Trying to catch life...instead of catching up.
By Amanda Shaheen
This update is for you who, we have found, really care for us. Some of you we may have met once, others, we have known our entire lifetime. We understand that we could just as easily use facebook, twitter, or email to write you individually. However, we want to offer a more personal touch in updating you about how our lives together, by the will of God, are progressing.
In case you hadn’t noticed...it’s midDecember. Yes, I am fully aware that this is a November updated, but some how the last 6 weeks have slipped right through my fingers. I had all good intentions of getting this done at the first of the month, but this happened, and then that happened, and you know the routine. Before you know it...the next month is nearly over, and I feel like I’m playing catch up with my life. Huh...now there’s an interesting thought. How often we do we feel like we play “catch up” with our life. Is that a Biblical portrait of how God wants us to live...playing catch up in listening to him? “But Lord, I had this going...and then this happened...and well...sorry it’s been 3 weeks since I spoke to you last.” It’s okay...you can admit it...I’ll admit...we’ve all been there. However, this past November I was challenged to not play catch up with God...or catch up with life...but to
CATCH God...when he is right in front of you. I learned this from Steve Saint. I know you may be wondering who this man is (pictured above), but in my world...he is one of my greatest heroes. Boys have sports stars, and girls have their latest pop singer, but me...well...I have heroic missionaries. Steve Saint is the son of Nate Saint. Nate Saint was one of the five men who was killed back in the 1950’s by the Waodani people...after trying to bring the Gospel to them. There story has been told in books and on the big screen (Beyond the Gates of Splendor and The End of the Spear.) I had the utmost privilege of getting to spend a few days in Mr. Saint’s presence at the annual Global Health Missions Conference. It was a dream come true! Mr. Saint challenged us to take life and live it constantly seeking after God, instead of getting to a point where you wished you had sought after him more. His father understood this concept. As
they approached the Waodoni people that day long ago...he didn’t want to live wondering “what if ” they were friendly, and I was too scared to make contact. His father and his father’s friends new the dangers that lay before them. After all, the Waodoni people were fighter, hunters, savages known throughout the Ecuador jungles. For them, there was no other choice. They didn’t want to play catch up...they wanted to catch what God was doing right then and there. November starts the holiday season, and for that reason alone, I feel as though I’ve been playing catch up. Party’s, church functions, meetings, events...it can be overwhelming. So...I’m not going to say the phrase “better late than never.” Instead...I’m just going to stop, and try to commit to remembering during this crazy holiday season to catch God first, before life catches up with me.
November 2010 Jiryis and I have had so much fun this month preparing for Journey to Bethlehem and getting ready for the holidays. Weâ€™ve been getting to grow deeper with our friends, especially those in our LifeGroup...and have had the privilege of getting to be in Journey to Bethlehem with them this year!
CLOCKWISE: Sarah and I at thanksgiving...so looking forward to having a Sister in Law! Jiryis and I getting ready to hang up wreaths on our house...for our first Christmas at our home. My friends Katie and Celiscia down in Old St. Charles kicking off the holidays. Jiryis and our friend Matt rehearsing lines for Journey To Bethlehem.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with my parents up in Tremont, IL...complete with Turkey, Black Friday shopping, and the filming of our 3rd Annual Family Movie. Ask Jiryis how to find a link to this video...I promise you will be entertained! It was so nice to be away for a few days and relax.
Micah 6:8 (New International Version) 8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Left: For two months leading up to Journey, the church would have work days on Saturday to prepare the trails and sets for JTB. This is me getting to test out some of the machinery. Below: Jiryis helped unload the JTB trailer, and get the sets ready.
What’s to come... MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! - JIRYIS HAS FOUND A JOB! IT’S ONE OF OUR PRAYER REQUESTS ANSWERED! More details to come from Jiryis in the December update. - December 26-January 1- Jiryis and I get to go on vacation to Florida. It will be my first time to DISNEY!
Prayer Requests.. - Jiryis to mentally prepare for his new job! - Continued spiritual maturity of our life group. - Continued relationships building with our friends and new friends. - Safe travels as we drive to and from Florida.
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