Monday, April 11, 2016


It's Sunday afternoon, a quiet break in the busyness. A gift, really. So much of life is filled with things we love, and some with things we don't like so much. But a moment of quiet is a rare treat. And I love that I have this time to sit and reflect a little on the week just passed and the one that's coming.

Last week Garry spent a few hours in meetings and a many in his office. He also helped in the maintenance lab a bit. After work one day he was able to go flying with a friend and that is also opening some doors in various ways. Things are moving and changing and happening. Not always quickly, but in God's time. Last week a new family joined Moody staff for an interim position, and we are thankful for the help this will be.

Last week was Spring Break for Kaleb and we enjoyed doing some biking together. He also took a friend to a nearby biking track and they spent many hours on their track close to home. He is also busy scripting for his next animation and getting shots for his biking video.

I had a pretty normal week, apart from going to a short staff Moody women's retreat. We prayed and planned as we asked God for direction for how to be a team that can effectively minister to students and their wives. We are excited about what God is going to do.

And at the end of the week is is good to pause, to take a Sabbath, and to worship and celebrate all God has done and what He is doing. The rhythm of work and rest began just 6 days after creation, and yet it still has a powerful impact. It changes our focus and changes us. It gives God opportunity to speak in a different way. It gives our bodies time to repair and ready for a new week.

A new week, a new opportunity. Chances to grow and trust and be challenges. Opportunities to invest and care and respond. This coming week my parents are arriving for a visit, and we are super excited about what that time will hold. It's also back to school. And Garry has the normal routines of work as well as some unique things coming up this week.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

April already?!

April has begun without my permission. I was going through the motions of March, waiting for Spring, engaged in the daily tasks of living. And suddenly, we are nearly a week into April. Plus, Spring Break is nearly half over, which may be as disappointing to me as a homeschool mom as it is to my son. It has also just come to my attention that we have been in Spokane nearly a year and a half. Time moves on.

These daily tasks of living are important, in the long run they are the things that create traction in our relationships and endeavors. The daily doings of life are the things that grow into the fruit of our lives. And for the most part, I am thankful for the daily doings that God has led us to.

Garry is at the hangars at Moody Aviation every day, and is growing relationships with both students and staff. The small investments he's made over time are maturing into deeper opportunities to share truth, to get involved, to do life together and grow in relationship with God together.

Garry has also been investing in Aviation Safety issues, and over the past weeks we've seen some traction building in that arena also. Reporting is happening, students have shared how the safety seminar we hosted has changed the way they do things, and staff is resolving safety-related things that have been brought up.

Kaleb has made friends in the neighborhood, and we see things happening with those relationships. Last week after youth there was some discussion about the message in the car on the way home. This is huge when we're talking young teenage guys and the real things of life. In many ways, what is happening in his life is reflected in the property beside us. It's empty space, and soon after we arrived, Kaleb built a small jump there. One jumped turned into two, and now there is a pretty sizable track on the property and several guys who are very invested in it.

Every day, doing our best to simply trust and obey. It is paying off in various ways that we can see and maybe some we can't. And most of all, it pays off in the relationship we grow with God who loves and leads us.