Resting in the Hammock of God’s Sovereignty

Update: September 25, 2010

Lauren and I have been enjoying the sun and warmth, but more importantly we have been enjoying the Son and His abundant blessings and answers to prayer.


We celebrated our aunt’s birthday!

As I was reading my devotions last week I came upon a story that was particularly interesting. It told a story about Dallas Theological Seminary’s founding in 1924.

“Just a short time after its founding Dallas Theological Seminary started having financial difficulties to the point of having to declare bankruptcy. The very day the creditors were going to foreclose, the founders of the school got together to pray. When Harry Ironside’s turn came to pray he said in a refreshingly candid way, ‘Lord we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are thine, please sell some of them and send us the money.’ Just then a tall Texan in boots and an open-collar shirt strolled into the business office. ‘Howdy!’ he said to the secretary. ‘I just sold two carloads of cattle over in Fort Worth. I’ve tried to make a business deal go through, but it just won’t work. I feel God wants me to give this money to the seminary. I don’t know if you need it or not but here’s the check,’ and he handed it over. The secretary who took the check from the man brought it to the room where the prayer session was still going on. When she handed the check to Lewis Sperry Chafer, the founder of the seminary, he saw that it was the exact sum of the debt, and that the check was written by his friend, a cattleman, he turned to Harry and said, ‘Harry, God sold the cattle’.”


Grandpa fishing with the cows.

God works in fantastic ways doesn’t He? Lauren and I have been struggling to find good, full-time jobs here in Texas, but when I read stories like this, and think about how God has provided for us in the past there’s no way I can not continue trusting in Him to provide.

We could use prayer, however, in regards to our job searching. Also, praise God that he provided us with several substitute teaching jobs at the schools in Maypearl and Grandview. So far I have taught 1st grade and high school chemistry, while Lauren has taught kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 6th grade art.

The Lord is really showing Himself to us lately, He has been providing sunlight and Son-light (pardon the pun), but it’s really great to see how the light of Jesus can clear up even the darkest of days.


Lauren and Mark at the Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Hillsboro.

Thank you for all your prayers and support! We are continuing to save up for the Missionary Training Centre (our final two years of training). Please keep this process in your prayers!

Mark & Lauren
Grandview, Texas

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