For those who are praying, Nathan asked us to post a blog update. Melanie has been admitted to the hospital in an attempt to stop contractions. Melanie is 28 weeks at this point. Here are the specific prayer requests that Nathan had. First that the contractions would stop and that this baby would not be born for several more weeks. You could also pray for Melanie in coping with and lessening of the side effect of the medication she is on to stop the contractions. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. They continue to rest in the Lord Jesus.
Last Sunday I preached from 2 Tim 1:1, where it starts, â€œPaul, an apostle (messenger) of Jesus Christ by the will of Godâ€¦â€ The congregation was a group of residents from a local nursing home. I was sharing with them that God has a plan/will for their lives â€“ even where they are at right now. John 6:40 clarifies that Godâ€™s will, big picture, is that everyone believe on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. But even beyond that, He has a will, a day to day desire for each of those dear people that were listening to me. John 6:40, â€œAnd this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting lifeâ€¦â€
I was struck that our little one, still being formed in the womb, is under Godâ€™s care and that He already has a plan for that little life â€“ a plan that at this point even we as his/her parents donâ€™t know. Salvation is His primary desire for Baby Maxwell, after that?? Eph 3:20 gives us a clue though, we are told that it is beyond our ability to ask or imagine. This has greatly encouraged Melanie and I. Ephesians 3:20, â€œNow to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in usâ€¦â€
Baby Maxwell continues to grow and get stronger. At a recent ultra-sound, the tech pointed out a little calf muscle, indicative of an active baby. We enjoy seeing the babyâ€™s profile and also watching the cute little hands, arms and feet appear on screen. The child still has a stomach issue that will require surgery immediately after birth. What other special needs the baby may or may not have, only time will tell.
Our biggest prayer request right now is that Baby stays in the womb as long as possible. His/her stomach issue means there is excess amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, which can cause labor to come sooner. We are also praying the Lord will direct us to the correct (maybe even Christian?) perinatalogist, hospital, neonatalogist, pediatric surgeon, and whomever else gets involved.
We arrived safely after 9 p.m. tonight. When we were about an hour and a half away, sleet began. Then, much of the precipitation turned to snow. As we came closer to Leavenworth, the roads became more slick. We slid a bit on our final stretch of road, but we made it :-). Now, for unpacking tomorrow!!
After we got up this morning, we discovered the storm system that was supposed to go through the Midwest today is coming a day later. Dad felt it was best that we head home a day early because of the ice/snow that is predicted for tomorrow. We thought of Proverbs 16:9: â€œA manâ€™s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.â€ We make plans, but the Lord directs our steps. We were all disappointed, but we know this is for the best, and weâ€™re grateful for the fellowship we had last night. I truly am grateful for such a wise father who listens so closely to Jesus.
The conference went extremely well last night. We all have our “jobs” for set up, and the setting up was pretty smooth, especially for the first night of the trip.
For the first time slot, we had four different sessions: Mom spoke to the ladies, Dad to the men, Christopher to the young men, and I to the young ladies. Hearts seemed to be quite receptive! We enjoyed seeing several families whom we had met previously at the Orlando convention a year and a half ago. One family drove 300 miles to attend the conference. We were so blessed that they took the time and effort to come. For the second session, Dad and Mom jointly gave Keeping Our Children’s Hearts while Christopher gave Evangelism to the young people. Hearts were very open to the session. As the closing to the Hearts session, our family sang a few songs–gospel bluegrass style.
We were very overwhelmed by the way that Jesus provided for our traveling expenses. The coordinator had done a great job of organizing the conference–thank you! They even gave us a box of delicious fruit, pound cake, and other items. We now know how good a fresh orange is :-).
Today was a quieter day. We took a walk at Wachiva State Park, which we accidentally found last night after a wrong turn. The weather is wonderful: it feels like spring to us. It almost seems surreal to be experiencing such nice weather when back at home in Kansas, they’re having snow! We also are amazed at the green grass, flowers, etc. We enjoyed our family time today as we admired God’s creation.
We’re on to Albany, Georgia tomorrow. Thank you for your continued prayers. We hope to continue meeting ya’ll!
Sarah for the rest
School continues even on the road! During sessions, when the children are back with the book table, they’re able to work on school! (They also do school other times during the trip :-).)