December 26, 2013 Cape Coral, Florida —
Our youngest daughter hummed, sang, and listened to Christmas music from October until at least yesterday. Yesterday, the Christmas story was read, prayers were prayed, turkey eaten, presents opened, time shared with loved ones.
Today feels different. The Holy Spirit has been pressing on my soul for some time now to be really prepared for 2014 in a number of areas. I and Angela see both challenges and opportunities in the coming year and are vibrant with anticipation of what God has in store for these coming days. It is critical that as we prepare and anticipate God’s work in the days of 2014, that we call believers to pray with us. We need to live in the shadow of the Almighty. We need to call on his name. We need to experience ongoing answers to pray that all might behold His glory.
Would you pray with us in the coming days that:
- We will recognize God’s leading and be able to know the difference between His plan and our desires (when they are not the same).
- We will have God’s wisdom in planning and in executing the plan for developing ministry partnerships.
- We will be equipped and ready in every way to depart for Papua New Guinea in July 2014.
- Our Somau Garia co-workers will be protected from the attacks of the enemy as they continue to draft Acts, James, etc. in preparation for our return.
- We will be fully submitted to Christ in all things as we proceed toward the goal of living and working, once again, in Papua New Guinea.
- God will continue to grant grace and mercy as our family is dispersed to colleges, jobs, and callings.
- God will grant us new financial partners even before the close of 2013.
- God will raise up the prayer team He is designing for us.
Thank you for praying with us. Our heavenly Father is pleased beyond measure when we put our trust in Him in prayer.
What will our daughter be doing in the coming months? She will still be singing, humming, and being enthusiastic, but I think it will be praise songs from church, hymns played on the piano, and enthusiasm about making the trip across the big pond to Papua New Guinea. I hope, too, that of all her enthusiasms, she will also be praying.