Saturday, April 30, 2011

Green, White & Orange... gotta love it!

The green, white and orange!  I've spent some time looking at the flag of Ireland.  Have you seen it?

I know it's not red, white and blue... but let me tell you it's beautiful and every time I see it I'm reminded why we're going to Ireland.  There is wonderful meaning in it, meaning that is still struggling to be completely embraced.

The green speaks for the Irish Catholic.
The orange speaks for the Irish Protestant.

If you know the history of Ireland you know those two groups, put together, have caused their share of fireworks.  Yet if you look at the flag you'll notice between the Green and the Orange you have white.  That white speaks to reconciliation, the desire for peace.

If you're a news hound you know Ireland is going through some rough waters these days... the Celtic Tiger has been tamed.  There's a great deal of uncertainty, not much unlike in our own nation.  Those things that were thought to be secure are crumbling.   Guess what, Christ remains.  When everything else fails, Christ is STILL standing.  "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." Psalm 20:7

We've been called to go to Ireland... to lift up the ROCK which is Christ.  And HE has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  So every time you see the Irish flag, instead of focusing on the green or the orange... focus on the white and pray for reconciliation.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Got Prayer?

While we find the time for our departure to Ireland drawing close, we also find a myriad of things still needing to be accomplished.  Please join us in praying about these things.

House(under contract) Closing to go without a hitch...
House inspection by buyers.
Decision about a freight company.
Travels to Houston before departure.
Partners... we still need many to join us in our venture.
Confirmation about visa requirements.  We're getting conflicting direction.
Final Deputation Services.
Our children, Elizabeth & Matthew with all the unknowns.
A Car for our daughter attending MNU.
Increasing vision for the work God is calling us to join Him in.
A Home in Ireland.... they're still looking for a place for us to live.
Those preparing for our arrival in Ireland.
Pastor Erich Fisher of the Greystones Church in Ireland.
God's timing in EVERYTHING...

As you pray, join us in thanking God for the myriad of ways HE has already answered our prayers.
     - Selling our home in just ONE week.
     - Meeting with us SO incredibly in our Deputation Services
     - Meeting some incredible people who are partnering with us...
     - Giving us HIS peace in the midst of some crazy busy days.
     - His FAITHFUL presence with us.

Now let's join together in waiting to see HOW God answers, remember
Our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine...

Steve & Annette Morley

Monday, April 25, 2011


We put our house on the market and less than a week later we have an offer which we have accepted.  PTL!  Once again God is doing miracles in our lives.

I keep going back to Isaiah 49:11 and the thought that God will make our mountains into roads. Over the course of the past year we've faced some obstacles that I thought could NEVER be overcome and in each place God has helped us.  Surprise!

This all leads me to a question... why are we always surprised by God's work and action in our lives?

This morning as we gathered at the cross in the morning twilight I was reminded again that our God conquered death and the grave.  I'd guess those ladies who came to the tomb found themselves surprised too!

Perhaps the reason we find ourselves surprised stems from something we forget; our God is incredibly creative.  There are no dead ends... remember even tombs can't hold Him.  My problem is I figure the only way for God to work in my life is within my creativity(or should I say lack of it).

Do you remember these words?  "Our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Eph 3:20-21  I just love how they remind us that our God is able to work in ways we can't even imagine.  It's amazing!  There I am again!  Surprised!

I'm thinking I need to remember all this... and I'm wondering if you might also need to remember that for our God there are no dead-ends, no impossibilities.  In other words, you can get to where God wants you to be from where you are, right now!

How?  I have no idea.... I just know this... it could surprise you! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Missionary!!!! Yeah... YOU!

Perhaps you were ready to move to the next post, after all you're no missionary, right?

There's NO way you're going to Africa or any other place.  Moving across town is hard enough.  Yet the reality missions is NOT something that only happens in far off places, missions is what happens every time we cross a barrier with the love of Christ.

To be sure, those barriers seem more obvious in places where they eat animals we consider pets or where they wear them.  It's more obvious where they speak languages that sound like gibberish.  It's more obvious where their table manners would get us arrested here in the states.

Yet barriers are all about us.  If you were to look out the front window of your home or your apartment, you'd discover a couple without much effort.  Go look!

Did you see any?  How about these?  Your yard, your driveway, windows, sidewalks, doors. Perhaps you're thinking they're not barriers!  Yet the truth is they are!  I mean a door is supposed to be a way in, but so often it bars the way, right.  Those sidewalks inform where people are allowed to go, right?  Don't come any closer to my house, stay off the grass... etc.  You see barriers, subtle as they may be are all around us.

As Missionaries we're called to reach across them with the love of our glorious redeemer.  As we walk through this glorious and Holy week we see the barriers that Jesus reached across in lavish love.

Perhaps WE should rethink this whole missionary thing.  Maybe we should all view ourselves as missionaries.

What do you think?

The "Door of Reconciliation" on display in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.  This door became renowned when two Irish families who were feuding finally made peace.
In 1492, Sir James Butler, Earl of the Ormonds, holed up in the Cathedral. After several weeks, Sir Gerald Fitzgerald, Earl of the Kildares, decided he wanted to end the feud. Sir Gerald went to the cathedral and requested entry. He promised he would do no harm. Sir James was suspicious, and refused him. Sir Gerald used a spear to hack through the wooden Cathedral door a hole just big enough to put his arm through. He then offered his hand as a gesture of peace. James shook his hand, the two were reconciled, and the feud ended. (with thanks to Steve Edwards)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Don't miss this HOLY week!

I cannot help but think how easy it is for us to walk through this week. 
A truly incredible, life-changing week.... 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday... 
it's over.

I was driving back from the Portland area this morning, driving through the Columbia Gorge.  It was incredible, beautiful.  It was so easy.  I put my cruise on at 68(opps!) and let the car do the rest.  I'm home now, the journey... it's over. 

I don't want to wake up and realize this week is over and NOT to have entered into the depth of the love that carved out this week.   I certainly don't want to just cruise through it!

Listen, contemplate, meditate on these words in light of this week...  

       *...He grew up before him like a tender shoot, 
       and like a root out of dry ground.
       He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, 
       nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

       He was despised and rejected by others, 
       a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
       Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, 
       and we held him in low esteem.
       Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, 
       yet we considered him punished by God,
       stricken by him, and afflicted....

       ...He was pierced for our transgressions, 
       he was crushed for our iniquities;
       the punishment that brought us peace was on him, 
       and by his wounds we are healed...

       ...the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
       He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;
       he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, 
       and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
       so he did not open his mouth...

       For he was cut off from the land of the living; 
       for the transgression of my people he was punished.
       He was assigned a grave with the wicked, 
       and with the rich in his death,
       though he had done no violence, 
       nor was any deceit in his mouth.
       Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
       and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin...

       After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
       by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, 
       and he will bear their iniquities.

Lord, help us not to miss the depth of your love, the wonder of your sacrifice, the glory of it all!

*The Holy Bible : Today's New International Version. 2005 (Is 53 selected verses). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Prayer Email Address

We have established a prayer email address where you can sign up to receive monthly prayer updates. 

Want to join us?  Email us at

Remember.... "the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective." James 5:16

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I hate to wait!  Whether we're talking about waiting for the doctor, a bus or lunch to arrive.  I'm a product of the culture in which I'm immersed.  I want it now!  As we put our home up for sale I find myself wanting it sold now!  I don't want to wait!  As we get ready for Ireland I want to begin. Yet I'm going to have to wait, if not for this, something.  Are you waiting for anything?

Waiting can seem like such a waste of time.  Yet in God's word we're called to wait.

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord!" Psalm 27:14  or "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my trust." Psalm 130:5

I've been thinking about all this.  Maybe waiting is NOT the waste of time we think it to be.  Maybe, just maybe, in our waiting we discover the very presence of God?   

Let's wait in trusting joy.  
Let's place our lives in HIS hands, and discover our anxiety replaced with peace, HIS peace.  

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Highlights from our District Meetings... Celebrating Generations!

Maggie & Sarah sharing their calls to ministry.
Nelson Sadrack sharing his story... WOW!
Randy's challenging Message.
Word of encouragement from our GS & his son, Jon.
Being prayed for as missionaries of the Northwest District.
A $5,000 gift from our Northwest District NMI family... did I say WOW yet!
Watching our Richland Tech Team do SO well.
Sitting with our Richland Family

God's faithful presence

Monday, April 4, 2011

The very BEST place to be...

Where's the best place to be?

When we first shared that God was moving us to Ireland you should have heard the comments. "Oh what a beautiful place to live."  They'd speak of the wonderful shades of green.  They'd reference some family history that tied them to that precious isle.

Yet is that the best place to be?  Don't get me wrong Ireland is truly a beautiful country and we haven't even begun to talk about the wonderful people.  Yet again, is that the best place to be?

It was just a few days ago I found myself walking the streets of Disneyland.  I took a ride on the Jungle Cruise.  I joined my niece riding Dumbo into the night sky.  Is that the best place to be? I mean you know what they say about Disneyland?  "It's the happiest place on earth"

I wonder...

I read this morning the following line by Dennis Kinlaw:  "No days are wasted when we are in God's will.  All things serve his purpose."

Where do you find yourself this day?  It may not be on the I-5 or in Disneyland.  It may not even be in Ireland... but the center of HIS will is the best place to be.

It's where I long to live and it's why we're heading to Ireland.

Perhaps Ireland is the very best place to be!