Friday, August 30, 2013

Last Fling of Summer...Probably :)

I start to work at a job outside my home next week and today was the "last" day I would have with just me and the boys.  So I asked my husband, got the approval and planned a last fun fling of summer with the boys! :) 
The day has been almost perfect...if Donnie could have been with us...it would have been.  But he had to work.
Up early, shower, wash hair and get ready to go have coffee with my friend.  We had a great time talking...like we always do...encouraging, praying, and just being friends.  It is rare when you find the kind of person that you can just totally be yourself with and know they are going to love you anyway :)  And I am thankful for her!
So after conversation, Mocha Bianca and a blueberry muffin we split, I headed up to the hospital to get my TB test read.  It was fine!   Not that I thought I had TB...it was for the job.  But still...isn't it good to know you DON'T have TB?  
Came home and Jamie's new mattress and box springs had been delivered and we put sheets on it and all three of us tried it out.  Man, he is going to sleep good from now on!   It makes me feel good that we were finally able to get him a good mattress set.  Which, by the way, if you are looking ...Honest John's in Spindale/Forest City is a good place to go.
Got our hiking shoes on, grabbed some waters and a bag of cheese puffs and off to our adventure.  
I used the GPS which would not give me the exact street number of Pearson Falls.  So I just settled for the road.  The road....is long...and graveled...and beautiful.  I am so glad that we went that way.  Would not have traded it (except going by a remotely placed sewage plant halfway down the road) for any other road.  We reached Pearson Falls and parked.
We had our cheese puffs and drink at the covered stone pavilion before starting our hike.  I love Pearson Falls.  Jamie could not really remember having been there and Eli has never been there.  It is a great hike.  Under a mile...good paths.  










About half way up we found a buckeye for each boy...good luck, you know.  Eli made up his own song about how it was his luckiest day.  It was a funny, funny song! 
We rested in God's creation, praising Him, and thanking Him for the beauty He created.  The rains we have been having made the waterfalls incredible!!!   It was just an awesome "end" to summer.  
After our hike, we made our way to Side Street Pizza where we enjoyed some delicious pizza.  Jamie ordered an Italian Creme Vanilla Soda and let me try it.  It was really good!
Then we headed home.  I am making a resolution to once a month (at least) get out and do something like this with my boys (and hopefully, my man if I can get him away from work and hunting).  It rejuvenates my mind, my spirit, and my body.  
Today I heard the whisper of God in the torrential roar of a waterfall and in the happy voices of my family and in the wiggly muscles in my legs.  Thank You, Lord.  I am ready. :) 



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wars...and Peace...Do You Know the Messiah?



"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." I Timothy 2:1-2 HCSB
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Matthew 24:6-14 " [Jesus said]...You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name. Then many will take offense, betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come."
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Hebrews 13:5,6 "Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. Therefore, we may boldly say:

The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?"
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I JOhn 5:1-13 "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him. This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

"Jesus Christ—He is the One who came by water and blood, not by water only, but by water and by blood. And the Spirit is the One who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and these three are in agreement. If we accept the testimony of men, God’s testimony is greater, because it is God’s testimony that He has given about His Son. (The one who believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him. The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about His Son.) And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life."
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Jesus gives life eternal to those who believe in Him. This world is shaking with sin and disaster and wars and rumors of wars...But to those who know Jesus as Lord He will never leave you or forsake you, no matter what comes through the hands of men. Do you know Jesus? Do you want peace for your future...no matter what comes your way? Do you know the Messiah, the Savior?  You can simply talk to Jesus, ask Him to forgive you for your sin and accept His sacrifice for you of His life and His blood. 
And when the troubles come...you too can boldly say "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

Jesus says, " Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." 

I heard the whisper of God today in the wars and rumors of wars between America and Syria.  I heard my Lord whisper, I AM.   He IS the great I AM.  I can trust Him.  I heard the whisper of the Lord today, Tell them about Me and My love for them.  Tell them now.  

There is a beginning and an end to all things.  To life.  To stories.  To eternity.  Where will you begin eternity?  With God or separated forever from Him in hell?  You can begin eternity today...right now...by praying, speaking to Jesus and asking Him to save you.  If you need a Bible, let me know. fI will get one for you. If you do not know where to begin, start with the Gospel of John.

 It is important ...the most important decision you will make.  And making no decision...well, that is making a decision.  The decision not to decide is a decision not to follow Jesus.  

Friday, August 23, 2013

Catch Me!

"When I said, “My foot is slipping,” Your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy."   Psalm 94:18-19 NIV

This verse was in my reading for this morning.  Although right now I am at a place in life where anxiety is not a big issue, I have lived through years of dealing with anxiety.  I can assure you from personal experience....the Lord Jesus Christ supports you, consoles you, brings you joy...even while you are RIGHT IN THE MIDST of a storm.  I think so many times we think Jesus should keep us from experiencing any storms, but that is just not how it is.  Even His own disciples went through a horrible storm (literally) in a small boat with Jesus sleeping on board.  They were anxious.  He was not.  Jesus can stop the storms.  He can still the crashing waves.  And sometimes He does that.  Other times He just holds us close because we are afraid...but He isn't.  He is in control.
The key is to have that relationship with Jesus.  In order for us to call out to Him, we have to know who He is.  We can say to others around us, "I'm scared.  I'm falling!".  We can speak that inwardly to ourselves.  It isn't the same as looking to Jesus and saying , "Jesus , catch me!" and KNOWING that He heard you because you know Him and He knows you.  
When Peter walked on the water to Jesus he kept his eyes on his Lord.  When he looked around him at his circumstances, the waves of the ocean and did not focus on who was in power (Jesus) he started to sink.  But when he realized his mistake and refocused on Jesus, crying out, Lord, save me!  Jesus reached out His hand and pulled Peter up.  Peter was still out in the middle of the ocean, walking on the water, in the midst of giant waves, surviving the impossible...he wasn't instantly transported back to the boat.  But he was saved...by the touch of Jesus' hand.

How little faith was have!  How spoiled we are!  We want to live life with no storms, with steady ground, with no troubles.  How will we see and experience the amazing power and love of our God for us if we never have the opportunities to cry out to Him, to feel Him lift us up and hold our hands, to watch Him as He walks with us through the valleys and feel that indescribable peace.  Everyone experiences trials on this earth, Christian, non-Christian, rich, poor, children, adults, powerful, unknown...there is no escaping the trials.
But to know that the Creator of the Universe out of His grace, His inexplicable love for us came to save us by dying for us, sacrificing for us, paying the debt for our sins so that we could live forever in eternity with Him in heaven where there is no evil, no trial, no tears, no sorrow....to KNOW that Jesus...it makes walking through the storms of this life, which can be overwhelming,  an experience of joy and peace.
Praises be to Him who sits on the throne and who walks beside us daily!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Time

Today seemed like a busy day for me although in reality I only had a few things on my to do list that absolutely HAD to get done today. My son on the other hand had an extremely busy day today.
 Maybe my tiredness is just from thinking of all HE had to do.
 Some days the pollen and ragweed are floating around in the air or whatever they do and cause me to feel yucky. It just drains the energy from me. Or I think of all I need to do...or all I needed to do and did not get done...then it seems that there just isn't enough time.
 I like hearing the stories of my friends who have gone to Honduras on mission trips. They say that time is different there. And this past Sunday ...we had a group from Zambia , Africa at church ...they, too, mentioned a different viewpoint on time. I could sit and yearn for those freer time constraints. Or I can decide that I can make the most of each minute I am given. Whether it be listening more intently to who I am with, or trying to slow down and prioritize what is important and what is not (and that is not always clear)...God gives each of us a certain amount of time. I am responsible for being a good steward of the time He has given me.
One thing I know...God is in control of the times of my life.  He knows what season of life it is for me.  He knows what is truth.  He is in control.  I can trust Him with the times of my life...I can trust Him in the good and in the bad, in the smooth and in the difficult, in the happy and in the sad.  I can trust Him.  What peace!  What peace!!

The times of life are in His hand and when I recognize that, I can be at peace.  Read these lyrics...aren't they beautiful?  There is a clip of someone singing this at the end of this post.  I hope you enjoy it.

                         In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilledf, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;

From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.

No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.


Daniel 2:19-22  "Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are His.
 He changes times and seasons;
    He deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
 He reveals deep and hidden things;
    He knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with Him."






Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Friday, August 9, 2013

In the Silence

So ...some days are just harder to hear the Lord than others...and it is usually because of all of the other noise around me.  
At our Sportsman's Banquet last night the speaker talked of the quiet of the woods when you are up early and out by yourself sitting in a tree, watching the creation of the Lord come to life in the forest.  That is the kind of time that you can listen to the Lord and try to hear what it is He is trying to tell you.  
Sometimes...no matter how quiet I get...no matter how much I get in the Word...no matter how prayerful I am...I hear nothing.  But that does not make me doubt that the Lord is there.  When I hear nothing, I really, really wish I would be hearing something...but I don't doubt that He is with me.  He walks with me through everything...sometimes He speaks to me and sometimes He doesn't. 
When I think of the best earthly relationship I have, and I think about how that relationship works...sometimes we talk, sometimes we are just in the same room.  Sometimes we discuss things, sometimes we just get information from each other and move quickly about life.  But I always know that this friend has my back.  This friend is on my side and will be honest with me, will tell me if I need to look again at my own behavior or if I am justified in feeling the way I do.  This friend will also always point me to the Lord and what is His will to do in situations.  I appreciate this friend sooooooo much!  
So I think of my relationship to Jesus...sometimes the quiet is okay.  Sometimes the things I am going through are so hard that my earthly friend just doesn't know what to say and that is okay.  My friends just sits there with me.  
This earth and its scenarios are not the grand finale.  It is the training ground.  It is the battleground.  It is the temporary housing.  What I go through here is meant not to harm me, but for my good...because God is on my side.  He wants my good.  Now how I see my good and how He sees my good may be different.  But I fully trust Him.  Sometimes I want to hear His voice, and He is quiet.  Other times I want to hear His voice and I hear Him speak...and I don't like what I hear...so I think , maybe that wasn't Him.  Still other times I hear Him speak and I know it was Him and even if He says something that I wish He hadn't about something I am going through, I know I can always trust Him.  
A dear friend of mine, Gina, shared with me a time when she was going through a difficult time and the Lord spoke some firm words to her.  I will not write all that she shared with me, but part of it stuck with me and I know it will continue to help me through hard times.  This is that part:  "After all I (Jesus) did for you and you can't go through this with me beside you?"
I have to keep my focus.  Yes, I get anxious.  Yes, I get scared.  Yes, I get upset.  But when I keep my focus on Jesus, He takes the anxiety and the fear and the anger away, and points me to the fact that I have a task here.  It maybe difficult but it is not anywhere near as difficult as what He faced when He went to the cross for me.  When He died for me. 
So sometimes...like today...I hear God in His silence. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Missing MawMaw

I feel like I have still been recuperating from the bronchitis I had back in July.  The cough still is very annoying and persistent.  However, we have a recipe passed down by my MawMaw to my Dad to me.  I can still remember as a little girl, if I got sick, I would be taken to MawMaw's to stay for the day while my parents went to work.  MawMaw would get me a pillow and a sheet and set me up on the couch.  Then she would continue with her housework, her sewing, her cleaning, her cooking.  Every now and then she would bring me jello.  I loved MawMaw's jello.  Every now and then she would bring me cough syrup .  I hated MawMaw's cough syrup.  But it did the trick.
When I recently had to go to the doctor guess what he recommended for the cough?  My MawMaw's recipe!   I am sure that most of you have heard of it but if you haven't here it is:
One part honey
One part lemon juice
One part whiskey (or Rock N Rye)

Shake and take a couple of tablespoons.  I must admit I make horrific faces which amuses my family very much, and I stomp my feet, shake my head and make general sounds of disgust.  But once I am finished acting out against the taste of it, my cough stops and I can get a good night's rest and I feel better the next morning. 

Another thing MawMaw always did for me when I was sick was make my favorite foods...soupy potatoes and butter biscuits.  MawMaw made the best butter biscuits!  And she would make gowns for my Barbie dolls...beautiful satin gowns with lace and tiny snaps at the back and gathered waists.  She was amazing! 

I miss her now because she has gone on to be with the Lord.  But I like remembering...I remember her love for me and for my little boy Jamie.  She never got to meet Eli but I know she would love him too.  

I remember when my first marriage was over and I came home, I came to MawMaw's house and she said, Are you alright?
I don't think I ever cried as an adult in front of MawMaw...but I did that day.  And she cried too.  And she put her arms around me.  We didn't say anything for a long time.  Just cried. 

I remember that when I met Donnie and he proposed to me, the first person we told was MawMaw.  We went together over to take some food to her and told her we were going to get married.  She wanted to know if Jamie was okay with that and we assured her that he was.  Then she told Donnie, You better be good to her or I will get you.  (and she would have too :))  And don't take her away from here.  

At that time I was living next door to her, to help her out with things and just be there if she needed something.  

When she was in the hospital, she told me that she wanted me to have her books. She and  I shared a love of reading.  I told her that she would be reading those books when she got home.  But she made me say that I would take her books.  I know that she knew then she would not be on this earth for long.  

Saying good-bye was so hard.  I miss her every day.  I think about the conversations we would have, the things we shared.  How much she loved us.  

I really can't wait to see her again one day.  This is my MawMaw Mallie and Jamie when he was 6  years old.  

And this one is of MawMaw and Jamie when he was about 9 I think. 

And MawMaw getting sugar from Jamie  when he was little.  

I sure miss my MawMaw...it makes me treasure the fact that my sons have their grandparents and get to spend time with them and build memories with them.  

Today I heard the whisper of God in the memory of MawMaw and how she taught me the Lord's Prayer and was my Sunday School teacher and how she showed her love to us.  The Lord gives memories.  Thank You, Jesus. 
 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Finding Healing from the Emotionally Destructive Relationship

I am blessed by the Lord to have a wonderful loving husband.  He is not perfect, but then neither am I.  However, I have been in relationships before that were not "wonderful"  and I thought this article was a wisely written summary of how to handle that situation as a Christian.  It comes from this link:  http://www.crosswalk.com/family/marriage/find-healing-from-the-emotionally-destructive-relationship-11556632.html#comments

I hope it helps someone...
She also has a TON of great resources on her website regarding how to recognize if you are being manipulated, how to deal with a manipulator's tactics, how to handle toxic and critical people, dating violence, suicide assessment and intervention.

Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Leslie Vernick's new book, The Emotionally Destructive Relationship, (Harvest House, 2007).
Physical injuries like bruises or a broken arm are visible, presenting obvious evidence that something’s wrong with a relationship that causes them. But emotional wounds are often hidden beneath the surface a relationship that seems fine at first glance.
Although emotional injuries aren’t as easily seen as physical ones, they’re just as real and painful, and just as worthy of your attention.
If you or someone you know is suffering from an emotionally destructive relationship, here’s how you can break free:
Recognize when a relationship has become destructive. Understand that a relationship is destructive when: One or both parties commit physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse upon the other; One person is regularly overprotective, overbearing, or both toward the other; One person is overly dependent upon the other to affirm his or her personal value, to meet all of his or her needs, and to make most of his or her decisions; One person demonstrates a pattern of deceiving the other through lying, hiding, pretending, misleading, or twisting information to make something appear other than what it is; or One person exhibits chronic indifference, neglect, or both toward the thoughts, feelings, or well-being of the other. Know that, while we all can sin against others in these ways occasionally, what makes a relationship destructive is a repetitive pattern of sin, and a lack of awareness, remorse, or significant change.
Understand the qualities necessary for relationships to flourish. Know that, in a healthy relationship, the people involved should care about each other enough to be committed to each other’s well-being. They should care about each other’s thoughts and feelings, and pay attention to issues that the other person in the relationship considers important or urgent. They should be completely honest with themselves and with each other, and not hesitate to be themselves when they’re together. They should respect each other, and have the freedom to lovingly challenge, confront, and strengthen each other.
Face problems when you encounter them. Even though it seems easier to ignore problems or try to get by with them, realizing that avoiding problems in the relationship will only cause the damage to grow. Decide to acknowledge and tackle problems whenever you notice them.
Take responsibility for your part in the problems. Besides being honest about how the other person in the destructive relationship is hurting you, realize how you’re allowing yourself to be hurt and hurting the other person. If you’re not sure what specific issues are going on in your heart and causing you to relate in emotionally unhealthy ways, pray for God to reveal them to you, and ask others who are close to you for their input, as well. Admit your own brokenness and ask God and the other person for forgiveness. Make an effort to change by turning from your wrong attitudes and behaviors through repentance and learning how to relate differently, in healthy ways.  
Step away from living in a destructive cycle. Take these steps to begin walking away from the emotionally unhealthy relationship’s destructive cycle: Pray about your thoughts and feelings, asking God to rescue you from people who want to hurt you, and asking for His help to make healthier choices yourself. Disclose what’s happening in your destructive relationship to a few people you trust to listen to you and support you as you try to make changes – perhaps a family member, a close friend, or the person who leads your small group at church. Identify what specific fears are holding you back from taking action about this destructive relationship, and write them down. Decide to take the risk of facing each one of those fears, relying on God’s help to defeat them. Pay attention to what you’re telling yourself and what the other person in the destructive relationship is telling you. Then hold that up to the truth of God’s Word to see whether or not it aligns with it. Recognize the lies you’ve been believing, and replace them with truth by choosing to think about what God says is true, good, and right. Recognize that you’re not powerless; you do have the power to make choices. As you make new choices in your destructive relationship, ask yourself: “Does this choice I’m making right now lead me toward greater growth and maturity or more destruction?” Understand that you can’t change the other person in the relationship, so stop wasting time and energy trying to do so. Instead, focus on putting an end to your part of the destructive cycle.
Speak up about how you feel and what you want to change. Pray about the destructive relationship, asking God for the wisdom to speak the truth in love to the other person involved. Prepare what you want to say and how you want to say it. Practice out loud as many times as you need to feel confident. Plan to talk with the other person in a safe place at a good time. Persevere in your efforts to make changes to the relationship, knowing that even if you don’t receive a positive response from the other person, you can become healthier and more mature just by changing yourself.
Stand up to the other person involved. If the person ignores, dismisses, mocks, manipulates, or emotionally batters you, decide to stand up to him or her. Tell the person that he or she must consistently work on healing until he or she consistently demonstrates changed attitudes and behaviors. Urge the person to submit to church discipline and counseling to get help for the problem.
Step back from the relationship if necessary. If the person refuses to change, communicate clearly that you’ll no longer participate in the destructive cycle and distance yourself from the relationship so you can stay safe and pursue healing. This may mean separation in the case of marriage, or limiting contact with an unsafe friend or family member.
Ask God to help you see yourself as He sees you. Choose to believe what God tells you in His Word about how He sees you, and decide to trust in that rather than a distorted view of yourself that comes from an emotionally unhealthy person.
Let go of things that are holding you back. Let go of unrealistic expectations. Accept reality and truth over fantasy and wishful thinking, even when it’s painful. Acknowledge what your destructive relationship is really like, stop trying to change things you can’t change, let go of your disappointment, and move on. Let go of negative emotions like anger and sadness. Journal about your feelings, and pray about them, releasing them to God. Choose forgiveness to cleanse yourself of toxic emotions. Let go of lies you’ve believed and practice walking in the truth, relying on Christ’s strength to help you.
Build a strong support system. Ask many people you trust to help support you, encourage you, be honest with you, help you, hold you accountable to your goals, pray with you, teach you, comfort you, celebrate with you, and help you see more clearly.
Handle conflict wisely. Learn the basic rules of managing conflict well: Define the problem or conflict to be discussed and stick to the issue; When possible, plan a time for the discussion; Listen carefully to the other person’s perspective; Aim for a solution that works for both of you; Commit to do no harm; Tame your tongue; If you’re unable to fight fairly, or the other person is attacking, stop; and If the other person breaks these rules, don’t react in kind.
Recognize and nurture your good qualities. Make a list of the strengths you have as a person because of what you’ve endured in your destructive relationship (such as resourcefulness, patience, tenaciousness, or a sense of humor). Then further develop those strengths.
Interact with destructive people without letting them get the best of you. Before you encounter emotionally destructive people (like the person with whom you had a destructive relationship), pray for seeing them that God would help you refrain from retaliating if they hurt you. Practice healthy things to say before you interact. Trust that God will always help you overcome evil with good.
Adapted from The Emotionally Destructive Relationshipcopyright 2007 by Leslie Vernick. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or., www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

ESL Training

Today I heard the whisper of the Lord but it was not really a whisper. He spoke pretty clearly tonight :)
For over a year I have felt the leading of the Lord in a direction that I did not know anything about.  But numerous times He has shown me that I need to be moving to learn about teaching English as a second language as a ministry.
Tonight was the first night of my official training in teaching ESL!  I loved the class!  So many questions that I had have already been answered.  The information I am learning is phenomenal!  The teacher is great!  The other students in class with me are wonderful!  It is just a blessing all around!

He has made a way for me to even be able to attend this training by Donnie and Jamie doing childcare duty with Eli for me.

I do not see very well at night to drive any more.   But tonight it was like I had new eyes.  So He is even taking care of that!

I got in late on the registration and there was a question as to whether I would have a manual or not...but He took care of that.

The class includes lunch on Saturday but the orders had already been placed...but they worked out a way to place an order for mine on short notice...so God took care of that too.

And I know, that although I have a lot to learn, He will take care of that.  Though there is a lot of organization and work to do to begin the ministry, He will take care of that too.

I have seen His hand working in bringing this about and I am excited to see how He is going to work the rest of it out.  It just proves to me again that He is the one doing the work; I am just a willing vessel to be used.

I ask the prayers of those who read this blog that God will accomplish His purposes of showing His love for people through this ministry to internationals.  I ask prayers that He will call volunteers who are willing to become a part of the ministry.  I ask for prayers for the potential students who will be wanting to attend class and learn English, that the Lord will bring those who need this and those who need Him into the scope of the ministry.

Pray for me that I will learn and know how to teach ESL, how to organize, how to convey the love of Jesus to all of the people I will meet.

"Jesus said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation'"  Mark 16:15