September/October 2019 Newsletter
This is Julie, and I’m thrilled for the chance to write to you! I love living in a place where I get to experience the changing seasons. Fall is my favorite! I can almost feel it in the air, and can almost taste that pumpkin spiced latte I’ve been daydreaming about. While spring is a wonderful reminder of growth and new life, before the new can come, the old has to die. Dead leaves have to fall to make room for the bright new green ones.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about brokenness… maybe because as I’m getting older, I’m so aware of my own. I’m learning to find freedom in transparency and in losing the need to hide my broken pieces like I did early in mine and Nick’s marriage. I wanted everyone to think we were the perfect family who had it all figured out, in spite of my deeper, hidden struggles. Wow, what an awful state to live in, and how lonely I felt! We all struggle, we all fall, we’re all broken…
The picture above is Sainte-Chappelle in Paris, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. It’s on my bucket list to see in person, but I love this picture my dad took in 2017. Sainte-Chapelle is notable for its beautiful stained-glass windows. Fifteen 50-foot high windows each tell a different Bible story. The west side depicts the Old Testament and the east side depicts the New Testament. I can only imagine the beauty when sunlight shines through the windows and the colors reflect and bounce off the floors and ceiling, filling the room with incredible light. What a masterpiece!
Stained glass - nothing but stained, broken pieces that have been glued together. Does that sound familiar? What could happen if instead of hiding our shattered fragments, we allowed our Creator to glue them together to tell a story… HIS story? What kind of majestic light show would we experience if we then allowed Him to shine though the stained brokenness to show off His light and glory? We have an opportunity to be the church, encouraging one another, bearing each other’s burdens so that others can see Jesus through us. Don’t be ashamed of your brokenness; let the Healer use it, then watch and be amazed! One of my favorite verses is 2 Cor. 3:18, “But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” How sweet it is to know that He’s not finished with us. We are continually being transformed into His image. We don’t have to have it all together; we just have to know the One who does.
You may be wondering what’s going on in our adoption process, and your prayers and support mean the world to us! We are getting closer to meeting our little one, and hope to have her home by Christmas. On August 5, we entered the court phase. There are at least three parts to this phase, with our “big” hearing on August 31 in India. We won’t be present for it, so we’ll be on pins and needles through the night! Please pray that God will continue to provide through the rest of our process. We also need wisdom as we make medical decisions for “Journey” once she is here. We can’t wait to have her home!
Sending my love and thanks to you all,
A NOTE FROM DAVID AND LAGENE
God is good and He is faithful. Lagene is slowly but surely beginning to get her strength back as she continues to go through her physical therapy from her back surgery. She is still fighting psoriatic arthritis and learning what medications will be most effective with fewer side effects. In the last few weeks I’ve had to have three minor surgeries for the removal of three pre-cancerous places on my body. Thirty-six stitches later we’re so thankful that all three have come back cancer-free.
A NOTE FROM ELI AND WHITNEY
Please continue to pray as we seek God for His direction for the future. I am staying busy recording new music when we are not traveling. Whitney and the kids are gearing up to start a new homeschool year. Evangeline will be in Kindergarten this year. Beatrice will be doing some preschool activities and mostly playing! L.D. was recently dedicated at our home church on the day of our Homecoming concert in August. It was a blessing to know how many people have a hand in loving and nurturing him in our church family. We can’t believe our baby will be a year old in just a couple of months! Thank you for praying for and supporting our family. We love you!
AN UPDATE ON DAVEY AND SARAH
Dave is almost 3 years into his schooling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is working so hard and we are all so proud of him. Sarah is staying busy being a great mom and continues to lead the children’s choir at First Baptist Church New Orleans. Lailey, Maddox, and Avonlea are all doing great and probably running the whole campus neighborhood! Please continue to pray for their family. Visit their website at www.daveyandsarah.com
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