Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Shalom

Have you ever had one of those moments where all the worries of the day have passed, a feeling of safety sets in, an enjoyment of your surroundings, and a taste of fullness of life sweep over you and you realize that you just had a glimpse into heaven? A taste of Shalom? A look into what life will be like when all things will be made new and there will be no more suffering, heartache, or injury? I had one of these moments last week and I have been reflecting on it since. It was during an outdoor concert where Erin Bode was singing. She is a wonderful musician with a beautiful voice. Drew and I had packed a picnic and met some friends at the concert. We enjoyed our wine, cheese, grapes, and chicken salad and talked about life. We were able to see a lot of other familiar faces at the concert too. There was a moment after the food had been put away and I was pleasantly full that I was leaning against Drew's legs. I felt all the stress that I have felt disappear and I was caught up in all of the beautiful activity around me. Children were dancing, music was playing, I was near good friends and the love of my life, good food and drink had just been enjoyed, and the background noise of worry just faded. I had a glimpse of shalom. God has given us so many good gifts and so often in my vision they are clouded by brokenness, busyness, anxiety, worry, and doubt. But not this night! The Lord blessed me with a picture of future glory!

I am currently reading Dan Allenders' book To Be Told which is about understanding our own story and how the Lord reveals himself through our story. I have been blessed so much by Dan's wisdom. I know in my own story I have experienced the "shattering of shalom" and as I work through my own story I get glimpses of God's redemption in my life. His promises are true that one day all things will be made new, but right now we are also blessed to be able to experience glimpses of the glory that is to come!

-Lindsey

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Always Be Prepared

for emergency youth ministry needs. As youth leaders we often laugh at the things that end up in our cars. There are definitely ketchup stains on our back seat from the numerous fast food runs before a youth events, missing carpet squares for the floor, scary mystery scents, and an enormous Sam's Club sized Altoids tin in the glove compartment! We opened up our trunk recently and this is what we found.


And the journey begins...


1. Air-ZOOKA (capable of rocketing powerful bullets of air over 150 ft.)

2. One full grown man-sized Eeyore suit.

3. One carbon copy of yourself in puppet form.

4. One multi-purpose ground cover/butt insulator (blanket).

5. Tools for instant competition!


6. Deadly Weaponry, in this case a Blowdart Gun.

7. Raphael (Raph), for whom the famous painter was named,
and his arch nemesis, the Rubber Chicken.

It's amazing what can accumulate in those dark spaces of your car when left unattended! I must admit though, as we sorted through all this stuff I was rather proud of each item we unearthed. So what is the most exciting thing you've found in your trunk?

-Drew

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

For Your Eating Pleasure

We love sweet potatoes at the Wilkins' household! They are so good for you too! Last night we made sweet potato pancakes and we thought we would share the recipe with all of you! Drew was the actual creator of this recipe. He took pieces from some other recipes online and then added a few of his own twists. They were delicious!!!

2 sweet potatoes
1 onion
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
rosemary to taste
1 egg

Put pan to medium heat until olive oil is shimmering then add sliced onion and saute until caramelized. Add brown sugar to the onion and saute for 2 more minutes. Remove onion from the heat. Shred the 2 medium sweet potatoes and add onion mixture, rosemary, and egg to the potatoes. Mix together. In greased pan scoop out 1/2-1 cup of mixture and flatten into pancake size. Cook for several minutes until brown and crispy and do the same on the other side.


Enjoy! We paired them with scrambled eggs and homemade blueberry muffins!


-Drew and Linds

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mia the fetching cat!




Our cat Mia is pretty amazing! She fetches, comes when we call her name, and greets us at the door. We love her a lot and are pretty impressed with her fetching skills. Enjoy the video!

1000 Kisses

Just thought I would share one of my favorite albums. I just never get tired of it! The sound of her voice, the emotion of her lyrics, and the beauty of the acoustic guitar is just amazing!



-Lindsey

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Learning to Trust Through Illness


Since I have been sick for a majority of the summer I have been reflecting on my feelings of frustration about sickness and what this teaches me about my own heart and my need to feel in control. I was reminded of an article I read a few years ago in ByFaith Magazine about how to pray well for the sick in our congregations. I have seen my own sin pretty clearly these last couple of weeks and was brought to tears the other day with the realization that I am not very good at trusting in God. Being sick means having to rely on someone else. With all of the things that we have had to do with Jr. High Camp, a summer class, and support raising I have been so stressed trying to make sure everything is perfect. I would often prefer to trust in my own abilities rather then trusting in the Lord. The Lord has been using this sickness to remind me that he is good, faithful, and most of all trustworthy.

Here is an excerpt from the article that I found to be really encouraging and I recommend reading the whole thing! This excerpt reminds all of us of what we can learn through illness.

"God meets us in sickness, and we experience new dynamics through that meeting. Sickness can force us to stop and face ourselves, to stop and find the Lord. We discover sins we’ve been too busy to notice: neglectfulness, irritability, indifference, self-indulgence, unbelief, joylessness, worries, complaining, drivenness in work, trust in our own health and ability. As our need for Jesus’ mercies is quickened, our delight in God deepens. We will develop fruit of the Spirit that can develop no other way than by suffering well: endurance of faith, hope and joy that transcend circumstances, mature character, richer knowledge of the love of God, living for God not self, the humility of weakness, the ability to help others who suffer."

http://byfaithonline.com/page/ordinary-life/praying-beyond-the-sick-list

-Lindsey

Friday, July 9, 2010

On the Road

It has been surprisingly hard to keep up with this blog the last couple of weeks. On July 2nd we turned in our papers to complete our summer class and hopped on an airplane to begin our journey of raising support.

Our first stop was in Annapolis, Maryland which is where Drew's family lives. We were able to have meetings with two churches, speak in three services on Sunday morning, teach Sunday School, and host a BBQ. We were so encouraged with people's response about our ministry with GYFM and left feeling like we made some great contacts. It looks like we might be returning to Annapolis in September to speak with one of the churches again! Praise the Lord! We were also able to enjoy the Fourth of July watching the fireworks from the boat in downtown Annapolis.




Our next stop was Richmond Virginia to meet with another missions committee. This meeting was so encouraging and we enjoyed dinner with friends in downtown Richmond at Bottoms Up. We were also blessed by the hospitality of a family from the church. As we talk to people about the ministry that we are planning to do we have been so amazed at how each person has a passion for a different part of God's kingdom. This particular couple has a love for Scotland and it was a joy to talk about our passions together. The next day we met with a woman who has been working with Third Culture Kids for years and we gained a lot of wisdom and insight from our meeting with her.

The pizza at Bottom's Up was great and so was the company. Thanks Jenna and Tim for your support and care for us!



On our way to Suffolk, VA after Richmond we stopped in Williamsburg for a few hours. It was a hot and tiring few hours for sure! Here we are in front of the Old Capitol Building!



After Williamsburg we drove down to spend a few days with Lindsey's college friend Hayden and her family. Hayden has just come off the field herself so she has been very encouraging to us. We were welcomed into the Hill's home with open arms and had a great time relaxing for a few days. On Thursday we decided to go to Virginia beach to enjoy the sun and waves. It was definitely relaxing but we are sure feeling it now. We were both terribly sunburned and are still feeling the pain!



We are currently sitting in a Caribou Coffee in Cary, NC. This area has a lot of meaning to both of us because we fell in love in Cary! In 2004 we interned at Peace Presbyterian Church with their youth ministry. Even though the summer was only ten weeks long the people at Peace became like family, and we are so excited to be back to visit and share with everyone about our work with GYFM! A family has graciously offered to host two desserts for us and we have a number of meals with different families and friends! We will also be speaking at church and teaching Sunday School. Despite the sunburn Drew will be keeping his tradition of 6 a.m. mountain biking with a good friend tomorrow morning.

Please continue to pray for us on this last leg of our trip. The Lord has been so faithful so far and we truly feel that we are gaining a family of supporters who are interested in partnering with us as we reach the nations and the next generation through GYFM!

We are now on the search for:


Drew and Linds