Monday, December 29, 2008


Romans 4:18

"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."

To be a child of God is to have access to hope. Not all of us, in all circumstances, take God up on the access. I have a feeling, in the coming year, more of us will have opportunities to choose between hope or fear. I find this thought pretty exciting. Imagine what might happen in the church if hope or faith in God were muscles we were more practiced at using.

May 2009 be filled with hope regardless of what life on earth throws our way.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008

A year of new beginnings...


took on new airline customers from around the world.

began a new role on his team at work.

is learning about a new camera lens.

discovered a few new recipes (He's a great cook!)

started facilitating Bible study again after a break.


joined the planning team for Bible study.

is starting a new ministry focused on prayer/reflection.

joined the steering team for North Texas Youth For Christ to Urban Ft. Worth.

started several new temporay jobs.

is helping her parents settle into their new home in Texas.


is sixteen and driving himself around town. Yeah! (with an occasional Yikes moment)

is playing the bass guitar in a new youth praise band at church.

is a working man now, ten hours a week at Schlotzsky's Deli.

joined the Air Force ROTC at his High School.

God's presence has been a very real part of 2008 and we look forward to walking with Him in 2009.

We sincerely wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!

Dave, Cheri and Matt

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Things I thought...

... I would never do:


climb a 14,000+ ft peak (fourteeners in Colorado speak)

be cross-cultural here in America

break a compulsive TV habit

survive parenting a toddler

Those are a few things that come immediately to mind. The reasons I thought I wouldn't do them are very different. It's funny to me how irrelevant the reasons are now. They seemed so legitmate at the time. It's also intriguing to think about what changed my perspectives. There is a common theme in that. They were all changed by my relationship with the Lord.

I've been wondering something this morning, "What do I currently expect I will never do, but someday, because of God, will do?" Life being an adventure matters to me so I hope it turns out to be a long list!