Teacups in the Jungle

Life stories from a missionary mama

Yesterday at 8am we got a call from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. A call we have been waiting on everyday for the past week. It has been a roller coaster of emotions, part of me just wants Izzy’s surgery over as soon as possible and the other part of me would love to keep it away as long as I can.

The surgeon is out of the country for the next 2 weeks and we have his first appointment when he returns which will be July 30th. His secretary also told us she has scheduled in Izzy’s surgery to be on August 26th. Honestly, this is a little disappointing to us, we really were hoping for a sooner surgery date. The main reason being we have tickets to return to the Philippines for September 21st and we would like to give Izzy plenty of recovery time after the surgery. The surgeon would like to see her 4 weeks after the surgery is done. With that date now scheduled for August 26 it means we will only have 3 1/2 weeks after she has the operation before we return to the tropics. Not what we had expected or hoped for. Plus my parents are coming to visit us the last 2 weeks in August and we all hoped she would have the surgery over by then and we could just enjoy being together.

We have talked with the secretary (a lovely lady) and she absolutely understands our predicament but she cannot change the surgeron’s schedule without his ok. She has emailed him on our behalf asking it is is possible to change the date to an earlier time. It may be a while before we hear back from them and so we wait with a possible surgery date but one we are hoping and praying will change.

Danny and I stared at the phone and checked our email way too many times after our conversation with the secretary…then decided to take the kiddos to the beach for the day. We went to one of our favourite beaches on the Central Coast, Pismo Beach. I love the pier over the water. It is always cooler there and we knew Izzy and Judah would love seeing the ocean again and getting to be outdoors always helps our mood.

We brought the camera to take some photographs but it was a really overcast day and all our clothes were mix matched and didn’t look so good together when we viewed the first photos we had taken. Danny fiddled around (in a knowledgeable sort of way!) and changed the setting on the camera to black and white. Instantly everything looked better, the contrasts were complimentary and the lighting was good. Instead of a dreary, heavy looking day, it looked crisp and bright through the lens. Same day and same surroundings but a setting on the camera changed the outcome, changed the picture.

My mind has some settings too, to name just a few; a mind set on emotions, a mind set on myself, a mind set on the world around me and then a mind set on Christ. I can chose the setting, I can chose how I will view this day and the reactions I will have to what is coming my way. Somedays, through my lens things can look unplanned, mix matched, heavy, dreary and even blurred. However when I think on Christ, His will and plans and His control over every detail; clarity comes, light flows in, things slow down and I see my world a lot more clearly. This is it, a snap shot of peace. A life in focus of who I am in Christ, this is the image that I want to frame each day by.

In light of His Word I can see the contrasts of the world around me and the negatives (that I don’t to live by) finally fade away. Thinking on Scripture changes my perspective, here are some “mind” verses I looked up to remind myself of this week.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Psalms 16:8 – I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Romans 12

There is a constant struggle within, to set my mind on Christ and the Truth of His Word or to settle for the anxiety of being tossed to and fro by circumstances, reactions and expectations. I chose peace, His will, His way, I want to prove what is the, “good and acceptable and perfect will of God” for me today. Tomorrow, we will face tomorrow.

This was our day….

She loves her new sunglasses for when it is hot, not bright, hot.
This boy loves the outdoors…and his Daddy. 
Mama, “I want to wear my long arms, I am cold..” Definitely not used to wearing a cardigan/sweater. 🙂 
Little Judah man is used to crawling on our hard, uneven wood floors at home…..this seemed normal!!
Love this, sweet moments wrapped up some simple days that we are enjoying together.
Judah boy is not walking yet, but he loves to be down and moving. Testing the waters.
Mama another photo? 
Not a recommended pose but an original all the same. 🙂 
A world of wonder.
He wanted a stick……trying to break the pier apart.
Just love.
Happy clapper!
Under the pier. 

Thanks for all your messages recently asking about our Izzy girl. She is loving some cousin time and doing great. Please pray with us that if it is the Lord’s will then we will be able to get the surgery date changed to an earlier day to give her more recovery time before we return to the Philippines. Thanks so much.

Love to you all,

2 thoughts on “A beach setting, a camera setting and setting my mind on Christ.

  1. Deb says:

    I always love your blogs and these pictures are precious. Your insight on how we see our world is very timely for me tonight. Thanks.


  2. Thank you, dear Philippa…for this little glimpse into your world. We will be praying. I know something about a mama's heart being about to break thinking about what's ahead…but I also know the One who is holding yours together. Love to you – He is good. Hugs, Julie H


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