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Monday, April 17, 2017

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us." Ephesians 3:20

This morning, as I was praying and asking God to direct me in my quiet time, I began to study Ephesians 3:14-21. A few words grabbed me as I was reading.

In love.

My heart longed deeply for all of these things on so many different levels. I want that passion that causes such grounding in my faith. Rooted deeply in my faith that causes me to be unmovable... in love. Grounding in my faith... in love. With the beauty of strength, knowledge, understanding. I say this because we need GOD to do big things.

We are just about ready to travel to Ethiopia. We are praying that we get our travel date tomorrow or at least by then end of the week, since we have been hearing "come back tomorrow" from the Ethiopian courts for well over a week now. Once we get our travel date, we could have anywhere from 1-3 weeks to get ready to catch a flight to the beautiful country of Ethiopia.

As we are traveling soon, we have come up against an obstacle that we did not expect. We received our final invoice today from our adoption agency that is going to take up our entire amount that we had set aside for our travel expenses to Ethiopia. (INSERT A LITTLE STRESS AND WORRY).

We need to raise $7,615. (This includes airfare, in country transportation, hotel, food)

I cannot even fathom that number right now. Our lives seem to be crumbling around us (another blog post for another time), but we know that God is in control of our situations and we are trusting that HE will show up far more abundantly than we ask or think. Our need is great. Our time frame is short. It is a perfect scenario for God to show up in big ways. We need you. We need your help. We need your support. We need your prayers. Here is a link to our PayPal donation account. Please feel free to share. To give. To pray. We have a significant amount to raise in a short period of time. I just want to go and get my little guy... and bring him home.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

During the #write31day challenge in November I was reminded why I love to put words down in "paper", journalling through the many thoughts that seem to ramble and slosh around in my brain. It is an outlet.

An outlet I seem to stifle.
An outlet in which I allow fear to reign freely.
An outlet to that which makes me happy.

Lets be honest. We all can use a little bit more happy. Well, I can always use a little bit more happy. So I am making plans. Plans that allow my outlet to be just that... my outlet. My honest place. My sacred place. My healing place. BECAUSE things are about to change.

God is moving in our hearts and our lives in ginormous ways. He is shifting in our hearts a passion that he has been growing in our souls for 3 years. God is driving us towards taking a giant leap off the side of a cliff.

This quote by Caroline Myss was posted on Jennie Allen's FB page in August of this past year. It immediately drew me in, caught my attention, caused me to examine the idea of what scares me the most and what is God calling me/us towards. She posted a this with this image, "Usually, the choice that scares me the most is also the choice that God is pointing me to. And he’s NEVER failed me. Haha! Sorry to be the person pushing you off a cliff today--but I promise it is worth it! What is your cliff?" -Jennie Allen

Well, we have been pushed off a cliff. Willingly walking off the cliff. Hopeful in our adventure.


We cannot even begin to express our excitement as we have take the first steps in moving from our home here in Idaho to our new place in Minnesota (the Minneapolis area). We would love for you to partner with us in our adventures. We would love to have you stay connected with us and us stay connected with you. If you would like to be apart of our adventure as we seek to move closer to our launch date as a way to stay connected to what we are doing/ in need of, email me: summerroughton@gmail.com

We cannot wait to see what God has in store for our family. Please pray as we step forward in this amazing adventure that God has called us toward.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Can you cultivate a positive & upbeat mindset... focusing on positive thoughts and emotions? Can you push aside negative talk when in enters your mind and fill it with something even greater... something encouraging or positive? Can you create a positive mantra for when those thoughts try and steal you joy?


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Change something. Something simple. Something that drives you towards Jesus.

Be Still

Saturday, October 29, 2016

To be still is not a common practice these days. To stop. Wait. Take a breath. But, God asks us to simply be still anyway.

This concept has become something that seems foreign, unattainable, and unrealistic in our culture. We have worked our lives in a frenzy of sorts, filling it with positive, amazing things, but filling it nonetheless. Constantly going and moving.

However, we see that God provides us with something different, another option other then our constantly moving life. To be still literally means to collapse, become helpless, or relax.

What Does it Look Like to BE STILL?

1. Stop. Stopping takes a great deal of trust. Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God." Stopping is to allow God do something that we are not trying to control. To let go of that control takes a great deal of trust. BUT isn't God far more capable of doing great things when we are not trying to constantly control our own lives?
2. Wait. Waiting takes a lot of patience. Psalm 37:7: "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him." When we are called to be still, waiting is involved. We are letting go of that control, giving God our trust to deal with our hearts and lives. Healing. Mending. Embracing. Giving grace. Showing mercy. Being present. In those moments we are waiting. Waiting for God to move in a way we recognize (this is why we need to constantly seek Jesus, know his heart, so we can see him move). He is constantly present and fighting for us, our responsibility is to be still so that we can get out of the way and allow God to move in amazing ways, in his way.
3. Freedom. Freedom. Exodus 14:14, "The Lord will FIGHT for you, you only need to be still." The feeling of freedom is different for everyone. For me, freedom is simple. It looks like a quiet beach, waves crashing, hot sun and me laying on a towel with zero cares in the world. I can hear the birds making their noises, the waves rhythmically crushing against the shore reminding me that God faithful draws the waves in the same direction over and over. That is emotionally freeing for me. But being still, that has the same sense of freedom. To simply recognize that when we allow God to have the control over our lives, we can have that freedom and peace. Close your eyes. Find that sense of peace. Tell yourself to be still.

What does freedom look like to you?
How can you be still in the moment you are in right now?

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