Monthly Archives: March 2019

Quick and awesome answer to prayer!

After spending this morning with the Lord and then being inspired to write the previous blog I was out the door to do some Wednesday discipleship.

(Wednesday’s I essentially split the day completely in half between discipleship mtgs and my Old World Timber tasks).

But today’s first meeting was not a meeting. Nothing had been set up. The last time I chatted with Aymen was about 2.5 months ago right before he completely closed me off.

He is most likely dealing with a combination of demonic activity and disfunction from growing up in a broken family.

We had a small group in his house the majority of last year. Then once the summer hit he went in a steep downward spiral.

He closed me from his Facebook and from his phone (But at this point I’m used to this. This happens from many locals more than I can report). So I gave Aymen some space. Then today me and buddy went to meet him without him asking for us. We were headed to knock on his door and get him out of bed.

We enjoyed a powerful time of prayer in the car ride to his house. We pleaded to the Lord that we would be able to connect with Aymen and try to build a new bridge.

We got there. Knocked. Knocked again. Rang the doorbell. Knocked and rang the door bell. Texted and called. Nothing.

So, we decided to just wait and see if he either wakes up, comes home, calls or something.

As a side note, while we waited we found a construction sight that had about 20 of these wood boxes. My partner and I both have wood piles that need organizing…

So… as you can see we threw two in the back of my car. One for me and one for my partner. We refused to go home with zero success.

Then we went to a cafe to continue to pray and wait. We waiting and prayed for about 30mins.

Then we decided we had waited enough and would choose to come back another day. But then, no joke, on our way to the car Aymen came walking towards us. I felt like it was a needle in a haystack kind of find.

We sat and caught up for about 45min. Built a small but new relational bridge. Then we said our goodbyes.

The Lord answered. He seriously answered. After 2.5 months of zero contact, we just showed up (knowing prayer is powerful) and the Lord led Aymen to us.

What a quick and awesome answer to prayer.

*For those who receive our long list of names to pray for, Aymen is on this list.

*For all of you who pray for us, whether it’s once a month for 2 minutes, or daily for longer, all of you play a part in this quick and awesome prayer. That’s how prayer works. We don’t understand it exactly, but certainly it’s true. You pray for us. You pray for our people. Then when we carry an entire bowl of “incense” wherever we go. And often that bowl gets poured out and “Aymens” show up.

It’s an incredible journey we are all of us on!!

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Why don’t we start everything with this??

Im not sure who this post is for.

Why am I being urged right now to write this?

Is it for you wonderful readers? Someone in particular? Someone one of us will talk to? Me alone? For my kids many years from now?

The Lord knows.

Jenny and I took a couple nights away two weekends back with two other couples. We decompressed. Celebrated life. And we spent an afternoon in prayer and reflection together.

I shared with the others something that is deep on my heart. Something that is often hard to even express in prayer. Something that often feels too annoying to repeat over and over to people in my orbit.

One of the other husbands shared with me Rom8:26… “we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

I can’t tell you how much this one tiny passage became water for my soul. I’m still reading, reflecting and meditating on it.

It lead me to read all of Romans 8 just now.

Have you read Romans 8:1 in a while?

Why don’t we start everything with this verse? Every greeting. Every letter. Every sermon. Every phone call. Every text. Every morning. Why don’t we repeat to each other at every opportunity this verse?

How easily do we ignore how much stress, pressure, heaviness, guilt, pain, suffering, agony, anxiety, hurt, brokenness, disappointment, burden, frustration, fear, judgement and doubt each of us battle regularly as we live this human experience?

Raise your hand if you show up to a service on Sunday, work on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, practice on Wednesday, quiet time on Thursday, date night on Friday and house work on Saturday with one or many of these emotions or feelings above!!

This life is difficult. Even in victory and achievement we feel unsatisfied or disappointed, quickly to move on to the next thing because of these heavy earthly feelings.

My tears are falling as I write this.

Friends. Family. Compatriots. Sisters. Brothers. Listen.

As you stair into the eyes 👀 of people all around you, don’t forget, they share these same hard emotions of heaviness. When people let us down, disappoint us, judge us, break our trust, we can know as a fact, simply because they are human, that they also quickly forget… forget what?

People, “there is no condemnation left for those who believe!”


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My best friend is back.

Sorry we have been a little bit less active lately. We’re in a good rhythm but a busy rhythm so our capacity has been lower as of the last couple weeks.

Many good things are happening. Although times are still hard. It seems like maybe that is one of the themes of our blog. Good and hard. You could say that’s life with Jesus.

Many of you know my local buddy who got married here at our house a couple years ago and who over the past year got a divorce. He certainly is one of my best friends here in the country. We had a small group at his house most of all of last year until his marriage broke up.

A couple months ago he needed some space from almost everybody in his life. He was having a hard time simply living the life of a believer. I took the advice of another close local friend and left him alone for a while. But this morning we met up and had an amazing conversation. He has not walked away from the faith. He has not desired to rebel in his heart. Yes he has made bad choices. Yes he has areas that he still needs to work on. But after speaking with him this morning and having coffee I am so encouraged. And I’m reminded of how much prayer continues to work even when people are absent from our lives.

I know this update is not like many others but I simply wanted to say thank you for the way you guys care for us so that we can care for others.

Have a wonderful week friends.

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