PAUSE and PURSUE

Us 4Greetings to you in this special Advent and Nativity season.

We trust God is blessing you and your family as you remember the first coming of the Savior of the world, especially if you’re using our devotional, Celebrate the Newborn King: 25 Advent and Nativity Readings.

One way we’ve decided to celebrate this year is to PAUSE from the internet and PURSUE God separately and as a couple.

We feel strongly that we need to submit ourselves anew to His will for us and our ministry for the coming year.

There will likely be times when we need to enter cyberspace. For example, we hope to maintain our blogging schedules, but for the most part we intend to be offline.

We will miss you and hope you miss us. Whenever we come to mind, please pray God’s power and love, wisdom and mercy, grace and peace over us as we seek His face. We expect to return on 1 January 2015 refreshed and ready to move forward.

May our Loving Father bless you and keep you close between now and then.

with confidence in His sovereignty,
Curt & Sandra

Hung up in the Dark?

Help BagWe’re still reading through the book of Numbers.

I’m still soaking up Truth and joy.

We were in chapter 10 today, but a cross reference took me back to Exodus 40:17.

“So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.”

This is a simple statement that signals how long it took, after escaping Pharoah, for the Israelites to build the tabernacle of the Testimony. They spent one full year gathering materials and following the specific directions God gave them. The primary assignment for the first year of freedom was to construct a central place to worship the great I AM.

Things got interesting less than two months later.

“On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle of the Testimony. Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran. They set out, this first time, at the LORD’s command through Moses.” Numbers 10:11-13

This was not a helter-skelter, grab a bag and go departure.

Verses 14-36 provide extensive information about the details of the journey: how the divisions proceeded, who their leaders were, what the tasks of the Levites were, how Moses addressed the LORD on rising to move and stopping to rest.

One specific point stands out to me.

“The tabernacle was to be set up before they arrived.” Numbers 10:21

The passage could be seen as simple information about a change in location. Since God chose to have the episode recorded and protected through the years, it speaks to me about a much larger dynamic.

1) When I find myself caught in a set of circumstances God has arranged I want to be alert that He’s probably got more in mind than spinning my wheels. I want to make the most of every situation the Father orchestrates to nurture my growth and development. My recent surgery and recovery is an excellent case in point.

Please cause me to harken to Your voice, especially when I feel stuck, Dear Abba.

2) When it’s time to move onward God will provide a signal that will be clear. It may not be as obvious to the eye as a visible cloud that drifts toward the horizon or a pillar of fire to light a path at night. I want to keep my heart and mind tuned to recognize the message when it’s given. It could be as obvious as a return to full mobility.

Please keep me vigilant and responsive to Your call, Gracious LORD.

3) When God gives the specific direction and process for stepping out, it may not be about how to line up. The example given here is that the place of worship was the most significant item to transport. And it was to be erected before the camp as a whole settled into place. I want to maintain the precedents God set for the Israelites; trust, obedience, worship.

Please secure my thoughts and attitudes to Your priorities, Glorious Father.

How about you?
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a brown paper bag?
Do you try to fight your own way out or do you turn to God?

Join with us on #GivingTuesday

This is where we minister.globe PNGThis is what we’ve been doing for the past 15 or so years: 

• spoke at and organized conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, USA
• wrote posts and articles for various media
• published Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship
• welcomed guests into our home for refreshment and restoration
• offered support to parents and children via E-mail and Skype
• provided educational materials and records.

Here’s what we hope to accomplish in the next year:

• continue the above as invitations and finances permit
• complete manuscripts underway by each of us
• publish teaching units for Children in Church
• broaden our online presence through videos, webinars, etc.

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• spoke at and organized conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, USA
• wrote posts and articles for various media
• published Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship
• welcomed guests into our home for refreshment and restoration
• offered support to parents and children via E-mail and Skype
• provided educational materials and records

Future Goals
• continue the above as invitations and finances permit
• complete manuscripts underway by each of us
• publish teaching units for Children in Church
• broaden our online presence through videos, webinars, etc.

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What will you offer to empower us to serve families?

• the amount you’d spend on coffee or snacks to go
• the amount you’d spend to encourage a mother’s heart
• the amount you’d spend on Christmas gifts for us
• the amount you’d spend to enhance a father’s leadership
• the amount you’d spend to attend an uplifting conference
• the amount you’d spend to disciple your child’s mind
• the amount you’d spend for a refreshing day or week off
• the amount you’d spend to invite a mature couple to build you up in Christ in your home, through your church, in a small group, at a conference

Consider what amount the LORD would have you send.

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Big OOPS

Celebrate the Newborn KingWE JUST REALIZED WE WERE NOT CLEAR.

New Subscribers who donated to LWF were sent a gift copy of our new e-booklet Celebrate the Newborn King: 25 Advent and Nativity Readings.

The same Special Offer was meant for our Faithful Subscribers too.

We don’t want any of you to think we overlooked you. And we want to put this valuable resource into your hands. Just let us know you want a copy and send us your email address.

If you’d still like to make a donation anyway, click on the yellow Donate button to the right.
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EITHER WAY we’ll use the email address you provide and send along your gift ASAP.

Thank you for your patience while we creep up the learning curve.

May God bless you with a Christmas full of rich memories.

In His tender care.
Curt & Sandra

Keep Christ in Christmas – Devotional

Celebrate the Newborn KingWe live the frustration too.
How do we maintain a godly focus in the midst of the cultural flow that threatens to drown us?

Our collection of Bible references gave us a daily touchpoint to draw our family together. It grounded our children in the Truth.

Celebrate the Newborn King: 25 Advent and Nativity Readings is the material God used to bless our family. We want to share this resource with you.

Special Offer, LIMITED TIME for Children in Church Subscribers

As a thank you for a donation of any size to our ministry, Lifework Forum, we will send you a copy of our brand new e-booklet.

For this special occasion we’ve added a Bonus Introduction.

Celebrate the Newborn King: 25 Advent and Nativity Readings is a $20 value that we want to put into your hands for Christmas 2014. Celebrate Day 1 is less than 48 hours away.

Time is short. We will honor all donations made by noon EST on Sunday, November 30.

1. Subscribe by entering your email address in the box at the right.

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We will forward your gift to that email address.

May the Lord bless you as you endeavor to keep Christ in Christmas.

with Joy in The Lamb,
Curt & Sandra

Our third and final video

We’ve been hearing a lot of positive comments about our video efforts, our suggestions about focus, and our samples. Watch and listen. Then Subscribe.

Special Offer, LIMITED TIME for Children in Church Subscribers

As a thank you for a donation of any size to our ministry, Lifework Forum, we will send you a copy of our brand new e-booklet with a Bonus introduction.

Celebrate the Newborn King: 25 Advent and Nativity Readings is a $20 value that we want to put into your hands for Christmas 2014.

Click the yellow Donate button at the right.

Be sure to include your email address in the PayPal forms.
We will forward your copy to that email address.

May the Lord bless you as you head into the Christmas season.

with Joy in The Lamb,
Curt & Sandra