giants in our lives

I love this picture of my cousin Brad with Kaleb because there is such a contrast in their sizes. From Kaleb’s perspective everything is HUGE.

Right now I’m spending time in Indiana with my family, while my parents are at work I turn their kitchen into my office and try to diligently work on moving forward. I have all these great things I want to accomplish in a day and then the day is over and I think, I feel like such a turtle. Do you ever feel that way? It’s like Kaleb trying to push Brad down. We can’t take care of the giants in our lives by ourselves. Now if Kaleb was on a NBA player’s shoulders then Brad might seem small to him. It’s about perspective.

“This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you . . . that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” (1 Samuel 17:46).

When Goliath heard that he must have laughed. From his perspective David didn’t have a chance. However, David didn’t see the giant in his life as HUGE. He saw his God as much bigger. My perspective changes as I take God out of the box I put Him in and allow Him to be who He is. My BIG, HUGE, MASSIVE God. He’s not worried about timing or details for the next six months. He’s not worried about how I’ll pay rent in October. He simply wants me to climb on His shoulders and see life from a different perspective. Easier said than done, but it’s something I’m holding onto these days.

family time
I’m really taking my time as I call people and get together with them here in Indiana/Louisville area. I’ve spent most of the last two weeks with family, which has been wonderful.

My nephew, Kaleb, is a sponge. I have so much to teach him while I’m here. I’ve already taught him how to make a fist and say “pound out.” (Sorta like the high-five concept, but with fists.) I taught him how to play “Ring Around the Rosie.” He loves to fall down, but waits until after I’ve fallen down before he tries it himself.

And he’s also learned how to work the Indiglo light on my watch. He lights it up over and over again. I think we might try to learn some German together on Thursday when we hang out for the day.

Here are some pictures from the past couple weeks:

Girl cousins on the Kraft side of the family (L to R): Tristan, Charlanne, Alexis, Caitlin and me.) Do I look like the oldest?

Alexis (Alex) and Kaleb after having a Saturday lunch.

Charlanne (Charly) and Chad. They’re getting married in January.

Kaleb playing basketball. He’s definitely a Louisville fan!

Kaleb and my cousin Brian.

A little one-on-one with my dad.

how you can pray
• I’m working on intense paperwork for Greater Europe Mission that needs to be completed before April 30. Pray for diligence, focus and clarity as I answer questions and complete needed information. If I do get my paperwork completed by then I might have an opportunity to attend their June orientation (9-15).

• I need to coordinate coming back to Indiana for a quick wedding weekend June 16-17. My cousin Caitlin is getting married the weekend right after the possible missions orientation. The only flight to Louisville that leaves Colorado later than 4ish is flying out of Denver at 7 and arriving in Louisville around 11p.m. Pray that this might be an option for me to complete the orientation by 4:30/5p.m. and make the 7 p.m. flight. I know, out of my mind, crazy. But most of you know me by now. *smile*

• A DVD of my pictures is in process. I want to have something fun to share with you when I get to see you and share my experience. It’s simply time-consuming, especially because I can be picky about my work.

• When I return to Colorado Springs (May 20) I’ll need to look for a job, as well as get in a more regular routine with freelance writing. Pray for guidance as I take these steps, and confidence in what I have to offer.


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