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Momentous Monday

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This is very exciting week for us! We do our official move to Edmonton where James has taken on an Associate Pastorate! I have seen my husband work so hard and we are blessed that the Lord has counted us worthy to be a part of this ministry!!  I hope to be able to post pics of the new place soon!

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Momentous Monday

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First off, I am sorry I am lagging behind in the posts. I will (Lord willing) be able to do a little more being at my parents home and getting to relax a little!

There are so many things that have happened in our lives in the last 2 weeks, I feel like we have just been on a huge wave just enjoying the ride.
Leaving California was harder than I thought it would be. Saying goodbye to my dear friends was so hard, having eternity in view made it so much easier. I will miss them, their love, encouragement and example to me.

As most of you know, James has excepted a Pastorate in Edmonton!! We are so excited about this opportunity. We just love this church!! God is doing big things there, and we are blessed to be called to be a part of it. Before we departed for TO to visit family, we were able to secure a home…a townhouse, we are so blessed!! Our return date is planned for the begining of July. Please pray that there would be no delays.

Ahhh back in Toronto has been fun, not just because Caleb is sleeping better, do to having his own room, though that does help!! We have been visiting friends and family we haven’t seen in a year and a half!! My daddy met us at the airport, I met my sweet little niece for the first time. New baby cousins everywhere are waiting for me to come and steal them, well not really they don’t understand waiting yet.

And last but certainly not least…our baby turned One last Saturday!! What a sweet gift from the Lord. A whole year with our son. Which also got me thinking how blessed we are to have 7 with our other little man! God is good to us, to loan us these sweet babies while He works His plan and purposes in their (and ours) lives. Everyday is a gift, I don’t want to take one minute for granted (though I know I do). I am striving to make the most of every opportunity with my boys.

Caleb’s birthday was pretty funny, well mostly just the cupcake part. We tried to give him his cupcake but when we set it in front of him, he poked it and started to yell and his little eyes watered as he tried to fling it off the tray!

Here are some pics of our stay so far…babies, babies, and more babies please!

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Momentous Monday

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Well it’s official, we are no longer California Coates, we are back in the Great White North! We landed Friday night and we were greeted by our church family in Edmonton (we are in Edmonton for the second phase of the candidating process).

We are having such a great time here. Our Lord is so abundantly good to us! We are loving our Edmonton brothers and sisters. God is faithful to this church! We are absolutely blown away at the opportunity here, the sheep are so hungry and excitingly soak in the Word! It is so amazing to see hearts that love and live for our LORD! I love when you meet the body of Christ, sit down with them and it is as if you have known them all your life, what a precious gift we have from the Lord in the Church.

James preached two messages yesterday, that you can hear at GRBC. I love to hear my hubby preach…I love it even more that he is my leader and I get to glean from the wisdom the Holy Spirit reveals to him while studying! The passage in John really came alive for me…I learned so much yesterday!

**I should mention that the message in John was taught for the Sunday school class, that’s why there is interaction.**

We also had the opportunity for a question and answer at the potluck given to us last night. The response was so encouraging. I love when people come and share their testimonies with me or what the Lord is doing in their lives…sweet, sweet grace.

Caleb is struggling a bit with everything that is happening but again the Lord is being gracious to us. Isaac is having such a wonderful time with all the boys from GRBC. He still thinks we live in the Hotel but I am sure it will click soon…my funny boy! He is doing amazing with all the change that is happening and he is a true blessing to James and I, which makes this transition a lot easier for us too.

I am not sure how often I will be able to write over the next little while, but I will do my best to update. We are here until next Tuesday then off to see the family. We are very excited about the next chapter, please if you would keep us in your prayers that we would only desire what the Lord has instore for us and that we would not run a head nor lag behind!

For the Masters glory,


Momentous Monday~My Graduate!

My beloved,

There is no one on earth that I love, admire, respect, trust, and adore more than you. I know your godly character and integrity is Christ in you. It is the careful love and molding of our Savior in your life. All praise and glory are His for the man He is making you in to be.

You have blown me away these last 3 years and I stand in awe that the Lord would allow me a husband like you. As I sat and watched you cross that stage, I couldn’t believe the life God has given us. Even in our sin He is so faithful to us. And I pray He allows us many years together, fighting for His truth and living in light of His gospel! May He be glorified as we seek to honor Him in all we do.

Stay faithful to our Savior. Preach the Word in and out of season, bodily but with love, compassion, and integrity. Make no provision for the flesh. Examine yourself, with all humility, do not regard yourself more highly than you ought. May your conscience always be clear before the Lord.

Stay the amazing husband and father you are.

Living as one for the Masters glory,


Hey Dad,

Hows it going? I hope your graduation was great. I hope ministry is great. You are a great dad! You praise the Lord, dad. I love you dad. I hope you have a great time.



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More pics to come!

We are so grateful to all who are praying. We heard from the Edmonton church last week and will be flying up there for the second phase of the candadating process, May 21-June 1. James will be preaching 2 Sunday mornings and teaching 2 adult Sunday School classes. We will keep you updated as we see where the Lord leads us!!

Momentous Monday

I love Momentous Mondays! I have been planning for the last couple of weeks what my Momentous Mondays would be. But as Scripture states in Proverbs 16:9;the mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. As momentous as it was being at our beloved pastor, John MacArthur’s home, this weekend for brunch with Patricia, there was a moment more precious to us that happened on Saturday…

…do you see this precious face? That is the face of my first born, the joy of my heart, his name means laughter and that he certainly is. On Saturday night we were having our family Bible time. We are reading through the Bible and we are currently in Numbers.

We were reading Korah’s rebellion in Numbers 16. Korah with some other men had gathered 250 of Israel’s congregation to come up against Moses and Aaron. Speaking against God’s men is a serious sin, it means you are against God Himself. They were judged for their sin and then swallowed up by the earth and the 250 men were consumed by fire.

After we were done reading James asked Isaac if he was standing against Jesus or if he was standing with Him. My little boys face was gripped with fear and tears started to flow. The word’s that came out next I wasn’t expecting. “I’m standing against Him.” My heart sank and my stomach turned but then I realized this wasn’t the end. As I cried I took his hand and the conversation went something like this…

“Lovey, you don’t have to stand against Jesus. Jesus wants to forgive you, that’s why He created you, that’s why He came to earth to die for your sins and that’s why He lives again. He doesn’t want you to be punished for your sins, He will take that punishment for you.”

James and I went more into detail about the gospel. It is a little fuzzy, the specific conversation, in silent prayer, I pleaded for my son’s life. That the LORD in that moment would open his eyes and grant him true repentance, that this would be a genuine confession. James asked Isaac if he wanted to pray and told him this wasn’t something we could do for him. He needed to do this on his own.

James prayed first, and then his little tear filled prayer went like this, “Lord….please forgive me for my sin. I will love You and obey You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

James and I are praying to see fruit of his confession. I know it will take time. There is no greater joy than for a mother then to see her children walk in truth.

In all of this James and I were greatly convicted over the fact that we don’t pray enough together for our boys salvation. We aren’t pleading with our Father like any moment could be their last. God has given these children to us, to pray relentlessly for, to guard and to shepherd, to live our lives before them, like nothing else matters but Christ…because nothing does. To show them that being consumed by Him is the greatest joy, that will live on for eternity.

I always tell Isaac (while grabbing his little face and mushing his cheeks together) “Isaac, if you grow up to fill your heart with anything but the Lord Jesus Christ, mommy has failed at her job as your mother.” He always laughs but he knows it’s true.

If you remember please pray for him! This was most certainly a moment I will cherish!!!

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You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Momentous Monday

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The reality of leaving is starting to hit me. It is sad but exciting at the same time. This is where we started our marriage, our family, our first home. We love our church, the relationships that we have made here have been like no other.

I was church yesterday and there was an anxiousness in my heart to leave and get home for lunch. After a super long morning it’s hard to think of anything other than the fierce growl of your stomach and the dept of the theology that has been thrown at you needs time to embed in your heart.

I stood in a conversation with a sweet friend, I realized this could be our last this side of heaven. I want to cherish these conversations. I am going to start to bring my camera to church so I can build a prayer wall. A prayer wall is a a wall full of pictures of people you want to remember to pray for.

It has been amazing to focus on the fact that this life is but a vapor but eternity with the ones I love, worshiping our Lord, is forever!

What did the Lord show me yesterday? The moments that He gives me with the church body are so precious. Don’t miss the sweet fellowship, I am one with them in Christ. Don’t miss the moments to encourage, or to be encouraged. His Church is an amazing gift, it is a picture of heaven, one that is like no other!

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; ~ 1 Peter 2:9

I am trying hard to upload my pictures, another moment to cherish is my growing babe, who is on his way to walking! So check back I will try to fix the problem!


Momentous Monday

A momentous Monday it is! With 2 major papers to go, 9 days of class, 17 days until mom and mom2 arrive, and 20 days left until graduation, the excitement is building and the end is in site!! I wanted to share with you all my beloved testifying to our amazing LORD’s faithfulness to us!! His senior testimony was last Tuesday and we were blessed to be apart of it! I hope you are encouraged by God’s faithfulness! Click on the link below!


Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


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