What devotion and passion speaks through this letter! I cried while reading it only because I feel Jesus at work in the lives of John and Noel as well as in Bethlehem Baptist. The Pipers are greatly loved and it shines through the writing of John’s letter.
In the matter of one week, my friend, KP, found out she was finally pregnant, her husband was offered a position at his dream job, and a contract was pending on their house. So, to celebrate our friendship, some of the ladies from our church took her out to eat tonight and spend a few last moments with her, because….well….you see, her husband’s dream job is five states away. KP will be moving in ONE WEEK!
I love you, KP. I’m so thankful God gave us three years of face-to-face friendship. I know that we will forever converse, whether it by via phone, email, or FACEBOOK. Your parents also have a sweet place in our hearts and we will miss seeing them twice a year. I am so excited for you and MP. God is certainly the giver of all good things. How grand that he’s given you each other, a job to provide, a house to live in, and a sweet little baby in your family. I wish I could be there to celebrate the baby’s birth but please, please, please call us over here in Georgia when he/she decides it’s time to make an appearance.
Some of my memories of KP:
eating PB&J sandwiches together
traveling to St. L for a week long stay at her parent’s house
learning about our cameras together (can you say “manual”?)
gift of the stuffed frogs
conversations after the worship service
giggling & crying on the phone
talking about pregnancy and motherhood
apartment horror stories
We love you, KP.
Encouraging stories of Haitian amputees, as well as others who have lost limbs and are thankful to still be alive.
Babies: The Movie….It’s coming out on Mother’s Day weekend! Perfect!
Luke: “Mom, who are those people walking through our neighborhood with their Bibles?”Andrew: “Oh, I know. They are telling people about God.”Me: “Well, how many Gods are there?”Both boys: “There’s only ONE TRUE GOD!” (children’s catechism #10)Me: “Well, those people are telling others of…..Luke, interrupting: “…a pretend god?”Me: “Well….yeah.”Andrew: “‘Since we know the one true God, does that make us better than them, Mom?”Me: “Certainly not. Our hearts are just as dirty as theirs…but what do we have that we could share with them?Andrew: “Jesus! A savior!”Me: “Do we deserve Jesus and his grace?”Luke: “Nope, but he died on the cross for my dirty heart anyway, right, Mom?”
I am just thrilled to tears that, after much heartache, Abraham and Molly Piper are expecting twins! As I read about their ultrasound, I continued clicking link after link on their blogs as well as on Abraham’s mother and father’s blogs. Abraham’s story of “coming home” brought such joy to my heart, encouragement to my soul, and more love for our ALWAYS good and caring Father. I sat in front of my computer and cried, hoping and praying to be a mother who daily trusts in God to teach these truths to my own children…and watch how God moves.
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