January 2010

faith journey ~ GELATT family
the good soil
This is one of my favorite times of the year. After the Christmas decorations are put in storage, and the crisp cold of winter sets in, I love to plan out my garden for the upcoming growing season. After each days work is done, my favorite winter activity is to sit down to a hot cup of coffee, a tablet in hand, and the variety of garden seed catalogs spread out to peruse through as my plans begin to take shape. As this years plans have already begun, the whole family even got involved. Josiah was in the backyard with a tape measure trying to help figure out where the vegetable beds should be. Such fun to watch each one put such energy to a rewarding task like gardening. One thing we concluded was a need to beef up the poor soil found in our area of Arkansas. There is a bit of wisdom I have learned as I have grown things over the years—good soil is absolutely essential for anything to grow well. Sounds obvious, right? When it comes to gardening in real soil, than it is an obvious fact. Yet, I have also learned that when it comes to cultivating our spiritual soil that good soil is also essential for growth. I have spent some time studying and meditating on the Parable of the 4 types of soils recently. A fascinating study that I recommend you undertake. The question I have been asking myself is:

Am I striving to be “the good soil”?
Remember that the good soil is the one that received the seed and produced fruit. Yet, I know that I sometimes live more like the “thorny soil” which allows the “things” of life to get in the way of proper growth. These things choke out the Word of God, and inhibit spiritual growth. I don’t know about you, but I want to be good soil in each day of 2010. I want to work the soil in my life—get my hands dirty, stir up the fallow ground, water it, feed it, prepare it for growth. I want to be ready to produce a bountiful harvest in my spiritual life. Do you want that also? Do you want to do what it takes in your life (no matter how difficult) in order that God may grow a beautiful garden in your spiritual life? I certainly do. I want this year to be marked by the wonderful words of James. He wrote: “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) This is our goal for 2010. To work our soil, receive the Word, and obey it. I hope you will make it your aim, also.

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our ministry
AT FAMILY LIFE: to effectively develop godly marriages and families who change the world one home at a time. TO YOU: to pray for you regularly, communicate what God is doing in our lives, and tell how He is using us to minister.

we are coming to Kansas
We are traveling to Kansas on February 12th, and are excited to “head home” for a week to minister to our support team there, give updates on what God is doing in us and through us, and to fellowship with our brothers and sisters. On Feb. 13th at Rock Creek Bible Church we will show a powerful new Christian film, No Greater Love. It is a beautiful story of love and redemption suitable for ALL ages and ALL people—married, single, widowed, children. Please plan on being there— it will minister to you. There will be snack foods and giveaways. You won’t want to miss it! Anyone in the area is welcome, whether you attend Rock Creek or not. That evening we will give a brief but exciting update on what God is doing through Family Life and the Gelatt family. See you there! 6 p.m. on Feb. 13th at Rock Creek Bible Church 5257 K-92 Hwy Meriden, KS

“always praying joyfully in every one of my prayers for all of you because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:4-5

prayer items
Johanna 01 To have a hunger for her Lord that propels her to spend more and more time with Him through His word & prayer. PTL for Holland Chapel 02 We have found a church! God is so good to provide us with just what we need and desire! Thank you for praying with us. Micah 03
To be teachable before the Lord, and to seek out ways to minister locally outside of the ministry efforts at Family Life.

family scrapbook

Thanksgiving in Branson with Johanna’s side of the family. Emma turned 3 on Nov. 10th. She is a “Big Girl” now (according to her). See the snow???? Look close.

Micah & Johanna 04
Continued wisdom as we raise and home educate our children. WISDOM, WISDOM, WISDOM!!

The Christmas season was wonderful. Minus the stomach flu over Christmas that coincided with our septic backing up! We all survived and even woke up to “snow” Arkansas style on Christmas morning .

contact us
1718 Foxrun Road Benton, AR 72019 Micah mgelatt@familylife.com 785.231.9478 Johanna jrgelatt@gmail.com 785.817.3997 www.gelattfamily.com

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