Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, Rebekah!!

Today is Tim's brother Mark's wife Rebekah's birthday! We have had the great pleasure of spending the last couple weeks plus with Mark and Bekah, as they have graciously opened their home to us. We have laughed together, prayed together, cried together, played together. We count them as great friends as well as family!

I never have any trouble finding any photos of these two, as Bekah can always be counted on for having many on hand - both of them, and anyone else they come into contact with! =) Here are some of my recent favourites:

Rebekah, I'm proud to be your sister-in-law, and I'm thankful for the time the Lord has given us to get to know each other - this is very special to me. I think you are a very creative, corny (although not quite as bad as the rest of the Woodfords!), and courageous woman! =) I am amazed at your great ideas you come up with. I love laughing at your silly jokes, and I've been especially grateful to get to know your heart more recently, and see what a godly woman you are. Everything you do isn't to get you on the 'most popular list' - sometimes what you do takes you off of it. But I see you seeking God's will, and desiring to be who He wants you to be - even though sometimes it's so hard.

I read these verses yesterday, and wanted to share them with you. "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed." (1 Peter 4:12-13)

I pray that the Lord will continue to work in you and through you, and that soon you will see "and be glad when his glory is revealed".

Hope you have a wonderfully Happy Birthday. I love you, Bekah!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"What a day that will be!"

"What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see; When I look upon His face - the One Who saved me by His grace; and He takes me by the hand and leads me through the Promised Land. What a day, glorious day that will be!"

Last week we had the privilege to visit Tim's grandparents in a nursing home in Orangeville. His grandma had been declining pretty rapidly of late, and we were so thankful to get a visit in with them. Yesterday morning we received a phone call saying that Grandma Annie had passed away, and is now Home in Heaven.`

While we are sad that we will miss her - how thankful we are for Grandma's legacy she has passed on to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her desire to serve the Lord, and bless those around her. She and Grandpa gave willingly to others with little left for themselves.

I was thinking about that song at the top last night, and how wonderfully happy she must be now - without any pain, and just enjoying the presence of the One Who died to save her. How wonderful too that she will see their daughter Elizabeth who passed away many years ago too, as well as other family members and friends.

We are so thankful that we are able to be here for her funeral - it will be Wednesday - as well as Tim's brother Andrew from Mozambique, who is back in Canada visiting right now, and their sister Joia and family who had already left yesterday to come up to join the rest of the Woodford family for a week together.

Please pray especially for Grandpa Wilf, who has lost his life-long partner of over sixty years.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Happy (belated) Birthday, Trevor!!

On July 8th was my sister Liz's husband Trevor's birthday! We were up the family reunion at the time wth no internet access, and I didn't get his birthday post out! Sorry about that, Trev.

Trevor and Liz live out in beautiful Saskatchewan, where Trev is husband to Lizzy, daddy to 3 precious pumpkins, and a veterinarian. Here's a few pic's of the family:

Trev with son Kiernan
Trevor and Liz
Trevor, Liz, Katja (4 yrs), Kiernan (1.75 yrs) and Ellie (3.5 months)
We thank the Lord for you, Trevor, and your desire to serve God in your life! A verse I have thought of many times is Proverbs 20:21, "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand."
How many times do we make our plans, and then wonder what's happening because things aren't going the way we expected? Thank the Lord we can see here that it is "the purpose of the LORD that will stand"!!! I pray you will continue to depend and lean on Him for all your needs, and for your direction in life.
Happy Birthday, Trevor!! We love you, and hope you have a super day!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Kyla!!

Today our Kyla-girl turns three!! She is a funny, happy little girl, whose current favourite word is "Why?" =)

Here are some pictures - just a funny face, pose and angle:
A fabulous hugger, who loves her Daddy!
A picture of all four girls in March
A little poser:
Sweet Kyla, how quickly time flies by!! You are already getting to be such a big girl! You love to help out around the house, and one of your favourite things to do (not inherited from me!) is to go shopping! It doesn't matter if either Daddy or Mommy are headed to the bank or to get groceries, you want to go too! You're definitely a little social bug. You have a sweet smile that gets offered to almost everyone, and you generally like to practice the Spanish words you know.

Daddy and Mommy pray every day that you will be saved, and that you will live your life serving the Lord in whichever way He wants you to. He has a special plan that is just for you, and He loves you so much! A verse I want to share with you is in James 4:4. I was reading this just this morning and thinking what an impact it can have on our lives when we take it to heart.

"Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."

Part of Daddy and Mommy's job is to protect you from the world. We try to teach you lots of Bible verses, and all about how God loves you so that you will hide His Word in your heart! We want you to love the LORD with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, so that you will serve Him and not the world. We pray that you will trust Him, and depend on Him, and make Him your best friend.

Happy Birthday to our precious three-year-old! We love you so much, and hope you have a super day!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Back from the Boonies...!

We are just back from Sault Ste. Marie, ON, where we enjoyed 5 days at a camp with my mom's family at the Clark Family Reunion. There was no cell or internet access, which likely made it even more fun. There was 70 in total who were there - at least for part of the week, with 1/2 that population being 15 and under!! The days were sunny, the food was yummy, and oh, how wonderful it was to be with family!! Many people have commented how odd it was that we would have a reunion that lasts so long, and so I have decided that I can't take how well our family gets along, for granted!

A story was told during the week of my great-grandmother, who came over to Canada from Scotland with her family, but left behind a man she was interested in. The problem was, he wasn't a Christian, and she was. They wrote back and forth, but even though she loved him, she finally told him she couldn't marry him. He decided to come over to visit, and see what her "religion" was all about. He had never heard in his life before that the Bible says a person needs to be "born again", but after some time, he realized the good works he had been depending on would never take him to heaven. Almost 100 years ago, on July 31, 1910, he knelt on the kitchen floor, remembering a verse he had learned in school, Isaiah 53:5, "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." He rested on the work Christ completed at the cross, and was saved.

James and Jane Clark had seven children - 2 daughters and 5 sons. My grandpa was the second youngest, and he and my grandma had 6 children - and my mom was their fourth. What we were amazed about, considering all this, is that every single child (7) of my great-grandparents, and every single one of their grandchildren (16), have professed to be saved. Almost every one of their great-grandchildren (47) are, and a few already of the their great-great grandchildren (I can't figure that number out at this hour). Including husbands/wives married in, there are 228 descendants from them. We wondered - what if she had said "Yes!" to him, before he was saved? Of course, you can't really do that, because we can't possibly know, but we came away with a feeling of great thankfulness, having had a godly woman in our heritage, and then raising her children to serve and obey the Lord as well. How great is our God!!

This week we are at my parents with my siblings and families. 18 people in one house every day - so please pray for us!! =) No really, we are looking forward a to a fun, relaxing week before 2 of our families have to leave. I have decided that I can't possibly put on any pictures of this trip until we arrive home in Mexico, but I'll try to update as frequently as possible.

Hope you enjoy a wonderful Lord's day tomorrow! Good night!