March/April 2019 Newsletter
This is Eli. I’m so blessed to write to you guys this month! I have been meditating on and memorizing Galatians 5:16, “I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” Have you ever felt inadequate? I have... It is probably one of my biggest struggles. In recent years, when I was going through anxiety and depression, my confidence was shattered and suddenly I became obsessed with what others thought about me. This was a dangerous place to be. I have always been a confident person. I have always been the person that could lead the conversation and knew how to relate to people. I have always understood my gifts and abilities. But one day I realized that I could get on the Internet and watch 9-year-old musicians who could play rings around me. This was an incredibly hard realization for me. Suddenly I was extremely self-conscious when I was around other musicians. I went on a frenzy trying to find a tone that was never good enough, no matter how much I practiced or how hard I tried. I would continue to read forums and Internet opinions that would lead me further and further down the rabbit hole. Not only did this affect me as a professional musician but I started to question many other aspects of my life as well. I started becoming extremely self-conscious about my lack of education. I found myself clamming up in group settings and not knowing how to talk to strangers.
So... you may be wondering why there is a picture of old, nasty tools at the top of this newsletter. As many know, I love to piddle in the shop and build things. Over the last year I have become very fascinated with 18th and 19th century furniture making. I have read many books about the building process. It has become a goal of mine to build some projects using the same process that was used 200-300 years ago. The tools in the picture are special to me. In fact, they are some of my favorite tools. Many people would pass these tools in an antique store and just think that they are inadequate, dirty, and don’t work anymore. Sure, there are tools out there that are prettier and faster, but in the hands of the craftsman, these tools can make beautiful things. As you can see in the photo, some of these tools needed to be restored. I had to make a new wedge for the smoothing plane, I had to replace the handle on the fore plane. I had to true them up and flatten the soles. I am constantly sharpening the blades in pursuit of the keenest edge I can possibly get. Most of these tools are from the 1800s and it has taken some work to get these tools up and running. You may be wondering, why? Why would I put so much work into tools that are outdated and considered inadequate in today’s day and age? Because I love the tools, and I know that when they are trued up, and when the blades are sharp, together we can make beautiful things.
The truth is, we are always going to find someone that does our job better. With social media and Internet forums it will appear that everyone around you has it all together and you are missing something. So I ask again, have you ever felt inadequate? The truth is, we are all inadequate. The greatest truth that I have learned over the past few years is how inadequate I am. But when I surrender my inadequacies, my awkwardness, my self-consciousness, and I quit trying so hard, suddenly God has room to work in my life. Everyday I have a choice to surrender and ask that the Holy Spirit live through me. Wow, what a weight lifted! I don’t have to be adequate. I don’t have to be the best musician. I don’t have to have the greatest personality in the room. In the hands of the Craftsman, I become Spirit-filled. I become effective, regardless of my skill level. He wants to use me and make beautiful things but I have to get out of the way and let him work. He wants to use you, too!
We love you all!
Eli, Whitney, Evangeline, Beatrice, and L.D.
A NOTE FROM DAVID AND LAGENE
I hope that you enjoyed Eli’s inspirational opening to our newsletter. I hope that you will enjoy hearing from different members of our family in the future. Please remember my wife, best friend, and (for those of you who know me well) my organization, Lagene. Since our last newsletter her pain, especially in her legs, has become more severe. She has gotten to where she can barely walk some days. She had x-rays and MRIs done and her doctors have confirmed the she needs immediate back surgery. She will be going in on March 26th to have a spinal infusion. Please pray that her surgery will be successful, her leg pain will be gone, and she will be able to regain her quality of life again. Pray that I will be able to help her as well as she has helped me through the years when I was down. Pray for us as I continue to walk by these amazing children and grandchildren of ours. Lagene and I are so blessed.
A NOTE FROM NICK AND JULIE
We received news from our agency that our adoption process has moved into the next stage. The next step will be accepting a match for a child! This could take anywhere from 0 to 6 months, and then up to 9 months until we’re able to bring our child home from India. Waiting is tough, but we continue to trust God’s perfect timing, knowing that He has weaved all this together! Addy and Jude are both so excited to meet their new baby brother or sister! We want to say thank you to everyone who has donated to our adoption and purchased bracelets and necklaces from Julie’s fundraiser. So far, we have been able to pay every bill that has come in! We still have a long journey ahead, but we are applying for grants and continuing to trust God! We have also been saving up for a reliable vehicle to meet the needs of our growing family. We plan to continue saving until just before we travel to India. We would appreciate your prayers for our family and this adoption as we continue in ministry, homeschool, and every day life. We are so thankful to be where God has us! Follow our adoption journey at www.adopttogether.org/nickandjulieakin
AN UPDATE ON DAVEY AND SARAH
Before her surgery, Lagene insisted on seeing Dave, Sarah, and our grandkids in New Orleans, so we went and spent 3 days with them. They are all doing wonderful. Davey is still making good grades and working hard. Sarah is still being a great mom, wife, and also helping out with the children’s choirs at First Baptist New Orleans. Lailey, Maddox, and Avonlea are all into everything from singing to martial arts to ballet to homeschool. They all have a very busy schedule. Pray for them for health and that God will continue to supply all of their needs. Visit their website at www.daveyandsarah.com
HOW YOU CAN PRAY FOR THE AKINS
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