Monday, December 12, 2016

Pastor John Breshears and the Church in Warsaw

This is Pastor John Breshears and his wife Virginia. John pastors a small church family that meets in his home. The stories he can tell of the Lord's goodness and faithfulness in saving souls, his own and many other, are a wonderful wonderful testimony. 

 We spent the night with them at their farm house north of Quincy Illinois Saturday night so we got visit and talk and hear more than we did last time we visited, and I am glad we did. The blessing was greater. 

It's very encouraging to spend time with people who have such a genuine excitement for the word of God.

I want Pastor John to tell me about how he memorizes scripture. He uses so much of it in his conversation. And it's not cumbersome or awkward but rather just speaking truth about whatever it is we are talking about. I've asked him if he has a method or way he goes about it and I am waiting for his response back.
While we were there we saw our first snow fall for this year. That was pretty cool because soon we'll be moving to where that doesn't happen from what I understand (maybe every 100 years or so?)

The stories most exciting to hear for me were when John's witness of the Gospel (imperfect though it may be just like all of us) led the salvation of one who shared with another who shared with another who's salvation and ministry and teaching had already been a blessing to me before I had met Pastor John. 

And here is the church family that currently meets at the Church in Warsaw. So small by some measures but such a blessing to spend time with, singing, in the Word, and in fellowship. The number of their membership has gone up and down over the years but I have talked with another pastor who has benefited from the ministry of Pastor John and the number of men who have become pastors and the churches that have been started because of the witness and teaching of Pastor John Breshears was astounding to me. Another testament of the Lord's grace. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Birthday Party!

We have officially parented two children for a whole year! Because their birthdays are only 12 days apart, we decided to celebrate them together, and because both of them were born right when holiday craziness begins, 
we celebrated a little early with a fish-themed party on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Our beautiful and passionate Mariposa L'abri turned two! In the short time since, she's stopped using her pacifier when she goes to sleep, and tonight is her first night sleeping in a toddler bed instead of a crib!
She's smart, funny, and a joy to have for a daughter, even while she keeps us on our toes while she tests all boundaries.

William Roy Jackson V turned one yesterday! The differences between him and his sister are amazing. He doesn't have a very extensive vocabulary, and Mary was walking everywhere by now, whereas William walks just enough to let us know that he's choosing to crawl. His mechanical mind, however, far surpasses where Mariposa was at this time last year. He loves to do things with his hands, whether it be throwing a ball, putting Weebles on the toy slide over and over, driving cars all over the house, or opening books to look at the pictures on his own.

These little ones bring the greatest joy I have ever felt, and yet have a knack for revealing the most impatient, self-serving parts of my heart. On the days when everyone is tired and cranky and whining non-stop, I have discovered that my greatest weapon against my own tendency to whine and be cranky is to remember that caring for these children is proclaiming the Gospel just as much as any other job may be. The way I respond to my children is preaching to them how our Heavenly Father responds to us. The way I discipline is a reflection of how my Heavenly Father disciplines me. It's a somber and weighty responsibility, and has definitely driven me to prayer again and again and again as I face my own inadequacy. What a blessing!

Also, they're adorable. 
Mariposa coloring with Great-Grandpa Weber
William getting his first haircut from Great-Grandma Dickey, and being so happy for the whole thing!
Mariposa got a tricycle! Her feet don't quite reach the pedals, but she still loves to "ride".
 It'll be perfect for the Rio Grande Bible Institute campus!
William wasn't sure he was quite old enough to wear a mustache yet, but he was a good sport.

Love and Peace,
Sarah Jackson