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Monday, April 14, 2014

Here am I, Send me!

Isaiah's Commission:

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
He said, “Go and tell this people. ~Isaiah 6:8,9

This beautiful necklace designed by the wonderful Dawn Patterson over at Funky Fish Designs, helps get our tribe a little closer to Africa! I absolutely LOVE it & am thrilled to share it with you! This will look amazing around your neck or make a sweet gift for someone you love. Thank you for being a part of our "Yes." 
Head on over to purchase yours!

 Then Jesus came to them and said,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:18-20

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Little of This. A Little of That. ~ Frozen

Our favorite version of  "let it go" over here at the Harper house. Believing one day soon that these children in my home will truly "let it go" LOL... But I'm guessing this one's gonna be around for a LONG time. 
If all else fails i suppose we could build a snowman.


appreciating ~ wisdom from others

watching ~ "FROZEN" over & over & over

reading ~ My Big Bottom Blessing

laughing ~ at myself. often.

eating ~ Chick-fil-a as much as possible. I will miss it

selling ~ stuff like crazy

dreaming ~ of serving, loving, discipling across the world

planning ~ fundraisers <~~~~ this one's almost over!

wondering ~ how God is gonna use our family over the years

brainstorming ~ fundraising ideas

wearing ~ Rwanda + Uganda + India + Threads bracelets

preparing ~ to shed my winter coat

making ~ smaller TO DO list

remembering ~ Rwanda as they honor those who were lost in the genocide 20 years ago

getting ~ our summer schedule planned

loving ~ the WARM weather

wishing ~ i could sleep better

enjoying ~ how God is growing us through change

loving ~ friends who stand with us, encourage us & love us

hoping ~ I can find my closet floor this week

missing ~ my father-in-law

praying ~ for mommy's of of littles. One day you'll miss the diapers. Nevermind

knowing ~ God is directing our steps even especially when it seems absurd

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD 
directs his steps.~Proverbs 16:9

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Love Makes The World Smaller

Ya'll we made it to our $1000 goal!!! Thank you so much for being a part of this fun 10-day drive! Check out our new fundraiser HERE.

 Getcha One!!

Check out these super soft, super cool t-shirts. Great for Men,Women & Children!

 Each shirt helps us get $11 closer to South Sudan.

Our most current need is $1000 to cover much needed immunizations that our family needs to live in Africa. 

Purchase a shirt and be apart of getting us closer to South Sudan!

Men/Women: Espresso Ultra-Soft Tee; Fashion-Forward Jersey Crew Cut; Ultra-Soft Ink; CVC Combed; 60% Cotton/40% Poly; Sweatshop Free 
Children's: Heather Gray Crew Cut; Ultra-Soft Ink; 100% Combed Cotton Jersey

**This fundraiser ends April 10th**


Friday, March 28, 2014

100. One Hundred. 1-0-0

We are  hard at it cleaning out, packing up, figuring out what to take, what to sell, & what to store (So far only keepsakes & photos are in my keep pile) I've gathered the necessary paperwork for the 4 littles passports + one renewal, working on finishing immunizations for all 10 of us + the dog, organizing paperwork & important documents, picking out  home school curriculum and making a bajillion doctors, dentists & specialist appointments.

And..... The fundraising continues.

You can read how God has redirected our steps as we continue to prepare our family for South Sudan HERE.
We launched our ONE HUNDRED fundraiser HERE back in January, hoping to have 100 people partner with us at $25 per month as we serve as full time missionaries. We now have 13 monthly partners!!! Thank you SO much to each of you who have invested in our family. Donation's are tax deductible & we would love for you to be a part of what God is doing as we join Him where He is already working!

Thank you for your continued prayers & financial support. Click on our super cute donate button to partner with us by making a one time or monthly donation.

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"Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible. They’ve made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It’s good work you’re doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! They set out under the banner of the Name, and get no help from unbelievers. So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth." 
~3 John 5-8 (The Message)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

You are a Missionary

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” ~Isaiah 6:8

God wants us to be willing... To wake up every day and be on mission right we are. In our homes, our office, our community, our city, our neighborhood, our state, our country, or the world. It's so easy to get wrapped up in "Going" somewhere to be on mission. As Christians we should be "On Mission" the moment our eyes open until they close again at night. Every day a new mission, a new challenge, a new adventure. Remember our purpose...

and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strengthThe second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” ~Mark 12:30-31

May everything We do bring Glory to God.

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~1 Peter 4:7-11

The good news is only good news, if it get's there in time. ~Carl F.H. Henry

The Unreached people groups. Those who have not heard the name of their savior, Jesus Christ.

Having seen all this you can choose to look the other way, but you can never say again, "I did not know" ~ William Wilberforce

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

To Do Lists ~ Freedom

This is for all of you type A personality gals that make insane TO DO lists. The ones that give you great joy to make and bring you great shame if you don't have each item marked off at the end of the day. I'm one of those. I love lists. I love to make them. I love to carry them around with me. And I Love Love to mark things off those lists. I have a TO CALL list, an ERRAND list, a TO DO house list & a TO DO computer/paperwork list. It helps me to be productive until... I get overwhelmed by all the "TO DO's" and then I just make a new 'clean' TO DO list in hopes of starting fresh. Ha! Seriously some most days it can be the death of my spirit, it can squelch my joy, and make for one grumpy mommy.

And if the TO DO list craziness isn't enough, I LOVE Schedules. Well... I love to MAKE schedules; brightly colored excel spreadsheet, color coded schedules. They're awesome, except... no one follows them, I struggle to enforce them, and all my time and energy creating them seems wasted. My intentions are good, and I truly believe they are going to work EVERY. SINGLE. STINKIN. TIME. But they don't.

This past month I have been diving into a study called FREEWAY~A NOT-SO-PERFECT GUIDE TO FREEDOM with a small group of sweet friends. All of us looking for complete Freedom in different areas. All of us knowing we have been delivered but that we have not truly been set free. This is one of the many areas of my life that I need FREEDOM. It may seem small to some, but this is an area that truly rules my life & the whole striving to fulfill the Proverbs 31 women goes right out the window with every list or schedule I make.

God has given me a new motivation. I've been inspired & I finally see that to truly be successful & to glorify God in all I do, I must be willing to change. Change the ways I do things as a wife, as a mom, as a homemaker. I'm allowing God to rewire my thinking. Taking what is working for other large families and experimenting to see what works for our family. Trying with everything in me to not reinvent the wheel. Most of all God has taken away my fear. Fear of failing myself, fear of failing my hubby, fear of failing my children, fear of failing those who are watching me from the outside.

*I recently was given this great book from a sweet friend. It's a must have whether you have 2 kids or 10!

*And I bought my 2nd copy of this book 'cause the last copy I had 12 years ago is MIA,

*And last week I spent time watching a precious LARGE family that use a basic schedule thrive because of it. Seeing it in action is humbling and eye-opening.

God has answered my prayer, given me freedom where I needed it, and pointed me in the direction of Him.

I can not wait to make an update to this post. I am anxious to see what God is going to do. Praying for His direction and His hand over every bit of schedule making, schedule implementing, & TO DO list making that goes on here at my little desk.

What have you experimented with over the years that has "WORKED?" 
What helps your family run like a clock & helps you to better fulfill your Proverbs 31 role?

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Little of This. A Little of That. ~ Spring!

Spring! My 2nd favorite time of year. It's a little sketchy here in west texas, one day it's 88 the next its 38, but Hey, Spring is in the air! So amazing how God makes things new, things return to their green beautiful blooming state and God's beauty is evident. It does this girls heart good!

...And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” ~Rev 21:5


appreciating ~ all that my hubby does for our family

watching ~ things slowly disappearing off my shelves & walls

reading ~ LARGE Family Logistics

laughing ~ at my silly Levi's messes so I don't cry

eating ~ less

selling ~ anything that will get us closer to South Sudan

dreaming ~ of my feet being on the ground in Africa

planning ~ what to take to Hawaii & then on to Africa

wondering ~ what things will look like for our family this time next year

brainstorming ~ the best ways to teach community health & helping babies breath

wearing ~ shorts one day & sweaters the next (Oh, West Texas)

preparing ~ massive TO DO lists

making ~ homeschool curriculum decisions for the next 2 years

remembering ~ how much God has stretched & grown us in the past 4 years

getting ~ my life organized

loving ~ how easy it is to part with "Stuff" (Thank you Jesus)

wishing ~ I could go to the Summit conference in Chicago

listening ~ to Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

enjoying ~ coffee & sweet time with good friends

loving ~ how God has grown our marriage

hoping ~ to write a book one day

missing ~ having a toddler in the house

praying ~ for PEACE in Ukraine & South Sudan

knowing ~ God has a plan, he is in control, I just need to BE STILL