Good Night

3 am.

Still awake, waiting to see if our 2nd oldest throws up again.

But he hasn’t.  He’s just sleeping.

(Of course, every time he smacks his lips I nearly break my neck ditching the laptop, fumbling out of my chair, and grabbing “The Bowl” for him just in case.)

But he’s just sleeping.

And I thank God for His goodness and mercy to temper his version of the stomach bug so that he sleeps through it.  (His older brother had it far worse and longer.)

And then I mentally walk through the rest of the house where all my important people are sleeping soundly.  One on the couch in here with me.  Two in “the boys’ room”.  One baby-one in bed next to the wife-one.  And one in a toddler bed at the foot of them.

All asleep.  All well.  All still breathing.  Hearts beating.  (All quiet…equally as miraculous, I assure you. 🙂 )

And though we’ve had restless nights lately, for the most part this happens every night.  Hours of life sustained, and completely without my help or supervision.  As a matter of fact, I am unconscious for the better part of it.

But it’s a beautiful thing to see my Father quietly standing guard, keeping their bodies working, allowing them to rest for hours in the dark.

And though I may have to fly to my boy’s side with “The Bowl” any minute, tonight I got a peaceful glimpse into what my good Father does while I sleep.

Dear Missionary, Why not Africa?

Why Tennessee?

Why would God send us, or anyone, as missionaries to Tennessee…a beautiful vacation spot with a church building on every corner?

I’ve wondered the same thing.

And shouldn’t all missionaries go to Africa?  Or Asia?  Or somewhere else beyond the sea?

At one point during these last 5 years, I thought we might.

But we’re not.  We’re going to Tennessee.

Why?

Because God has told us to go there.  And that’s all the reason we need, really. 

He is sending us there to “open their eyes.”

Like most of the south, there is a lot of religion and not enough Jesus.  I saw a poll recently showing the highest accounts of internet searches for images of “sex” and other related words were in states with the highest levels of religiosity and conservatism.  Speculations were made as to why this would be.  One suggestion was that the more religious folks, to save face in public, resorted to secret sin through the privacy of home internet.

Religion is great at producing creative sinners but rotten at getting rid of sin.  Jesus does that, not religion.

The Jesus we get to bring to them does that.

Also, our area in TN has many churches, but many are “family churches”…meaning the only time they grow is when someone has a baby.  The area, especially toward the mountains, is one of the poorest in the state and has a high level of meth production.

So, for all the natural beauty and church buildings, obviously God sees the need for the “opening of eyes” and “bringing them from the power of darkness to light.”

We’re taking the good news of a real…a conversational, interactive, and powerful…a really REAL God to them.

 

We are asking folks to give to fund the move to TN…because we believe that’s the way God wants to do it.  Please pray about whether you are part of that.  You can give here.