"For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Thanksgiving (Merriam-Webster dictionary):
1. The act of giving thanks
2. a prayer expressing gratitude
3. a public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness

How do you define being "thankful"? Isn't it so many things? We went around the room at thanksgiving and shared what we were thankful for and my mind just became so cluttered by my mountains of thankfulness that I struggled with what to share. It can be as "simple" as having food on your plate, warm clothes to wear, a heated car. It can be the pain medications that help that pounding headache to cease for a while. It can be a hug from a dear dear friend. It can be a day off of work. It can be an act of kindness. It can be having hope. It can be having time to read that book you've been aching to get your eyes on. It can be having a job. It can be feeling safe. It can be knowing what it means to love and be loved. It can be having a family, especially one that loves you. It can be having a church where you can worship Jesus freely. It can be having joy in the midst of a lot of pain. Maybe it is just a general, over-all, feeling of just being thankful. It can be incredibaly deep sincere and undeserved thankfulness for Jesus, who died for our bad decisions & sins so that we could live with Him in perfection someday for eternity. It could be prayer- that God hears us and loves us and helps us through the mire. It could be a song that breaths life into our hearts and inspires us to no end. This list has the potential to continue on forever. It's hard to only list a few. But I am so blessed, and I know that all good gifts come from God. I am so so thankful for these things, but most of all I'm so so thankful for Jesus. Because without Him, none of these things would matter.

We shared two wonderful thanksgivings this year. First we had thanksgiving with Seth's family. His Dad read a poem at dinner about how God longs for our hearts and loves us to no end. We had amazing food and always have a blast together. I forgot to take any pictures this night, but you can envision with twin almost-two-year-olds, the scene is never dull! :)

The next day we went to my family for Thanksgiving. Again, amazing food, actually shall I say a feast for lack of better words. Before we ate, we all went around the room to say what we were thankful for. In addition to many other things, we all said how thankful we were for eachother. We've braved some stormy seas together & through it all, God has brought us closer and deeper.We are very blessed. Mom is used to cooking for an army of boys and as a consequence, we always walk away very very satisfied! I had the duty of making the apple pie this year, I love apple pies. We had a great time and it was good to be together as a family (though we missed our Texans).

My attempt at making home-made crust!
The incredible and amazing-tasting feast :) 

Finished product :) 

 Family pictures for the Christmas card!

All in all we had a marvelous time being with our families and dwelling on the fact that God is so good. His love for us is so so deep. It isn't bound by our human boundries of love. It surpases every wrong thing we do and aches to have us in His safe pastures (Heaven). He created us because He wanted to. And then, after we tried living life our own way and making a lot of bad decisions, He sent His perfect Son, Jesus, who already resided in the most magnificent place imaginable- Heaven, to die for us. To save us from eternal seperation  (hell) from Him. Praise be to God who does all things well!! We are all so blessed because we can all have Jesus and that's all we need!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kylie Jo Lynn Weber

This blog post has been slightly delayed. We got back from Texas last sunday where we visited Ang's brother & sis-in-law, Jake & Jen. We met our neice, Kylie Jo, for the first time and fell deeply in love! We had the best time with Jake, Jen, & Kylie Jo. We always love visiting them and being "Texans" for a week :). We spent most of our days playing with Kylie Jo and doing fun things we don't make the time for when we're home. Jake and Seth worked on a "pottery-barn" style bench that turned out very awesome. We went out to eat at a fun Mexican restaurant- La Playa Maya- and fixed our Mexican craving. We went to their neighborhood chilli cookoff (where the winner got a gold-bowl-of-chili trophy), got hooked to a new TV show called Pawn stars, found a place that gives free rib/brisket samples on saturdays only (Jake's new saturday hangout), took hundreds of pictures, tooks walks, and just enjoyed some wonderful family time. We were so blessed by this week. We were so blessed to be able to meet precious little Kylie Jo. Here's some of the pictures from our week in Texas:

She's got Texas in her blood :) 

Kylie Jo with her Aunt Ang and Uncle Seth 

Chance just loves Kylie Jo!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

this is how I know our love

Sorry, i've been behind on keeping up! I've had a lot of thoughts lately but for the sake of understanding i'll try to keep this post to one topic. I feel like I need to take a deep breath before diving into this one. I want to be as transparent as I can with this one. Todays topic: love and the lack of it. the down & filthy, hurt & broken kind. The kind that you don't want to do and know isn't you but you do it and say those things anyway. The kind that usually involves a lot of tears & selfishness. The kind that leads to slamming doors & long bouts of silent anger.

To make a long story short, we love each other more than ever but we have been kinda mean to each other lately. We know the devil is trying to attack us and our marriage, and why not!- we're joining a marriage & family ministry! We've noticed that we have been giving into our emotions instead of clinging to the truth and how God designed us to love perfectly and purely. We desire that- the love of 1 corinthians 13. the love that Jesus shows us each day. the love that is only possible from a God as beautiful and gracious as ours.

We went to a Sara Groves concert a couple weeks ago. We weren't going to go. but at the very last possible minute (so last minute that we were 10 minutes late) we went. It was the hand of God that took us into the doors of that concert. What a needful night it was to our hearts. Below is a song she sang called "Roll to the middle". the song couldn't have come at a more perfect time in our lives. Two things I want to clarify before you read the lyrics:
1. "roll to the middle" in this song alludes to both husband/wife apologizing, not you know what.
2. I bold-ed the part that is so significant to us.

At first I wasn't going to paste the whole song, but as I listened to it again, I decided I wanted to include it all, so sorry for the length. Oh and here is a link for the song: http://new.music.yahoo.com/sara-groves/tracks/roll-to-the-middle--2120115.

"We just had a World War III here in our kitchen
We both thought the meanest things
And then we both said them
We shot at each other till we lost ammunition

This is how I know our love
This is when I feel it’s power
Here in the absence of it
This is my darkest hour

When both of us are hunkered down
And waiting for the truce

All the complicated wars
They end pretty simple
Here when the lights go down
We roll to the middle

No matter how my pride resists
No matter how this wall feels true
No matter how I can’t be sure
That you’re gonna roll in too
No matter what, no matter what
I’m going to reach for you"

We were deeply touched by these lyrics. And the honesty of them. It's so true, the pain is the worst when we are angry and selfish toward each other, not leaving any room for love and understanding. When we let our walls get too high and our pride too deep. But since our God is so loving & merciful, He breaks us down so we can finally see each other, heart to heart.

Why do I write this post and blabber on about these things? Because I know we're not the only ones who have gotten annoyed, frustrated, angry & upset at each other. You want to know one of the most beautiful things we've experienced in this? The feet of Jesus. there is so much mercy & forgivness at His feet. So much hope and so much power to fight off the enemy. We will never be "safe" from him in this world, but take heart, Jesus has overtaken the world! We don't have to be bound down, we don't have to feel angry. We are designed to enjoy & laugh & sing & dance.

We really CAN love like we are designed to love.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

music and migraines

All things work together for good, right? That must include the ongoing, never-ending, no-relief-in-sight migraine that woke us up at 330am. (fyi...you'll notice a little dramatic topping). 6:10am came, when I usually get up to get ready for work but there was no convincing my head of that idea. Initially I thought, "I can't miss work, I will be fine"...so I attempt to climb out of bed and head to the bathroom when my head screamed "don't you dare". so I gave in and attempted to sleep away the pain. Why do I tell you all of this grumbling information? because without this migraine, I would not have been able to be a couch potato all day and dwell on God's goodness. In spite of the "don't make sudden movements" and "don't think to hard" restrictions, my "sick day" has been an amazing blessing. I've been sitting here in pretty much the same spot all day and have been listening to song after song. I love it, my soul needed it, my heart is filled by it. Music speaks to me like nothing else. A song, if it clicks with my heart, can send me to a place in my imagination where anything is possible! A song has a way of connecting emotions and feelings to ideas. You can pick how you want to feel based on certain songs. It's sort of like an escape, a vacation, a strength, a ray of light, a possibility, a pick where-you-want-to-be or what-you-want-to-do-someday dream. But then eventually the song ends. If only I could remember the way my heart beats and leaps during the song when it's over, but sometimes I forget. And so I play it again.

Seth recently bought me a CD by Starfield. This song is called "The Saving One".
When I listen to the part below, I'm filled with an energizing strength from God.

Here's a link for the video on YouTube.

"No fear can hold me down,
Nor darkness steal my joy,
For blood has been poured out,
the enemy destroyed.
Death could not hold him down,
the cross was not enough
to steal away His throne

I love these verses of the song specifically. They remind me that i'm freed from anything that could possibly steal my joy or hold me frozen in fear of something. All because HE IS GOD.

Thanks for listening to my grumbling :). Until next time, don't stop singing...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Here Goes

SO Bebo Norman released a new CD this tuesday and like any good fan I had to check it out. I played his song "Here Goes" and told seth he had to listen! It meshes perfectly with how we are feeling lately. Below is the link to the song on youtube and the lyrics. We are challenged to let go of what is/may be holding us back from what could be.

Listen to the song out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGGJ9hs2iMk

Here Goes:

Never got anywhere
By running away
Never learned anything
Without anything
Without a mistake

Never loved anyone
By playing it safe
It's a long way, but
I'm right here now, so

Here goes nothing
Here goes everything
Gotta reach for something
Or you'll fall for anything

Take a breath, take a step
What comes next
God only knows
But here goes

I don't wanna turn around
And wonder what happened
Never lost and never found
Are one and the same

I wanna run across the battle lines
And take my chances
Not the long way 'round
When I'm here right now

Here goes nothing
Here goes everything
Gotta reach for something
Or you'll fall for anything

Take a breath, take a step
What comes next
God only knows
But here goes

What good is chance not taken?
What good is life not living?
What good is love not given?

Here goes nothing
Here goes everything
Gotta reach for something
Or you'll fall for anything

Here goes nothing
Here goes everything
Gotta reach for something
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Or you'll fall for anything

Take a breath, take a step
What comes next
God only knows
But here goes
And God only knows
But here goes

From pieces to a picture

First off, thank you for visiting our blog. We thought this would be a way to keep everyone in touch and updated on the journey God has us on right now. We're amazed at the mountains He has moved and the doors He has opened. We'll try our best to keep this updated and entertaining :). I entitled this post "from pieces to a picture" because in the beginning of this journey we were only given pieces at a time that did not make sense, but as God is leading us down this path we are starting to see the bigger picture and everyday it is becoming more and more beautiful. We are so blessed with amazing family and friends who have prayed us through and loved us so faithfully. We thought it would be fun to just tell you how we even got to where we are right now. Be prepared, the following is sorta lengthy, but there is just no way around it :)!

Our journey:

Ang: My desire for missions started when I was in high school. God put the hurt of the people of the world on my heart and the dream of a high school junior to one day be a missionary nurse. At this point my idea of missions was partly "glamorous". He grew this heart for missions a lot through college and the youth group I was a part of. I also took a class on missions called perspectives which opened my eyes and broke my heart down to what He meant for missions to be about and His incomprehensible love for His children. Over the years God has shown my heart the huge needs and broken lives in so many areas all around the world and here in America, and I knew that God was calling me, I just didn’t know when or what.

Seth: My desire for missions began in my time at college. I was mostly challenged by my friends and my peers to be seeking ways to serve. I was most impacted by the same perspectives class that Ang took. This class helped me understand God’s desire for missions throughout the entire Bible and His calling for everyone to be a part including me.

Us: When we got married we knew that someday we wanted to pursue missions and ministry of some sort, we just did not have any clear direction at this point of what that would look like. After being married a year and half or so we had this growing desire to move somewhere for short term and to “leave and cleave”. We wanted to take the time to set a foundation for our marriage before we started a family. Then one day when we were talking about it, it seemed that God made it clear we should pursue missions at this time instead. At this point there were a few different areas we had a heart for but God was not opening doors for any of those as we looked into them.

We came across FamilyLife’s website and began to read about it’s mission, values, and vision. Our hearts clicked with the heart of the mission and it’s sole foundation on Jesus Christ. We decided to email them and share our hearts, not really sure if we’d hear back. Two days later we get a call from FamilyLife wanting to talk more about our hearts, we were blown away. From this point on, God flung every door wide open. Parts of the journey to where we are now have been difficult and breaking and other parts have been amazing and made us stand in awe of God’s ways. God has proven Himself present and faithful in our journey. To be honest, it was easier at times to try to ignore His voice and say “that’s a nice idea…someday”. Thankfully God gave Seth an unwavering and supernatural peace through this whole journey. Ang, being the emotional one she is, rode the roller coaster of doubt for a while. She wanted major confirmation from God and guess what? He confirmed it! God made the call very clear over time we knew that we would be actively disobeying if we did not surrender and commit to joining Family Life staff. Something that we were encouraged with in this journey is that there are great blessings and joy in obedience. In the waves of doubt and uncertain ground we are about to tread, God has confirmed His peace through a couple verses:

Isaiah 55:12 “For you shall go out in joy and be lead forth in peace” and

Jeremiah 17:8He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit."

We have committed a year at this point and will be working in the global department. We have already found great blessings in this journey and have been faced with the darts from the enemy. The battlefield is fierce but we serve the God who has already claimed the victory. We are excited to be vessels used for His glory. This is God’s work and we look forward to following His footsteps hand in hand and step by step.