Monday, April 12, 2010
Every now and then I think about why I am doing this...pushing myself to get on the exercise bike, to walk my granddaughter to school rather than drive her, to put in Richard Simmons when I'd rather sit around...
I don't have to look farther than my "spiritual kids", the young folks I've come to know and love during mission trips.
There's Cesar, a former gang member until he experienced the love of Christ, and now serves as a worship leader, playing guitar...
There's Esther, who asked me to be her Madrina (Godmother) for "moving up" in school...
There's Michael whose own parents abandoned him, but who discovered the love of the Heavenly Father...
There's "Indiana" Elvis and "Super"Jhon who have been such a blessing at different times...
There's Jose, who was my FIRST spiritual son, whose mother died when he was 5, and whom I met on my first trip to Peru - a devoted son! He even contributed 100 hard-earned dollars to my last mission trip!
There is Abel, my absolute favorite, who has been a source of comfort and encouragement, not to mention a great help both on the mission field and at home, whose own mother died when he was 3...
Shy Lisbeth who asked me to be her "Madrina" for her "quinciñera", the important 15th birthday
And sweet, talented dancer Antonio, who with some other lads took me out to dinner after church one night...
That's just a FEW...I put them in one of my photobucket albums, if you want to see...
I keep in touch with the instant messenger, and with the old-fashioned "snail mail" (I write to over 200 people mostly in Peru, with a smattering in Colombia...)
Love is a great motivator!
Monday, March 29, 2010
1 Corinthians 9:27 in the Amplified Bible says
"But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]. " I eagerly await my tax return so I can get an exercise bike - a tool which my daughter and I have used in the past with great success (we totally wore out 3!) I'm not going on a mission this summer, leastwise not on a FOREIGN field - for really, as Christians we are ALL called to represent Christ wherever we happen to be (I just PREFER going to Peru and beyond!) Part of representing Him includes developing the fruit of self-control. In a practical way for me, that is putting this earthly dwelling in shape.
I made another video, and you can see some photos of a heavier me, pre-Spark (2003 and 2004 - notably wearing a tie dye dress) - and then you may notice there's a little LESS of me, especially in the ones where I have short-short hair. I hope to have even less of me when I return (next year, Lord willing) - and more of Him!
Waiting to board our "lancha" in Bretana, Peru, summer 2008
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Well, I got the results of my taxes yesterday. I had laid a fleece before the Lord (as per Gideon in the book of Judges, chapter 6.) And while it is a nice return, it is not enough to hold us over during the summer months. I'm going to have to look for something to carry us through(by God's grace), and wait until next year to return to Peru. My church will hold the money that has already been raised - and this will give me time to raise more, because it's not just GETTING there, it's everywhere I go and everyhing I do there as well.
Am I disappointed? Well, a little...it's hard to wait to see people you love and care about. But I've had to wait before, and I know that God does a quick work in us by making us wait. He knows better than I do what other preparations He needs to make in ME, and possibly in THEM before I go.And I know my loved ones are praying for me as they await my return. As I was finishing this blog, my playlist started on this song...how appropriate!
So, I'm thinking maybe I'll have the bunion and hammer toe fixed on my left foot so when I DO return, I'll be able to tromp around more easily. I can have it done when school ends so I can recupe during summer vacation. And I can get an exercise bike with some of the tax money - my DD and I did real well when we had one before (we actually rode 3 into the ground - 2 used and one new! It does NOT gather dust!)
Meanwhile, here's a reminder for anyone who wants to participate in the work...
Friday, March 12, 2010
The calendar may SAY that March 20 is the first day of spring, but climatologically speaking, spring usually doesn't feel like it's here till April. Even so, we look for those little harbingers...crocus and buds, and of course my favorite, the American Robin (not to be confused with its European cousin)
My family has a little tradition to celebrate the first sighting by a family member of this songbird. So when I saw one fly from across the street and land in the tree in front of me on my way to school, I gave a little gasp of delight. We sent out for pizza that night. Not altogether healthy, I know, but it was a nice celebration!I'd post a picture but i don't want to infringe on any copyrights!
Friday, March 05, 2010
I'll have to take some before and after pictures soon. But for now, I just want to give thanks to God. Background: When my younger DD and her DH , and my DS and DDIL (and baby) were here in 2008, we were hoping they could assume the mortgage so that when I was ready to retire and move to Peru, they could just take over and I wouldn't have to worry about selling. Well, they had all these great plans of what they'd do to the house. The attic was finished off into one insulated room, and one not - my Mom used to occupy them when she lived with us, and then a friend of my kids when we took her in, and then younger DD, and then they were used for visitors. They were nice rooms. But when my kids n their spouses came, they knocked some holes in the walls, thinking of making the 2 rooms into one. BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY OR MATERIALS TO FINISH THE WORK. Then when they found out they couldn't just assume the mortgage, discouraged, they moved out - and left the attic rooms uninhabitable. I was so heartbroken. My DH is on permanent disability and I don't earn much. There was no way we could afford to pay for materials or labor. My older DD and 2 grands moved back in with us (having been forced out by her younger sibs) and her BF (my ALMOST DSIL) We have been praying for the "fixumups" of the house ever since, and I have also prayed that the rooms would be even better. Well, in the fall of last year, my DD suggested I contact this organization called Flower City Work Camp, to see if they could tackle our house. Every spring break, teens from various churches volunteer and are guided by adults with assorted skills, and they choose some houses in the city to do repairs. So, I sent an email and a couple months ago someone came to check the house out.Yesterday we got the call - WE WERE CHOSEN! Tuesday someone will come to see what needs to be done, and next month 3 adults and 10 teens will work over 3 days to answer our prayers. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. Time for a Happy Dance! www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaHufPkCU5g&
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