I was going to do a Simple Woman's Daybook today, but sometimes that takes me too long. So I'll just chit chat with you for a minute and get on with my day.
I love Mondays - that's no secret if you've been with me for long! This week is packed full. The kids decorated the Christmas tree Saturday night, and now I have a huge bin of Christmas decorations in my living room, in addition to the clutter and junk from a busy weekend. So my goal for today is to get my living room back in shape, then try to get some decorating done. I have to get my school grading caught up; I never got caught up from last week, and now I have another week's worth to do. And then I'm speaking at another church's ladies' tea on Friday night. I was invited to do this back in October, and I've been thinking on it all this time - and now the time has arrived to pull it all together. And I'm petrified! Please pray for me this week, that I'll say exactly what the Lord desires for me to say, and that these ladies will come away with something that will strengthen their walk with the Lord.
I've been meaning to share with you what the Lord did in our Missions Month and our Faith Promise commitments for this next year. We met and exceeded our goal for this past year! When all the commitments came in for the coming year, we were excited to find that the commitments for this year are almost double what they were last year! Wes and I are amazed at the giving hearts of these people the Lord has brought into our church family, and we are thrilled, as church planters ourselves who depend on the giving of churches across North America to enable our work here, to be able to have our own people support missions around the world.
We're continuing to pray for our friends Allen and Alicia Little and their little boy, Kendrick. They had a bit of a setback over the weekend. The doctors were planning to remove Kendrick's feeding tube yesterday, but due to a weak gag reflex and inability to swallow, they decided not to. Kendrick was not happy about that, and in his thrashing around, he managed to dislodge some of his IV lines. During the night, while Alicia was sleeping and Allen was at the Ronald McDonald house with their other boys, Kendrick pulled out his breathing tube. Now they're having to give him breathing treatments and watch him constantly. So it's been a bit rough the past day or so. Keep praying; they all have a long road to recovery. You can continue reading their updates at Kendrick's Care Page. They've been so encouraged by all the comments and prayers!
I hope you're enjoying my December Daily posts! I have some fun things planned for the next couple of weeks up till Christmas. I'm planning to participate in BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes next Monday, I have a quote from Spurgeon on Christmas that I want to discuss, and I have a fun Bible meme I want to do with you, in addition to sharing about some of my favorite Christmas carols, memories, and gifts from years past. And there's another family birthday coming up this week (October through December is very birthday-ful in my family)! I think I'm going to have to plan my posting like this every month; it sure helps me have things ready. I've been doing a lot of my entries at night while we're relaxing, then scheduling them to post on the days I have planned for them. It's almost effortless doing it that way! Thank you all for your all your comments - and for coming back for more! You're all a blessing to me.