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Monday, November 19, 2012

Thoughts from the PR: May 2012

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“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps. 37:4

This verse popped into my head the other day, which isn’t terribly uncommon since it’s one of my favorite verses. But this time it was as if the Spirit was shouting that word ‘Delight!’ inside of me. 
‘Delight, Beloved, Delight!’ 
The Holy Spirit recently started impressing on me that true holiness springs from true love. In fact you might say holiness is impossible without love. Jesus said in John 14 that if we love Him we will obey his commandments. I believe delight and love for the Son of God is a prerequisite to true obedience. I believe that this delight and love is the highest calling of every human soul and the truest, most satisfying way to live(John 15:11).I also believe that we all mentally assent to this but demonstrate a lack of true understanding every time we resist the will and the voice of the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit is saying to us ‘Delight! Delight yourself in me!’ For He alone is truly delightful; the Author of joy, the Creator of every perfect gift, the Giver of true and abundant life. He alone is most Wonderful, most Beautiful and most Exhilarating! And the promise is if we follow Him in obedience, we will be with Him where He is! 
This is the source of all true holiness: delight in the Lord.

-Ian

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thoughts From the PR - March 2012


“Pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

A few years ago a friend posed a question to me. 

Is it possible, in the midst of a normal work schedule while giving your mind and attention to everyday tasks, to honestly put all your energies, mental and physical, towards prayer? I've been meditating on this a lot lately and I've been asking the Lord to give me the grace to enter into what I've been calling the ‘prayer of total’; all that is within me communing and fellowshipping with God all the time. Is this realistically possible in this life? 
I guess I’m banking on Jesus’ promise that all things are possible for Him who believes, but I’ve also been considering phrases like Ps 16:11 “I have set the Lord always before me” and 1 Chron. 16:11 “Seek His presence continually”. 

The reality is the Lord is calling us to a fellowship with His Holy Spirit that is day in and day out, even that it would be no longer we who live but Christ Himself who lives in us. 
Paul puts it like this in 1st Corinthians 15: “I die daily”. 
I guess my exhortation to us as a body, myself included, is to fix our eyes on Jesus and set our mind on heavenly things with a determined zeal and a love that will not be deterred until Christ is formed in our inner man as we see Him as He is. Until love is completed, our fellowship unbroken, and our prayer ceaseless.

-Ian

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thoughts from the PR - January 2012


“Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” Luke 14:33

I've been prayerfully reading through the gospels and noticing that Jesus says some pretty crazy things. How can someone renounce all that they have and what does that even mean? And why would He say that? The word for renounce means to “surrender claim to” or “give up”. I don’t think Jesus’ immediate application of this verse is for us all to become ascetic hermits or move into a monastery (or a house of prayer as the case may be). As I was meditating on this I was struck with how badly Jesus wants us to surrender our entire being to Him. To surrender all of our time, energy and resources to be used however He sees fit. In context Jesus says this after a parable about a man that began to build but didn't have enough resources to finish because he didn't plan in advance what it would take. The question is, do we really know what Jesus is asking of us in the long run and are we willing to go all the way, no matter what? We need to see ourselves as stewards of His talents of time, energy and resources that He has entrusted to us. He is searching for lovesick worshipers desperate to give up all they have if only to have a little more of Him.
Ian 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thoughts From the PR - November 2011


Through these last seven months of pregnancy, the Lord has shown me some precious things about His heart towards me and towards His people.

While sitting in the prayer room one day, I began to feel David stir in the womb. This is a common occurrence by now and I love it! So much! He often makes sweeping motions with his little limbs across my belly and sometimes even tickles me. The Lord spoke to my heart and told me that in the very same way, my little movements move His heart and delight Him. When I reach for Him, longing just to get beyond the veil, and just past my flesh, He sees and knows. He feels it. And He responds.

And even as I place my hand on my belly to let David know that I’m here and that I feel him, that I can sense and care about his movements, the Lord places His tender hand upon me when I draw near to Him and to the line of separation that exists. 

Sometimes, when I place my hand on my belly, the palm of my hand doesn't get filled until David moves a hand or a foot into that spot. When I feel him move, my heart rejoices and is filled and satisfied. If I, being evil can feel so much pleasure over my child, how much more my Father in heaven? We satisfy our Maker, and were created to be fitly joined and be found in Him. What a joy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

When God calls a man, He assumes full responsibility for him

I figured I would post a general update as far as what's going on with Ian and I.

So much has happened in the last month... November has truly been NUTS!

Sometime around the middle/end of last month, Ian was let go from his job. This was kind of a blow, as you can imagine. I have no job and we relied on his income to pay for our needs.
We had about $300.00 a month coming in because I've been a part time intercessory missionary at the House of Prayer Northwest. Let's just say that wasn't going to cut it.

Since then, numerous people have stepped in and given us random donations or have agreed to partner with us monthly. We thank God for each of you that have helped us out in all kinds of ways. It truly means the world to us!

Before Ian lost his job, I had been feeling like the Lord was saying that we were going to both be in the house of prayer as our occupations by January. Of this year.
It didn't really make sense to me, since that's when our first child is going to be born, and who in their right mind would quit their job to be in full time ministry and live on faith the month they have a newborn? So, we believe that the Lord has had a hand in this and has forced us to step out sooner than we've expected.

Something that has struck my heart again and again whenever it crosses my mind, is a simple phrase that Gary Wiens (the director of IHOP-NW) said his father spoke to him when his family was in need:
"When God calls a man, He assumes full responsibility for him."

This phrase has been a source of great encouragement for us as we trust in the Lord to accomplish what He has said His will is for our life.

Last month, we had around $300.00 monthly in partnership. We are so thankful for those partners who have stuck with us as we have tried to work out what partnership should look like over the past year. We really can't thank you enough for your patience with us!
This month, we have jumped to about $1,500.00 in monthly partnership and Ian has taken a part time job at Lifeway Christian in Southcenter to make up for what we don't yet have.

We are so excited about what the Lord is doing. He spoke to both Ian and I separately about a year ago that we were to remain in Washington (our plan was to move to Kansas City) to be missionaries at this house of prayer and that He would make a way for us to both be there. And now, it seems that the Lord is truly bringing about what He has promised to us.

The faithfulness of God amazes me again and again, and from what it looks like, we'll probably continue to be amazed as God leads us into His plans for our life... cause truly, when God calls a man, He assumes full responsibility for that man. And He is taking care of us through some truly wonderful people.

Blog Introduction

So...

I decided to officially start a blog. It's not that big of a deal, but I kind of wanted to give it an introduction anyway.

Ian and I each at various times have things we would like to say. There are messages or revelations that touch us, that move us and that burn in our hearts. A convenient place to put all those thoughts is in a blog.

And it's also a convenient way to keep people updated on what's going on in our life, where we are, what we're doing, how we're doing, etc.

The name of the blog (as you can see) is Living Stones: Furgason FamBam.

I chose it because of the verse 1 Peter 2:5 - you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

This is a significant portion of our family identity that we believe God is calling us to, and that we are readily agreeing with and are actively praying He would form in us.

The other part... Furgason FamBam... I liked because.. well... we're kind of young. Therefore I like things that rhyme, and us becoming a family, some people would say has happened rather quickly. BAM! It's just kind of happened! But the Lord has His hand upon us and as long as we set our eyes on the prize, we can do anything.

I think that about covers it for now. Hopefully we'll be posting updates on here for friends and partners real soon :)