"Seek ye first...."

Josh and Beth Paulick on December 12, 2018

    Every night before bed, we read a devotional with the kids, pray and sing some songs (each of the kids get to pick one song).  Recently Elijah has been asking for “Seek ye First.”  The other night after singing it, I started thinking about this verse in Matthew 6:33 and thought about other places in the Bible this is.  I started thinking about Jeremiah 29:13 where it says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”  One of the biggest challenges right now that Josh and I are facing is that it is sometimes hard to make sure we are taking time in God’s word every day.  We feel guilty when are doing anything that is not studying, but I am constantly reminded how we have to continually seek Christ first.  In Matthew 6:33, it says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  If we are not seeking Christ first, then nothing else matters.
    It’s been 3 months since we arrived in France and it’s been a whirlwind.  In some ways, it’s unreal to think we’ve already been here 3 months, but then other times, we can’t believe it’s only been 3 months!  Language learning is “difficile.”  We are so thankful for being here and having this opportunity, but it is definitely challenging.  We both have our exams starting tomorrow-Tuesday (with a break for the weekend).  We are praying that we will do well and are able to move on to the next class (A2) in January.  Please pray that we will have clarity of thought and being able to remember what we’ve studied!  
    At the end of October, we had a 2 week “vacances” (vacation).  It was a nice and much needed break.  The children also had that time off of school.  We took a few day trips, but overall didn’t travel much.  It was the first real time to “rest” since Owen was born, so that was nice, but our “rest” was interspersed with studying and trying to figure out how to live in a new culture.  We were able to visit a Chateau (castle) during the vacation and all really enjoyed it.  It had been converted to a prison and there were markings on the walls from prisoners counting their days there.  It was a beautiful day and it was really cool to see! 

IMG_3507 Chateau de Miolans
IMG_3529 My little boys at the Chateau!

    Owen was able to come to class with Beth until the beginning of November when we knew we needed to put him in the nursery.  He was starting to be more vocal, so it was hard having him in class.  We’re still trying to figure out how to get him adjusted to the nursery, but he seems to like it.  He’s still having trouble taking naps and working out feeding times with break times, but it’s starting to get into a better rhythm.  The other three kids are going to school.  Avery and Isaiah have been having a hard time going since we got back from “vacances” at the beginning of November.  We aren’t totally sure if it’s the language barrier that they are having a hard time with or if its just getting used to going to school all day four days a week.  Although it’s really nice having Wednesdays off, it’s also really hard to break up their routine in the middle of the week, and they have a hard time going back on Thursdays.  Eli has started going ice skating as part of school one morning, and another morning he gets to go orienteering.  He’s been having fun getting to do both of those activities.  
    Since there is such a large presence of Americans at our kids school, the school invited us to come in and share with them about Thanksgiving and why we celebrate and what it’s like to celebrate Thanksgiving.  We were able to share about the history of Thanksgiving (and Squanto), and the celebration of Thanksgiving.  Since Thanksgiving is not a French holiday, we had class like normal, but were able to celebrate as a student body on Saturday with a meal together.  It was so nice to have time together to celebrate!  
    We are looking forward to Christmas coming up and being able to spend some time as a family.  We have a trip to Paris planned around New Years, but for Christmas we are staying put and hoping to spend some time relaxing, and for the kids to be able to play with their friends here.  Many of the families are staying around, so we hope to spend some time with them.  We are so thankful for the community here.

Prayer and Praises
1.) Please pray for our exams coming up that we would be able to focus to be able to study and finish the semester well!
2.) Praise that we have a great community of classmates
3.) Please pray for the kids that they would continue to be able to adjust well to the new school and culture here.  
4.)  Praise that while we have had some sickness, in general our family has been healthy.

Paulickfamilycascades From the cascades during our Vacation!