Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer Days in June

Time with family, selling possessions, and taking in challenges: What a week!

We enjoyed having our (Kelley's) parents from Georgia with us for a few days. We are blessed to have such loving, supportive family. We're just trying to cherish every moment we get with them.

The price was finally right this week for selling Jason's beloved Honda Magna and our Ford Explorer. That leaves us with a massive 4-wheeler, anyone interested?!, and our Ford ZX2 HS graduation present (note that discussions haven't gone anywhere on this one), and one Subaru Forrester incoming. Our world of vehicles is never boring!

Mid-week we took a trip to Table Rock for the Senior High Youth camp. It was a refreshing time of challenge as we heard the clear, beautiful message of the Gospel presented: piercing and convicting! What a treasure we have found in Christ.

The weekend wrapped up with tubing down the Chatahoochee, the blessing of a donated table and chairs (thanks Broome family), celebrating 30 years of service for Pastor Fred, and visiting Newspring with a friend.

Great week!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Inspiration from a Lion

We recently took a late night trip with a friend to see Prince Caspian. The challenges we felt from a children's classic have lasted all week. We walked out of the theatre encouraged spiritually, imagine that! Here is what we took away:

1. Child-like faith is crucial if we hope to see and hear God.
How complicated we can make salvation through faith in Jesus Christ!

2. God doesn't do things the same way twice.
That can include speaking, answering, moving, nurturing and disciplining.

3. God shows up just in time.
Often, maybe always, it isn't fast enough by our standards, but it is always in His time. How grateful we are for that!!

4. Enjoy the world of imagination!
Life can be taxing. Take a good dose of a fictional book from time to time. Have you read a good one lately or know another great classic? We'd love to hear!

5. Know the Truth.
It is the stability we need, unchanging and constant. God's word and His spirit are available to help us believe when we can't see, step in faith, follow for His best and receive His assurance. Read it, digest it, memorize it, apply it.

Intermingled with the thoughts from the movie has been this song which reminds us of the promise in Revelation 21: 6-7.

"It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring
of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I
will be his God and he will be my son."

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Answers and Silence

Sometimes we pray and wait wondering if our prayer "took". Maybe we pray again out of perseverance, desperation or impatience. Two situations we have prayed about recently have at times fallen under all of these categories. And for those prayers we have received answers and silence.

One prayer has been about jobs. While Jason is still Resident Director this summer, I have continued to work part-time in Admissions. It is a great blessing, but the desire to teach children runs through my veins and the papers in Admissions don't make good pupils. So my prayer for months has been to work with children. And the prayer took. Last Thursday I started watching two young boys and will continue through the coming semester. The way it all came together was a direct answer to prayer. Thank you God, Phil Pranger, and Dentons!

For the second prayer, we still wait in silence. Our desire is to travel back overseas. We have had one opportunity presented to us. After praying on and off for a year, the answers from above repeatedly come back, "That's not it." So this week we said no to the only opportunity we know about...and wait in silence. So at the Tegen home...we are silence right now...but listening...expectantly!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A Pacific Journey in Pictures

After driving across California from Lake Tahoe, we crossed into San Fran via the Golden Gate Bridge.

The wind was strong and the air cold, but we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to check out the massive waves.

Down by the bay we found sea lions, shopping and all the fish, shrimp, crab and lobster we could eat!

Then we ventured downtown on the trolley to see Chinatown and Lombard Street.

We finally made it back to the hotel sunburned and tired but very satisfied with our glimpse of the Pacific and California! What a great trip!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Snow, Saltwater, and Gold!

We spent the majority of the day Saturday driving from Yosemite Valley up through the High Country. The Tioga pass is the summit of that particular drive and is closed from October to late May or early June most years. We were told that some years they haven't opened it at all because of the snowpack. We were lucky to find it opened on the last day of May, though the entire ground was covered with snow at the pass and some of the high lakes were still frozen. Even last weekend they received up to a foot of fresh snow. We spent the afternoon at Mono Lake (salt lake) and Bodie (a deserted gold-rush town from the late 1800's). We finally arrived at Lake Tahoe around 7PM. Here's a sampling of what we saw yesterday...