My current favorite nail polish colors for the summertime (from left to right):
2. bachelorette bash
3. peach daiquiri
In memory of Russell Wade | March 31, 1988 – July 29, 2002
Dear Russell (I’m sorry, I still just can’t call you Russ…),
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years.
Over 10 years since we’ve had to put up with (ok, and be amused by) your mischievous ways.
Well over 10 years since you made me so mad that I kicked a hole in the wall. And I don’t care what Mom and Dad say, that was absolutely all your fault!
A little over 10 years since I bribed you into riding along to Dairy Queen on a random summer weekday with me and you got that crazy blue ice cream slush … but in all fairness, I did say you could have anything you wanted (my treat) as long as I didn’t have to go by myself. And we just won’t mention how I asked you to steer the car while I ate my ice cream … I mean, sure it was a manual, but I would have shifted if the need arose.
Just over 10 years since you told me that yes, I did look a little silly doing dizzy bat for my team at the Mega Relay on the M-Fuge rec field.
And 10 years since you’ve been here with us and we’ve heard that infectious laugh.
Sometimes it feels like so much longer and other times it feels like just yesterday, but although it’s been 10 years…
We still think about you often.
We still know someone is missing at holiday and family events.
We still bring up memories of you … sometimes in the wake of those memories, we cry. Other times, we can’t help but laugh.
We still think of our family as one with 3 siblings.
We still feel a little jealous that you got to see Jesus face-to-face first.
We still miss you.
We still love you.
Your Sister Always,
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:26 (ESV)
I have some pretty amazing friends who love the Lord something fierce and desire to serve Him…both in their everyday lives and serving in missions…and I love that! It’s an honor and privilege to be able to share some of their stories with you in this space. And while I love sharing their hearts and expectations as they leave for short term missions trips, I’m just as anxious as you are to hear the specifics of how the Lord chooses to move in their midst and how He works in and through them for His glory.
So, as we’re still praying for Bethany and Rachel as they begin week two in Haiti with a new team, let’s also lift up another dear friend, Kimberly, who is leaving today for a week long missions trip to Canada with a group of 10 other people from the college/young professional group at her home church.
Where are you going in Canada and what will you be doing?
We’re going to be smack dab in the middle of Toronto … a beautiful city with so many different nationalities represented. We’ll be teaming up with a church planter doing prayer walking, working on university campuses, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those we encounter. A large part of our task is also to survey the area to see what the needs are there. And then pretty much doing anything else we can to assist our church planter partners.
Why is Canada so significant to you?
The Lord laid this country on my heart around 2008, and I have had a desire to go serve this country and these people ever since. I’m looking forward to interacting with and being amongst the people … working and sharing the Gospel and seeing if this may be where the Lord is leading for a season.
How are you expecting the Lord to work?
I’m expecting the Lord to lead me out of my comfort zone and stretch me in striking up conversations with people we meet, and I’m hoping to see Him change lives. I’m also praying for unity within our team as we come together as one body serving one Lord to share the fragrance of and life in Christ.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing … Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s’ word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”
2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (ESV)
Sometimes this surrender thing – this following the Lord with everything – is scary.
It’s the best kind of scary because absolute surrender and dependence on Him is just plain right, but it’s still catch-your-breath, what-have-I-gotten-myself-into scary.
Yet it’s also simultaneously crazy exciting because it’s being given a front row seat to watching the Sovereign, Creator God work and purpose and move.
And then being asked to join Him.
So although at times it may be a little unknown and a lot uncomfortable, I wouldn’t have it any other way because it’s relationship and it’s faith practically expressed through moment-by-moment, everyday in His presence, trust in His direction and His way.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.”
I would pretty much label this week a photography fail. Because sometimes, no matter how many photos you take, they just don’t quite turn out how they were envisioned. The good news? They’re only photos and there’s always next week…
side note: although the photo may imply otherwise, I don’t actually recommend taking a photo while walking on a moving treadmill.