Can I just say how much I love our church? We had a rough start this morning getting the kids all ready and in the car in time, but we made it to church right at 9. We go to Sunday School and Jeremiah and I are in a class called Young Families. We technically aren't a young family in my definition, but the assistant pastor who teaches says we qualify! I guess if you have young kids you would be a young family. Even if you also have a preteen. The kids go to their classes and we have adult "Young Family" bible study for 45 minutes. We were the first couple to arrive so we were able to talk with the pastor, who also serves with Starfish Ministries in Haiti. His parents, the Bovencamps, are there right now. He has been praying for Elijah and our family diligently. We have been studying the book of James. We had a great discussion about James 1:12-15.
12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
13When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Then during service our family was prayed for in the opening prayer and were included in the prayer request bookmark again. This makes me so glad to know others are praying. There were guest missionary speakers from Guatemala... Bethel Ministries International. They help build homes and shelters, help with wheelchair distributions, medical care and other needs there. I was able to reach out to let them know a little about MAT and gave them my contact info. There was a photo on the slide show of a baby with Spina Bifida. It reminded me of Ella. Mr. Mooney spoke about trials and seeing the good through them all. It really helped brighten my outlook and I felt like soon enough Elijah will come home. I can't wait to see the miracle that God will perform through all this.
After church we went to get lunch. It is really a beautiful day out, but very COLD! We are now watching movies and curled up in bed. I am still pretty sore and get tired easily. It is so hard to not carry the baby around and clean up around the house. I hope to be feeling back to normal soon. I also want to be able to start working out again. I joined a new fitness club called Thrive Fitness and I want to visit soon!