May 30, 2012

Memorial Dat Blast IV

L-R: Mr. G., Mr. C., Mr. P., Luke P., Mr. Y. and Amy Y. having a theological discussion. :)
Lizzy G.
Monday, our family had a large get-together with friends and family. We visited with dear friends, enjoyed great food and played Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Baseball, until our skin was quite red and sunburnt.

You can enjoy pictures Here, here, here, and here from the past three Memorial Day Blasts. :) 
Jo, holding our 'niece', Lizzy. :)

Sweet lil' Lizzy-bug. <3

Mrs. D, Ava, Mrs. Y. and Mrs. C. ~ sweet ladies

Joel, Allison, Mark, Andrew, and Isaac 

More volleyball players

Alvin and Anna 

Mark, Caleb, Dhirender, Isaac, Stephen, Andrew, Brittany C, and Rachael 

While most of us played volleyball, a few decided that throwing the frisbee would be more exciting. :D

Caleb, Mark, Abby, Anna, and Jared conversing

Dhirender,  Andrew, Jordan, and Andrew 


Sweet Ava  :)

Ultimate Frisbee players

Ultimate Frisbee

Brittany and Tristan :)

Lizzy

Ava

Pick-a-boo :)

my sister Jo took Angie, Alvin and Ava over to the play ground-- they really enjoyed it! :)

Ava loved sliding down the slides

Mr. C., Dhirender, Dad and Andrew visiting

Isaac           



















May 23, 2012

Answered prayers

 
A recent email my mom sent to our friends and family :) 

Dear Ones,

I think my heart will burst with gladness over how the Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Abba Father has been working in the lives of the Kautt family and of our friends.

So many are in transition...my sister, the M's, the J's, the R's, Mary Ann D.  These folks, according to the flesh and the world, should be in despair.  Yet when I talk with them, they are peaceful, resting in the Lord's provision.  Mary Ann (a single mom) was out of work.  The Lord recently provided a wonderful job for her.  My sister thought she was going to be homeless...and what could we offer her?!  A corner in the RV we have yet to acquire?  But the Lord has provided for her, a home with our parents.  Thank you, Lord!

And we this afternoon got word that the rebellious daughter of some dear friends has finally repented and wants us to gather with  2-3 other families to hear her repent.  Hallelujah!  The answer to many, many months of prayer!  Praise you, Lord Jesus for your matchless mercy and grace!

As for the Lord's provision for the Kautts, well, just let me tell you about it!

When it was clear that David should resign as preacher of the Northwest congregation, which also meant moving out of the church parsonage, I prayed, "Lord, I don't want to tell you what to do, but it looks like now would be a good time for us to move to the acreage that we've dreamed about all these years.  But You know it would take some kind of miracle, because we have very little saved back.  Not my will, but Yours be done."  (Joel was also praying the same thing.)  I also was fully confident that the Lord would bless my dear husband for his obedience, faith, and courage.  And that He would supply our every need according to His riches in Christ Jesus.

Sure enough, within a week after David resigned, an elderly gentleman who I had only talked with on the phone once - who had never met our family, after hearing about David's bravery, and on the strength of what mutual friends told him - offered to give us a small piece of property on which to build!  David thought and prayed about it and has decided to accept the offer.  We are jumping for joy!  The place is near Highway 78, halfway between Farmersville and Blue Ridge.

Our parsonage move-out deadline is July 4th.  That is also the end of David's severance pay.  David has put in his application a few places (non-church related jobs), but it's too soon to hear back from any of them. 

We've been offloading stuff, but still not enough!  We need to hone down to the essentials, plus a few heirlooms.  Mealtimes find us brainstorming about possibilities, and considering what are the absolute necessities.  Today we discussed priorities.  About the time we thought we had landed on the very first thing we needed to do next, someone would remember something else, and we'd have to back up a step.  If anyone is interested in our list of first "next things," let me know.  I'll send it, and you can join us in praying about those things.

Within a week of Mr. J's offer, the Lord "accidentally" put in our path an acquaintance who is an architect, interested in the same kind of building methods we have long dreamed of.  And we know two electricians we can trust, and David's best friend is a roofer!  I'm sure the Enemy will toss some obstacles in our path, but we know the Lord is with us, and we look forward to this new adventure.  One thing we're very glad about is that we get to stay in the area so we can minister to the needs of David's mother, as well as stay in contact with all the people who are dear to us here.

So there it is, our update.  Isn't it grand?!  The Lord has been very generous to us!  What's really neat about this is that Mr. J will be like a grandfather to our kiddos, and we can help him on his property with his orchard, and other stuff.  Work, yes.  But fun, too.  As Joel would say, "In all labor there is profit."

Please pray for us...that we would operate in an orderly fashion, in a manner pleasing to the Father.  That we would rest in Him, and not rush ahead.  That we would accurately represent Christ with whomever we interact.  That we would be able to dispose of things we don't need and transport the stuff we do need.  For physical strength and provision.  And that we will honor the Lord in all this, and bless others in the process.  (Including permit grantors and inspectors, etc.). For a smooth path in our building process.

Each of you has been such an encouragement to us throughout this adventure.  Thank you so much!  And thank you for your prayers!  They are so important.  We look forward to interacting with you in the days ahead. May the Lord God Almighty grant you grace and peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the family,
Julia

May 22, 2012

Jesus, Friend of Sinners


Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth's become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they're tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I'm so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

Yeah...

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who's writing in the sand
Make the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
No one knows what we're for only against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they're the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

'Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
Yeah...
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

May 13, 2012

For you, Mom

Happy Mother's Day to the greatest mother in the world - Julia!! 

I love you mom, you are such an inspiration and blessing in my life, and I am so glad you are still in my life. :) 

Mom, heavy with child (I am that child)

 Shortly after my brother Caleb was born

"Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also and he praises her." Proverbs 31:29

May 12, 2012

The Story of Ian & Larissa


I first ran across this lovely couple via their blog Pray for Ian, shortly after Ian's accident.  Heartwarming, God-honoring, faithful couple that they are, they share a beautiful love for each other, and more importantly for Jesus that radiates from their words, faces and their love story.

I am thankful for them, and the example of Christ-like sacrificial love they display. 

Please watch and re share, you will be blessed!

May 11, 2012

To Every Creature {Hudson Taylor Quotes}


As I was wrapping up the 12th chapter from The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor (excellent book, by the way), I ran across this lengthy passage that convicted me oh so deeply!

"What he saw now, in the light of the Holy Spirit's teaching, was a meaning so great, so comprehensive, in those few simple words - among the last that fell from the ascending Savior's lips - that it seemed as if he heard them for the first time.  He wrote a few months later:

I confess with shame that until that moment the question, What did our Lord really mean by His command, "Preach the gospel to every creature"? had never been raised by me.  I had labored for many years, as have many others, to carry the Gospel further afield, had laid plans for reaching every unreached province and many smaller districts in China, without realizing the plain meaning of our Savior's words. 

"To every creature"?  And the total number of Protestant communicants in that great land was only forty thousand.  Double the number, triple it, to include adherents, and suppose each one to be a messenger to eight of his fellow countrymen - even so, only one million would be reached.  "To every creature": the words burned into his very soul.  But how far was the church, how far had he been himself from taking them literally, as intended to be acted upon!  He saw it now, however, and with Hudson Taylor there was but one course - to obey.  He wrote that very day:

How are we going to treat the Lord Jesus Christ with reference to this command?  Shall we definitely drop the title Lord as applied to Him, and take the ground that we are quite willing to recognize Him as our Savior, so far as the penalty of sin is concerned, but are not prepared to own ourselves "bought with a price" (I Cor. 6:20), or Him as having any claim to our unquestioning obedience?  Shall we say that we are our own masters, willing to yield something as His due, who bought us with His blood, provided He does not ask too much?  Our lives, our loved ones, our possessions are our own, not His; we will give Him what we think fit and obey any of His requirements that do not demand too great a sacrifice?  To be taken to heaven by Jesus Christ we are more than willing, but we will not have this Man to reign over us?

The heart of every Christian will undoubtedly reject the proposition, so formulated, but have not countless lives in each generation been lived as though it were proper ground to take?  How few of the Lord's people have practically recognized the truth that Christ is either Lord of all, or is not Lord at all!  If we can judge God's Word instead of being judged by that Word, if we can give to God as much or as little as we like, then we are lords and His is the indebted one, to be grateful for our dole and obliged by our compliance with His wishes.  If, on the other hand, He is Lord, let us treat Him as such.  "Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"' (Luke 6:46)

May 10, 2012

Quote time

"The culture defines marriage apart from bearing children because the church defines marital relations apart from bearing children." - R.C. Sproul Jr

May 8, 2012

Do you ever worry?



I know it says in the Bible we're not supposed to worry.  And for me, worry has never really been an issue.  

True, sometimes I would have moments of anxiety, or "what ifs" - but generally speaking, I have felt secure in the love of my Jesus, my parents, and siblings.  

And I never really thought about my Dad's job.  I don't really remember every really worrying about him losing it, or our lives changing from what they were. 

Until this past weekend, that is...

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Recently our family has experienced a life change.  After 21 years of faithful service at a local congregation, Dad resigned his position.  It's a long and complicated story, full of pain, heartache and regrets, but in the end Truth won out and our family left the congregation. 

In my 22 years of life, I have moved twice.  When I was a brand new one-year-old we moved to the city where I currently reside.  And then 11 years ago, when we out-grew our old house, we moved across town to the house I am sitting in now.  

Stability has been something I have taken for granted, and also known as a deep blessing.  I have grown up in the same city since I was one, been near both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, countless cousins.  Have made many friends, and lasting friendships have blossomed because of stability. 

The plan is for us to stay in the area, because my Grandma needs our help, and so do my mom's parents, and we feel it would be running away from God's desires for us to leave the area.  

Our roots here are DEEP.  The pain of pulling them up will be felt, greatly.  In some ways we are already feeling it.  As we disassemble our gardens, and make plans to give away the chickens, as we clean out the garage, the attic, and start deciding which pieces of furniture we should keep, and boxes start to pile up in the blueroom.  

It seems unreal.  Yet, there is no denying the truth of the situation. 

We serve an incredible God.  The God who comforts our hearts. Who strengthens our faith by sending us trials and tests.  A God who never changes, and whose love for us is so real that He sent His one and only beloved Son to die for our sins.  

I am in awe of all that.  And I know that our family is resting in those promises, those truths. 

The love and support our family has felt in the last few days, and the days and weeks leading up to this decision is so deep, so real, so rich.  

We are blessed.

Thank you for your prayers, your calls, your visits, dear friends - they mean so much to our family. 

And, we are not worrying through this ordeal.  We know that God has something greater, something meaningful, something for our whole family to accomplish.  Praise Jesus! 

God is good, and His will for us is not clear at this point, but we are willing to step out in faith, knowing that His hand will be there to catch us and steer us in the right direction. 

Because of Christ, we can, and we will follow Him wherever He leads us.  

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Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. - I Corinthians 15:58

xx abby

Picture post


Mom & Dad "American Gothic" 


May 7, 2012

Walking in Faith

It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God
without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires;
common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment.
You will be more prosperous and successful, more leisure-hearted,
if you never realize the call of God.  But if once you receive a commission
from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God wants will always come like
a goad; you will no longer be able to work for Him on the common-sense
basis.” - Oswald Chambers