Archive | April, 2010

lessons from songs – thy mercy

21 Apr

**i accidentally posted this as a page and not a blog post – i’m still a wordpress noob. i thought i had lost it so i’m glad it is found**

i love this song – so much so that the intro to this version is the ringtone on my phone. i sometimes what till the last minute to answer my phone so i can listen to all of it – so if you happen to be calling me and i miss your call and call you right back that might be why 😉

as the Lord takes me through life i often forget that everything i have, am blessed with and experience is all because of His mercy on me. this morning this song popped into my head and i started singing it in the shower – yes i sing in the shower – that’s neither her nor there – these lyrics in particular struck me – “Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here; Sin would reduce me to utter despair” – so true huh? without the Lord’s mercy and grace in my life i would be a puddle of mess on the floor – and that’s putting it mildly. i can’t even comprehend where i would be without the mercy of my savior.

the last verse in this song is one of such hope and promise. “Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own, And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son; All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.” HALLELUJAH!! oh what love we own because our Father has sealed the covenant with us through His Son. Oh Glory! This is cause to REJOICE! what a promise we have!

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nostalgia

20 Apr

i’m doing a presentation tomorrow to a group of pastors about my missionary kid experience and how pastors can encourage mk’s and their families. i wanted to show some pictures to them – i mean, what would a missionary presentation be without pictures. so i started digging around in some old files that my parents are storing at our house and i found some awesome pictures.

this is my aunt, sister and i walking down the lane that leads to my grandparent’s old farm in maryland. i remember walking down this lane so many times with the view of the house ahead. we’d pick up used shotgun shells on the way too…what was awesome. so many memories at riverview

here is my sister and i walking down to the dock that is out back of riverview. check out our awesome fisher price binoculars – we were so cool…

my dad’s passport from when he travelled to sweden to work with the navigators for 2 years…pretty sweet

while digging through old prayer letters i stumbled upon this picture of kate and i. kate has to be one of my best friends. we’ve know each other since we were nine and i HATE that we live in different countries. kate also has a blog for her card business that you should check out here

all my aunts and uncle on my mom’s side at one of my great grandmother’s birthday parties. so fancy

my dad…i’d never seen this before….love this picture

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it was really comforting looking back over old prayer letters my parent’s had sent out over the course of them raising support and ministering in australia. i came across one that chronicled our final days in the states and the trip to australia. there was a picture of my sister and i hugging our grandmother mee maw. i bawled. i hadn’t seen that picture in ages and it brought back so many memories of that day. i was only eight but i remember it being hard. it was hard to watch my parents say good bye but not really understand the sacrifice they were making by leaving their family behind. i understand it now and am thankful for it. it’s one of the reasons i’m doing this.

hello lord

20 Apr

Hello Lord, it’s me your child. I have a few things on my mind. Right now I’m faced with big decisions, and I’m wondering if you have a minute. .

Chorus: Right now I don’t hear so well and I was wondering if you could speak up. I know that you tore the veil so I could sit with you in person and hear what you’re saying, but right now, I just can’t hear you. .

I don’t doubt your sovereignty, I doubt my own ability to hear what you’re saying and to do the right thing, and I desperately want to do the right thing. .

Chorus: Right now I don’t hear so well and I was wondering if you could speak up. I know that you tore the veil so I could sit with you in person and hear what you’re saying, but right now, I just can’t hear you. .

Somewhere in the back of my mind I think you are telling me to wait, and though patience has never been mine, Lord I will wait to hear from you.

“Hello Lord” by Sara Groves from her album “Conversations

**if i could write as eloquently as sara groves this is probably what would come out of me right now**

good banners

13 Apr

if you read my blog via a reader or facebook note head on over to ruthanneclare.wordpress.com and check out my new banner…. what do you think?

photographies

9 Apr

i have lot of really talented friends. some are musicians. some are painters. some are super crafty. some can knit up a storm. some are photographers. so when i needed new prayer card pictures taken i called on my friend bobbi jo (click her name to see her awesome website) to capture the pics.

we went to east atlanta village (eav) and had a great time. she sent me a few to wet my whistle and i LOVE them. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

here are two of my favs.

not to be vain but are these not SO good!

i have plans for a custom banner for my blog soon…can’t wait to see the rest!

thank you so much bobbi jo! you are wonderfully talented! if you need a photographer give her a call…she’s the bomb!

silence

8 Apr

how do you reconcile the sovereignty of God with his silence? this isn’t a hypothetical question. i’d love to hear your thoughts. it’s really hard for me to understand and be satisfied with God’s plan for my life when it feels like he is not saying anything. i don’t have an answer to this and maybe i never will this side of heaven. do you think if God gave us a little window into His plan for us we would be satisfied? would we want to argue with his plan? would we want more?

a dear friend of mine posted this on her blog today and i had to share. i’m a huge fan of andrew peterson‘s music. the way he writes always says what is on my heart. this song is no different.

It’s enough to drive a man crazy; it’ll break a man’s faith
It’s enough to make him wonder if he’s ever been sane
When he’s bleating for comfort from Thy staff and Thy rod
And the heaven’s only answer is the silence of God

It’ll shake a man’s timbers when he loses his heart
When he has to remember what broke him apart
This yoke may be easy, but this burden is not
When the crying fields are frozen by the silence of God

And if a man has got to listen to the voices of the mob
Who are reeling in the throes of all the happiness they’ve got
When they tell you all their troubles have been nailed up to that cross
Then what about the times when even followers get lost?
‘Cause we all get lost sometimes…

There’s a statue of Jesus on a monastery knoll
In the hills of Kentucky, all quiet and cold
And He’s kneeling in the garden, as silent as a Stone
All His friends are sleeping and He’s weeping all alone

And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought
So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
In the holy, lonesome echo of the silence of God

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what think ye?

will i ever learn?

7 Apr

that worrying instead of trusting God only amounts in me wanting throw up and not in anything actually happening

that God’s love for me will never change. never. past present and future. it’s there.

that things food or people will never make me happy or get me closer to God.

that God has me in the palm of His hand. and I’m not going anywhere.

that I will probably never understand what is happening on LOST.

Monthly Update – Easter Edition!

2 Apr

Rock of Ages, “It is done,” You cried

The curtain’s torn and I see justice satisfied

Now write Your mercy here on my heart and hands

Rock of Ages, in faith I stand

from Rock of Ages (When the day seems long) – by Sandra McCracken

As I contemplate the Easter season and and the gravity of the sacrifice of my Savior I am overwhelmed my His love, grace and mercy for me. I feel so undeserving of His love and forget it on a daily basis. But even with my little faith he meets me were I am and continues to provide and care for me. HALLELUJAH WHAT A SAVIOR!

What’s going on in the GYFM?

It’s been a busy month for us. In the beginning of March we welcomed 3 new members to the GYFM Team. Marta Douglass and Drew and Lindsey Wilkins went through Interview and Orientation and were approved. I have served with Marta and Drew and Lindsey on area retreats in the past. They are not only awesome people who love youth and TCKs but they are good friends of mine. Marta will be working with Youth in Europe (based out of London) and Drew and Lindsey will be working with me with the TCK ministry.  We are SO excited to welcome them to the team.

We have also begun planning for the Latin America Area Retreat in October. This year we will be heading to Playa del Carmen Mexico. I’m looking forward to this retreat because it was at the Latin America Retreat four years ago in Panama that this whole journey with the GYFM began for me. I’m also excited to see some the girls that were in small group in Panama!  Please pray for us as we continue to plan and prepare for this retreat.

We are also getting our website up and running. It is almost ready and I can’t wait to show it to y’all!

How’s my support coming?

This is a question I am asked a lot right now. I’m at 42% of my $3900 a month goal. I am continuing to contact individuals and churches and sharing with them the vision of the GYFM and my role in that. I would appreciate your prayers as I continue to work towards this goal and that God would raise up more members for my support team. My goal is to be finished with my support raising by October in time for the Latin America Area Retreat. I would love to be able to be at that retreat fully – funded!  If you have any questions or would like to know more about the the GYFM and my role with this ministry please feel free to email or call me. Also, MTW now has online giving! You can visit mtw.org and click the online giving link.

If you would like to keep up with me and all that my comings and goings, I like to comment on life and all the things that happen to me on Twitter and through my blog. You can find links to all of these places below.

Email – ruthanneclare@mac.com

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Phone – 404-401-6282

I hope you have a wonderful Easter and enjoy spending time with your family and friends.

Much Love,

Ruthanne Burch

preparing my return

2 Apr

i gave up all beverages except for water and juice for lent. for the most part (there have been a handful of times for various and sundry reasons) i have kept to my fast. it’s been an interesting lesson and experience. one with surprising outcomes.  here are some things i have noticed.

i’m surprised how much i miss the beverages i gave up…coffee and alcohol in particular. i don’t think i ever really went through a withdrawal from them (ok maybe from the coffee – but only a little) but i do miss the comfort they bring. the smell and warmth or a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. a cold beer when i am out with friends. i’ve realized drinking for me is a very social thing and i have missed that. i’m still hanging out with them but i feel like something is missing. i think i am most looking forward to being able to have a cup of coffee or a beer (or amaretto sour….yum!) when ever i want.

so i’ve been contemplating my return to the coffee drinking world. i don’t typically drink brewed coffee unless there are more people than just me having a cup. (my sister does not drink coffee in the morning) i’ve experimented with french presses (love them but a lot of work and messy) and  a manual drip filter cone (also fine but not great coffee – good never get it right).

both of which required you to boil the water first then wait…well in the morning that just isn’t cutting it for me…i want an all in one coffee maker that will make enough for one or two cups without having to purchase a espresso machine (i wish but i don’t have the cash to drop on one of those puppies….yes i know i am a picky person….but as a former barista i feel it is my duty.

so i’m going to try out one of these.

it’s a stove-top espresso maker.  they are common in south america and europe (fancy right?) i’m excited because they come highly recommended by my good friends the marshalls (and they new a thing or two about coffee – he’s from cuba) i’m also pumped about having a all in one deal with no pesky filters. i plan to purchase one next week. i

**i’ve wrote this post a few days ago and have had it saved as a draft**

Since i originally wrote this post my awesome friend becca who i also work with let me borrow this…

she had it lying around her house and wasn’t using it!  i’m excited and so thankful to get to test it out without having to purchase one.  thanks becca! i’ll let you all know how it goes.