Luke 

Luke – bringer of light

Before Luke was born, Charity and I decided to call our firstborn son “Luke”.   One of the reasons we liked this name so much, is that it means ‘bringer of light’, and that has been our prayer for him ever since.  That he truly is a bringer of the Light of the world.   Today is Luke’s 6th birthday.   Six years old!   It’s hard to imagine what our life would be like without this amazing boy.  He brings so much light into our family.  We are so blessed to be his parents, and most importantly a brother and sister to this new child of God.   The more time that God gives us with this amazing boy, the more we see the light of Jesus truly shining in his heart.   It’s been about a month now since he was drilling me with questions about what it means to follow Jesus and to live for Him.   From an early age, I have seen God moving in His heart, and our prayer was that He would continue to shape the way in which he thinks and acts.   As we were preparing to move to Swaziland, we asked him what he was most excited about in regards to moving to this new land, and his answer echoed what our prayer for him has been from the start, “I can’t wait to tell the kids about Jesus”.    This light bringing heart can be seen in the way in which he loves the children who are now becoming close friends of his.   How precious this is when you see your boy growing in this way.   
  

  


As he continues to get older, he becomes more and more selfless, and it is displayed all of the time.  Whenever we are giving our kids anything he always tells us to serve his brother and sister before him.    He loves them both so much, and is always encouraging and uplifting each one of us.   

  

  
  
  

With all of this Luke is a boy who has so much energy and excitement as he wakes up each morning and goes through the day.    He is a strong, tough boy, who plays hard, cares easily and loves the Lord intensely.   
  

   

  

So, whatever he does we trust that God will continue to mold and shape Him, knowing that He will answer our continued prayers for this wonderful light.   We cannot wait to see how God will use the make up that He has given him for His glory and purpose, as He brings light to the darkness through our son LUKE!!!!!

“for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true”

Ephesians 5:8 & 9

  

  
  
  
  

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Hannah 

Today is a very important and exciting day in the Spragg house. Hannah turns nine today. (I know I’m always saying this…but seriously, where does the time go, people??) This day nine years ago, our lives changed forever. She made me a mom and our lives have been richer in every way possible. We are beyond blessed! 

Let me tell you a little bit about our sweet Hannah and how she continues to point me to Christ. Hannah is very laid back and easy going…even as a baby she was so easy. People used to tell us that we didnt really know what “real parents” go through because she was such a laid back baby. For example, she started sleeping through the night at 7 days old. I know, we had it good! (But for all you parents out there that are hating me right now…no worries she has 2 little brothers that more then made up for it 😉) She has the biggest compassionate heart of anyone I know. Anyone that knows her, knows that when she loves, she does it with her whole heart…and that includes people and animals alike. She has a very quiet and sweet spirit. She is a deep thinker and definitely keeps me on my toes with all her tough questions. She loves to laugh and make others laugh. She is a great big sister and her brothers love and adore her. She is very creative…loves to draw and is always singing and dancing through the house. Some days we all join in and let’s be honest here…some days she’s asked to take the singing outside. 😊 

So I could go on and on but Iets move on….

In her nine years of life she has been through her share of trials and heartbreaks as well. It is in these moments especially that I see God forming her into a woman of God. He is refining her and drawing her closer to Him. In one of our biggest trials as a family, Hannah lost her uncle. Hannah was 5 and she had grown especially close to him as he lived with us. God in His sovereignty and grace used this tragedy and heartbreak to draw her to Him and she decided to follow Christ with her life. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts. 

Saying goodbye is never easy…well at least not to the people we love. 😉 As we were preparing to come to Swazi and all that that entailed…Saying goodbye to family and friends, and let’s not forget our dog, Nala, and leaving everything familiar to us…we were feeling many different emotions. Hannah came to me one day and said: Mommy half of my heart can’t wait to go to Swazi but the other half is broken because we have to say goodbye to everyone we love. So we had a very deep and tearful talk about the real sacrifices of following Christ. We are now 6+ months on the other side of that conversation and the sacrifices have been real and sometimes tearful but so worthwhile as I see God maturing her faith and trust in Him. She has never once said, I don’t want to go to Swaziland or can we move back to the States. Instead everyday she says, please can I go to the care points, please can I go play with my friends, mommy how can we tell this person or that person about Jesus, mommy I think we should make some cookies and bring to everyone. I see the joy in her eyes as she runs and gives our Swazi staff hugs. I see the love of God pouring through her and touching the lives of everyone around her. 

Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deicetful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 

  

  

  

   

               

6 Months

Wow! I cannot believe we have been here for 6 full months already. Where has the time gone? We feel so blessed to be able to call Swaziland our home. My heart overflows with joy and great contentment as I know we are right where God wants us! 

1 Timothy 6:6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment. 

I just want to say THANK YOU…because I can never say it enough…to everyone that is partnering with us financially and prayerfully! I love to see how God uses the family of Christ! Because of your obedience to Him, we are able to serve Him here in Swaziland. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! 

 

   

 One of my favorite days of the week is Thursday morning, where we have our staff Bible study in our home.  One of our greatest passions is our Swazi staff. We work with AMAZING brothers and sisters in Christ! It has been so great to study the book of Ephesians together. Our prayer for our staff is that we would have unity, as the body of Christ, and be imitators of God.  (In the picture below we are missing two of our staff) 

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 

 

   

 In the 6 months that we have been here we have seen many highs and lows. We have grieved with those that grieve and rejoiced with those that rejoice. We have shed many tears of heartbreak and joy. We have experienced spiritual warfare like never before but we have also seen God answer prayer and move in ways that seem impossible to us. (I will share more in detail in our next blog) Through it all we have seen and experienced God’s faithfulness like never before. In the valleys and mountain tops, He remains faithful. In the joys and challenges, He has always shown His face. Our God is faithful! 

This has been my prayer for our family…

Romans 12:9-12 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.