Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6
Alan has received his Visa Appointment to come to the United States for the birth of our girls. His appointment is March 31st at 8:30am EST... TOMORROW MORNING! Please pray that the US Consulate will grant him a visa so he can fly to Las Vegas to be with our family for the birth of our girls. The US Consulate will make a decision on the spot as to whether or not they will grant a visa. We have many letters from Doctors, mental healthcare professionals, even Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Shelly Berkley petitioning for his Visa, but ultimately the decision will lie with the person interviewing Alan.

Today will you take some time to pray for his appointment tomorrow? Tomorrow morning will you spend time in prayer asking God for favor in this decision?

We truly believe that God will use the decision made tomorrow to His glory and His purpose. We thank all of you who stand beside us in this. You are our family, our friends, our brothers and sisters. Many many thanks to each of you as you walk alongside of us in this journey.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

Sharing in God delight in missions,
Alan & Jackie Perez
G.O. Ministries, Inc.
Serving in the Dominican Republic

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What kind of mothers shall we be then?

I spend some time almost everyday praying and wondering about what kind of mother will I be to our little girls. Will I be the worrysome mother who doesn't let their children out of their site? (Probably) Will I be nurturing? Will I take time to teach or be so caught up in activities that life passes us by? (I hope not).

I took some time today to meditate on what God's word teaches those he's called to be mothers. I am warning you now before you read this list--- it is impossible. he he, not very encouraging, but we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength and I believe with a lot of prayer and daily following after Him he will help us live each day to the fullest shining in His glory. If I can accomplish any of these below, I know it isn't me, but Christ, the hope of glory in me!

The list below is going to serve as a meditation, encouragement, and prayer list for me.

1. We are to be available- morning, noon, and night. To meditate on God's truths so that we may pass them onto our children. To converse, teach, and point them to our Heavenly Father.
Deuteronomy 6:6-8
6These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

2. We are to be involved! We are to interact, be involved, discuss, and process life TOGETHER! 
Ephesians 6:4
 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

3. We are to be teachers and to give our children a Biblical Worldview. 
Psalm 78:5-6
 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.

Deuteronomy 4:10
10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” 

4. We are to train our children and help them develop & discover the gifts God has given them!
Romans 12:3-8 
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.  Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to hisb faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;  if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

5. We are to discipline our children with love and grace that it may produce a harvest of righteousness and peace! 

Hebrews 12:5-11

And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”a
 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?  If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.  Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!  10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.  11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Proverbs 19:18
18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to his death.

6. We are to provide a loving and nurturing environment, where they are free to fail, experience unconditional love, and acceptance.
Titus 2:4
Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children,

2 Timothy 1:7
 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Ephesians 5:1-2
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children  and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Galatians 5:22-23
 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

7. We must model a Christian life, perspective, and attitude to our children as Godly examples!
Deuteronomy 4:9
 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 

Deuteronomy 4:23
23 Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden. 

Psalm 37:37

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
there is a futureb for the man of peace.

What things have you learned Christ has called us to be as mothers? Do you have a favorite scripture verse you meditate on to help keep you encouraged? 

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Several Nursery Design Plans Unveiled!

So, we're having two girls! I have been secretly hoping we'd have two of the same sex as it is much easier to shop for and plan for two same sex babies... One thing I had hoped would be easier was picking out some bedding for the nursery... this is not so!

I searched every ridiculously overpriced baby store looking for bedding. I knew exactly what I wanted, but couldn't find anything that remotely resembled it. Until I found this! It is old-fashioned and delicate, but no frills here!!

I am also having some artwork made by an artist friend that is inspired from these prints!

Here's a few pics of the progress we've made thus far on the room- so far it's been painted a lovely "springtime" and we've got the cribs and changing table together (Courtesy of Hamilton Life Church!)

Our double cribs! 

The room has incredible windows!

We plan on hanging these curtains to give some privacy, but to also allow all of the beautiful natural light into the room! 

I have my crafty work cut out for me as I am going to try my hand at some design projects!
  • Create fabric flowers to attach to the curtains
  • Refurbish and old drab french memo board
  • Create a reading nook in the corner of the room with swag lighting and mountable wall bookshelves
  • Hand-make the girls' mobiles from ribbon and silk flowers
I can't wait to share the progress with you guys!



A little 25 week action for ya!! 

We got some great news this week! We found out that we are indeed having two little girls. I've had a lot of fun this week dreaming, scheming, and planning their nursery. Of course I leave in a couple of weeks to go to the states so what I don't accomplish by then (mostly everything!) will be done when I come back!

So, here's a fun game for you guys! We're not telling the names of the babies, but I will provide the letters in both of their names! Happy guessing! (There are one or two people who actually do know- they cannot play!!)