Baby, Momentum and More
Student Leadership Training (Momentum)
Hello All! In our last news letter we asked you to pray about our students leadership training retreat. Many of you have seen posts about this retreat in the past. Students were encouraged to be bold and step out of their comfort zone for Christ. Many came away with great action steps whether it was being intentional in what they say/how they act, talking about faith with friends, or even starting a Bible study on their campus. Please pray with us that these students continue to step out of their comfort zone for Christ and trust Him to work through their conversations and their actions.
During part of the retreat we broke out into small groups and talked deeper about what it means to trust God and the different parts in the Bible that show how people interacted with Jesus and trusted Him. One pivotal story many students related to was Peter walking on water and how at first he trusted and then sunk as fear or wanting to do it in his own strength took over. But Jesus reached out and pulled him back up. Each day, each moment we have the choice to trust God with our circumstances/situations and give Him room to work. But it is so easy to fall as we think we can do it on our own. We also talked about how worldly temptations get in the way of serving God and how we can surrender those to God.
For Heidi and I it was a great time to get to know students deeper, as well as the students building better community. It is kind of a crock pot affect. You are with the students all day for about two days. Eat, sleep, learn, ....eat, sleep, learn....and have fun along the way! God worked in many lives that weekend and we are excited to see students take steps of faith.
If you haven't heard yet, we recently found out we are having a baby girl!!! We are thrilled, but unfortunately we had many boy names agreed upon and no girl names yet. It seems like such a huge decision to give a child the name they will have their whole life. In the scheme of things though, I know it is just the beginning of decisions as God leads us in how to best guide and teach our child.
As the baby is growing and developing I have really been struck by God's deep care for us. Psalm 139:13-17 ESV says: "For you formed my inward parts;you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was non of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" How amazing that even as He is working to form this child he already knows her, He knows what her name will be, who she will grow up to be! Then to reflect and think He already knew me in my mother's womb, and knows all the days we each have. How intricate He forms and knows us deeply.
When we had our last ultrasound the technician informed us that the babies umbilical cord is attached at the side of the placenta. Normally it attaches at the center of the placenta. It can negatively affect the babies ability to absorb nutrients, but sometimes it is just the way that it formed and the baby continues to develop normally. So far the baby is developing right on track - praise God! I will be going in for extra ultrasounds in the weeks to come as they monitor and make sure she is continuing to develop well.