not to us!

After spending the past six hours with our beautiful friend, Faa, here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I think it’s appropriate to borrow her fabulous phrase–“my heart is so busy.”

So, so busy.

And if you haven’t read the story of the evening Faa spent in our home last August, I implore you to clicky-clicky right here. She’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. So completely dependent on God’s protection and provision and wisdom, and he just radiates from her like nothing I’ve ever seen.

Tonight I learned even more about her. And hung on her every word. I wish you could hear even one-tenth of her story. Man alive. And my prayer is that you will. Because while Gabe has been gently hounding me to help people tell their stories for a long time, I’ve always shrugged him off. Too busy, I’d say. I’ve got too much I want to write myself. Maybe when I’m old and bored, I’ll write biographies (yeah right).

But I’ll tell you what. Faa’s story is powerful. Powerful. And it’s begging to be told. And my heart is burning with the desire to tell it.

So that’s that.

Much more about our time with her and her eight kiddos when I have some pictures ready to share. It. Was. Amazing.

So, today was our 14th anniversary. Gabe put his hand on my leg as we were barreling down a mountain today in the back of a pick-up truck in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and said, “Happy anniversary. Fourteen years of bliss.” I chuckled, because I knew he was joking. Bliss is a strong word for some of the stuff we’ve been through.

But goodness, I sure do love him a billion times more now than I did when were 22- and 21-year-old babies standing in front of God and our homies and pledging to love and honor each other for all of forever.

Happy Anniversary, Gabe the Babe!

Tomorrow we have big plans to RIDE AN ELEPHANT. I know. I can hardly handle the excitement.

Shoot. I almost forgot that I titled this post something that makes little sense out of context. So, we’ve been so busy that I’ve been neglecting to read my Bible as much as I usually do (like hardly at all). I pulled it out tonight and just started flipping through Psalms, reading verses I’ve underlined in the past. And one popped out at me. Psalm 115:1:

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

We’ve been getting a lot a lot of compliments for this thing we’ve been doing over here the past few weeks in Southeast Asia, and I so desperately want to make sure that God is getting every last ounce of the glory for it. We’re nothing without him, couldn’t do this without him. He is our everything.

Not to us, O Lord, but to you be the glory!

I’d love it if you’d give him some glory with me today. What is something God has done recently in your life that proved his steadfast love and faithfulness?

14 thoughts on “not to us!

  1. Keri

    I love this post….except it makes me miss you so much. I’m so glad you loved your time in Chaing Mai…..it’s a great place. Can’t wait to take Scot there sometime….heehee. I LOVE the verse and have struggled myself with some of the “your family is amazing” comments when I feel drastically un-amazing in comparison to folks we’ve met in the last couple of weeks. Thank you for putting it all in perspective…may have to steal the verse!

    Love you!!

  2. Deborah

    There have been quite a few difficulties on a larger scale lately. God, BEING God, even in the midst of craziness and being the Anchor that firmly holds my barque so small and frail, is RIGHTNESS and TRUTH and COMFORT, and that to which I hold, even in the midst of the storms. Him BEING my steadfast love and faithfulness is the wonderful God to Whom I cling.

  3. Sharon Meekins

    I want to praise God for His peace that surpasses ALL understanding! And, His faithfulness.

    Happy Anniversary, Marla and Gabe! 🙂

  4. Positively Alene

    As I entered the women’s prison before Christmas to take a meal to 120 inmates, I was a little uneasy. God, however, met me there in ways that are hard to describe. I was nervous and not sure how the women there would respond. Once in and sharing a meal the girls were saying “You’re just like us”. As I went on to share even bigger news that the authorities had agreed to let us begin to come in for women’s services in January I was met with “we are so excited, we’ve been waiting for this!” That one evening with those girls made my Christmas season. I’m now looking forward to January 15th – our first Sunday morning to worship, study, and pray together.

  5. Jennifer

    You DO need to write those stories! Maybe that’s exactly why God has you right there, right now – to hear and share these stories.

    And God has called our family to a new church and moved us all the way down to Houston in a little under a month. Well, the search/interview process was longer, but from call to move was only 22 days! So excited to be a part of what God is doing here!

    1. Marla Taviano

      So excited for you guys! Love that Ana and Emma already have little playmates! Funny, when I first saw that you were moving to Pasadena, I thought CA and was so sad for Coach and Nana. Didn’t know there was a Pasadena, TX. Adding you to my list of people I love in/near Houston!

  6. Sharon

    After much deliberation, I went out on a limb a few months ago and decided to sponsor a Compassion child, despite not having an income as a stay at home Mom. I have some $ in savings and also have been selling stuff on eBay/Craigslist. I have been shocked at what people will buy and what they will pay for things I almost tossed in the donation pile. Seriously, sold a pin I paid, maybe $10 at most for, but probably only $5. It sold for $42. WHAT???? That one sale covers the cost of an entire month of sponsorship. Amazing!

    Happy Anniversary, Marla and Gabe!

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