Thursday, November 18, 2004

Where's the Faith?

Do you ever feel like life just sort of overtakes you and you don't even have time to stop and determine if you are living by faith anymore? (HA! In general if you feel like you're just keeping your head above water then the answer to the question of whether or not you are living by faith is pretty obvious!)I hate to say it, but we are smack dab in the middle of life right now. The daily "stuff" of life just seems to have overtaken us so that even when we do stop to evaluate what God is doing, it is hard to see it because of how focused we are on ourselves. Clearly, the bills have to paid and the children have to get taken to and from school and groceries have to be bought and the meals have to be made and the bible studies have to be planned and the car has to go to the shop and the beach project has to be planned and....It gets overwhelming, doesn't it? How do we step back and allow our hearts to breathe in the power of the gospel?
Right now we are trying to step back and focus on the fact that we are to live just like we recieved Christ, by grace through faith. God IS doing incredible things in the P.E. faculty right now. And just as we need to be reminded that God causes the growth, we need to be reminded that He gives us grace when we are overwhelmed. "It is the gift of God, not of ourselves, that no one should boast." Grace. Not just for salvation but for everyday.

Please pray:
Bible Study with the PE students: Every Wednesday at lunchtime

Beach Project Preparation: Our beach project will be January 3-27, 2005 and we have much (!) to do before it takes place. Pray for planning and also for recruitment.

Thanksgiving: We'll celebrate with our staff team at our house on Thursday. Pray for fun, fellowship and thank God that we truly feel grateful for where He has placed us and what He is doing in our lives.

Support:We are running slightly behind in our support for the year. Pray for our yearly needs to be met by December 31. If you would like to give any extra to help with our year end needs, you can send it in along with your regular support.

Demps' Car:We're trying to sell Demps' car and just have one car for now. Pray for it to sell quickly. (Duncan would like to pray that we could get a motorcycle with a side-car....but ummm, we're not too sure about that.)

We're grateful for each of you.
The Dempseys