Saturday, October 27, 2007

Shots around Quebec

So you might be wondering what we have been up to lately. Truth is, the answer isnt all that exciting. Paul has been spending most of his time in school and homework. His main job here is to learn french and he is doing a great job! I have been spending most of my time with the kids, and my own homework. But everyone needs a break and a hobby right? So here is some of my newest work in my hobby :) All of the photos we taken by me in the last few months. Even the one that looks like an antique postcard. Enjoy. (Just a reminder, you can click on the photos to see them full screen)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

So we had really great news to report. Paul got his bike back. You read a few weeks ago that we had been robbed twice and both our good bikes were stolen. Well we got a call, and one thing led to another and ended with us going to a pawnshop where our bike was bring held and getting it back. It's a long story (the guy got caught stealing another bike - he admitted to stealing 30 or so - he was dumb and went to pawnshops where you have to show ID and have your picture taken - he made it easy for cops to track which ones he had sold to pawnshops - he sold it to the pawnshop for $150 when it is worth $3000!)

As you can tell by the picture, Paul is really really really happy. We had been praying for encouragment with all that was going on here. Even so bold as to ask to get even one of our bikes back! Well we are so thankful and blessed feeling by this gift. Paul says he cant really claim its his bike anymore. The first time he worked hard for it, desired it, saved for it and went out and bought it. Then it was stolen out from under him and he went through a time of learning a valuable lesson. We cant withhold things when we really give to God. We are all or nothing, Passion and Determination and Sacrifice dont have little hidden treasures that they refuse to give up. So he trusted God had a plan through all of this, that he was learning and would be strengthened by it, and that God had something even better in store for him. And He did. Now Paul can't say it's his bike anymore, because all that he had done on his own was taken away, and then God gave it back to him for free because he is loved.

You know, I dont know why some people are afraid or feel unworthy to pray for the desires of their heart. God wants to meet those! He wants to bless us and encourage us and give us such amazing joy and fullfillment. All he wants in return is our heart. I'm still praying my bike will come back too. That would be so great. But maybe God knows something more, something relational or healing, is more the desire of my heart than that? I just pray and know he knows me and will meet my needs.

Be blessed and pray boldy. Ask and it shall be given. Knock and the door will be answered. He hears!