Saturday, February 27, 2010
While I am getting tired of winter, I have to admit snow is very pretty before it gets covered in dirt. And it's appreciated when it gives me a day off from school! Yesterday besides my usual cardio, I also got in some shoveling. Today I shoveled a bit, and I also played in the backyard with my grands. It wasn't too cold, and the snow is perfect for packing. It's funny to see our boxer bounding around in it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Jhon is one of my many spiritual sons in Peru. I met him in 2004 during my first stay in Lima. He knew some English and practiced a bit with me. He was a regular customer at a the local internet "cabina" ( so much so that the owner would let him in early before official opening) and he was one of the first of my sons to chat with me via messenger. For a couple of years my DH and I supported him to go to a trade school for computer. He was among the 3 "Lima lads" who accompanied me on the mission to visit some jungle churches in 2006, a "Sodado de Barro" (Mud Soldier). When I was in Lima in 2008, my mom passed away, and when I got the news, I was in Jhon's favorite cabina, and he had come along and recognizing my shoe under the door, gave my foot a tap. I told him what happened, and he gave me a comforting hug. Indeed, he had a way of "showing up" online when I felt particularly in need of contact with someone in Peru - hence the nickname of "SuperJhon".
When last we spoke, he was way up north in Tumbes near the border with Ecuador. Monday I had an email from his former pastor that his (Jhon's) mother had passed away on Sunday. I have been praying for him since - I still haven't connected with him, and don't know if his siblings have been able to.
I had just made and sent him a video as a memento of our adventures together. I'm hoping it encourages him during his time of grieving.You may want to see it! www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZKna5fnyt4
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I don't have to look too far - well, I WOULD have to look all the way to South America, but thanks to a good digital camera, I have the images CLOSE BY - to find many good reasons to persevere in exercising. Not to discount my immediate flesh-and-blood family, whom I enjoy - but missions are my passion, and more so for the relationships I have built in Peru. I changed my photo gallery around again with assorted group shots from different missions, emphasizing those relationships - and some of me preaching. I love to share the Word from the Father's heart - and I love to fellowship with His other kids. It's worth it to me to "buffet my body" even when I don't FEEL like exercisiing, so I'll be in good form when the Lord releases me to return to Peru.
While off from school this week, I actually doubled up on my cardio some days!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
In seeking the Lord, I determined today's fast will involve no meat ( with 3 other adults in the house, the leftovers should have no problem being eaten before they go bad), and also minimal computer - I just went to my login points, logged my exercise, will take care of my mentorees from Setting Captives Free, and will do this blog.
Why fast? In this case, I look to Isaiah 58 - the entire chapter is worth reading but for now, I just share v. 6: "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? " I have a lot to pray about/for.
Monday, February 08, 2010
Yes, I'm pressing in, but not towards weight loss, although that may be (and hopefully will be) a by-product. " I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. ...one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. " (Philippians 3:12-14) Especially after yesterday's church services In my "gringa" church, the prophetic word spoke about seeking His face, about sanctification, and preparation...and in my Puerto Rican church the word was about prayer AND FASTING as a means of preparing oneself. So, as the former spoke of forty days, I am seeking the Lord as to how to fast - each day, to determine how I should fast THAT day.
I made a couple of videos (with smusic track) of my various mission trips. The one for my 2006-2007 trips (3 separate ones) has a good song in Spanish, and I haven't been able to find anything akin to it in English. So I'm trying to re-edit it, keeping the song, but putting English subtitles. After all, it's only fitting that it's in Spanish, since that's what I speak when in Peru! My (favorite) spiritual son Abel helped me to leanr how to make them on my own computer. What a smart young man I've "adopted"! He has become a great blessing to me.
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