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Six days in the Beehive State

I thought I would start this post out with a little history for you. Did you know that Utah is called the Beehive state? I guess when the Mormons first came to Utah they called it the “State of Deseret” which is a reference to the honeybee in the Book of Mormon. Early Mormon settlers have been described as having carried “swarms of bees” with them. This nickname commemorates the industry of the people of Utah. The beehive was adopted in 1847 as an official emblem and represents the quality of industry, perseverance, thrift, stability, and self-reliance which were all virtues respected by the region’s settlers. The beehive is the centerpiece of the Utah Great Seal and the Utah State Flag.

We just spent 6 days in the beautiful state of Utah! The beehive thing was interesting  because they actually have a little picture of the beehive on all of their State Highway road signs…we laughed, but it’s kind of cool in a way. However, we did not travel to Utah to learn about their history, or even to see the gorgeous landscape, but we were invited to come and share with some dear brothers and sisters in Christ about Tribal Church Planting in Mexico and about what God was doing in our lives.

Our hosts, Bill & Carole Wright, picked us up from the airport in Salt Lake City and our first stop was their home in Price, UT. A big thank you to them for setting up the trip and opening their home to us! We felt the love of Christ through you both, and it was so refreshing for us to come and talk about the things of the Lord with you and to feel your excitement for being involved in what God is going to do in the hearts of the people of Mexico.

Our hosts throughout our time in Utah

Our hosts throughout our time in Utah

From the Wright’s home in Price we drove the next morning 3.5 hours to Milford, UT where we had an opportunity to share about tribal missions with Valley Alliance Church and visit with Bill and Carole’s daughter Nikki and son-in-law Joel and their family as they are serving as Pastor there. At Valley Alliance Church we enjoyed a meal with some of the church members and shared about Mexico and the need for the gospel among the tribal people. Also coming up to hear us share, Bill and Carole’s other daughter Brittany and her husband Bill and their little guy Ethan.

After sharing at Valley Alliance Church the next morning we woke early and drove down 2 hours to St. George to spend a hot day on the lake, boating and cliff jumping with the whole family. The lake was gorgeous surrounded by red rock and the water was so clear you could see 20 feet down to the sandy bottom. It was a nice balance of relaxing and water sports, it’s too bad we forgot our camera that day or you could see some stellar shots of Pete learning to wakeboard and my first knee-boarding experience. It was such a fun day, thanks to Brittany’s, Bill for driving the boat and Brittany, Joel, Bill, and Kayla for the great company.

That night, sun-burned and tired we drove the 6 hours back to Price to get some sleep before sharing the next morning. Bill Wright is the Pastor of East Carbon Community Church, in Carbon City, UT. This church family has been supporting us and praying for us for almost two years now as we have been going through the missionary training and prepare to go out to the field of Mexico. Saturday morning a lovely brunch was put together by Carole and other ladies in the church. After sharing a meal with the believers Pete and I were given the opportunity to share about tribal missions in Mexico, and also to share about what God had been teaching each one of us, personally. Pete was given about 30 minutes with the men, and I 30 minutes with the women. It was pleasure to come and share our excitement about the Lord, and East Carbon’s love for the Lord and for their missionaries was completely evident to us as we spoke with all of you.

The both of us sharing together...sorry the photo is a little dark

The both of us sharing together...sorry the photo is a little dark

Liesl shares with the women

Liesl shares with the women

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Sunday morning Pastor Bill interviewed both of us in front of the congregation at East Carbon asking some great questions so they could get to know us even better. Then Pete preached a message and we had some time after the service to fellowship a bit with these precious people who have been praying for us and giving to us so faithfully. It truly is a blessing to be a part of your church family.

Once all of our speaking and sharing was over, Monday we took a trip out to Arches National Park outside of Moab, UT. The park was beautiful, so many wonders of God’s creation to see for miles and miles! Pete and I had never seen anything like it before and despite the 102 degree temperatures we hiked for almost 4 hours! Here are some pictures from our adventures.

Liesl and Pastor Bill begin the hike to Delicate Arch, one of the many in Arches National Park

Liesl and Pastor Bill begin the hike to Delicate Arch, one of the many in Arches National Park

Some of the beautiful scenery we saw as we hiked

Some of the beautiful scenery we saw as we hiked

Pete on the trail

Pete on the trail

Yes, I have seen a cactus before...but I'm a little bit of a nerd and just think they are really cool

Yes, I have seen a cactus before...but I'm a little bit of a nerd and just think they are really cool

A distant view of Delicate Arch from inside another arch on trail

A distant view of Delicate Arch from inside another arch on trail

A close up of Delicate Arch

A close up of Delicate Arch

Pastor Bill and us underneath the Delicate Arch

Pastor Bill and us underneath the Delicate Arch

Pete and I both climbed through this, and out onto the other side as we were exploring off the trail at Arches

Pete and I both climbed through this, and out onto the other side as we were exploring off the trail at Arches

Pete at Landscape Arch

Pete at Landscape Arch

There were some funny European guys taking a picture by this sign when we hiked in. We thought it was amusing so we took pictures by it too.

There were some funny European guys taking a picture by this sign when we hiked in. We thought it was amusing so we took pictures by it too.

After a day at Arches National Park we got home, and packed for an early trip to Salt Lake City and the airport the next morning. Our trip to Utah was full for great memories we will carry with us throughout the summer and as we move to Mexico in January. We were encouraged by the faith of the believers here and their support and love for us and excitement about Mexico and tribal missions. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to travel back and see you all on our furlough and share first hand about what God is doing through you in Mexico.

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Drifting Away

As I posted just the other day about our time relaxing at the cottage on Little Crawling Stone Lake, I was convicted, reminded of a simple truth that I believe the Lord is working on in my life as of late. While we all love times of relaxation, a time to just “get away from it all” so to speak, we can’t stay in that place forever. We can go away for a week, two weeks, or even a couple months, but when that “time” is over that first Monday back in the real world is always there for us. Whether we like it or not, we must swing back into what we know to be the reality of our lives and our existence.

I have often wondered why is it that Americans, for the most part like drifting away from real life? They enjoy trying to get away from responsibilities, cares, and concerns. Is it because we aren’t happy with the life we have? That might be the case for some, but others would tell anyone that they love their families, jobs, homes, and daily routine. So, why are we always willing to drift, to spend fortunes on a week that will fade into memories of a few 4×6 photos in a dusty book on our coffee table?

As I look at my own past, and how my mindset had been in this area I see that I was always willing to go somewhere new, try something crazy, drift away from reality because I thought that I was going to find something better than what I was already experiencing in my life. You’ve all heard the phrase, “the grass is always greener in someone else’s yard.” Well, I think that is true for alot us, that type of thinking comes with being a sinful, fallen human being. We have a hard time with contentment…in every area of our lives. I know that I have in the past and still struggle in this area.

God has been speaking to me about not only the area of contentment, and trust in Him for that contentment, but also about drifting away in life, or living a complacent faith, so to speak. In my time with Jesus I have been reading through the book of Hebrews which has spoken to me deeply and urgently about this issue.

Hebrews 2:1 “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.”  Hebrews 3:12,13 ” Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today”, so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.”        

We must warn each other daily…what an admonition! So I ask myself, have you encouraged a brother or sister in the Lord today? Have you spurred one on in their daily walk with Christ? Have you asked someone what the Lord has been teaching them or doing in their life lately?   Or am I just walking through my day, avoiding all serious confrontation with people so I don’t have to spend the time on a deeper level with them…so I don’t have to be convicted about where I am with God… 

 Hebrews 2:3 ” So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?” I think so many of us comparmentalize God. We pick the parts of Him that we like (ie. grace, love, etc) and put those where they fit into our lives and disregard all of who God truly is. What makes us think we can do this? What makes us think that God can be whoever we make Him to be in our lives as long as it fits with our agenda, our goals, what we think our purpose on earth is to be? And what makes us think that we can “drift away” or vacation from God when His ways just don’t seem to be working out for us right now?  God the author of our life here on earth and the author of our salvation, He is not just a side note…yet we as believers often treat Him as such. Galatians 2:20 is very clear, “My old self (before salvation), has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  It is evident here that upon salvation our life is no longer about us, no longer about what works for us and what doesn’t, no longer about fitting God in somewhere with all our other priorities and goals, and if He doesn’t fit, well then maybe we’ll come back for Him sometime when a slot in our schedule opens. No, Christ is our life! And as we realize this truth and center the rest of our life around Christ we learn what true joy is and we don’t feel like we need a vacation from Him, instead we begin to hear His voice, and see Him working in our lives in whatever way He chooses to our good and benefit, no matter how hard that might seem at times. We are God’s children, He loves us, and has promised such great things to us if we faithfully step by step just desire to know Him. Hebrews 3:14 ” For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to God.”

How do we get to know God? How do we get to this place where God doesn’t feel like just one of our weekly responsibilities? How do we get to a place where we don’t feel like we need a time to drift away from the accountability of our faith? For me it has been spending time in God’s Word and talking to Him throughout my day. Not always just sitting down and spending time with Him in a quiet prayer, but talking to Him while I’m out on a run, or doing the dishes. Asking Him, what should I do when I see this person later today, or God, how should I respond to this email, I really don’t know what to say to this person.” God is my life, so all of these intricate parts should be stemming directly from Him. Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is alive and powerful…it exposes the innermost thoughts and desires of our hearts.” 13 “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God…He is the one to whom we are accountable.” His Word is alive, and it is powerful!! It has the answers to all of life’s questions if we will only take the time to search out truth for ourselves. I know it is easier to just believe what others tell us. It’s easier to take an “educated” person’s word over the Bible because they have credibility in our society, and right now the Bible really does not.  But truth is truth, and God is God, and what is written down in His Word does not change and neither does our standing with Him once we are His children. If I can encourage you, don’t drift away, get to know God on a deeper level. Instead of pushing Him away because it seems like He’s not working for you right now, use a time like this to press in closer, to learn His heart, you will be amazed at what you will find, and if you cultivate this type of relationship He will change your life and perspective forever.


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Little Crawling Stone Lake & Vehicle Excitement

The past two weeks have been pretty crazy to say the least…July 1st, right after breaking 100,000 miles our Santa Fe decided to call it quits, at least for a little while. It broke down as Pete was driving through a Waukesha neighborhood on his way to a friend’s after work. It took a day of diagonosis, and boy, was it ever an emotional one. The timing belt had snapped and we were originally told there was probably engine damage which could cost us upwards of $2,000-$3,000! With a few phone calls made, and family and friends praying the final diagnosis came in, there was no engine damage! It seemed that the sensor for our crank shaft needed replaced, and the timing belt itself, which ended up being a third of what we thought we might end up paying. We truly saw the hand of the Lord in protecting even our vehicle and leading us to trust His perfect timing and sovereignty even over a situation like this. Thanks everyone for praying!!

Three days later we headed up north for a time of relaxation and fun with Liesl’s family. The last few summers Mike and Alice have treated all of the kids and their spouses and families to a week of fun at a cottage on Little Crawling Stone Lake. We spend the week catching up with each other, boating, sunning, eating, playing games, chasing the nieces & nephews/grandkids, and enjoying each others’ company.

This year Dad attempted waterskiing and we were actually all pretty impressed, the balance and coordination is all still there. Jay and Pete took some pretty crazy tube rides, and Maddie and Paxton both went for their first rides on the jet ski. Lots of good food and conversation was had by all and the weather was gorgeous. We will sure miss going on vacation with everyone next year, but we know the Lord has us in Mexico and we are even more excited about what those new experiences will bring.

Here are some pictures to enjoy from the week.

Madeline playing in the lake in her  fishy tube

Madeline playing in the lake in her fishy tube

Uncle Pete plays with Maddie (the whale Pete is floating on was named the "naughty whale" by Maddie after she was floating on it and the whale tipped her off into the water.:)

Uncle Pete plays with Maddie (the whale Pete is floating on was named the "naughty whale" by Maddie after she was floating on it and the whale tipped her off into the water.:)

Mike caught a large crawfish right next to the dock

Mike caught a large crawfish right next to the dock

Maddie and Mason floating together

Maddie and Mason floating together

Paxton was so relaxed he feel asleep in his little ducky tube

Paxton was so relaxed he feel asleep in his little ducky tube

Liesl comes in on the jet ski

Liesl comes in on the jet ski

Sporting the sweet lifejacket

Sporting the sweet lifejacket

Pete changes his first baby diaper...with Tessa's guidance

Pete changes his first baby diaper...with Tessa's guidance

Pax and his Daddy in the tube

Pax and his Daddy in the tube

Mommy and Pax in the boat

Mommy and Pax in the boat

Pete trying to look cool after his stellar fall from the tube he was standing on just moments before.

Pete trying to look cool after his stellar fall from the tube he was standing on just moments before.

Liesl and our nephew Pax, isn't he cute!

Liesl and our nephew Pax, isn't he cute!

Dad and his waterskiing skills

Dad and his waterskiing skills

There was a gorgeous sunset one night, too bad the pictures turned out blurry

There was a gorgeous sunset one night, too bad the pictures turned out blurry