Get those Socks off Me!!!

When I was in labor with my first child Kaci, my Dr. said something that still sticks in my mind and I use his words for situations like this past year!

I remember asking him every time he came in to check my progress, “Almost time?” He would smile and say, “When you are ready you will let ME know!” I wondered what he meant by that until the next time he came in to check, as he left he said “Not Yet.” It seemed forever, but as he entered my room, he heard me yell this to the nurses, “Get those socks off me and take this blanket, it is so hot in here!” He walked in and said to the nurses without even checking me, “Get her to delivery! She is ready!” Isn’t that crazy!

I asked him later why that triggered his response without him even checking me. He said with a wink and a smile, “When you started out in labor, you were freezing; needed socks and heated blankets to make you comfortable. You wanted to be covered completely for visitors who came to see you.” When I heard you say get the socks off and get rid of the blanket I knew you were in full work mode and you didn’t care who saw what was going on; you were ready to get that baby delivered! I knew it was time.”

To this day, many years later I still refer to that statement! That is how I have felt about the past few years of our life. Larry and I knew God was preparing us for something new and we were in the process of “giving birth” to a new ministry. (Us!) A year ago on August 29th we finished a season of what the Lord call “cocooning up with Him!” We felt interrupted from our life that we had settled into and loved in St Croix US Virgin Islands, but we knew it was time! (You can read all of my past post in the archives to catch up on that time of our life.) We were changed!  We had separated ourselves from family, business and friends, to find what God wanted from us. 

God completely headed us in a new direction and we have not stopped since. As I consider how to share what this past year has meant to us I can truly say; A year ago we threw off our socks and got to work! We weren’t sure where this was going but we were sure it was what God asked us to do. As I chuckle…it is hard to believe it has been that long since I have updated you. (Sorry…but we have been busy laboring and delivering this next phase of our ministry!) We did it!! It’s here and after a bit of catching up physically, adjusting to state side living and renewing wonderful family and friend relationships, God says it is time once again to step it up, change directions and let’s get to work. So we are full of anticipation and excitement to see what this next year is going to bring.

God has been so faithful and gracious to us as we have sought to follow after His plan. We have learned so much and our motto is now, “It will not look like what you think!” We thank God for that! It is looking so much bigger and better then we could have ever thought. His thoughts ARE so much higher than ours!

When we went to Kenya, we totally followed the Lord there by faith; not knowing what to expect, who we would meet, why we were there…just that we were to go and see! We said “Yes Sir!” and found ourselves on a plane taking us to another country within a few short months. We still sometimes have to pinch ourselves. We have been to Africa twice in 7 months! In our own understanding we still ask, “how did that happen?” Only God could have put this all together in every area.

This past year we have seen things we have only heard about and what we had heard doesn’t even compare with what we have seen. We found a nation of the most beautiful, humble, loving people who love The Lord. God said He would give to us nations as an inheritance if we ask. We did and accepted His plan and now this nation is our mission; to help in whatever way God directs us to help them. For as long as He wants us there. It has not been hindrance free however! But “We are still here!” (Joyce Myers)

Those of you who have known me for many years…do you remember the ladies meeting we had at Word Fellowship Church (I can only guess how many years ago…!) We were asked to write our life statement. OMG! At that time my life was a mess! But I remember being determined to figure out what my life statement was! I spent hours in the Word and with God! And this is what I wrote as my life statement.

“Just Balance with Boldness, Openly and without being

Interfered with or Hindered, All to the Glory of God!”

 All I can say is, I think I hit it!! This still is my life statement! Do you remember I began a newsletter and called it “Talanton” which is the Greek word for balance? I was struggling to find balance in my life and this assignment changed my life and I became more determined than ever to find it. I think it is time to pull out that newsletter and get it working again. In this newsletter I will highlight some of the people, issues and projects God has directed us to as we began our ministry in Kenya, Africa. There are many faces in this story, I look forward as a proud mom, to introduce you to this nation and the people, who God has blessed us to be a part of in this journey to His greater plan for their lives there!  While we were there this last trip, they named me, “Strong Kenya African Woman!” I can safely say that was by faith on their part!  It takes strong to be African and you will meet the STRONG as I introduce them to you! 

Come and follow me as we begin this journey to Africa, Kenya Africa to a Nation living in Kaptemtbwo, one of the largest slum areas in Kenya. It is not about us, Larry and I but it is about giving All the Glory to God because He is doing some amazing things with some amazing people all over the world! And we get to be a small part of what He is doing in Kenya.

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What do you think about the name “Talanton” for this newsletter?   Wow! I haven’t pulled that one out in a while, but I think I like it (again!)

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