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p.s. to previous picture blog… March 27, 2009

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here is an excerpt from http://www.thetrackingblog.com that i wrote at the end of the trip to south africa…. i paste it here so you can read the heart behind the journey…

 

WHY WE GO TO SOUTH AFRICA…

… to build new relationships and strengthen old ones.

…to encourage local missionaries like Tim and Maz, Daz and Leesa at the Village of Hope.

… to work along side a man named Saul who is laying his life down right now– moved his family from England to SA on his own dime to serve THEMBALITSHA full time.  His amazing passion was contagious.  Inspiring guy!

… to serve South Africa because God has given us a passion for this nation.

… because we were each obedient to the call of God on our lives for such a time as this.

…because the Bible says “that what you do unto the least of these, you have done unto Me.”

… because the book of James says that “…true religion is to look after the widows and the orphans.”

… because it’s what Jesus would do.

  

This trip has been amazing.  This team was incredible in their attitudes and service to one another and others. 

 We have learned so much by being here in SA these past few days.  We are forever changed.

 All of us are leaving a part of our heart here…

 

ridiculous…. March 26, 2009

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over a month since i blogged last…. that’s sad.

south africa blog and easter blog on the docket…

xxoo.

kg

 

merry christmas WEEK!! December 27, 2008

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this has been a fabulous week of family and friends….. lots of love, gift giving, joy, peace, laughter, new beginnings, memories old and new…..

 

i will post pictures soon!  i got a new fancy camera and i love it already!!

 

kg  🙂

 

hell. a place of unspeakable suffering. November 25, 2008

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this past sunday, brent preached the mess out of a sermon on hell.  it was one of the most powerful services i have ever been in.  this message was 3rd in a 4 part series called CURTAIN CALL.  the crux of the series is summed up in one question “when my ‘curtain call’ comes, who will be applauding?”

 

in essence, when i die, who will have been touched enough by my life to stand applauding?  this week’s focus on hell lead all of us through an intense time of introspection regarding our thoughts on hell…. is it real?  is it really that bad?  do i really care if people go there?  do i live my life in such a way or do i  fight with every fiber of my being to show EVERYONE around me JESUS and His love, so they won’t ever have to experience hell?

 

the following quote comes from an 1800s career criminal, Charles Peace, after he had his last visit with the priest while he waited on death row…after the priest told Peace about hell, Peace asked him if he really believed in hell… the priest’s answer was a hesitation of “well, I think I do”…. this quote sent me on a tailspin and challenged my heart/mind so hard that i was almost immediately moved to tears….

 

“Sir, I do not share your faith, but if I did, if I believe what you say you believe,

then although England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast,

I would crawl the length and the breadth of it on hand and knee, and think the pain worthwhile,

just to save a single soul from this eternal Hell of which you speak.  

If I believed in this place as you say, my life would reflect it.”

 

just food for thought….. food that made me choke.

 

Lord, may my life be like a love song to your heart.

May I live in such a way that causes people to see Your goodness and mercy.

Help me to reflect You.  To You be all glory forever.

I partner with You to make Your name famous!

Amen!

 

this is what i think…. November 16, 2008

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My magnificent obsession is to know God,

glorifying Him in my character 

while enjoying Him in the process.

— Anne Graham Lotz

 

this is my desire….. this quote sums it up….. kg

 

my favorite…. November 5, 2008

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…scripture is Ps. 46:10…..  i think in light of all the things going on right now i will put it in context here for us…. beginning in verse 5

 

God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

He lifts His voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see the works of the Lord…

the desolations He has borought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear,

He burns the shields with fire.

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

Be encouraged.  God is in control and not surprised by our nations choices.  I am leaning on Him harder than ever.  I am so grateful for His security.  I will live my life for Him, b/c He alone is worthy!

 

 

 

what did you do today??? November 4, 2008

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i exercised my right and DUTY to vote…. 

my kids were with me and learning about the process.  anna joy was telling everyone who she ‘voted for’…. nice, huh??  josiah was concerned b/c he had an ipod with him….. and our precinct is at a local school which had a sign for no ipods… he was just convinced that sign was for the voters, not students…. needless to say, i had to hold the ipod while i voted — what a dollface…. caleb judah was only interested in the results of the entire election the moment i voted — the results are his social studies assignment….. he’s got patience to exercise as we have HOURS to wait on the results!  🙂 

 

in the midst of all that, i asked the kids to pray while i voted so that God’s plan will prevail!  we are trusting in Him….

 

our nation will make history today…. i hope you were a part of it.