Well Alberto had a job interview this morning, and it was clearly not the job that God has for him, the hours would not have worked for the ministry at all; also it was a comission only job. I have started reading John R. Rice's book "Prayer : Asking & Recieving" I have read this book before for a college class, but it is a great book that covers the basics of prayer. I started reading the 2nd chapter today and it led me right to Matthew 6, where scripture talks about, not worrying about what to wear or eat etc. Although at times it may seem difficult, I was thoroughly encouraged by this passage, God will provide for us and we do not need to worry or be anxious about it, we need to PRAY. What struggles are you facing? troubles? difficulties? God does not promise the Christian will have a perfect life, but He promises to take care of us. How many times do we have not, because we ask not? Please pray with us that God will provide a job for Alberto and that God will do great things here in Granada.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Yesterday evening Alberto and I went grocery shopping! yyyuuuuhhhhuuu!!! What more excitement could there be in this life?!?!? :) not that we hadnt been shopping before, we have ; but not for a weeks worth of groceries. For those of you who know me very very very well, (like my mom who probably wont read this anyway:) whatever, you know that I am a little obsessive compulsive... in the States whenever I got groceries at Walmart, my list began with the things that you find at the back part of the store and worked its way up to the front of the store...so all the dairy products were together, meat products together, etc... and since my list was in the same order that I walked through the store I didnt forget anything:) I also check out and put groceries away in a perfectly schemed plan. Although yesterday, My list was not perfectly ordered, and we had to LOOK for some things, we got it all done without forgetting anything on the list. We stood like weirdos in the Mexican food section adrmiring the good selection, while plotting all the wonderful Mexican dishes we could attempt to make. We miss all the fresh authentic Mexican food from the wonderful families of the Spanish Church in Madison:) Either way, we were successful and I learned to relax a little bit about my grocery shopping:) First experiences can be fun if you take the time to enjoy them!....
Posted by Ashley at 7:46 AM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Ok so I have to admit to not being soooooo patient... I have been checking out all the old wives tales and little gender prediction quizzes on the internet. You know... they ask you all those little questions...are you carrying low??? do you crave sweets??? is your rear end bigger???(aaaahhh I hope not!) etc.... anyway after some time in this type of foolishness I have to say that surprisingly most of the questionares say it will be a boy... ofcourse they give this ridiculous percentage all of them say there is like a 50-55% chance it is a boy so how reliable is that???? but quess we will have to just keep waiting:) I am still hoping for a girl, especially since recently we have reached a slight dilemma with the boy names...I am still liking Raul, but Alberto is starting to prefer a couple other names (aren't I supposed to be the wishy-washy one???:) All the more reason for it to be a girl, she still has a name (hahahaha!) Please keep us and baby in your prayers!
Posted by Ashley at 9:36 AM
We are just back from Villacarillo. We went for just a couple of days with Matt and Pilar, while Alberto's Grandfather, Uncle, Aunt, and cousins from Madrid were there. It was very relaxing. I enjoyed getting to see more of Spain...even the small town life:)
Posted by Ashley at 6:36 AM
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Praise the Lord! God has opened doors for a wonderful location for the church here in Granada. It is in a busy street and already has a great set-up, needing minimal work. Check out the pictures at spainforchrist.com, there is a link there to see about 30 pictures of the 1044 sq. ft. building! Please continue to pray that God would provide us with the funds necessary to get this work going. We serve an awesome all-powerful God!
Posted by Ashley at 10:22 AM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Please Pray!!! We have found a possible location for the church, please pray that God will give us wisdom. It is in a very good location, so that is a blessing , needs very little work; but we are praying and really trying to seek God's will. Please keep this in your prayers as a decision needs to be made within the next couple of days.
Posted by Ashley at 11:27 AM
Well I went to the Dr. and they ordered lab work so that was great! They also set me up an appoointment for an ultrasound so we can find out what we are having!!! Hooray!!! Only my apt. is not until the 12 of september, quess I am learning patience:)
Posted by Ashley at 11:24 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Praise the Lord! I have a doctor's appointment this coming Monday. We went this morning to the distrito sanitaria, and they gave me temporary paperwork to go to the Dr. This paperwork is only temporary because in about two-three weeks when Alberto's paperwork is processed then I will be under his name. However, since I am pregnant I can recieve care until all that paperwork is taken care of. God is so good! Lord willing everything will be well with the baby and I can have an ultrasound VERY soon to find out what we are having:) Thank you for your prayers...please continue.
Posted by Ashley at 12:38 PM
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
God has given us so many blessings I can not even begin to share them all. I was reading in my devotions in Proverbs and Psalms. On more than one occasion the Bible speaks of how it is better to dwell in the corner of a rooftop than in a large house with a contentious wife. Now if you know me, you know that I am not a contentious person, but sometimes whether it is in our personality or not we all tend to nag a little bit. Every once in a while I catch myself nagging my wonderful husband or maybe treating him like a child (yrs. of daycare doesnt excuse this I know:) I am so thankful for the wonderful husband He gave me. It amazes me that God has given me such a wonderful man I do not deserve. Since being here in Spain we have been faced with new challenges.....paperwork, decisions, etc. Alberto has been so great through all the waiting, etc. have we gotten frustrated? sure...like when the gps tells you to turn down a one-way street the wrong way, and instead of rerouting you it repeatedly takes you back to the same place to try to get you to do the same thing you CAN NOT do!!! Or when we had to get up super early in the morning to wait in a line for two hours to apply for residency:) We are praising God for each experience and that with the right attitude each of these things draws us closer to God and closer to one another. It is one of the greatest blessings of my life to be here with my awesome husband. We have been together for six and a half yrs.; just that God has brought us here to Spain to serve Him is a answer to our prayers from all those years. We know that God will continue to provide and take care of us here, but while we are praising the Lord for His help and the circumstances and things around us He is working out for us ...I wanted to take a minute to thank Him for the sweet man beside me, everyday! (I LOVE you honey!)
Posted by Ashley at 2:25 PM
We have been in Granada for over a week now; it is unbelievable how quickly time goes by. We are super excited to be meeting new people here, and are earnestly praying for their souls. Alberto is still looking for a job. Pray that God opens doors. Everything is going well with the pregnancy and baby. We are praying to get in to see a Dr. tomorrow, after finishing up some paperwork. Lord willing I will be able to have an ultrasound and if our sweet little baby is not overly shy or modest, we should be able to find out if it is a boy or girl:)
Posted by Ashley at 12:06 PM