Thursday, November 23, 2006


We had a wonderful day! Of course, they don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Austria so we had a full day of classes and activities. Then this evening all of the ITI gathered at a local restaurant. We had an authentic Austrian turkey dinner. It was funny the turkey was cooked just like a veal cutlet...good but strange. The kids went to a dance and had a great time.

We are so grateful to the Lord and all the wonderful things he has done for us. He is so good, faithful, and loving! We give him all thanks, praise, and honor!!

Furthermore, we are so very grateful for all of you. The love, support, and prayers have been a crucial aspect of us being here. In fact, we wouldn't be here without your prayers and generosity. Please know that we lift all of you up to the Lord in prayer everyday. We pray that the Lord would bless you and keep you!!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

In the Meantime...

I am very excited that the "Into the Deep" podcast with myself, Brent Brown, and Mike Engelsby is back in production!! YAY!! If you would like to check out our previous shows, please go to We talk about prayer and other topics of the interior life. Furthermore, we did a series of shows on the Church. Currently, we are recording shows about growing closer to Christ. They should start in the first week in December. The Into the Deep website and blog are going to change addresses in December. (If you want to listen now, please go to the link above.) The new address is



Light Blogging Ahead...

It is that time of the year that every student can't wait for...the end of the semester with all its papers, exams, and final exams. I am buried even more than normal. Thus, I will be scarce around the blog for the next month or so. (Not like I am posting everyday, anyway 8^>). I'll see if I can't get some of my cohorts to post. We will definitely be putting up pictures of Gaming at Christmas time. Right now it is 55 degrees out! I am sure winter is biding its time.

Please have a blessed and holy Thanksgiving!! We are grateful to the Lord for each and everyone of you.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Offering Ourselves...

I know most of you come to this blog to find out about my kids and Debbie, and what we are doing over here. I hope you don't mind my reflections. I don't do them as "teaching" - like somehow I've got this all figured out and am living it (yeah, right) and now am informing you. Absolutely not the case. It is the case that I am writing about the things I am thinking and struggling with. The things that the Lord is speaking to me about. I hope by sharing that someone else may hear the voice of the Lord. I make no pretense that I am any closer to God than anyone else or that somehow I have a direct connection or something. I am just thinking and talking to God out loud here.

With that said...Lately I have been thinking a lot about my own lukewarmness - about my fears, lack of love - all the things that keep me from living the life God wants for me. But, also seeing that it isn't about my efforts alone. Anyway, I was meditating on Christ being the center of my life. I realized that so often I pray, worship, and serve God and serve others when it is convenient for me - for when I have time or am in the mood. It struck me that there is no way Christ Jesus is truly the center of my life if my life revolved around me, and he is relegated to "when I have time for him". How many times have I not prayed because I didn't feel like it or was too tired. How many times have I hit the snooze on my alarm rather than get up and pray. How often have I complained inwardly about helping someone when it intruded on my agenda. Sure sounds like someone who is at the center of their existence!!

Then, I tried to imagine what it would mean to have Christ truly at the center of my life. It would mean that I would pray everyday unless God-given circumstances prevented me. No more snooze buttons, unless it would hinder my service of God that day. No more only-when-it-is-convenient kind of spirituality. It would mean being ready at any given moment to do the Lord's bidding no matter what my "agenda" told me I was supposed to do that day.

If I am at the center, then my will, my convenience, my preferences, my recreation, my free-time, my sleep, or whatever would be first in priority. All the things of God would be relegated to the bin of when-I-can-get-to-it. In other words, the things of God fall into the category of secondary importance behind everything that "I" want to do. Wow, that sure sounds like I am at the center of the universe!!

If Christ Jesus is at the center, then my concerns are offered and sacrificed for his. In most cases, those concerns are the same - take care of the family, love the spouse, to a good job at work. However, it radically re-prioritizes them and especially re-prioritizes my agenda. I make time for prayer, even if it costs me sleep. I serve my neighbor, even if it costs me internet time. I become oriented to him and him alone. How selfish I am! How self-centered I am! I must turn from myself, my desires, my wants and turn to Christ - turn to love!

I read this Scripture: "Brothers, I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship." (Rom 12:1) Here is the exhortation I must heed. To offer myself as a living sacrifice. The Greek word paristanai is translated 'sacrifice'. The Greek word means to place something at the disposition of another with a nuance of offering or presenting (Fitzmyer, Joseph. "Romans" Anchor Bible pg. 639). Thus, I am called to put myself at the disposition of Christ by offering myself to him!!

I must pray for the grace so that my will might be strengthened so I can choose against my own desires, laziness, and agendas. It is only then that I will begin to live the life that he is calling me to.

How about you?!!?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


We finally got to the doctor on Tuesday for Debbie's pregnancy check! I am so relieved. She hadn't been to the doctor for about 4 months. It was consoling to see that everything is ok. Of course, we had to have a bunch of drama getting there. We borrowed a van from the ITI to drive to the village where the office is, and we ran out of gas on the way there!! I was really lucky that I was able to limp the van another 400m down the road so I could get to a pull off. Fortunately there was a payphone where we pulled off. I was able to call the ITI office and get someone to drive out with a few liters of diesel. We were not very happy. They gave us the van out of gas. When I looked we were a needle's width above empty, but alas that wasn't enough!

So we finally got the doctor and everything was fine. They did an ultrasound and gave us the due date of 2/18. We did find out the sex of the baby.

Here are the ubiquitous ultrasound pictures. On the right, is a picture of the side of the little person. The picture on the left shows the sex. Yes, at the arrow are boy parts!! WOOT!! The Lee house is always in need of more testosterone!! (I don't think Felicity would agree 8^>) We don't have a clue for a name...

Thank you for all your prayers!