our home that I would like to convert into a guest room. Initially, I had been focusing upon our "Missionary House," a building on our property that I would like to convert into a guesthouse to use for ministry purposes (if you are not familiar with the ministry that I am referring to, please visit the posts at the bottom of this page to learn more about why our family re-located from New England to the Midwest! ) But I thought that maybe we would "start" with this large attic room . . . and so I am praying for the Lord's direction as we take steps forward in this "small thing." It is exciting to look back and to see how the Lord has led us to this point and to trust in His wisdom and provision and love for the future. We truly believe, as Hudson Taylor says, that "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies." And so we trust Him and fix our eyes upon Him by faith. We are building a place of rest for Him, and He is our Hope. 

Please pray for us. 

We are as always, so grateful for your love and continual prayers. 


This is where we take shelter during the really tough days of winter when we have no food or electricity. . . haha; just joking! My sweet, spunky nephew, Simeon built this fort/shelter in our yard :-)


The following blog posts detail why we moved to the Midwest and our purpose here:



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11 comments:

  1. Such a heartwarming update! And so much evidence of creativity and love in your home!

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  2. Hi Bekki! I enjoyed this post sooo much!! I love hearing how you and your family are doing! It warmed my heart to see your familiar handwriting on the sign with the Charles Wesley quote.

    How exciting that you are homeschooling! Those were truly the most cherished days of my life.

    Thank you for sharing the ministry update which will help direct my prayers. :-)

    I miss you so much! May the Lord bless you and your family abundantly.

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  3. This was a wonderful post, and I thoroughly enjoyed stepping into your world for a few minutes! Thank you for sharing! May you be blessed as you walk with the Lord through this season of snow and little ones and following his vision for your future!

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  4. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing today over at #HeartEncouragement!

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  5. Thanks the sweet update! So much love evident in your home!
    Stay warm!!

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  6. Hi Rebekah! I enjoyed your update and pictures! Your winter sounds like a cozy adventure. Many blessings to you and your family!

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  7. Welcome to the Midwest! I live in Michigan, and we are also ready for spring! May the Lord bless you and your family, and blessings on your wonderful ministry! :)

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  8. I am longing for spring too. But it has actually felt like spring here in Alabama this week, so I can't complain about 72 degrees, even if only for a day. :) May God bless you as your homeschool your kids. It was one of the joys of my life to get to homeschool my daughters.

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  9. The weather in the Midwest is definitely hard to adjust to. My daughter lives in Cleveland Ohio. I enjoyed reading your update and I pray for your ministry. That attic room is a great Genesis for what God has called you to. Don't despise small beginnings Zach. 4:10

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  10. This is a beautiful, quiet ministry that will be seen as a beautiful piece of art in Heaven. Look for signs of spring as we look for signs of autumn here :D

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  11. This is so unique!God has given you the grace to be in such an environment and with a new community.God bless you and favor you.

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