My Adventure

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As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen. -Winnie the Pooh

Sabrina’s Bucket List

  1. Raft the Colorado River
  2. Hike the PCT with my brother
  3. Refurbish an old VW bus and travel the U.S. (picking up odd jobs, writing, and discovering ways to love people along the way)
  4. Visit all of the National Parks
  5. Backpack through Europe
  6. Tour Israel
  7. Attend language school in Costa Rica to sharpen my Spanish and return to Honduras (perhaps permanently) to serve the people I love so dearly
  8. Paint a mural on the side of a building
  9. Write a book about my family, the people we met, and the lessons God taught us about faith, loving others, and trusting Him while owning the Mustard See Cafe
  10. Complete my Masters in Biblical Counseling

Believe it or not, this was my actual “bucket list” just a short 6 years ago. My how things have changed! While a few of the items on this list are things I may still do someday, I’ve come to accept that the majority of them I may never experience. This bucket list is a reflection of a young 23 year old woman in search of a great adventure! At the time, I just wanted to finish the undergrad studies I had started years before, and was transferring into Multnomah University. I was living in Portland and was working as a waitress in order to pay for school. At the time, I thought of MU as no more than a “stepping stone” on my way to the next great adventure. Little did I know, the adventure God was inviting me on right there in Portland. My sights were on life after graduation. The future was a mystery and I had no idea where God might be leading me next. But God had something else in mind. He was calling me to “be present” with Him. He wanted to use my “present” to do a beautiful refining work in my heart.

Recently, I’ve been seeing things pop up on social media of friends who are off on various adventures. I’ve also had several conversations with friends who are just about to embark on their grand adventures. Couples studying overseas, friends completing their doctorates, singles and young couples venturing off onto the mission field, wives/mamas touring other countries with their young families, friends traveling to beautiful places all around the world, young mamas backpacking through breathtaking terrain with their littles in tow, creative friends making music, art and writing books….the list could go on, and on. Oftentimes, it is tempting for me to compare my “mundane” to their “magnificent.” In these times, I tend to forget what a beautiful and unique journey God has called me on. Isn’t that the way it always works? When we give into the temptation to compare our lives with those around us we tend to forget the precious gifts God has given us? I have been convicted lately that all too often I fail to thank God for the calling He has placed on my life as a wife and mother. As I’ve been reflecting on this, I’ve come to realize that my adventure isn’t something I need to be waiting for. My adventure is the journey I’m on right here, right now! My adventure is Mr.E and the gift of marriage God has given us. My adventure is Gracelyn Joy and the humbling call God has given me to raise her into womanhood. My adventure is the rich community of family and friends God has given us to learn from, grow and share life with. My adventure is loving our neighbors and the local community God has sovereignly placed us in in this beautiful place we call “home.” My adventure is a call to pray for my Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world. My adventure is to encourage and support those who are venturing out to serve God overseas. My adventure is to love, serve and reach out to those who may not know Jesus yet. My adventure is to walk with Christ daily.

The future continues to be a mystery and I have no idea where God might be leading our family next. But I know God is calling me to “be present” with Him. He still desires to use my “present” to do a beautiful refining work in my heart. This is the grand adventure, friends!

Enjoy the ride!

Mrs. E

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16:11

 

 

 

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Autumn Lesson

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This past weekend I spent a day in the “art room” painting, reading and organizing; both my art supplies and thoughts. After an overwhelmingly busy month of “go, go, go,” it was refreshing to have some “down time” by myself to pray, think and create.

With all seasons, God speaks to us through nature and His own visual art. In splendid glory and bursting color, autumn reminds us that life is always changing. Life and this season right now, is about to change. Life passes quickly and the autumn of any part of our lives reminds us that one more year, journey, season is about to pass. Another season is gusting and whirling quickly forward to blow away the leaves and to bring the stark reality of another season, its own beauty and its own limitations.

We will never have this year, this day, this moment in which to invest again. Time is fleeting. The beauty of the dry, dying leaves reminds us that the glory of the season is almost gone, and so we must do our best to cherish the days if we are to be wise.

I wish I could wake each morning and say to myself:

“Today is the day in which I may pour out love, inspiration, serving and touching hearts, pointing in this moment of glory, the divine creator. Teaching what is true and right and good, modeling faith, forgiveness, mercy and unconditional love.”

However, in reality I find that most mornings are a fog. I wake up in a dull daze (Mr. E can attest to this), sluggishly rolling myself out of the warmth of my bed. Thirty minutes later, when I finally “come to,” my head begins to “spin” with a full list of the days “to do’s.”

I’m discovering the ministry of leadership must be personal—friendly smiles, hugs, eyes really seeing into the face and soul of the one being listened to, words of affirmation and trust, and prayers before the throne of God diligently whispered from a heart that knows only He can create the life of Christ inside the very ones I serve…

May we understand, computers and social media oftentimes waste so much time, cell phones and text messages can rob us of the facial expression, the hand held the warm embrace or moment together watching the sunset; tasks are never more important than those they serve, and frenzied activity sucks up time and steals light and life from the “reality” standing right in front of us,  the individual needing the planting of love, and faith, hope and truth. Just like the beautiful blooms of Spring need real water, over and over again if their going to bloom to their fullest potential, those God places around us require personal attention as well.

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Overall, Mr. E and I are enjoying our season at Adelphia. However, recently we have come to the realization that we may not be stewarding our time as wisely as we could. In fact, we may need to “scale back” a little bit. Because we’re both driven so strongly by responsibility, we have to constantly keep ourselves, and one another, “in check.” We’re once again being reminded that in a ministry context where the resources and/or number of staff seem limited, and the “task list” appears endless, it’s vital for us to “pace” ourselves. A “go, go, go” lifestyle cannot be sustained for very long. Although we’re  not great at it, we’re being reminded that in order to be “wise stewards” over the things God has entrusted us with it is essential to rest.

Please pray for us as we continue to learn. As each day passes, we hope that we have used it well and invested wisely because we will never have it to live over again. All too soon, the “autumn” of this time in our lives will remind us, that this season of planting and harvesting is almost over.

Resting in Him,

Mrs. E

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:6-8

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”

Mark 1:35

“And he said to them. ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”

Mark 6:31

October Snapshots


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I hope you enjoy this handful of snapshots from the past month! We’ve been SO busy, but continue have SO many blessings to thank God for!

Diokonos Leadership Retreat

Diokonos (2nd-year) Leadership Retreat

Hope Place (Women's & Children's Shelter) Banquet

Hope Place (Women’s & Children’s Shelter) Banquet

One of our first Adelphia res. life events. It was a hit! So much fun! I'll post pics soon.

One of our first Adelphia res. life events. It was a hit! So much fun! I’ll post pics soon.

Another great Adelphia community activity. It was so refreshing to get off campus and spend time with God and each other.

Another great Adelphia community activity. It was so refreshing to get off campus and spend time with God and each other.

Quite a silly and/or scary bunch! Btw, we're NOT expecting a little "pumpkin," that was just our Halloween costume. TRICK or treat!

Quite a silly and/or scary bunch! Btw, we’re NOT expecting a little “pumpkin,” that was just our Halloween costume. TRICK or treat!

Trick or Treat So Others May Eat: With the help of our neighbors, the Adelphia students collected over 300 canned foods for a local shelter and food bank.

Trick or Treat So Others May Eat: With the help of our neighbors, the Adelphia students collected over 300 canned foods for a local shelter and food bank.

Visiting one of our students, Karissa, at work.

Visiting one of the our students, Karissa, at work.