Testimonies of His Greatness and Leaps of Faith

I have a few anecdotes to share, well really they are testimonies, testimonies of the Great Love of the Father.

(Oh how He loves us, may we always remember and always rejoice.)

The Bike

A grandfather and grandson stopped by our house recently to check out an old, but good, kids bike we had for sale.  The grandson was turning 6 and was looking to get his first bike.  We began talking, and found that the grandfather was a christian as well, serving the Lord for many years and attending a church in our community.  He asked about our move and we shared with him a bit about our passion in serving the Lord, and our current move back to YWAM (Youth With A Mission). Deciding the bike was a good fit, but still trying to surprise his grandson, he slipped us some money and said he “might” call back later.  (Wink, wink) 🙂 We were only asking $35.00 for the bike and in Tia’s hand was $60.00! A little while later the grandfather called us to say they had found a bigger bike that his grandson would be able to grow into, he would stop by to get the $20.00, but really believed the $40.00 was ours, “for the mission”.  His parting words were, “enjoy the blessings in Hawaii!”.  A complete stranger one minute, a part of God’s bigger plan the next.  Thank you “Grandfather”, we are amazed at how the Lord works!

More Provision

Things have been up and down with the pay at Tia’s work, to say the least.  Working for a sub contractor is always a challenge.  Recently due to extenuating circumstances Tia stayed home a few days last week.  Having tight finances already we were trusting the Lord to take care of the situation and put things right. (Getting payed what Tia’s owed!) So, this is the fun part, Tia’s supervisor knows him quite well, they’ve been working together for a long time now.  Appreciating the asset that Tia is to the company and knowing his integrity and work ethic, he decided to take on jobs (with some of the other supervisors) and have Tia get paid for them! God had other people working for Tia! That is so funny and so unexpected.  We are beyond grateful for their act of generosity and praise the Lord for He truly works in mysterious ways. 🙂

Isn’t it good to know the Lord? Yes! It is good to praise His Name!

Hoping you are encouraged to look for the Lord in your day!

Investing our faith in the character of God –  Tia, Haley, and the ready for summer boys!

P.S.- Yard Sale June 9th…. if you have any donations please contact us!

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The Haps

Maia’s preschool graduation!

Joshua’s end of the year field trip to Chinese food, Yum!

The blessing of family – four generations!

What a full and blessed life we lead! So rich, so abundant.  Thank you Jesus!

This is only a quick update 🙂

Mostly we are working hard, living life and praising God! Hallelujah! Our God reigns.

Looking forward to this final week of school for all three of the boys,

and our next fellowship night on Wednesday the 23rd, from 7:30 to 9… We would love to see you here!

Rejoicing in His Love,

Tia, Haley, Josh, Jr, Maia and a standing up, loving the water, smiley, Naca

May!

Flowers from the Garden

Can you believe it’s the 5th month of 2012 already? Spring is out in full force, our garden is full of beautiful, sweet smelling blooms, and we have been enjoying some mighty fine weather.

4 boys in a pool!

We have a busy month ahead of us, jam packed with activities of all kinds; open house, preschool potluck, field trips, final days of fun at Santa Rosa Charter for the Arts and the Presbyterian Preschool, not to mention we are officially on summer break count down! 21…….  Add on to that the beginning of fundraising for our move to Hawaii, more fellowship nights, and taking care of all the details that come our way, we have our plates full (and the “food” is DELICIOUS!).

Pose!

The Journey

This last week I read some amazing things during my devotional times, thoughts and scriptures that are right in line with how Tia and I are feeling about the move to Hawaii, our call and the purpose in this part of our journey. Let me share with you a couple quotes from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

“The spiritual life is the life of a child.  We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next… Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in – but you can be certain that He will come.  Remain faithful to Him.”

and on another day:  ” ‘Though it tarries,wait for it…’ (Hab 2:3).  Patience is not the same as indifference; patience conveys the idea of some one who is tremendously strong and able to withstand assaults… ‘he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.’ (Heb. 11:27).  

The more we talk we see the running theme that in this walk of Faith we are to “pray without ceasing” and persevere in what we know, and that is Him.  He called, He opened, He is in control!  We are truly excited to see all that the Lord has in store.

In this time of praying one of our most exciting prayers is for the other members of our team.  We truly believe that this mission is not ours alone, there are other members that have important roles to play in the fulfillment of God’s vision, His plan for this season in all of  our lives.  People who have been given the same passions, and desires, and will play key roles in how we function, where we go and how we accomplish all that God “planned in advance for us to do”. (And people, I’m not even talking financially :), although there are those that will fill this role as well.) We need YOU!

Phew, that’s a mouthful 🙂

Gloriously and graciously uncertain of anything but Him,

Tia, Haley, and the popsicle kids