Saturday, November 15, 2008

This has been a strange but amazing week in the Englund family. It started off with a crisis. I was in a panic when I thought that one of our friends was in serious physical trouble. In an instant I got a text that said "this person was in the ER and get people praying". My mind was racing trying to fill in all the missing details. Scott and I prayed for her. Then I quickly set out to find out what was happening. I found my surprised friend in the ER wondering why I was there. It was a priceless experience. If she was feeling any better, by the time I got there she probably had a relapse. I told her, she was put on the "prayer chain". Which literally translates as everyone in her world will know what has happened in the blink of an eye. I sat with her and her husband to hear why she was there. I think she was embarrassed. I probably would have been too. Somehow we feel like it is only beneficial to pray for others if they are receiving bad news. The nurse seemed confident that everything was going to be fine. We chatted some more and then I was notified that there was another visitor waiting. I left feeling like much better about her situation. We decided I better slow the prayer chain down so that people would not flock to the ER. All in all it was a good lesson. I still need to pray for this friend. Even if she is not critical or on her last leg. It is all the time between life and death we should pray about not just the final act. You should never feel embarrassed when others want to pray for you, it is a blessing. I know sometimes it can feel like you are going to be fine but that is the best time to pray, when we think we are good.

And that was just the beginning of my week..

Another notable moment was when I got to meet with Tina and Morgan for bible study. It is awesome to see how God will further blend our lives together. I love to see the growth in Tina as she reads certain passages for the first time. It is truly a blessing.

If you are not involved with someone that is just starting to experience the goodness of God for the first time, you are missing out. I challenge you to open your horizons to see that new found joy in people that are just beginning to see the light. It is contagious.

Friday was a bitter sweet day as we dealt with the theft of Scott's 6 by 6 point elk antlers. They still had decaying flesh on them for this seasons kill. It was an unnerving experience to find that someone was prowling around in our completely fenced backyard. Still trying to figure that one out.

Friday evening was truly a blessing. We were invited to Andy & Terah's house for dinner. They had several friends there from different aspects of their lives. They are great at meeting people. Scott and I enjoyed ourselves chatting with old friends and making new ones.

Saturday takes the cake. Scott and I worked hard today trying to get things done. But God was working things out that we didn't even know about. I love that about God.

Late last night (Friday) Scott was trying to find an old friend on facebook. He was not able to find him because he was not on facebook. Then this afternoon, this same person asked Scott to be his friend. The friend just opened a facebook account today. Scott was so blown away by the timing of it all. He immediately looked on facebook for this guys number. He called this guy that he has not talked to since college. The first conversation was a short one but very beneficial. It turned out that he asked how he could help us in regards to Peru. Incredible

Shortly before that, Scott received a phone call from someone in our church family. They wanted to commit to a large monthly pledge. Yes, thank you Jesus.
Things are beginning to come together.
We are trying to be so patient and diligent concerning all the things that need to take place in order to be ready in a little over 7 weeks.
Please pray for us.
Teri, Scott, Kayle and Emma Englund

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