Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sign of the times

You always hear people say "Revelations is the most difficult book of the bible to understand."But really it is not that hard to read if you put a little effort into it. To understand end times prophecy you have to read more from your bible and study more than just whats in Revelations. More...
Everyone knows that Jesus was a real person an actual historical figure there are historical documents that record parts of His life that we have proof of, but where predicted, in the bible, over 400 years before He was born. With all the evidence we have that bible prophesy has been fulfilled in the past why would people think it wont continue to prove itself true.
In other words, the Bible predicted the first coming of Christ with extreme accuracy, so you can rest assured that the second coming is also going to happen.
As I watch the news and read about all the killing going on in the world today I see more and more of the beginning of the end:

"Wars and rumors of wars"(Matthew:24,6)
and many others I can't recall right now.

"many shall run to and fro"(Daniel:12,4):

This refers to travel,
15 years ago I ate breakfast in Chicago,Illinois lunch in Anchorage,Alaska and supper in Tokyo, Japan.
We travel even more and we travel more quickly now than ever before.

"and knowledge shall be increased."(Daniel:12,4):

100 years ago only the rich and elite knew how to read today very few people are illiterate.

"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people"(Zechariah 12:2)

Can you remember the last day that Israel wasn't in the news?

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first"(2 Thessalonians 2:3):

There is no question people are falling away from the teachings of Christ.

There are lot more things I think are pointing toward the end time I will probably talk more about it later. My views of the end time prophecy is part of the reason I feel so strongly about getting out there and doing mission work we as evangelical Christians have a responsibility to get the message of salvation out there
of EDDIE'S post

Saturday, September 27, 2008

God is at Work...

We can feel Him working in our lives everyday & it's a wonderful feeling!
I FINALLY had a productive, busy but not overwhelming day at work Thursday. I thanked the Lord over & over. I could feel that I was covered with a Peace all day & knew mine & Eddie's prayers had been heard. The staff worked well together, the patients weren't overly demanding so it was a truely Blessed day! Thank you again, Lord! More...
Another pretty "big" thing is something called nicotine addiction. I have been praying about this burden on my heart. I've been praying for both Eddie and me. The Lord is REALLY working in our lives. It's the most beautifully strange thing I've ever witnessed. I ran across an article about quitting smoking. I sent it to Eddie's email, but I did this this morning...expecting him to read it tonight. Well he read it early & told me that last night while he was on a "smoke break", he was thinking about things...he wondered if it was about time to quit smoking! I know a person has to be ready or it won't work...nagging doesn't work, but prayer does! He's been smoking almost 30 years & has managed to cut back a good bit & maybe even not smoke for a couple days or more since we've been together but to be completely "free" from it, he's never known that feeling as an adult! I know with prayer, patience & our love for each other, we can get thru this. It's not an easy thing to do but when we have a great big God on our side, how can we go wrong! So please, if you read this, please, please, please say a prayer for us! We're asking God to take away the cravings, irritability, the desire & help us keep it that way!
Homeschooling is on our mind pretty heavy. After the delima of which school Matthew would go to, finding out the school we were forced to send him to is below average, seeing what kind of "mess" they're making the kids read, exposing him to who know's what kind of kids at school...then I read on another homeschooling bloggers blog...If you send your kids to Caesar's school, don't be surprised when they come home acting like the Romans...Makes sense! I've wanted to homeschool him since we did it for awhile when we moved to Asheville (for alittle while) but didn't think it was possible. But with my schedule working around Eddie's anyway because of the earlier shift of mine, there's really no reason we can't. To have that flexibility, less stress, less money spent to send him to "free" public school just makes good sense! School just started so I guess we'll start researching & see what we need to do to make it happen. I know the school district will frown on it if we take him out in the middle of the year but oh well. I asked Matthew if he would miss Band or anything if we were able to get started homeschooling again & he said 'no, not really.' Then he said he would miss playing football in 7th grade. I told him he would still be able to play ball for Parks & Rec (if we're even still in the country) next year so he would not miss out on that necessarily. Soooo more to pray on & make sure this is something the Lord is leading us to do.
Hopefully this week I can get some more clearing out done. I'm ready to be down to the bear necessities & not have so much "junk".
My prayer for today:
Thank you Lord for my husband, son & family! Thank you for working in our lives & hearts!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Well today our chickens & 2 rabbits went to their new home. One step closer to downsizing & simplifying! It was fun to watch the guys catch the chickens & load them up so not to break eggs inside of them. I will miss having the fresh eggs that are so much better than store bought but we'll just have to deal with it until we find out where the good Lord wants us, I guess. It will save us money not having to buy feed which will be a good thing. Now we have 6 rabbits to re-home. We do hope we can eventually use what knowledge we've acquired over the years of raising farm animals. We'd love to help build a "farm" for those who don't know how to get started. To let someone experience fresh eggs, rabbit meat & maybe even goat milk & soaps would be a treat for us to be involved with! I've always wanted to make soaps so maybe that's something that will be included in our future.
Eddie & I both are to a place in our careers where we're so ready to go work for the Lord. He's got such a wonderful gift of fixing & building stuff. He's very creative & has the ability where he says if somethings broken it's like he can "hear" what needs fixed. I'm frustrated with my new job because I don't feel like I can make a difference for having to run around & push pills. Yesterday was really busy & I was able to stay caught up while running up & down the halls until I got 2 admissions on top of the seven patients I had already. One of my patients had a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) from a recent motorcycle wreck & he was having a rough day...he was agitated & combative...his sitter (one of the staff assigned to him) threatened to leave work because he was so tough to handle. So I was having to intervene there & try to get her some relief. The staff aren't happy & are overwhelmed by the patient load. An employee there even told me that I was "crazy" for going to work there. It's just our small town is so controlled by the hospital here, there's just not many options for jobs, & I've been there & done that there. Right now, it's just not very realistic to seek jobs outside of our town, especially with gas prices being the way they are. We're trying to hang in there to get to where we need to be in life. It's just hard when you know there's something else out there that we're being called to do & instead have to deal with unhappiness & being worked like a dog just to make it. We'd much rather put our energies into helping bring others to Christ. We're still praying & believing.
Well we have lots to do still so one day at a time, with the help of sweet Jesus!
I guess in the next week or so, our sweet foster son will be moved. We "know" it's what needs to happen & I don't really have doubts about it, most of the time. My sweet sister pretty much begs us not to have him moved. She says she would help keep him more for us to have a break, but that's not the issue. I'm just ready to get it over with before it gets to the point where it will be harder on him and us. It's not going to be easy at any rate but we truely feel like we'll be able to get to the right place in our lives.
I guess that's all for now.
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Not givin' up...

We're still in the process of downsizing & simplifying even though we got our first bit of "bad news" recently. We got an email from the C&MA who aren't able to send out long term missionaries like they would like to due to the "global economic downturn". Then we found out full-time missionaries (atleast the men) have their Master's Degree. Soooo, we're still hoping to line up a short term trip but are still seeking guidance for what else is to come. We still feel strongly led to go help those who haven't heard God's word. We feel like with the signs of the times that it might not be long before the Lord calls His people home. Of course we don't know but we do know we're willing & trying to get ready as soon as we can.
Our foster son should be placed with his new family by the end of this month so we hope to get more done once he's moved. We sold our extra fridge today which is just another step in the right direction. My brother-in-law & his sweet daddy are coming Sunday to get the chickens & hopefully a rabbit or 2. Once we get the rabbits sent to new homes, it will make our life alittle more manageable too. Each step is making progress towards being able to take care of grandma if that time comes & preparing for our future whatever that might hold.
Eddie & I have started a new couple's devotional called Night Light written by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson. We're really enjoying it!
We hope one day to have our main careers punching God's time clock & not somebody else's...=)
In the meantime, we're praying & listening in hopes of hearing where & what we're supposed to be doing.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another step in the right direction...

Well, our lil guy will be moved to a new foster home by the end of the month. We really feel like this is what we need to do. He's a doll & we know he will do well wherever he is.
We also got good news that Paraguay IS an option for our mission trip!! Hopefully everything will go smoothly! We are looking forward to having a date to work towards. I have been in touch with Brenda in Paraguay who is a C&MA missionary with her husband! We're so thankful to have them as our mentors too!
In the meantime, we're working, working on getting rid of stuff & saving money! Whew!
Please continue to pray for us!

Monday, September 8, 2008

It's been awhile...

We had the greatest time going to watch the UFC with Ken & Christie's youth group!!! Amy kept the baby for us which was a wonderful break! It was nice to not have to worry about his needs & let us relax some.
I can imagine how tired the Hagerman family is! They had a busy Saturday still preparing to leave in November & then setting up for fight night, then church Sunday. It was so great to fellowship with them!
Well after much prayer for this past week, I'm glad the good Lord saw me thru it. I had to do 12hrs Tues, classroom orientation Weds & Thurs, then 12 hrs Friday. It was a long week but I survived. I really don't like starting new jobs. Learning the routine...learning the paper or computer work...learning the people...I don't know that I'm cut out for day shift but I'll hang in there. I would like to try night shift there. I've done nights before so we'll see.
The house has been a mess with us being so busy this weekend & it bugs me! But this weekend I have been able to try to catch up on laundry & Eddie took down the extra crib & bed in Matthew's room. Even if it's little pieces at a time, we're going to see some progress towards downsizing & simplifying! So now the bed is in the suburban to be taken to my mom's for their spare bedroom. The crib has gone to Amy to give to a young, pregnant girl she knows.
We haven't heard from anybody about transferring the baby to another foster home yet. We will miss him. I would like to think we could keep in touch & see him some but I don't want to subject anymore confusion on him than he has to have. So we'll see what happens. Maybe Amy & Dale will consider becoming foster parents so they can kind of take our place if we're called away.
Speaking of being called away, I've touched base with the Christian & Missionary Alliance about short term missions so we hope to hear something soon! Atleast to have a time line of what's next will give us something to work towards! I even mentioned Ken & Christie heading to Paraguay. That I know of C&MA go to Peru but not Paraguay...maybe we can be the "first"! We sure would love to work with the Hagerman family in making a difference in the lives of the Paraguayans!
I found a website www.studyspanish.com that might work for us! So far I've made flashcards which I think will help. I'm a let-me-see-it kind of learner so maybe Matthew will be able to pick up on it with us as we practice with the cards!
Well I have to go to work for a class...ugh...then lots of other stuff before Matthew's football game tonight in Ware Shoals. It's another manic Monday!