The Countdown Begins: Request for Prayer

With our departure date exactly two weeks from today, we are realizing how much there is to do and how little time there is to do it to make Uriah so that we can all live in it for this upcoming trip. Some of the projects go smoothly, but others are fraught with difficulties, slowdowns, and just plain major mistakes. One of those mistakes was discovered yesterday, and it will likely set us back about a day.

Each of these trials wants to make us discouraged and frustrated. However we serve a God Who knows about every detail of our lives. None of these problems surprise or trouble Him. They simply provide us with ongoing opportunities to grow in our trust of the Lord Jesus.

John, working back near the engine.
John, working back near the engine.
John, doing the messy work--what a great job he does!
Doing the messy work--what a great job he does!
The girls painted the covers or cases for our tanks.
Anna and Mary painted the covers/cases for our tanks.
Tanks that go in the bus

The memory verse on our white board right now is, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

If we are feeling upset, stressed, or angry over these situations those are signals that we are carrying the yoke ourselves rather than yielding to the One we are yoked with Who is stronger and more capable than we are.

Our family is having many chances to see the reality of the application of the following verse in our lives as we press on toward our deadline to have the bus liveable,  “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).

We can rejoice, and we can pray – with every obstacle that comes along, every problem that is faced, and every mistake that is made. That is the path the Lord Jesus gives us that brings rest to our souls.

Would you pray with us through these next two weeks that the Lord will strengthen us physically, give us wisdom for tasks we have never done before, fill our hearts with joy, grow our family’s love for each other – AND have the bus livable and drivable on September 10th?

Cabinets being worked on...
Cabinets being worked on...
Anna and Jesse. Anna has faithfully been helping Jesse with wiring and other jobs.
Anna and Jesse. Anna has faithfully been helping Jesse with wiring and other jobs.

13 thoughts on “The Countdown Begins: Request for Prayer”

  1. Hello Maxwells,

    I will be praying for you as you get ready.

    I do have a question. Did you all make your own whiteboard? The reason I ask is that I have been looking for a whiteboard with a nice wood frame (like yours) and I only see them with fake wood frames. If you bought it like that can you remember where?

    Thanks for all you do,

    I think I bought it at Office Max. You can probably look on line at what they offer. We then stained and finished the frame.


  2. Absolutely Sarah! =:) I’d be glad to! I know what a strain it can be when things need to get done quickly and they just keep having problems and messing up! It can be so frustrating! I will be keeping you all in my prayers faithfully!

    I didn’t remember that your family had that verse board…I think our family needs one too! That is such a great idea! We have picked out “family verses” for the week before, but to have it there where everyone can see it as they pass is wonderful! A great way to memorize scripture too! =:)

    Blessings to you and your family!
    ~Miss Rachel P.~

  3. Carl and I will be praying for y’all! You are doing a wonderful work for the Lord and the evil one doesn’t like that at all. The Lord will give y’all the strength, wisdom and encouragement you need to continue on in His work. You are a real blessing to our family and to many others…you will be in our prayers during this time and on your travels.

  4. We will definitely be praying for you guys. I’d have to confess that I have very selfish reasons. You guys are heading to the Augusta area and we will be attending that conference. Last year when you were in Snellville, we had to leave early because one of our precious blessings got sick. We are so looking forward to this visit.


    Thanks for your prayers! As a clarification, it’s not that we wouldn’t go on the trip, it’s just a matter of whether we can live on the bus or if we have to stay in hotels :-)…


  5. we keep you all in our prayers daily. praying that your work moves smoothly in the next two weeks as you prepare to take god’s word and work into the world around you. you are truely a blessing to all you meet.

    i love to see your photos and i am continually amazed to see the smiles on the faces even in a time of probable frustration. it is a lesson i can learn from you.

    please keep my mom, ruby b. aka mrs. b, in your prayers. she has had another heart attack and i was able to bring her home this afternoon. as you know, we are committed to keeping her home with us, and we need prayers as we adjust our lives to meet her ongoing needs. mom is such a blessing and she amazes the doctors at her recovery being she is 90. god is in control.

    blessings, mrs. mari
    Thank you and we are very sorry to hear about your mom. We will pray as the Lord prompts us.

    In Christ Jesus,


  6. I will continue lifting your family up in prayer, and know that the Lord will see you through this time of preparation and hard work for your upcoming trip. You all are such an inspiration to so many, and I pray the Lord’s blessings on you as you continue serving Him.
    Sending a hug from Georgia, Patti M. 🙂

  7. I just love your family and reading about all your adventures. You are such an inspiration and of course I will pray for you! God bless!

  8. Question: I would like to place a large order for our family as well as gifts for others. I have a special event coming up before we get to see you in person at one of your upcoming conferences. I need to get the gifts before this event but some of what I would like to get is the new Moody book. When will it be ready? If it isn’t going to be ready within the next week or so may I go ahead and put it on my order so that I can get the free Feed my Sheep CD set. We already have a copy for ourselves and it was such a blessing. I would like to give it to a dear friend.
    Thanks so much for all that you do to be a blessing. We will continue to pray for you all and look forward to seeing you in September.

    Actually, we’ve delayed a tiny bit in releasing Summer Days because of my dad’s new book coming out this week. We’ll put both books on the shopping cart Wednesday, the 2nd.

    See you soon :-)…


  9. Our family will definitely be praying for all of you. The Lord WILL work everything out in perfect timing. You know, if we can do ANYTHING to help, we are more than glad too. Please just email or call Josh’s phone and we will get the message. (I don’t want to put it on here!) My husband is very handy. I am willing to do whatever is needed.
    And we will be praying!! In Christ, Roy, Michelle, Josh, Lexi and Stephen C.
    Thank you. We will give you a call.


  10. Thank you so much for writing this blog post the way you did. It has been a huge blessing for me to read how you deal with lots of pressure with a godly spirit!

  11. I just want to say Thank you. Thank you for loving and serving our Lord and for being such an encouragement to me and my family. My husband and I are 26 and 25 and we have a 3 year old and 14 month old. We are so thankful that Lord has given you this ministry as it blesses us and so many others to contend for the kingdom of heaven. May the Lord bless you and strengthen you as you prepare to “hit the road”.

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