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Coach Mom Newsletter - MAY 2013

OGK. Will You Join My New Sorority?

OGK. These may look like Greek letters, but they are actually my newly adopted response to the questions being asked of me lately. “When do you leave for Africa to adopt?” “When will the kids get to come home to the States?” “When will you be moving?” “What city are you moving to?” “Where will your new church plant be located?” My response, “Only God Knows” has been repeated so many times it’s just easier to say “OGK”.

“OGK” may seem trite, but it’s a comforting reminder to me. While God may be the only one who knows the details of our future, He does know. As speaker/writer Jill Briscoe says, “My job is to manage my relationship with Him, so that He in turn can manage me.” It’s really that simple.

I can’t say I wasn’t warned that my faith was in for some stretching. At the beginning of 2013 as I prayed for my theme verse, God told me it’s all about living out what I believe this year. A friend gave me a quote from the book Blue Like Jazz that summarized it beautifully: “I don’t believe what I say I believe. I believe what I do” [emphasis added].

Yes, God has provided me a number of opportunities to live out my beliefs. To name a few, add two more children to our brood, which already seemed large to me. Merge them in at a late-childhood age, and help them through their trauma issues that go along with being orphans. Patiently wait on a legal system that takes long anywhere, but seems to take ten times longer in a third world country. Travel a long journey solo by plane, bus, and boat to get there. Then leave extended family and a thriving life in McKinney and move our family to a new community a thousand miles away. Leave a precious church and go start a new church.

The bad news is that it looks really overwhelming in the natural. (I just took a stress test online that told me that I had an 80 percent chance of a significant illness or injury in the next year according to my life circumstances!) The good news is that the Lord is spiritually renewing my mind as I reflect on His promises and character. Reading from the Bible each day reminds me to have a right view of God. He is in control, He loves me beyond what I can comprehend, and He is able to do whatever He wills. Last year my verse was 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV): “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” We will abound in every good work God has for us…because He is able.

All the uncertainties remind me of a fact that is true in any season: I can’t control my life, but God can. Things are so up in the air I don’t even know how to pray. “Lord, please help the house sell soon…I think? Wait, will we have to move out before the kids finish school, and move into a rental?” “Lord, please get me that court date in Africa to do the adoption soon…I think? Or do I need to be here in the next week or two to sell or buy a house?” The only prayer I can really pray with surety right now is, “Your Kingdom Come. Your will be done.”

So, no, I don’t know…

  • When I leave for my 40-hour journey to Africa

  • How long I need to stay in Africa

  • What events I will miss at home while I’m gone

  • How many months it will take to get visas before I can go back and bring my children home to the U.S.

  • Who is going to buy our house or when they will want to move in

  • How many weeks we will have to keep our home “show ready”

  • What Phoenix-area house we will live in, or even what city, or when w will make the move

  • Where my children will attend school

  • How long I might need to homeschool my new children once we bring them home

  • Where we will hold meetings for our new church

  • Where we will buy land to build our future church

I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.

What uncertainties do you have in your life right now? Would you consider joining my OGK sorority? We aren’t as actively social as other groups, but we are very social with one—the One who says we can call on Him at all times and He hears us. To be a member of this club you must choose to pray continually, “Your will be done”.

Father, I pray for every family represented by the one reading these words. I pray for everything that causes them to fear. Help them to trust you with their future in every area of their lives. Help them remember you have already been to all their tomorrows and they can trust you with them. Thank you for always keeping your promises. You are faithful in every way. I praise you, my God and King! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Prayer of Saint Patrick

As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today through the mighty
strength of the Lord of creation.

(Source: http://www.2heartsnetwork.org/Patrick.htm)

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Brenna's Blog

Brenna shares more about her family's upcoming move to Phoenix and how God never forgets his promises. Read her latest post A Promise Revisited.


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Congratulations to Lisa Copeland, last month’s winner of the Helpful Handy Hal book on family teamwork.

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