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Another Adventure Underway

Today we embark on a new adventure. Our little family is headed to Kenai, Alaska to serve in the annual Salmon Frenzy.
Josh and I worked with this wonderful ministry when we lived in Avoca and the Avoca Baptist Church has supported it by sending members for 5 years. While we know what to expect we also have no idea what to expect! Bringing along a 9 month old changes everything!

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It's not the whole house, but it's close.

We know that God wants to use our family to serve him and so even though their is a good chance this trip could be very difficult and involve some tears (from Mom and Jonah) we are being obedient. We are going to do the work of the Lord.

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1 Corinthians 15:58

The desire for this blog was always to be a way to show how God is using us to Move Mountains. We aren’t special people, we’re just obedient.
God calls us each to certain tasks and right now he is calling us to Alaska. I don’t know where he might be calling you but it could be as close as next door or as far away as Africa. Wherever it is, don’t be afraid! You were created for this! Take the first step in obedience and go. Go out your front door and do something – anything. Sometimes all people need is to know that you care about them. Good Luck in your adventure because I’m really excited about mine!

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Love
Gail

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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Jonah Barrett Williford

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1 Chronicles 16:24 (NIV)

“24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

I think that everyone wonders at some point why do I have the name I have. Some, like mine, are pretty easy to figure out, I’m named after family members.  For other people it may be tougher to understand exactly what their parents were thinking when they gave them that particular name.

Names in the Bible are a big deal, usually they described the attitude or personality of the person that name was given to. There are multiple times in the Bible when people’s names were changed because their lives/expectations were changing. Abram to Abraham, Simon to Peter, and Saul to Paul. Your name means something.

Having a slightly unusual name myself I’ve always known that I would need to pick my children’s names carefully. I didn’t want them to have the same name as everyone…

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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Jonah Barrett Williford

1 Chronicles 16:24 (NIV)

“24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

I think that everyone wonders at some point why do I have the name I have. Some, like mine, are pretty easy to figure out, I’m named after family members.  For other people it may be tougher to understand exactly what their parents were thinking when they gave them that particular name.

Names in the Bible are a big deal, usually they described the attitude or personality of the person that name was given to. There are multiple times in the Bible when people’s names were changed because their lives/expectations were changing. Abram to Abraham, Simon to Peter, and Saul to Paul. Your name means something.

Having a slightly unusual name myself I’ve always known that I would need to pick my children’s names carefully. I didn’t want them to have the same name as everyone else, but I also didn’t want them having a name that people were constantly misspelling or saying wrong.

I knew when the time came to finally choose a name for any babies that it would be a difficult decision.  However, I was wrong and all the glory goes to God.

It’s not every day that you feel the need to tell a story that is as filled with God as the one I want to share.  It has been very hard for me to put into words this story because it is so important and wonderful and I don’t want to mess it up.

The short version of this story is the simple truth that one day I surrendered control of my life to God and he has been faithful to lead and guide me.

The long version has a few more details and I hope you enjoy reading this testimony of God’s great goodness.

Ever since I can remember I’ve prayed that whenever I had children that I’d have boys. I  can be highly emotional and I knew I didn’t want to deal with the emotions that a girl brings into a family.  * I want to point out that God has proven himself faithful and answered that prayer. *

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When you first get married, people expect for you to have a baby immediately. We knew that that wasn’t for us. In all honesty, there was a time when I didn’t want to have children. There is so much tragedy in our world, there are so many children without mothers, why have one? God worked on my heart, and truly helped me to see that children are a blessing.

There came a day when a switch flipped and I realized that I wanted to have a baby. The secret is that this happened a few years ago. I know that you don’t automatically get pregnant once you decide you want to have a baby, but I really didn’t think it would take that long.

A “tradition” in Josh’s family is that the boys have a J name. I like traditions and so I started thinking about J names, preferably Biblical. Judah was the name I landed on. Judah would be the name of our first born son.

Then last April an unusual event occurred. I was lying in bed thinking about baby names and what would another good name be besides Judah when I heard the name “Jonah.”  My immediate thought was, “No, not Jonah, he ran away.” And in response I heard, “But he saved my people.” Again I thought of a reason why Jonah was not a good name, “But not for a baby, he was upset when the people repented. ” And again I heard the response, “But he saved my people.”

This conversation was a first for me but I was certain of what I had heard and knew that my children’s names would be Judah and Jonah.

But I still felt very strongly that my first son’s name would be Judah or that we would have twin boys.

God continued to prepare me for this pregnancy in September of 2013 when another unusual event occurred. We took the youth to a Shane and Shane concert and they had a time to share about World Vision, a company where you sponsor a child in another country and provide for them.

I had a vision during this time. (I don’t use the word vision lightly, I know it can make people uncomfortable, but there is no other way to describe it.)  I imagined being handed a sponsor card with an African boys picture on it. The boys’ name was Judah. He wasn’t for me to sponsor, but for me to adopt. As I saw this an overwhelming sadness/ internal pain gripped me.  All I could think was “My Judah.”  I don’t know for sure but I believe that he was being born. I know that he is real and that God wants him to be a part of our family. I believe that he is my first born son and even though I don’t know when or how I believe he will someday be a part of our family.

Both of those stories lead up to the fact that they both occurred during a time when I was unsure if I would even be able to have a child of my own. Many times in our lives, things happen and they don’t make sense. These events didn’t make sense. But God had a plan.

In January we found out we were pregnant and I knew that this was my Jonah, but I know that God’s plans can be even stranger than we think and so I wanted to be certain. Today God has proven himself faithful. He proved that he did speak to me. He answered prayers by providing us with a wonderfully healthy boy.

So when I say that names are important I truly believe that they are. I believe that God provided a name and a promise for both of my children. It may be many years before I get to meet Judah, but Jonah will be here in just a few short months and I know and believe that he is destined to save people.

The story of Jonah isn’t the happiest in the Bible. I’ve read it a few times and Jonah was an interesting prophet in that God was determined that he was going to go to Nineveh no matter what.

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But when Jonah does go to Nineveh – the worst place on Earth – the people believed him and repented! God chose not to destroy them because they were willing to change their ways.

I pray that our little boy will not be like the biblical Jonah and disagree with the Lord’s plan.  I hope and pray that our Jonah will be a prophet for the Lord and that he will be able to save many people’s lives.

While we were given his first name, we did choose his middle name and it is a name that is very close to our hearts. Barrett was Josh’s younger brothers middle name. He died early in life but he made a big impact on his family and we wanted to remember him in this small way.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I cannot begin to fathom all of the plans God has for our little family, but I believe he has them.  I shared this story today because I believe God deserves the credit for the things he has done in my life in the last few years.

I also wanted it to be a story of encouragement  for those who pray and want answers. I prayed for many years before I got an answer and when I did get an answer it didn’t make sense.  But God is slowly revealing the parts of the plan I need to know about.

I’m not a special person. He will answer your prayers and he will reveal the parts of the plan that you need to know about, just realize it is all in HIS time, not yours.

gail

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in gail

 

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The Year of Change

In July, Josh and I will have been married for 5 years. In August, we will have known each other 8 years. In those 8 years we have continually sought to do the Lord’s will in our lives. When we first started dating I told Josh that I would support him 100% but that he needed to know that I was called to do mission work and that no matter what he did I would also feel that I was needed in the nations. Since that time, I went to India, we went to China and Africa. We also went to Alaska and Avoca, TX. God has been doing some work in me the past few years, he has been clarifying his plan for my lives. While Africa is a place that will always be on my heart, God has taught me that wherever I am is my mission field.

“Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”  Psalm 96:3

I am called to declare his glory and his marvelous deeds, how is this melting pot of America not the best place to start. I hope that God will choose to send us overseas many more times in our future but for now he has chosen to send us somewhere a little more local.

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In June, Josh and I will be relocating to Georgetown, TX.  Josh will be the High School and Guys Student Minister at Crestview Baptist Church.   God has shown us that this is our next mission field. I do not know God’s plans, but I believe  the words in Jeremiah 29:11.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I believe that God has plans to prosper us and in turn we will bring glory to him. His plans are always perfect. His timing is always perfect.

Speaking of perfect timing, sometimes God’s timing is to remind us that he is perfectly under control.  I titled this blog The Year of Change because not only are we moving but God has decided to provide us with a miracle blessing.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ” James 1:17

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We are expecting our little bundle of joy the end of September/beginning of October.

God is showing us every day that as long as we allow him he will take charge of our lives. Honestly, sometimes it is hard for me. Sometimes I want to tell God that my way, my plan is much better than his, that having a baby and moving to a new town and starting a new job just don’t make sense.  But then I stop and I look at the past 8 years. I see where he has already brought us and I know. I know the peace that surpasses understanding.

I know that it has been a long time since we have blogged on this page. I can’t promise to do any better because I really don’t know what the future holds. But I do promise that when God gives me words he wants me to share I will share them.

I hope today that you will see that it is okay to throw out your plans, to trust in your Creator that he created you for a purpose.

God Bless you and thank you for reading.

gail

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Some thoughts from the Bible this Morning

door“Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’  And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’  But I tell you this – though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.” Luke 11:5-8 NLT

Do you know what is directly in front of these verses? The Lord’s Prayer.

The Bible says, “Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story.”

This story is about PRAYER!

I am amazed by this story.  In case you are not understanding why, I will try to explain.

I hope that we can each think of a time when we prayed for something and we saw that prayer answered pretty close to immediately.

I am fortunate enough to say that I have experienced this a few times in my life.

But what about those times when you pray and things don’t change. And you keep praying and things don’t seem to get any better.  Do you ever feel like God might be tired of hearing you ask for the same thing over and over again? Or that he already knows what I need so why do I need to keep praying for it?

I’ve felt that way.

I’ve prayed – begged – God for years to fix a situation in my life. Sometimes it was sooo hard to pray because I already expected for my prayer to be answered.  However, as always his timing is perfect.

This story from Luke refreshes me and helps me to know that it’s okay to be a little annoying about something that is important to you. It is okay to continually pray about the same thing. God doesn’t mind. He wants to see our persistence. Verse 9 says, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

I don’t know what you might be going through today but I wanted to encourage you to be persistent. To keep on praying and to not give up on God. He wants to hear from you.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Blessings and Trials

Well it is official. I am a horrible blogger.
Truthfully I haven’t known what to write about. And I didn’t want to write about anything because that wouldn’t be very interesting for anyone who reads this.
Today I want to write about my blessings.
Josh is the biggest blessing God ever given me. He is kind, compassionate, considerate, and even though this separation has been hard, he knows my being in Claude is important. He is so dedicated to the youth in Avoca and I admire him so much for that.
I am so blessed by my family. I am so blessed to be able to spend this time with them. I have gotten to watch my brother play tennis, the babies grow for 4 and 5 pounds to 7 and 8 pounds, and fly kites with Hannah. I’ve been able to go and see my favorite Christian artist Francesca Battistelli with Taylor.  God has blessed me with this special time with my family and I am so grateful.
I am blessed to be strong and healthy.
I am blessed to be able to read my Bible and see wonder and grace in ever verse. Our God is so good. He provides every day.
Sometimes it can be hard to truly trust God and his provision. Every day there are things that happen that make us question or worry. At those moments we may doubt the control that God has. But as the classic song goes,
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done!
When we take the time to recognize the blessings God has already given us, it makes the hard issues at hand a little easier to bear. It helps us to remember how he provides over and over and over again.
Today I would like to encourage you to Count Your Blessings – Give Thanks to God in your trials and he will remind you that you are taken care of. Find at least one minute today to stop and thank God. He wants to hear from you.

Blessings to all of You

gail

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in gail

 

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Strange Question

It has been a while since there was a post on here. Today I am substitute teaching and I had a thought that I would like to share…it’s more of a question I guess. But here it is:

We are all part of God’s plan. From the smallest of creatures to the largest of galaxies. Each one of us serve a particular purpose at a particular point in time. However, God works outside all of this. He works outside time and space. So here is my question.

Can we pray for something in the past and it have an impact?

For example, if we find out that we have a great, great grandfather that was murdered before he was able to grow old, could we pray today that someone might have told them about Jesus? And could God have known at that time that a great, great grandson would someday pray for salvation and thus he grants it?

I know it is a strange thought but I also think about simple things. Such as praying for someone that is speaking in front of a lot of people. If I forget to pray in the moment, can I pray after it happens and still have an impact?
I am not sure this theory works on prayers for yourself, but I think that we can impact others lives.

Just thinkin’

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Josh

 

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