Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Still here!

Wow. It's been a long time. I know I really need to get back to updating our blog. Honestly I didn't really think anyone was reading it and facebook updates are easier but also tell a lot less. So I will make an attempt at resurrecting our blog, for those of you who care :) (I know...the picture needs to be updated, it's 4 years old. LOL)

It's hard to believe the first three months of 2012 are nearly over. It has flown by. Butch and I continue to busy ourselves with life and ministry in Glenwood. We love life in our little town and have tried very hard to be a part of the community. Butch is in the process of applying to be on the volunteer fire department. He was approached a few weeks ago and decided to give it a shot.

I ran for the School Board last fall and was elected so I began serving in that position in January. I have also been subbing a lot at the school the past couple of months. It is such a joy to be able to invest in the lives of children, even if it's only a day here and there.

The church here in Glenwood is doing well. We are seeing growth in the body of believers. It is an exciting thing to watch God work in the lives of others! Pray for those in our community though who are ill or fighting cancer and for those who have lost loved ones.

We are praising the Lord for His provision for our family. He has provided us not just one but two vehicles that our kids can drive, free! Well, the vehicles were free, it will cost the kids to drive them :) He has also provided consistent subbing hours for me which has helped us meet our budget. We lost some financial support as we entered the new year and the hours I have received subbing have made up for it.

Please pray for Grady as he finishes his first year of college. Pray that he would finish strong and also that God would provide the funds needed for his second year. Pray for Spencer as he finishes his Senior year, to also finish strong and for God's direction for his future. Pray for Becca as she prepares for her trip to Panama this summer. The trip is 100% funded! PRAISE THE LORD! She will still need a little bit of additional funds for clothing, spending money and other essentials, but that amount is small.

Thank you so much for hanging with us as we have been on this journey that God has set before us. We appreciate your prayers. I never would have dreamed that we would be where we are today, but God's plan is much greater than ours. It was hard for us to leave Nevada but we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it was all part of God's plan. He is an amazing God and puts right where we need to be for however long we need to be there.

Serving Him,
The Hallenbeck's