An Arrow for the Quiver!

Last Friday morning, my brother Othniel and his sweet wife Rachel welcomed their fourth child into the world!

Rogan James Doolittle:  9lb 3oz. and 21 1/2 in. long!

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” Ps. 127:4-5

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“Whatever you do, do your work heartily…” Col.3:23

This past Sunday, Caleb and I had the wonderful opportunity to teach the older kids (teenage) Sunday school class. It was a small gathering (3), but a great time of instruction and interaction. It was very good for us, as the newcomers at church, to get to know each of the kids a little better and spend that time together.

Our lesson was a general, broad perspective on our callings in life, how Caleb and I reached the spot we are today working with missions in Peru, and some principles on what they (our audience), as young growers and thinkers, should be dwelling on in the coming years as they develop their skills and talents for life ahead. My dad did a series of talks to parents about guiding their children in these decisions in life, so we got a few of our ideas from him.

A few of our points were these:

~ Foundation: (Gal. 5:22-23) The study and practice of the fruit of the Spirit, along with the virtues of diligence and motivation should be a constant emphasis in their lives. No matter what work we are called to do in life requires these virtues each and every day.

~Stock: (Matt: 25:14-30) Each of us have been given gifts, talents, desires, and abilities by our Lord. With reflections and LOTS of wise counsel from parents and respected adults, it is important for each of them to take stock of what they’ve been given to work with. This will help as they start to focus on the future and narrow down what studies and areas to spend more time/energy in.

~ Circumstances: (Eph 2:10) By His infinite wisdom, God has placed each of them in the family they are in, in the country they live in, surrounded by the people that they are surrounded by. We encouraged them to look at those to see what opportunities lie at their fingertips, and to be careful not to shun what God has Providentially placed right there in front of them to help in these decisions.

~Prayer: (Phil 4:6-7 ) As with everything in life, they need to come before the Lord each day, asking for guidance and a humble heart to follow what doors He opens and to be content with each door that might close. The Lord hears our prayers and will answer them!

~Trust: (Prov.3:5) “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 direct your paths.” The Lord is faithful to His children and will lead and guide them to the ends of their lives. We do not need to fear for the future, but know that as we strive to walk faithfully, He will guide us exactly the place He wants us to be. It is essential to trust in Him!

It was a wonderful time and I believe that the young’ins enjoyed the talk. We had a chance to share with them how we had come to the place we are in life, how the foundational training we had received in youth had shaped us for the tasks ahead, how our circumstances formed our desires and helped narrow our paths, and how with prayer and trust, we rest assured that this place in life is exactly and precisely where God has placed us.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Rom:8:28

Glimpses of the Week

The Lord has continued to overwhelm our lives this past week with blessings in abundance!

A few days after finding out that our little baby was a little princess, I (Cassie) flew up to Carbondale to spend a wonderful weekend with my family! I was reminded again and again how much of a blessing and joy it is to have a family that delights in the company of one another! We had a marvelous time together watching the World Cup, playing games, seeing fireworks, recording music together, and relaxing. Sadly, Caleb needed to stay in Tallahassee for this trip in order to keep on top of his pressing summer schedule, so missing him was a big part of the weekend trip as well! It is wonderful to be back in town again, back in his arms, and back into our schedule here. Thank you, family, for a delightful weekend!!!

Little Jane Victoria is continuing to grow and practice her soccer moves daily. She seems to have an affinity for air travel, kicking and moving around quite vigorously when I was making the trip to and from IL. We hope this means that she loves traveling, as going to and from Peru will surely require some of that! Each day brings a new joy, a new delight in this tiny little baby that our Lord is so masterfully knitting together inside of me.

Caleb has been diligently keeping up with his classes, teaching, and tutoring. This summer semester has been a true test of endurance, perseverance, and the ability to drink pots of coffee. Caleb has proven himself stellar on all three accounts. He is a daily example of diligence, drive, unselfishness, and cheerfulness. What a man. The end of this week will mark off 1/3 of the semester!

We have continued to receive support for our Peru work as the summer progresses, and thank each and every one of you who has blessed us through financial and prayer support. Thank you! May the Lord bless your coming week!