They Served Him

It blesses my mother heart as I watch our adult children with a mindset to serve. My dear dad passed away last year. During the final years of his life, my mom could no longer fully care for him alone because of the Parkinson’s Disease with which he suffered. It was her desire to keep him at home. For the last year and a half of his life, each night one of our five boys would go over to their grandparent’s house to help GiGi get Grandad to bed.

They made up a schedule for his care so they knew when it was their night. If one was away or sick, they took over for each other. They not only went in and helped, but they had smiles on their faces and encouragement at the end of an often wearisome day for my parents.

A servant’s heart begins with teaching your children the joys of serving first in your home and family and then others.

Love,
Teri

-We thought you’d enjoy some pictures of Grandad doing things with Nathan, Christopher, Joseph, John, and Jesse over the years. We miss Grandad, but we joy in knowing he’s waiting for us in Heaven. Revelation 22:1, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”-

Grandad and Christopher, a special memory fishing together
Grandad and Christopher, a special memory fishing together
Grandad and Nathan doing a project together.
Grandad and Nathan doing a project together.
Joseph and John, buddies with Grandad
Joseph and John, buddies with Grandad
Jesse and Grandad
Jesse and Grandad
We miss you, Grandad! We can't wait to see you again!
We miss you, Grandad! We can’t wait to see you again!

“My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:18

Ready or Not?

Do you desire to set your son or daughter on a path of success? Do you want them to have a set of tangible, income-producing skills? Just as you can’t flip a switch to make a person mature, skills don’t happen by themselves.

When ITonRamp began in 2011, it was Nathan’s desire to equip young people with income-producing skills. He wanted them to be prepared for entering the workplace; he wanted them to be free of debt; and he wanted them to enter marriage without financial worries. Four years later, the vision is still strong.

DSC_2836Maybe you’ve been thinking about options for your young person this summer. The A+ is an industry-recognized credential for desktop technicians. Simply put, the 12-week A+ course will teach the ins and outs of computer hardware, repair, maintenance, the Windows operating system, software, networking, and security. A+ comes to life as students watch a live weekly webinar, study course materials, answer questions, and apply what they’ve learned through practical hands-on experience. We’ve not only had young men and young ladies take the course, but dads, wishing to change vocations!

Nathan is an incredible teacher and mentor, having worked in the field for 20 years. He has real-life experience.

We currently have one A+ scheduled this year, and the course begins in two weeks, June 2nd, and finishes in August.

Read thoughts from two A+ students.

What would you say to other young people considering A+?

That it will be tough, but it will be well worth it. If you are planning your career, this is where you will need to start. Patrick

If you are considering a career in IT, it is extremely important. It is one of the basic foundational, certifications that you can get. It’s also helpful just in a home environment. Gabriel

“This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24

Fasting and Prayer Day: Monday, May 18th

It’s fasting time again. This coming Monday, May 18th, we’ve set aside to seek Jesus through a day of fasting and prayer.

To join the prayer and fasting day, we ask that you fast and pray too. Obviously for pregnant or nursing moms or those who have health issues who can’t fast, you can choose a different fasting method. Perhaps you’d want to fast from sweets or the computer or whatever.

The fast begins after dinner Sunday evening, the 17th, and ends Tuesday morning, the 19th, at breakfast.

My mom, Teri, will spend the day fasting and praying for specific needs in the lives of ladies.

My dad, Steve, will be praying and fasting with the men.

Single young women and men are encouraged to join too!

These are the sign-up links where we ask for your name, e-mail address, and prayer request.

We will send out a reminder e-mail before the fast day and perhaps one or two during it.

Here are a few testimonies that were shared after the last fast:

This day of fasting has been a tremendous blessing already. Fasting is a relatively new discipline for me, and this is the first time I’ve ever united with others to do it. I really appreciated feeling in solidarity with other moms today. I found myself wondering about each one’s circumstances and whether or not others were finding similar challenges in their day. It is beautiful to be able to turn those thoughts into prayers as I felt moved with love for them and their families. A mom

This time of prayer and fasting has really been valuable to me.  I have learned something about my own heart.  I have been praying for my husband and children, and the Lord is showing me what He wants to work in my heart.  He is humbling me and sanctifying me. He wants me to work on myself while waiting on Him to work in my husband and children. A mom

The fast we did in January really opened our eyes. I fasted specifically to be closer to Christ and for a financial need prior to my wife’s surgery. The very week before her surgery, the amount required up front for the surgery was met to the penny. All we could do was cry and rejoice in what God has provided. We didn’t mention the need to anyone and placed our trust in Him. Thank you for your ministry and your faithfulness to the call. A dad

I want you to know that almost without fail, the more intensely I commit to a matter in prayer (with fasting especially), there are usually two outcomes. The first is that I draw closer to God and He reveals something more of Himself to me: whether through His Word or other people or His Holy Spirit. I always enjoy this sweet time.

The other thing that happens is increased physical struggles. Whether they be at home, at work, or watching others eat food that would be particularly delicious to me … Fasting and prayer intensifies the battles of the flesh to me, sometimes the very things I am praying for seem further out of reach. The occurrences are so predictable that I conclude they must be spiritual, in order to make me quit, lose faith, divert my attention off why I am fasting & praying. It’s a very real battle, this spiritual one, and even though I know it academically, I sometimes flop in battle, not expecting it to come. Though I may not sin during this time, my mind is not on the offensive, like the soldier who after months of training and drilling to prepare for battle, is frozen when bullets are actually flying overhead and there is confusion all around. I want practice and battle hardening so I can not sit in fear being ineffective and unproductive, but pick up my weapons and wield them at the enemy when I am hungry, when I am tired, when nothing is going right, when I don’t feel like praying, when discouraging news hits. I want to have the attitude of Paul where he actually looks forward to these, for the victory is not in himself. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake:for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 A dad  

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“Call unto me, and I will answer thee,
and shew thee great and mighty things,
which thou knowest not.”
Jeremiah 33:3

I’m Grateful | A Note from Sarah

Last week’s Summer with the Moodys Kindle promotion was wildly successful. Amazing numbers were downloaded, and you all put it in the top 100 free Kindle books for awhile. Thank you for your help! I’m truly grateful.

I received an e-mail from a sweet customer today. The Lord continues to use the Moody Family Series in lives.

We’ve had some extra family members staying for several weeks. As well as enjoying fellowship, there were also times our children found difficult. I came upstairs one afternoon to hear my daughter reading out loud a section from Book 9 where Mitch had had a bad attitude and Max was encouraging him to think positively about the situation. My daughter was then changing the sentence so that when she read it, it was as if she was being encouraged to have a good attitude over what she was struggling with ;). Your books are a great influence!

Sarah-1

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

My mom is incredible. But you already knew that ;).

She loves Jesus with all her heart, soul, and mind. She desires to serve Him and others in whatever ways she can.

She gave up her time to homeschool for 30 years. Imagine! That’s a career! How many other things do you think she could have spent her time doing? I could come up with a list. She loves each of us so much!

Mom with all 8 of her graduates.
Mom with all 8 of her graduates.

Mom’s got grit. She can summit 14ers (a mountain over 14,000 feet)–and be your cheerleader at the same time.

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My mom delights in spending time with her best friend, my dad!
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My mom loves her grandchildren. She will get down on their level and play with them, and yes, even drive trucks around.

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She has a special place in her heart for babies. I think it brings back memories of when she raised us!

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She’s a Titus2 mentor to countless ladies across the world and delights in the Titus2 ministry.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! We love you.

DSC_9829To all you ladies out there, and to all my sister-in-laws, Happy Mother’s Day!

I also want to wish a heart-felt and tender Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who have experienced the loss of a child this past year. That memory is going to be fresh and raw, but you are still a mother to that little one. They’ve only stepped into eternity sooner than the rest of us. I pray the Lord gives you grace in a special way today.

Love,
Sarah for the rest

“Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies.”
Proverbs 31:10

John Maxwell’s Trip Report

John

Hey, folks. John again.

I would like to thank everybody for praying for my trip. It was totally amazing. The Lord blessed with safety and a good time. I took a few minutes to write some thoughts about the trip. They are arranged in no particular order, so enjoy.

I traveled really light. In country, travel (as with many developing countries) was difficult, to say the least. With just my backpack, I didn’t have to deal with hauling a suitcase around.

Their standard of living was pretty amazing. Almost everyone I met was happy and content. Most people did not even have running water. One of the first things I did each morning, and the last thing each night, was to pump water to clean up with.

It was refreshing stepping back to a calm focused way of life. The good folks that I met were unencumbered by the busyness of life that we in the States often have.

The community I visited was mostly a farming community. They worked 12 hours a day. The heat and humidity were something else. They did not use tractors or other automated equipment. In fact, they had not even seen the kind of big tractors that I have driven. When they tilled the land, it was at least three guys using hand tools, working in a line. It would take them hours to do something that most farmers in the States would have done in less than two minutes.

I had two goals for the trip. The first was to spend time with my friends who live in country and to encourage them. The second was to broaden my world view and experience life in a developing country. Both of my goals were a smashing success. We had a blast, and I learned a ton.

If any of you have a chance to take a trip to a developing country, I highly recommend it. Here are some suggestions, if you do that. Travel with someone, or meet someone, who is experienced with traveling. Get immunizations before leaving, based on what the CDC recommends. Pack light, and bring a water filter. I used a Life Straw in a sport bottle and only got a minor illness that was probably food related.

I was in the air flying back when the earthquake in Nepal occurred. Please pray for everyone that was affected by that disaster. I know now, more than ever, how little those people have, and how long the road to recovery is. Please send what support you can to help everyone in need. Millions of people are without the basic necessities of life.

To answer a few of your questions.

What were your expectations?

I seriously had no expectations, only the goals I mentioned earlier. I find on trips like these, it is best just to see how things develop, and be ready for anything. 

Will you go back some day?

I do not know if I will go back. Maybe some day.

Where are all the pics?

I posted pictures from my trip, had second thoughts about it, and asked for many of them to be removed. I made that decision based on multiple factors. Sorry to disappoint, but thanks for understanding.

How many changes of clothes could you fit into your backpack?

I brought three sets of quick-dry hiking clothes. I would wash a set every day, so I always had clean clothes.

Did you have cell coverage?

Cell coverage was pretty decent most of the time. I unlocked my old Iphone 4S, and put a local sim card in it.

Did you like the food?

The food was fantastic. I ate many things that we wouldn’t dream of eating in the US.

Where I slept
Where I slept

Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Hebrews 13:5

The Maxwell family and ministry blog of Titus2.com.