A Full Weekend

A glimpse into last weekend…

Maria and Katie

Most importantly, our youngest daughter, Katie, graduated from Northwestern College. We didn’t get to be there, but Maria flew in from Seattle to be with her sister and keep us updated with photos and video clips during the ceremony. Our sweet, beautiful daughters.


Yes, we missed sharing the joy and the laughter with our wonderful graduate. What a peach!


We stayed in Bahrain and stayed busy. Β In Mother’s Day worship, on Friday and Sunday, Keith and I were in a skit with our “three teenage children” who forgot it was Mother’s Day and didn’t appreciate at the beginning of the skit all their “mom” did for them.


Great worship services with a beautiful praise dance!


Everyone was asked to wear pink to church.


On Friday evening, we went to a 25th anniversary celebration and renewal of wedding vows. It was a beautiful occasion. I wore my first sari.

Be Not Afraid

On Saturday morning, I led devotions at AMH. Keith does it several times a week, but it was only my second time so I was a little nervous. Appropriately, my topic was FEAR, or more accurately, FEAR NOT.




On Saturday night, the MOMs group came over and we baked cookies and cupcakes. It was lots of fun and much activity. Katie’s graduation was happening toward the end of our time together. We tried to watch it online, but I guess I was on the wrong Internet connection so the live feed didn’t work.

Later, Keith and I watched the graduation ceremony in quiet. It was lovely and we took it all in. The busyness of the weekend probably helped us keep our minds off the fact that we couldn’t be in Orange City for Katie’s graduation.

When I led devotions Saturday morning, I shared “Be Not Afraid,” by Jesuit priest Bob Dufford. I was reminded of this beautiful song that we had sung during school mass last spring. It was just at the time we were first hearing God’s call to move to Bahrain. It was a powerful song for me then, and it is now.

You shall cross the barren desert
But you shall not die of thirst
You shall wander far in safety
Though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign lands
And all will understand
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid
I go before you always
Come follow Me
And I WILL give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters
In the sea, you shall not drown
If you walk amidst the burning flames
You shall not be harmed.

If you stand before the pow’r of hell
And death is at your side
Know that I am with you, through it all.

Be not afraid
I go before you always
Come follow Me
And I will give you rest.

Blessed are your poor
For the Kingdom shall be theirs
Blest are you that weep and mourn
for one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked men insult and hate you
All because of Me
Blessed, blessed are you!

Be not afraid
I go before you always
Come follow Me
and I WILL GIVE you rest…

You can listen to John Michael Talbot sing it here. Absolutely beautiful!

Thanks to Liz for the pictures of graduation and to Vinolia for the picture of our skit in church.

7 thoughts on “A Full Weekend

  1. Dear Keith & Denise, What a sacrifice to miss Katie’s college graduation! Thank you for your ministry to the people of Bahrain!
    May you be blessed!
    Lv, Ginger

  2. I bet it was difficult to not be in the room and watch her cross the stage and grab that diploma! But, I was thinking how proud of her parents Katie must have been, knowing you are exactly where you are supposed to be! What an excellent model to give them both. Way to be a mentor and Mama at the same time my sweet friend.!!
    I love that JMT song, Whit and I have many his CD’s. We are in such an “in between ” chapter. Looking to the Lord for direction about how to spend this next chapter of our lives. Please ask Him to speak plainly and direct our footsteps. I appreciate your prayers my dear. Much love, c

    • Thanks, Cheryl! It was a bittersweet day. I will pray for God’s leading for this new chapter you are in! God pretty much had to hit us upside the head. He spoke so loud and clear we had to listen. I’ll pray the same for you. πŸ™‚

      Blessings, friend,

  3. Hello Sweeties! What a prize you are! Katie and Maria will be fine because of the good job you did raising them! I know it was hard to not be there for the graduation, but look at what is important!. Wow! Following Christ is all that is important! Life is so short on earth. πŸ™‚ I love you so!