Hawaiian squirrel...mongoose beautiful kona sunset Sorry for the sideways pic, my mom loves the shade and dad likes the sun David with his model pose My dad enjoying time on the beach Here is Trevor body surfing
Well, as many are getting blasted with freezing cold temperatures and in some cases snow , my family and I are sitting in a beautiful condo in sunny Kona watching for whales. I'm not telling you all this to brag, more to convince you to pay us a visit in the year 2010. We love visitors!
But really, it continues to be a blessing to be here in Hawaii, but really the blessing is that we are approaching Jesus' birthday, our Savior's birthday. I mean to fathom the importance of this particular baby, our Messiah, being born with purpose that directly affects every single person that has walked this earth or will walk this earth...wow, we are approaching a pretty fantastic day! And what's even cooler. no pun intended, is that no matter where we are, we can all celebrate this special day. So no matter where you are or who you are with, don't take for granted the amazingness of CHRISTmas Day!
Well, and for a little update on the Pooles...David and I took a 2-day Sabbath which was very much needed after 2 Christmas parties and an all night bowling event thingee on Friday. I didn't know bowling could be so much fun at 3 in the morning. It's was a very busy week, but we've been able to rest and relax and look toward finalizing some things for the youth group as well as enjoy family time since my entire family is out here to enjoy Hawaii~We have spent a lot of time on white sandy beaches. David, besides diving, has picked up the art of boogie boarding/body boarding, along with Trevor. They are body boarding machines! Trevor and I tried flying our mini kite yesterday too, however, the winds were too inconsistent we ended up putting it in the ocean and in a tree. Oh well, we'll try again later.
Well, I'll write more later and post pics soon. As David works, my poor husband, I'm off to the beach:) I'm awful...
Aloha, As Christmas season is approaching and David and I are about to celebrate our first Christmas as husband and wife, we were trying to find ideas of neat Christmas traditions. What is a Christmas tradition that you do? Maybe it will spark some ideas...plus I don't know if anyone reads this blog:(
This is just a brief update from the week. It's been an interesting, hard, crazy, good, visionary, and humbling week. Yes, all of those characteristics rolled into 7 days can make things interesting. Last Sunday feels so long ago, you know, one of THOSE weeks!
Well for me, things were a bit rough with my job. Not only is it a ministry to the client I work with, and the students in the classroom, but to the teachers as well. But my prayer was to have a job that would allow me to be out in the community, so God answered my prayer! It's been eye opening, difficult, and challenging, but God seems to be teaching me things everyday. But I will say not a day goes by where I don't ask God, 'Why am I here?' I don't want a job to just have a job. I always want to be open in how God wants to use me. Prayer is slow and steady. They are looking to end services probably at the end of the year because he's improving, we'll see. But I will say I had a neat opportunity just to speak truth to my client in a first grade way. We were walking down the hall and we saw a bird. He asked me, "How can birds fly?" I told him God makes them fly. He usually responds to me after I answer his question, but this time he just kept walking. I can only pray that those words are seeds that are firmly planted and it is God who will water and harvest! I have several Christian co-workers and I get updates from them. For some reason God is targeting this one school with Christians PPs, and from my understanding the teacher is even a Christian. One of my co-workers told me that his client accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and a lot of his PP work is discipling this student. This student is pono (right), and more are being prayed for and ministered to! God is awesome!
David has had the challenge of casting vision for the youth group. We believe God has laid on our hearts the desired result, but it's coming up with the game plan of how to get there. We were pretty sure of our ideas and plans, and after confirming it with our spiritual authority we were ready to run, drive, go like a spiritual freight train. But God, for a reason we have yet to understand, has halted that freight train for a little bit. He/we are re-looking at our plans and God's vision (we are sure that it is His vision, especially because it aligns with the HMC vision, and actually a unifying vision that we are seeing amongst all the churches on Hilo side of the Big Island). So we ask for your prayers, I ask for your prayers, especially for my husband as he goes before the Lord again and says, "Here am I, send me" and together, "Here we are, send us". And when we are sent, we know the end result but how to get there...well...sometimes we can only see 5 feet in front of us.
As I mentioned earlier, God is humbling us. Yes, this is the pie you must try, humble pie my friends. It's an awful smelling pie, in fact, the smell is so repulsive it turns many away. But for those who are brave enough, and it's only a few, we dig their forks into the soft center and holding our breath not wanting to smell the stench, we open our mouths and force it in. But I tell you what, once we taste that pie, it's the sweetest pie that anyone has ever tasted. It's soothing, it's comforting, it's healing. But once that bite is over, we go back to recalling the repulsive stench, not remembering the sweet and perfect taste.
So if I can leave you with one thing, do you need to eat humble pie?