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Saturday, December 29, 2012

It's all how you look at things.
It is so easy to look only with what our eyes can see, and become alarmed, discouraged, and worried. Which is why I daily need to go to the Word of God and get a more heavenly perspective of things. " Heaven and earth will pass away " (Matt. 24:35) - and mankind has a lot to do with its destruction, through mega-oil companies' greed and mega-farms' uniform crops, and generally self-centered, selfish, irresponsible dominion and poor stewardship of God's lovely creation - "but [God's] word will never pass away."
So, things may not be going as I had hoped or planned with Levi. He is facing problems with his younger daughter's mother, making false accusations against him (could she be trying to sue him for "damages" so she can live easy?) I wonder if this will have an affect on his immigration process - which STILL has not begun as we wait on the finalization of the divorce. Levi told me he was telling the lawyer, "Here you have a simple case, where the ex-wife has signed the document, is not asking for anything, is happy to let things go -" (bear in mind they have been apart for more than 20 years) -"and you are making the process longer than Peru's National Anthem!" (It's a LONG one!) "What would you do with a more complex case???"
So, as we wait, I think, Lord, even if we never manage to come together - I am grateful for having had this HOPE, having his friendship and encouragement, for sharing dreams and visions of a work we can share in. Grateful for at least a taste of a new love after my first husband's passing. Grateful for knowing and coming to love Levi's extended family.
And I think back to Joseph - enslaved to potiphar, and then put in jail due to false accusations. HE had dreams and visions...I am sure he wondered about them. His faith must have been sorely tried, and he must have faced the temptation to be embittered against his jealous brothers. But we don't see that. No, he maintains his faith, his integrity, and a forgiving heart.
So, Lord, I don't know what all will come of dreams I've had, prophetic words received - I pray for their fulfillment, and above all that YOUR kingdom comes, YOUR will is done, that YOU would be honored and glorified come what may. After all, my life is not my own - it's YOURS. And I am grateful for Your daily presence, for Your love, grace, mercy, forgiveness - I have already been SO blessed, I can not complain. So - here I am. Be it unto me according to YOUR word. I choose a heavenly perspective.

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FORMERFATGUY777 12/30/2012 3:47PM

    It's amazing how life's problems seem to shrink down to size when you look at them through the eyes of Jesus. Thanks for sharing.

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COLLEENROSTE 12/30/2012 9:59AM

    Praying that paths would be made straight for Levi through the wilderness of bureaucracy

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LAURIEJOHANNAH 12/29/2012 7:11PM

    Praying God's will be done in this. I have no words for you because this is all to familiar. Much love to you.

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DIANEMAR 12/29/2012 3:53PM

    Great reminder shell, that bit of inspiration can apply to all of us!

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You Never Know...

Friday, December 28, 2012

In my prayers, I ask the Lord to help me make a difference. I often bring before Him all the kids in whose lives I've ever played a part - be it babysitter, Pioneer Girl or Missionette leader, teacher of art or Spanish, paraprofessional or Teacher Assistant, missionary - to water whatever seed I may have planted, to draw them to Himself. And every now and then He gives me a little glimpse. Like when it got back to me that a former student, who turned out to be the nephew of one of the guys my son-in-law hung out with, said, "If it hadn't been for her I wouldn't have stayed in school." Or the self-proclaimed pagan student behind whom I sat one semester, who said, "You're the only adult I've been able to have a conversation about religion with." His Catholic father would not allow any discussion - hence, questions unanswered - yet God is well able to take our wonderings, our questionings, and allay our doubts.
Yesterday while checking my facebook, I found a post on my wall from one of my many Peruvian spiritual "sons." I only saw him in person one time. He lives in Chiclayo, and I think he had gotten my email from someone who'd been to the church where I'd ministered in 2006. We'd chat online from time to time. One evening a couple of years ago he was very despondent - he confessed to me that he had been violated by someone who wanted to be with his cousin but was rejected. My "son" could not defend himself, because he has cerebral palsy, and was easily overpowered. Such a horrible trauma! I contacted my good friend and sister - in Christ, and by spiritual adoption by HER father in Chiclayo, and asked her to go to him, and to contact the pastor, to offer counsel and comfort. When I write letters to the family in Chiclayo, there is always one for him, which she delivers. So anyway, he posted this message (I give the translation): "God, You know this person is like my mother. More than a year ago I met her - You gave me the opportunity to know her personally. Well, she is very special to me. She is also a great help whom I love very much."
I know there will be greater rewards in Heaven, but these little tastes are such a blessing!
I usuallylike the NIV, but I like how the Message puts Matt .5:15-17 - "Youíre here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. Weíre going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you donít think Iím going to hide you under a bucket, do you? Iím putting you on a light stand. Now that Iíve put you there on a hilltop, on a light standóshine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, youíll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

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DIANEMAR 12/29/2012 4:01PM

    thank you miajoab, that was a great truth you spoke"Now I know my parents and the professional religious were inept at passing along the love of the Trinity. I forgive them for their well intentioned but often un loving and un forgiving lessons. I thought their opinions were who God was. " I am learning to see beyond the dogma and differences of christians I don't agree with and see the Heart who loves Him. As He said, by this shall all men know ye are my disciples, If you have love one for another." He died for all , regardless of sin, creed or dogma, If He loves everyone like this, how can I not also share that love.

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DIANEMAR 12/29/2012 3:58PM

    Miajoeb, what a great comment you gave, esp "Now I know my parents and the professional religious were inept at passing along the love of the Trinity. I forgive them for their well intentioned but often un loving and un forgiving lessons. I thought their opinions were who God was. " how very honest!, and very true, how many of us had our opinions colored by well meaning christians who we didn't understand . I am learning, to see beyond the dogma of those I disagree with and see the heart of thier love for Jesus. regardless, He loves each and everyone enough to die for them, regardless of thier sins, opinions and acts.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/29/2012 1:06AM

    AMEN!!! What a blessing you have been to him and many others....myself included. Thank you for sharing this great blog!!! May God continue to use you to shine the light for Him and to carry His message to others who need it.
Continued blessings and hugs,

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LAURIEJOHANNAH 12/28/2012 12:59PM

    Amein and amein!

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MIAJOEB 12/28/2012 12:05PM

    Thank you so much for your share and for your love of Christ.
I went back to the Catholic faith after 30 years away, having raised my children pagan rather than raise them with the guilt I had been saddled with.
They are loving, kind and gracious men.
Now I know my parents and the professional religious were inept at passing along the love of the Trinity. I forgive them for their well intentioned but often un loving and un forgiving lessons. I thought their opinions were who God was.
Thanks to people like you willing to share the unconditional love of God.
If I stay in the Lord's ways he will lead me to the correct paths.
It is also my intention to spend 30 minutes a day reading the Bible Especially the bible readings of the day. Why 30 minutes? I believe Reading the bible is a way to pray for those who are not yet joined to the Family of God. Like my sons who do not know the Truth.Have a wonderful New year.

By the way I only share what I believe and do not attempt to beat down what others believe because if they are already Christians, why would I try to convert them?
And if they are not, God will tell me what to do if I see a receptive heart.

I feel safe sharing this with you..

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FORMERFATGUY777 12/28/2012 10:57AM

    What a tremendous blessing. I really enjoyed this blog. I found it very encouraging. Thanks for sharing.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vacations are typically a break from what you usually do. For me, I'm off from school. Does that mean I sit around and do nothing? No way! For one thing, I'm just not accustomed to that! Even sitting at the computer or watching tv, I'm watching to make sure I get up and move around - some kind of exercise, or even going upstairs to the bathroom, or doing some kind of chore or craft. Yesterday I made 9 dogs - one special order, the others "stock." I crocheted. ANd - I've been giving my daughter, AKA Raptormelon, a bit of vacation from what SHE usually does, which is the laundry. With two active children, it tends to accumulate! I suppose to REALLY give her a break I should also do the cooking...But at least I help with dishes!

When I went to Peru over summer vacation, it was a mission trip - but it did end up being a vacation from my previously normal itiinerary of going to different churches almost daily. Those who followed my blogs recall that I was ALMOST bored. ALMOST.

The thing is we do need a break from time to time, to recharge. And that's what we've been doing. It's great! "Truly my soul finds rest in God"(Ps. 62:1)

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/29/2012 1:07AM

    Thank you for sharing your life and your blessings with us.
Continued blessings and hugs,

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MPETERSON2311 12/27/2012 2:18PM

    great blog. Thanks for posting

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FORMERFATGUY777 12/27/2012 1:57PM

    I like your concept of a vacation. Sitting around is ok, but after a few minutes I tend to get tired of it as well.

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"Come On, Get Happy"

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

In my Sparking today, I read the following article.

My first husband battled clinical depression. He'd made several suicide attempts, spent time in psychiatric wards, and took antidepressants and remained under a psychiatrist's care.

It's a challenge to live with someone like that. But I know the Lord brought us together, and I learned to depend more on God and less on man - especially my husband - for happiness. Indeed, as the Spanish chorus says, "Solo Dios hace al hombre feliz" - only God can make man happy. I found that by cultivating an attitude of gratitude - counting my blessings, as it were - I have been able to have a deep joy DESPITE painful circumstances, such as the stillbirth of our first child and the murder of my father, the rebellion of my older daughter and the running away of my younger daughter, the involvment of my son in the Iraqi war...Somewhere in the Psalms it says that in God's presence is fullness of joy. In Galatians joy is listed as one of the fruits of the Spirit.

Jesus - He still brings Joy to the World!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/29/2012 1:10AM

    Praise God for walking with you through your journey in life and for giving you such great faith and belief in Him!!! May He continue to bless you with peace and comfort in all you do!!
Continued blessings and hugs,

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LAURIEJOHANNAH 12/27/2012 2:43AM

    Thank you for listening to The Maccabeats on my blog. Yes, I'm Jewish, but I am a Messianic Jew--one who knows, believes that Yeshua (Jesus) is God. I attend a Messianic Synagogue, and was at Bible study tonight. We're in Isaiah. I love the Lord!

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NEWFLABULESS 12/26/2012 2:54PM

    Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read and comment on my blog. May you find peace and joy in your journey. Praying for your husband and you.

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LANSELMI 12/26/2012 10:25AM

    Sounds like you have had it hard. I am glad that the Lord has helped you through. You certainly are a tough cookie!

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Passing It On

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Yesterday I worked a bit with my 10 1/2 year old granddaughter, at her request, to show her how to crochet. I have a "scrap" blanket I started, using odds and ends of yarns that were left from other projects. So today she's doing a little more on her own. It's a handy craft, useful, productive.

My parents always kept art supplies around for me and my sisters, and I've done the same for my kids. They also encouraged musical pursuits - and I've done the same. So now my older daughter is encouraging my granddaughter to play the clarinet when it was offered at school. My grandson loves to play with plasticene much as I did as a child. Both have wonderful imaginations which we try to encourage by not letting them waste too many hours in front of the tv.

My Mom read to me and my sibs, and I read to my kids, and my daughter reads to hers. Now my granddaughter is a GREAT reader, with wonderful inflection. We encourage the kids to take part in devotional reading.

I draw with colored pencils as an expression of worship at church, and lately when my granddaughter comes with me, I let her have some paper as well.

I may not be able to leave much money when I'm gone, but if I can equip my kids and grandkids with a love of reading, and with various forms of artistic expression, I'll have left them a good inheritance. If beyond that I can also impart faith in Christ, I will count myself truly successful.

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COLLEENROSTE 12/26/2012 4:35AM

    a bank can't hold things of true worth- the legacy of faith and love is priceless

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NESARIAN 12/26/2012 1:58AM

    My Gramma left me such a legacy and I treasure it far more than any amount of money. Good for you to pass on life skills to your young ones. Hugs

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FORMERFATGUY777 12/25/2012 9:14PM

    Leaving a piece of your heart is some of the greatest gifts you can ever leave your children. That's nice.

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RSSSLHB 12/25/2012 8:35PM

    emoticon emoticon

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CHOCOHIPPO 12/25/2012 7:30PM

    What a wonderful gift to give to your family, the gift of creativity, the love of reading where you'll never be alone, your faith, your time, etc. That is worth more than millions of dollars. So muchmore.

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