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How Beautiful Is the Body of Christ

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Over the more than 40 years since I've been saved/born again, I have been so blessed in every church where I've taken up membership. I've been in non-denominational, Lutheran, Baptist, and Assembly of God. My present is a bilingual AoG. There was such a sweet sense of God's presence. And I am getting to know members better. I am especially grateful for my Pastora ( I love the Spanish - easier than saying "the pastor's wife") because she has given insightful counsel. The same has been true in my previous home churches. And among churches I've gotten to know in Peru, I have also developed strong friendships.

Granted, we're not perfect. But when I've been in the midst of one trial or another, the church family has provided encouragement, meals, donations, counsel...It's truly beautiful.

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KRISTINE99 3/13/2013 5:21AM

    emoticon So happy to hear that you have a strong faith foundation and support. And thanks for giving me encouragement on my blog. I appreciate you reading and commenting emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 3/10/2013 10:15PM

    The purpose of Christians is to glorify Christ. The church was established to grow Christians in knowledge and faith and for Fellowship. I have been part of our church since I was 6 yrs old. We had membership for 2 years with the same group in another City for 2 yrs. and of course overseas for 13 yrs. It is fulfilling to find a great church home. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Taking a Full Day Off

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Well, not exactly. I mean, I still did some exercises, and I've done laundry. But I called my tutoring job and asked if she'd mind if I didn't go tonight. It's just...sometimes I just want to stay HOME. I work Mon-Fri, and there's church on Sunday, and usually on Saturdays I'm running hither and yon to do stuff I couldn't do during the week. "get up and go" got up and went, as the saying goes. So I'm taking a day off from GOING anywhere, except online. And on the phone. I called my friend Sabina in Lima to see how things were there, and tried calling Papito in Pucallpa. Levi answered, to my surprise, but I didn't want to hold him up - he usually runs home, takes a quick lunch, and then scoots back to work. But Levi said because it was so hot, Papito wanted to lie outside in the hammock in the shade, because his head bothered him. He suggested I call later. I also want to call Levi tonight. Gonna be harder with the change in time - we're in the same time zone, but Peru doesn't do daylight savings time.

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COLLEENROSTE 3/9/2013 7:05PM

    enjoy your homeday

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GLITTERFAIRY77 3/9/2013 5:38PM

  *kisses your feet* THANK YOU FOR DOING THE LAUNDRY, NINA!!!! *cries*

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"Y" Is It X?

Friday, March 08, 2013

My assignment this semester is to help out in a Math Lab. (That's MATH, not METH!) Since our clientele has been virtually non-existent during first block, the teacher thought I may be able to drum up business if I hung out in the student cafeteria, where students would be for second arrival and second breakfast. Well, yesterday a bunch of students sat at the other end of the table I staked out. And this morning, one of them said, "You're the Math Lady, right?" (the little title on the sign I drew up to hang on the crate in front of me - it's not as pretentious as the other title the teacher suggested, the Math GODDESS!) I answered in the affirmative. She scooted over with a pile of papers and asked helped in solving multi-step equations with variables on both sides. For instance:
3X + 2(x-3) = 5X - 6
Simple algebra. I helped her remember about her distributive property and watching out for negative signs, and getting all her variables on one side, and about adding negatives. Her friend, seeing the progress, pulled out some of her own papers. But hers were entirely different, dealing with radicals and exponents, and RATIONAL exponents. If you're like me when my mathematically brilliant son talks to me about the "number e", you are probably imitating the teacher on the Peanuts cartoons -
I made a note of what she was facing, and apologized to her, saying I'd been out of touch with Math all last year and had to do some review. I helped her with a couple of simpler ones, and assured her I'd be there Monday as well.
So when I got up to the classroom, I hauled out the two-ton Algebra textbook and looked in the index and turned to the chapter dealing with these mathematical monstronsities. Of course they had some simple examples, and I leanred how to work the graphing calculator to work them out : Given a number to a fraction of a power, you hit the number, then the carat ^ then top number, divide by, bottom number, enter. Okay. But what about THIS one:
(5X) to the negative 5 over 4 power? Well, you change it to the 4th root of 5X, to the negative 5th power, but of course, they don't like you putting a NEGATIVE exponent, so you have to transpose it, put that all under a one,to make it a positive exponent. BUT WAIT! You can't leave it THAT way because the Math Gods don't like radical signs in the denominator! Now, if it was simply a square root, it would be easier, but this is a 4th root, to the FIFTH POWER.

Am I losing you yet?

Yeah, that's what I THOUGHT!



Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Back up a few months during the blood drive at my school. I can't GIVE blood, having been to a "malarial country". But I can at least help my long-time friend who's a teacher at my school and helps to organize these blood drives, and gets kids to volunteer so they can earn community service credits for PIG (participation in government). I'm there mostly to make sure the snacks go to people who actually gave blood, and not to other kids who just drop in to see what's going on.

It's a quiet assignment, so I bring my writing materials. Next to me is a young girl volunteer, who's using her cell phone to text. After a bit, she notices that not only am I writing prodigiously, I'm doing so in Spanish, She asked me in Spanish, "Ud. es boricua?" (slang for Puerto Rican) I laughed and explained (also in Spanish) how my Puerto Rican STEPmother helped me to learn, and about the mission work I do in Peru. Then when she realized I had a fiance there, she exclaimed, "You have a long distance relationship TOO!" and told me about her BF whom she never met yet, but they've been "together" a long time - he's in PA, we're in NY. ANyway, we friended each other on facebook, and we give each other hugs in the hall. When she knew I'd brokien up with Levi, she gave me an extra big hug. When she learned I'd made up with him, she was happy for me.

So today I was sitting at my first block assignment in the student cafeteria, in case any kids wanted help with their math homework, and she came over with a sad face. I was with another Christian TA, also latina (she's originally from Cuba), and we invited her to sit with us and tell us what was wrong. So she pours out all about some conflicting emotions, attraction to a guy nearby, but baby-mama-drama...and I think of all the stuff the Lord has let me go through in my relationship with Levi, and He USES it to speak into her life and to comfort and counsel.

God is so COOL!

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COLLEENROSTE 3/7/2013 2:53AM

    emoticon you shine God's love with every breath

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Doctor Drama

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Had a little scare yesterday when I got notice that my doctor wanted to meet with me ASAP to discuss results of some bloodwork I had done. Actually, I didn't even know it was specifically about that because I'd also had the pap test. So for the few hours before I could meet with her, I had the luxury of wondering what I would face. WONDERING, I say, not WORRYING. I know this life is temporary anyway, and tomorrow - heck, the next SECOND - is not guaranteed. But I have an eternal spirit that has been redeemed, and when my Maker has determined it's time for me to leave you all, I'll go to Him, and be reunited with some folks I haven't seen for a while. More than anything, though, I will probably be involved in worshiping Christ, unhindered by this world's distractions.
Of course, I considered all the things I want to get done to make sure I don't leave a mess for my kids. I have to get my will updated, for one thing. And I'll want to make sure all my loved ones KNOW I love them.
Anyway, after talking with my gynecologist, I was relieved that, while I had been exposed to some things that I'll have to keep an eye on whenever I go to the doctor, it isn't as dire as the worst-case scenarios that played in my mind.

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COLLEENROSTE 3/6/2013 2:45AM

    not knowing why when those recepitionists call with the "getin here ASAP" message is like another test for your heart. Glad that the news is "livable", also agreeing with you that we have a much better tomorrow waiting for us in glory

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63KEEPONGOING 3/5/2013 6:49PM

  So glad everything is okay. Love your testimony, sister.

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RUNNING-LIFE 3/5/2013 5:38PM

    Glad the scare-ness worked out

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ZUMBAGIRL6 3/5/2013 5:37PM

  Whew!! Sometimes a little scare tike that causes you to take note of what needs to be done! Most importantly, good advice for all of us about making sure that the important people in your life that you love them!

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TXTOAD9970 3/5/2013 5:35PM

    Glad everything is OK. Health scares are just that - SCARY!

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