Summer Updates, Praise Reports, and Prayer Requests

Uncle Tommy's funeral

Hello family and friends! Chris and I hope you are doing well and staying cool over the summer. Here in Belleville, it has been pretty humid and most days have stayed in the high 90’s. We just wanted to give an update to all those who have been praying for Angela in regards to her health since the miscarriage back in Feb/March. Since I(Angela) last wrote all of you, the swelling has slowly started going down, even though I am still not where I want to be, I know my body is trying to finally recover fully. I just came back from my doctor’s appointment and they are going to put me on some new medication to see if it helps with getting the water weight and such down, I will be going on a regimen to try and get some of the weight off as well. On the first of July I was able to host a baby shower for my sister in law Denisa, and I truly believe it turned out amazing. Denisa was so blessed, and to top off the evening Chris’ family and I went to see a movie at the theater by Chris’ brother and sister in law. Since then we have been thinking about family and how important they are in the day and age we live in. The clock is ticking for when we as followers of Jesus Christ will enter into heaven and the final battle of good verse evil with begin. In knowing that, we have been seeking the Lord on how we should serve those who have yet to hear the gospel and come into full knowledge of their need for a savoir. Please agree with us in prayer as we walk out our journey to sharing the gospel with those in need. We hope to share in the next newsletter some of the things the Lord has spoken to the both of us in how exactly we will be doing this, and what we believe will be the calling God has placed on us. Until then, be blessed and may the Lord’s face shine up you as you fight the good fight of faith and share the gospel with others.

~Chris and Angela~

 

In Between Seasons

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” – Ps. 27:14 (NKJV)

Have you ever had to wait for anything? Maybe a baby, a shipment you ordered online, or maybe something deeper like an answer to prayer regarding your marriage or for a loved one to come to/back to the Lord.  Well, I don’t know about you but I feel like my whole life has been about waiting for something. I was waiting for God to deliver me in my health, waiting for family members to realize their need for God in their everyday lives, waited for God to answer my prayer on being able to get my degree, and waited for Him to bring me my life mate – which finally was answered through Him bringing me Christopher. You would think however through all this waiting I would have “arrived” in a sense, but that is simply not true, not even close! I find myself once again on my knees asking the Lord, “Why? Why am I waiting again? What am I to do Papa when I feel like I am in this limbo state?”

The Lord has been speaking to me recently about seasons, specifically when I am heading out of one and before entering another. In these in between seasons He is teaching me to use wisdom with my time, and not to just wait around for Him to show me the next big thing. Can I be honest with you? Sometimes the next big thing isn’t what we should be looking for. I think when we are in the waiting process we need to make use of that time and ask Him what His plan is while we wait. Yes, we should be thanking Him for the blessings we have and how He is working on our behalf, but I believe God is wanting more of us than that. I have come to realize that even in our waiting God can move in a might way for and through us.

Recently I have found articles and been hearing about those whom God used to bless others even while in the midst of their own heartaches. Take for example a lady who wrote an article about her miscarriage; This lady and her husband just experienced their second miscarriage and she was going through a rough time with fear and doubt that God really cared for her and wanted her to bear children. However, instead of giving in to that fear and allowing the enemy to mess with her, she decided to share her story in hopes that it would help someone else who is going through the same thing. As someone who has had a miscarriage, I can tell you that it is a scary ordeal, one that will change your life forever. There are days where I am fine, and then there are days where all I do is cry. Whether you lost your baby at two weeks or six months, I want you to know that God loves you and did not cause this. We live in a sin filled world and sometimes bad things happen to good people, but as long as we keep the faith, we will see our little ones again when we enter His kingdom.

I am not perfect, and there are still times where I get frustrated when I am seeking God in prayer and it feels like there is nothing but silence on the other end. However, I trust that even when I don’t understand everything, in the spirit realm He is working on my behalf. So that begs the question, “What am I suppose to do while I wait?” Other than thanking God for working all things for my good, I look for those whom God has placed in my life that I can help and point them back to Jesus. In other words, I stay open to the Lord speaking to me about those around me that are in need of what I have; maybe I have clothes and food I can donate, maybe there is a single mom who needs a sitter while she works, maybe there is someone I can mentor and share how God has impacted my life. It doesn’t always have to be the big things that God will use us in, sometimes most times it is the little things that go unnoticed.

So maybe today you are in between seasons. That is ok. I believe if you open yourself up to truly hearing the voice of the Lord, you will hear him not only tell you to be patient, but will give you a list of names of those whom you can serve in your waiting. There is an old song about worshiping while we are waiting…and as you read the lyrics I hope you see that serving others is a form of worship and as the Bible states we are His hands and feet. So the only question remains, “What are you waiting for?” Be blessed friends!

~Angela~

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it’s not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve you while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

While I wait” By John Waller

 

Prayer Requests:

  • Health:
  1. Continue lifting Angela in your prayers as she is working to get back to full health after the miscarriage.
  2. Pray Chris keeps his gout under control, and that he would release his stress from work over to the Lord.
  • Finances:
  1. Medical Debt – Please pray God would provide the right resources to pay off the medical expenses that have been acquired since Feb/March.
  2. Credit Card/General Debt: Pray with us as we are able to pay down our credit cards and general debt from school loans and such. I – Angela – am seeking a part time job that pays no less than $10 an hr. so I can help to pay our debt off quicker. Chris and I are believing God wants him to find another job and so we would love it if you could agree with us that God would bring another job that will pay what he is worth, as well as having the full benefits.
  • Ministry opportunities:
  1. Please agree with us in prayer as we serve our church and community. Pray that God would bring opportunities where we may reach those in our community who do not know Jesus, and God will show us what the specific calling is that He has for us.

 

Praise Reports:

  • Angela:
  1. God has begun to heal my body and the swelling has started to go down, along with this I am no longer having pain in my legs, knees, and feet. However, I still am not able to be on my feet for more than forty-five minutes at a time, so please agree with us as God continues to heal me.
  • Chris:
  1. Chris has not dealt with the gout in a while now, and has been researching ways that he can manage it. Pray that he would be freed from this nasty sickness and it would stay away for good.

 

As always, we would like to thank everyone who has lifted us up in your prayers. We look forward to the great things God is doing and will continue to do in and through us.

Blessings,

Chris and Angela Frantz

 

 

 

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