The Graduate

by Joy Portis on August 16, 2012

Where oh where have the years gone?  It seems like only yesterday I was walking you into Kindergarten.  You have grown into a beautiful young woman both inside and out and we are so very proud of you and love you dearly!  You will be greatly missed around the house on a daily basis but we are excited for the journey that is ahead and all that the Lord has planned for your life!  Keep your eyes on Christ above all else and everything will fall into place!  We love you!!!  Covenant is blessed to have you!!!

Remember What You Have Been Taught

Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalms 119:105 How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to your word.  With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!

Proverbs 1:8-9 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 9:10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Proverbs 23:18-19 Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.  Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.

Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Be Happy in the Lord

Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalms 126:3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He 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.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

Walk Forward in the Lord

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 19:21  Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:9-10 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:9-10 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Some graduation festivities and going away fiesta:

Move in day arrived too quickly!    

Lifesong Ethiopia 2012

by Joy Portis on March 13, 2012

Cole traveled with Lifesong to Ethiopia on a vision trip over the Chrismas break and took along SK, Zoe and Elizabeth. Cole was unable to travel with me to Ethiopia when I traveled to bring them home and this was Zoe’s first time back so it was especially special for them. Zoe was 8/9 ish when we brought her home and she had never had the opportunity to attend school so she was really blown away with Lifesong’s school and so happy to see the children getting fed, eduacted and Biblical teaching. This video shown some of the schools and has a little interview with Zoe. Thankful for all Lifesong is doing and excited for the generation they are impacting for eternity and excited to see how the Lord uses them in Ethiopia, a place and people I love dearly!

A work in progress

by Joy Portis on February 15, 2012

I made the switch over to wordpress and  it will take a while to transfer everything over, but hopefully it will be done soon!  Some of our adoption journey photos are no longer available thanks to mac’s continues upgrades/changed to their web pages.  Hopefully photos will be up again soon, must dig them out of my files and erase others from my computer to have room :-) Hope to be back blogging soon! It’s been a crazy year and I’ve missed all my bloggy friends!

 

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