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Last week we were blessed to host the Martin family in Cedar Rapids for a few days. They told us that they like to cram their schedule as full as possible, so Dr. Martin spoke 10 times in 7 locations in 3 and a 1/2 days while they were here. I could hardly believe it!

20130409_080945_20855 In every location they loved him (and his Power Points [smile]).

20130407_181100_20775 He spoke on Sunday evening for 1 and a 1/2 hours. Then, even after another 30 minutes of eager questions, still no one seemed to want to stop.

20130409_131341_20877 It was fun seeing even kindergartners learning so much.

I felt very blessed to be able to tag along and listen to most of his talks. He covers so much information, I learned new things each time he spoke. I almost felt like his presentations kept getting more interesting the more I heard them.

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In almost every location the principal or school director talked to us about how they could get Dr. Martin to speak again “next time” for a longer amount of time. [smile]


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Stephen appreciated having Dr. Martin teach his Light Shop group.

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Sarah and I were excited to spend some time with Taryn and Mirren. In this picture they are leading a discussion with students at Emmaus Bible College called “Resting in God’s Promises: Finding Fulfillment in the Seasons of Singleness.” We love Taryn and Mirren’s ministry mindset, Christ-glorifying joy, and good insights.

A verse that was resonating in my heart after the Martins left was John 15:8 which says, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.” The Martins choose to pour themselves out day after day to strengthen believers, and the eternal fruit that is being produced for God’s glory will one day be seen.

On that note, recently I’ve seen the hand of God working in people’s lives in some extremely clear ways. It has reminded me that though there is much of the Lord’s hand we may not see right now, He is working. He is answering prayers! May we praise Him as we ought, and never stop abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Cor 15:58)!

6 comments

  1. Also, “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown
    toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10
    How refreshing.

    Glad you are having such a fulfilling, rewarding season at this time. God bless.

    Rebecca from Missouri

  2. I’ve been incredibly blessed by Mr Martin! I’ve watched his incredible creatures DVD’s and enjoyed them, but then I was able to hear him speak at the Big Sandy ATI conference last year 🙂 it was amazing, and I learned so much. I actually listened to it again recently, and gleaned even more insights. So thankful for his ministry!

  3. I am looking forward to meeting them next week. They are speaking at one of our state homeschool conferences. 🙂

  4. What a sweet blessing for Sarah to be able to move into the seasons of singleness! Truly God is her Prince Charming and so beautiful to see her accept his will with grace!

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