Tuesday, January 01, 2008
My number one spiritual son from Peru is Foreman Varela - those of you who've read my blogs have already heard plenty about him! THIS time he'll be accompanied by wife Yeli and baby Emanuel (1 1/2 year old)
I've put back a "few" pounds over the holidays, but I'll work them back off so that by the time I return to Peru (by faith) this summer, I'll weigh less than I did last time they saw me. I'm stronger than I was, even so, having increased the weights I lift. And I'll try not to fatten Foreman up too much - trouble is, being Peruvian, he says, "No Peruvian feels full unless he has rice at every meal!" I gotta get him to eat more vegetables!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Even Spiritual Warriors need training, and I feel as though I'm going through a real breaking. Stress at the home front because of my husband's illness and apathy and my general unhappiness with the status quo has stirred up the emotional eating, and I put some of the weight back on. When the scale tipped at 200 yesterday, I said, "No more! I'm not going to let my husband affect my health!" I'd slacked off exercise last week, but I've begun again with vigor. Back to tracking the food again. When Jesus fed the five thousand, he took the bread and said a blessing over it - even as He has spoken blessing over me - and then He broke it so it could be distributed, thus multiplying the blessing. I'm continually laying my life before Him - "Whatever it takes, Lord" - because I know His plans are good and perfect, and this will be not only for my good but for the benefit of others. I know He'll be working in my soldiers too.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
It was during a conversation with Esli (Soldier of Waiting) that we came up with the name for the next Team that would be joining me next summer on my 7th mission trip to Peru. Bendicion means Blessing, and it's because I'm depending on God blessing me enough to be able to return. But some of my other fellow Soldiers of 2 previous trips - Barro (mud) in 06 and Roca (Rock) in February of this year - pleaded to come with me. Can't ask for better soldiers than those who volunteer to serve with you! There's Elvis, Cesar, and Jhon, and Elvis's brother Daniel will get his baptism in the missionary fire. I am excited, expecting to see God work within and through these young men, developing their natural and spiritual gifts. I can't wait to be blogging about our adventures!
As I told them, we'll be reaching THEIR generation, and that's another motive for me to drop more weight so I can keep up with them!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I'm a people person, especially since the Lord delivered me from Fear of Rejection. I especially love to be among others who are as passionate about the Lord as I am. When I go to Peru, I get to hang out with such people all the time. Missionary work can be rigorous - I do more walking and more squatting ( not everyone has indoor plumbing!).They charge more to ride in a motokar if you're gordita! Well, my desire to return to Peru and continue such work is my principle motivator. Featured this time are some of my favorite groups shots - and hopefully you can notice a bit of a difference between the pictures from one year to another!
One of the churches seen here, Manantial de Vida in Lima, has a very active youth group, and the first time I was with them BEFORE Spark the girls caught me up in a dance, and it didn't take long for me to get winded. But doing cardio every day, now, I'm able to keep up with them.
Current prophetic words have had much to do with blessing this next generation with a revival zeal and fervor. Well, I don't want them to surpass me - I want to enter the Promised Land like Joshua and Caleb did, the only ones of THEIR generation who hadn't died in the wilderness due to rebellion - they were in their 80's or so, and hail and hearty as the younger generation. Spark will help me to "go thou and do likewise!"
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I love the missionary work I do in Peru, but it's because of the relationships I have formed there. But before I was "Mamallama" I was and still am just plain "Mom"...or Mommy, or Mumz. I married my DH Ansel at the age of 20.Our first child was stillborn from a cord accident, but I went on to have 3 more kids of my own. Abi is the oldest (30 on Saturday Dec 8th! Hard to believe!) Then there's my son Ben, 24; and Cassie is 21.
Abi has had an on-and-off relationship with the father of my grands Keiah and Kegan. Ben married the sweetheart from his adolescence, Mellissa ("Moonie") last year and is now the father of my granddaughter Penny. Cass, though youngest, was first to marry as soon as she turned 18. She met Brent via internet, but it was one of those happy endings.
I have 3 sisters, Pam who's 2 years older than I and lives with her DH in Florida; Leigh who's as much younger and is with her DH in Maryland; and Gwyn who's the baby and lives with DH in New Hampshire. Our Mom is still alive, barely...Dad and his second wife met a tragic end at the hands of our psychotic step-brother who also took his own life. We also have a half-brother Brandon, who is in Indiana, and has a son Atlas from first marriage, and a son Bransen of a second love. Blended families can be very confusing...I prefer monogamy. But I do say that if I become widowed I would probably hook up with a Peruvian...maybe someone closer to my "Real Age" , hahaha.
I figure if I continue to work out and establish healthy habits, I should live to a ripe old age and see some great-grandchildren if the Lord tarries.
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