Why do I hesitate when it comes to the decision to homeschool my girls? Am I am afraid of failure? Yes, but I know that if I obey God’s will, then He will work out the details and cause everything to be line. Maybe I am afraid that I haven’t heard Him clearly. I know, however, that God does speak to me and that He does make His will known to me…clearly. He is not a God of chaos and confusion. I feel so weak and unqualifed, which, I guess, makes me a perfect candidate for God to use. Do I not yet know that God delights in using those who have a sense of their own unworthiness? When it comes to homeschooling, my focus has turned inward instead of keeping my eyes on the Lord and, as a result, I have been consumed with doubt. This mistake has led to a list of excuses why I should not homeschool my girls. Fear will paralyze me if I allow it to and prevent me from being obedient to God. No one thinks they are fearful until God asks them to do something that makes them uncomfortable. I have slowly, but surely been learning, that if I fill myself up with the Lord, then there will be no room for fear and unbelief. God is not going to send me into a disaster and I can bank on the knowledge that He will always take care of every detail I come up with to be afraid of…if I let Him. It is my earnest desire to be obedient by faith and not by my own agenda. I do NOT know better than God! When He calls, He also enables. He is sufficient for my every need! With all this said, I will no longer try to evade His will for my life. This fall, Kenya will start Grade 2 at home with me as her teacher. Since my complete surrender, God has filled me with such a perfect peace about homeschooling. I am actually excited and a little impatient to get started! I know that as I embark on the homeschooling journey, I will have doubts. Although I can’t stop those thoughts from flying into my mind, I can stop them from building a nest. I know that there will be hard times, but I also know that hard times do NOT erase God’s promises. Thank you so much for all your prayers, kind words, letters and encouragement as I have struggled with this decision. The Lord has used them all to soften my heart to His leading. Please do not stop praying! I covet your prayers!
Isabelle did end up having tubes placed in her ears, as well as her adenoids removed. After the surgery, the doctor told us that her adenoids were HUGE, way bigger than most children her age. He was very certain that they were a definite contributing factor to the ever-present fluid in her ears. He removed all the fluid from her ears and, with the tubes in place for the next year or so, none should remain or build up again. From our viewpoint, she seems to hear much better, (Her surgeries have not repaired her selective hearing though.:)), even her speech is clearer. Thank you again for all the advice and words of encouragement that many of you have given. Most importantly, thank you for praying! Please continue to do so! Putting ear plugs in before bathing and swimming seems simple enough, but is so hard to remember!:)
Summer is just around the corner and with it, the anticipation of all the great things God is going to allow us to be part of. Everyday we are reminded of just how much people need to hear about Jesus. Nothing else will fix the problems we face, and things will just get worse the more we forsake Him. Because of this, heavy on our hearts and minds is to be spiritually ready in our personal walks with the Lord so that we can be ready for what awaits us. We recognize that being unprepared will hurt us and hinder our ability to accomplish the tasks set before us. We want to finish the summer and be able to say that we finished everything well and to the best of our ability, that we were content in all things and situations, and that we chose to put on the garment of praise everyday, that we were examples to the unbelievers and believers alike and that we were bold in proclaiming the saving Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Join in prayer with us now as we bathe our ministry and team in prayer. Pray that the people of Bethlehem, our team-mates, and those at Boot Camp (some might not know Him!), will have receptive hearts to the message of Jesus Christ as many live in physical comfort, but hurt inside and live in spiritual poverty. We want to be able to help them find out Who Jesus Is! May the Lord show us how to love others like He has loved us. May He break our hearts for what breaks His. You can keep up with the Holy Land School team this summer on Teen Missions website at www.teenmissions.org. We will send reports in regularly.
We are ever grateful for your commitment to us and our ministry. Your faithful prayers and support are making a difference in our lives as well as the lives of those we are able to touch through Teen Missions. The praying you do manifests itself in ways that amaze us every day. God does things outside our thinking daily, reminding us of His sovereignty and unfailing love. We know that you play a part in this. Thank you.
Please continue to pray for us as we continue the adventure of being parents, husband and wife, and missionaries for our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Mike, Michelle, Kenya, Isabelle and Lily Myers
Another praise… Kenya celebrated her one year REbirthday on April 10. She told everyone she came in contact with that day how happy she was to be celebrating the day she asked Jesus into her heart. God has given her a heart bigger than her little body can hold. May He fill us all with her boldness and child-like faith.