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Archive for January, 2011

With everything that has been going on lately, I have a backlog of… well, everything.  I’ll try to catch you all up soon.

I thought I’d start by tackling one of the many book reviews on my plate: Voices of the Faithful, edited by Beth Moore.

Let me start by saying I’ve never really gotten in to Beth Moore Bible studies (I can hear Missy’s audible gasp from four states away).  🙂

To date, I have attempted to start three different BM books and have gotten nowhere… fast.  I don’t doubt that she’s a great teacher; I acknowledge that women around the country and around the globe have learned much from her.  I’ve just never been able to get on the Beth Moore bandwagon for one reason or another.

But the fact that Beth called my friend‘s daughter after she (my friend, not Beth) suffered a stroke… well, that just moved her from merely “acceptable” to super-duper-cool in my book.  I may just have to pick up that next study after all.  🙂

I digress.

Voices of the Faithful is a year-long daily devotional put out by the International Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and it contains 366 brief, one-page stories written by missionaries serving God around the world.

I have been reading this book daily for a few weeks now, and it has left me encouraged.  Not blown away… but I wouldn’t expect that from any single page of writing.

But encouraged, definitely.  I am thankful that through it I have received glimpses into the lives of those who daily take up their cross to follow the call of the Gospel, into their unique stories and perspectives (for example, a missionary serving in Africa seeing something while on safari that reminds her of God).

I am further grateful that our family has been called to partner with — through prayer and/or financial support — a few men and women like these.  And who knows what God has planned for our own family in the years to come?  🙂

Lastly, I come away from this book thankful for the ministry of Beth Moore, that she would put her name and her work into bringing to the forefront those who serve on the evangelical front lines.

And I intend to keep reading.

* I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes by Booksneeze.  All the opinions expressed herein are my own.

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Hey all.

To say it has been a rough week would be an understatement.  But I want to share a few things with you about my friend Joanne.

First, her condition: After several days of bad news upon worse news with regard to her condition, the pressure in her brain has finally begun to drop.  She is as of today in a deep medically-induced coma that has basically shut off her brain in an attempt to help the swelling decrease.

God can choose to heal her. So this will be a marathon of prayer, friends… and the way God so quickly has moved people all around the world to pray for her is truly amazing.  If you are joining me in petitioning our Father on her behalf, thank you.

I just noticed that she last posted a comment on my blog just a few days before the stroke.  😦

Pray for Joanne.  Pray she wakes up.  Please.

Pray for her husband Toben.  Pray for her daughters Audrey and Emma, who are returning to school this week after being homeschooled by their dear mother for the past year and a half.  Pray for her mom and dad, her sister and family, and the close friends who are walking alongside them all.  Pray for wisdom, for comfort, for understanding.  For healing.  For hope.

Second, her button: You might have noticed the new blog button in the sidebar.  If you have a blog, please copy the button code from The Simple Wife‘s website and post it on your own so that Joanne’s story can be shared and more people can pray.

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Please Pray

Joanne Heim, our sister in Christ — one I am blessed to call a new friend of mine — is in dire need of prayer.  While running on her treadmill Tuesday morning, in a house just a few minutes down the road from mine, she suffered a major stroke and was discovered by her young daughter.

Doctors later discovered a blood clot in her brain, dissolved much of it, but unfortunately encountered severe brain swelling overnight and were forced to operate (creating a bone flap to relieve the swelling).  She has suffered severe trauma to her brain and brain stem, and possible outcomes range from almost fully recovering to never regaining consciousness.

Joanne is young (only 38!), willowy and beautiful, vibrant, and full of the Spirit.  God already has used her mightily in so many ways, including very public ones (writing wonderful books about real faith and living simply).  She is known as a caring, witty, compassionate friend, an engaged and loving mother… and by just looking at the posts recently on her Facebook page, you can see how many lives she has touched.

Here is a recent picture of her, so you can have a real face in your mind as you plead to God for her restoration:

Please, dear bloggy friends, join me in fervently lifting up Joanne to the Great Physician, the only One who can bring healing and hope.

And to hear updates from her loving husband Toben, please visit her blog, The Simple Wife.

Thanks so much.

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A New Year’s Gift: Movement!

Happy news from the agency:  a family accepted the referral of a baby boy today, and as a result we moved TWO (count ’em!) spots on the list, to #41!

Come on, 30s… Come on, 30s…  🙂

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Happy New Year!

… from your friendly neighborhood pint-sized chewing machine.

Don’t let that innocent puppy-dog face fool you.  🙂

We wish you all a wonderful, sanctifying, satisfying, jubilant 2011!

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