Monday, March 30, 2009

He's not getting any younger...

My brother turned another year older today, and again I find myself thankful to be a part of his life.  He is one of my favorite people in the world, one of my hero's and that status has little to do with his profession of serving in the US Navy (although I am proud of that too!)  He is all around awesome, and I love him, and I am glad I have the priviledge of being his sister.

Thanksgiving 2004

His wedding day almost 4 years ago!

Hanging in the park Christmas 2008

I wouldn't ask...it's a McKerring thing!


Questioning God...

I used to read quite a bit, but honestly I find America to be full of distractions (mainly the metal box in my living room,) and well, it seems now that most of the reading I do is either from a variety of blogs, articles or online magazines.  That is ok, for a season, but I lately I have been starving for mental growth.  

So I went to Steve Daugherty's bookshelf and borrowed this book.  And I am hooked.

So far I am stuck on the first chapter, and the idea that it is OK to ask God questions.  Some of you might be rolling your eyes but hang in there.  How often to we ask God the hard questions? I have a few stewing in my soul these days, but hesitate to even utter the words...why?

In my world, there are two answers to that question.  I either don't ask because I feel like by asking I might be demonstrating a lack of faith, because people who really believe in God don't ever ask questions right???  HA!  The second reason, is more of a harsh reality that I need to recognize...I am not ready for an answer.  I know that I am asking the question because I want to know the answer, but often times,  I am only prepared to receive one of the answers (the one that lines up well with my plans and dreams.)  

There is something freeing about recognizing that even Moses asked God questions and lived, and was considered a faithful man, as did Abraham, so maybe I could be known as someone who asked a lot of questions and not have my faith questioned.

And maybe I could start asking questions with a grimace on my face as I anticipated possibly not getting to hear the answer I was hoping for.  Because ultimately, I know I want what God wants and what is best for me, and the longer I wait to ask the question for fear of hearing a different answer, quite possibly the longer I sit in silence, and well, sitting in silence isn't any fun at all.

And about that metal box in my living room, I have been talking about turning it off for the last several weeks, and tonight in a gesture of reclaiming my space I moved it to the closet of the guest bedroom.   It's not a permanent switch, but something that needed to be done. 

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Photos

The photos (all 1200+ of them) from the Haiti Medical trip in February are now uploaded to the Crosspointe Church  flickr account.  Not all teammates have managed to get their photos to me, but the photos that were passed along can be viewed here.

Enjoy!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I miss these guys...

I love what I do, and I love living in Cary, NC.  And I am SO proud of my big brother and his Navy career.  The downfall of what we both do is that we will pretty much never live in the same town, or State really.  And we are both pretty stubborn and sure we are where we should be, so I don't anticipate any changes in this current dilemma.

A few weeks ago the McKerring's met up in Charleston, SC for a family reunion, the first one in 19 years!  I still don't think Charleston knows what hit them, and I assume they are still recovering.  I was reminded that weekend how awesome a gift it is that my brother and I are friends, and his wife...well she deserves her own post because she is truly amazing.  In her I have gained a sister and a friend, and well, let's put it this way, spending 5 days with them reminds me of how great they are, and 2 weeks later I am reminded of how far away they live.  I miss them.  


Friday, March 27, 2009

Musings...

Silence does not mean contemplation is absent...in fact in my world it is really quite the opposite...some of the noise in my head surrounds the following:

1.  Social Networking and how I feel like my entire life is public...and how uncomfortable that makes me.  
2.  This single life...and how I don't know how to play the dating game...
3.  Tuning out...why I need to turn off my tv again.
4.  Intentional grace and why I need to do a better job of living it...
5.  Gluten free mess...its a daily adventure...you knew it had to be somewhere in the noise.

If I can simmer on one of these ideas long enough, I will pull the thoughts together here for you, until then its just Haiti stories and photos...I would really like to get Kenya in here as well.  

Which...for those who don't know, I head back next week with 10 high school students who thought that instead of spending spring break doing something that involved only themselves, they would head to Haiti, and love some kiddos.  I get the fun job of leading them...and there isn't a spec in my soul that isn't excited about it.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Celebrating the Gatlin Family

When the Gatlin’s moved to East Asia in 2002 to teach English to University Students they did not expect that fire that settled in their hearts to continue to burn and grow within them for years to come. While living in East Asia they not only taught English but fell in love with the people there. Through building relationships and spending time with their students they developed a heart for a country that is very lost spiritually.

Fast forward a few years, with different jobs, two beautiful boys, and once you meet them you will know that the Gatlin family was forever changed by the 6 months they spent in East Asia. They know that their time there made a difference in the lives of many but they grieve knowing that there really is little opportunity for others to meet Grace there, and they lose sleep knowing that there are many more people who do not yet know Hope, Trust, Joy, Grace and a Future without limits.

As a church we are excited about what God is doing in the hearts of the Gatlin family. Over the last year they have been taking steps, very exciting ones and very difficult ones of faith that will lead them to East Asia to share Hope with those left behind in 2002. While serving as Team Leaders and living as students they hope to build relationships with other students and families that will open doors for them to share their Hearts with others. Their desire is that through living Life with others, they will eventually be able to share the Hope and the Peace that they have with those who really have none. Once relationships are built they also hope to take things a step further than they were able to in 2002 and develop small groups and point people in directions where they continue to grow in the knowledge of Grace.

This journey is a very exciting one, but also one filled with challenges and change. The Gatlins are courageously embracing the many changes that lie ahead of them and are making them knowing that it is something they were born to do. They have already sold their home, and over the last year they have been navigating that long road of support raising. Crosspointe Church is excited to be able to partner with them in their journey as their sending church, and as part of sending them, thanks to the generosity of those in our church community we were able to cover all of their start-up costs. In 2008 we committed and provided all the finances necessary for travel preparations, training, moving and start-up expenses.

Please join us in praying for the Gatlin family as they continue on this journey. It is one that will have amazing opportunities, exciting experiences, and abounding stories of life change, but also is one that is full of change, transition, and will no doubt have difficulty ahead.

If you would like to follow their journey more closely or would like to receive their prayer newsletter updates, send them an email at kandl@teamexpansion.org