Archive for December, 2011

December 26, 2011

He gives and takes away….

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David Emil, age 8

Our hearts filled with sadness when we heard this morning that David Emil died. In the past few weeks, we prayed for God to heal him. He is the first son born to Emil and Alexia. Emil is one of our translation advisors, and is the Papua New Guinean leader of our project.

Emil took his son to the hospital in Aitape when the lymph nodes on his neck were swollen. The first diagnosis was tuberculosis; however, Emil thought yesterday that David had some kind of other sickness, which he called “infoma.” (We wondered if it was “lymphoma.”) He was working on a plan to get David to Madang to a specialist, but the only way to get there would be by boat, leaving Wednesday at the earliest. Ben made phone calls and sent e-mails to try to figure out how to help them do this. However, this morning, we learned that the trip would not be necessary, as David went to be with Jesus.

When Ben talked to Emil on the phone, he told him that we would pray that they would experience God’s presence in their lives during this time of trouble and that they would somehow know his peace. Emil responded by saying something like “yes, I was really worried for David, but he had so much pain, he really needed to rest. He is resting now.”

Today, when I told my children about their friend David dying, it was hard to comprehend. They kept asking why the doctors in Aitape couldn’t help him, and why he couldn’t get to Madang for more help. It reminded me of how much we take for granted with our medical services–even we missionaries have the option of a medevac to Cairns if we need it.

I decided to rest while the twins napped this afternoon, and while I prayed, the song Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman came to mind. I hope I will have the chance to play it for Emil and Alexia when we get to the village next week. My prayer for them is that they will be able to say “blessed be your name” in the midst of this tragic loss.

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name
Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name
Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name
Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

 
You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name
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December 13, 2011

Thoughts on sleeping from a tired mom….

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This is one of my favorite pictures of Jacob and Jenny Beth when they were babies.

Last week I took a break from Facebook, blogging and all other forms of online social networking. I had a couple of days where I would fall apart at the slightest thing and I was trying to figure it out.

I think being a woman makes life complicated because sometimes we can’t figure out the ‘why.’ We just know that something is wrong. Granted, we as a family had multiple things on top of our normal challenges of living cross culturally:

  • Ben has more work than he can physically do in a work week now that he is the project leader…he barely has time to do translation advising.
  • We are planning a village stay in early January. Following Christmas, the store will be closed until the day we leave, so I have to buy all the food and supplies we need for five weeks this week.
  • We have had four men working for two weeks on our haus win, which means that I cook them huge meals (think “feast”) and multiple coffee breaks each day.

Over the weekend I went to bed early each night (sometimes before my kids) and rested while the twins napped. On Monday, I woke up early with Jacob and realized I felt better! Even figuring out food for our next village stay didn’t seem like an overwhelming task.

I know this is a rather mundane blog post, but seeing that it made a huge difference in my state of mind and heart, I thought I’d write a post about it. SLEEP.

I remember when the twins were first born, I didn’t get more than 45 minutes of sleep at a time. I felt depressed and feeling paranoid about things, and at the time I did internet research on sleep. I learned that sleep is vital to maintaining emotional and mental health.

So often I rob myself of sleep because the evenings is the only time during the day that I have kid free time. In order to get alone time, I have to wait until 9:00 or 10:00 to start whatever it was that I wanted to do, including watching a movie with Ben or whatever. I am now realizing that I am going to have to make an adjustment to that so that I can maintain at least a small measure of sanity. Sleep is an allusive thing to a lot of us moms with small children, and we need it so badly!

December 10, 2011

Christmas-time is here!

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In typical rainy-season fashion, we had a torrential downpour today.I felt cold enough to put socks and a sweatshirt on…and it felt a little like winter!

I have spent the last few days putting together our family Christmas calendar so I thought I’d share December’s page with you.

Having two two-year olds is hard work but we all love seeing their joy at all things Christmas…the lights going up on the tree, the special treats, the advent candles, and of course, our favorite Christmas movies. Christmas time is here!

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