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May 20, 2017

Ridley 2016

“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/isa.40.31.esv


We had a day of basketball and baseball. I may have cheated because I definitely prayed they would win. Selfish mom did not want to see tears all night! I automatically prayed because the close score surely stressed me out at 8 to 9 points in last 3 minutes of the game.

As you can see below coach Rod got a little tense too 🙂

They were 1 basket apart for much of the half. Too much for mom to watch! I was so grateful when our team got another basket down with 2 minutes to go. Then I relaxed a bit. Then to top it off they got another score and won 8-12.

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The twins of course brought they are sketch pads to the game in homeschool fashion. Ode to Biddles who drew a basketball hoop. His sports commentary. Not sure if he watched at all but that lines up with his strategy at his own peewee games. Still trying to get him to look at the basketball during the game while he’s playing. LOL.

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Biddle’s huddle below with his team and coaches. The are so cute. I mostly enjoyed seeing all the Dads there each week grooming and training their kids for the sport.

An involved Dad leads to a happy kid. Except…the little one I saw crying because he didn’t want to improve his game no matter how hard his Dad tried to gently encourage him. Oh well. Haha

 

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Thanks to Nate Allard who added Rod Jr to the mix! 

  
This is the best pic!!!

  
Dominique always makes “cakes” special! 

  
I think Rod enjoyed his box of 30 ties!!!!

Thanks to Pearl and her crew for feeding us and Nadine and Sam for your professional decor and DJ services!!!

  
This image was actually taken in Athens, Greece when I was with a group of fellow students at Nea Zoi Ministries summer 2015.  Nea Zoi and Threads of Hope Ministries faithfully love those in need one by one. 

Beyond this street begins “The Red light district” where prostitution is legal. Women and children are human trafficked there from parts of Europe, Africa and other locations. It is disgusting. The dilapidated buildings are painted with pretty colors that cannot disguise the chains that you see across the windows. Ironically the black statue in the middle of the square on the left of the picture is called “The fallen angel” and points directly to the beginning of the district were girls and women are trapped and used for profit and tourism. 

Yet God has a plan of deliverance for these ladies….one by one. The Gospel can give them the confidence and healing they need but action needs to be taken. By us. 

Certainly we need to spend ourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed women and girls. Part of we are called to do includes faithful prayer. Can we please pray together for the Lord’s guidance? 

Lord please help us not to forget those who are hungry and oppressed. Show us what to do Lord. Please help us to put our faith into daily action because “faith without works is dead”.

Please encourage those suffering girls and women. Show them your true love and faithfulness God.  I pray your light will shine in that darkness Lord.

Just as you ended legal slavery in the United States and people like me can be free Lord you can do it again. Please set the captives free. Use us Lord to do our part.
In Jesus name amen. 

 

I will try to remember to use this verse which popped out at me this week 🙂 We have been adjusting to a few significant changes in the Ridley home with a shift in the many lovely faces of our large family and new logistics. It’s been pretty “sticky” to live this verse.

I personally did a few mommy time-outs and definitely sent many to their spots to regroup. ?

This statement from Proverbs is a helpful reminder. It’s a good one if our kids struggle with being mean to their siblings. Once the learn it the only need us to say the first part and pop… Recall will bring it back up.

“Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭MSG‬‬

http://bible.com/97/pro.15.4.msg