Saturday, March 16, 2013
"Many are the plans in a personís heart, but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails." (Prov. 19:21) And so when I make plans, there is that unspoken "given" that things may turn out other than expected. Biggest illustration was last year's trip to Pucallpa, fully expecting to have gotten married, only to come upon a mountain of paper roadblocks. But I've learned in my 42 years (as of March 13) of walking with the Lord, that He is indeed sovereign, and does indeed work things to my good.
So tonight I went to the church's building, fully expecting the women's meeting that was scheduled ("third Saturday every month") - a LITTLE early, but not SO early that I would have expected the crew of women setting up for the pleasant evening NOT to be there...But at 6:50, I was the only vehicle in the parking area. It occurred to me that the son of one of the elders recently passed away, earlier this week, and it was possible things had been cancelled. And I, being a fairly new member, was probably out of the loop of people contacted. Or a message was sent and I failed to get it.
BUT...there, in the back yard of the abandoned house next to the church property, were THREE DEER, grazing. Their heads popped up, ears and tails alert, as I pulled into the lot. But as I made no threatening moves, they settled back into grazing.
And I was in no hurry. I LOVE seeing animals in the wild. Deer are common enough that you MIGHT see them, but uncommon enough that it's a treat when you do, if you're a nature lover like me. I wished I had my camera with me! I may have to just start bringing it for those "just in case" times!
For me, it was more than just an, "Oh, look, deer!" moment. At such times it's more of a whisper from my Heavenly Father, "Look what I brought you!" So as I smiled and watched them, I just gave God thanks, and enjoyed 15 minutes there before I headed back home.
Friday, March 15, 2013
I love that song and scene!
Every family has its traditions, for holidays, birthdays, and other special events. I love the tradition I've experienced in Peru, where the guests express to the person whose birthday it is, how much they've meant to them. So much nicer to hear it while you're alive rather than waiting till you're dead!
We've had a tradition in my family that we started when the kids were small. Tired of winter, we'd await the sighting of the "first" robin (or the FIRST sighting by one of US of a returning robin!) Upon seeing one, we send out for pizza!
Well, I was taking my daughter Glitterfairy1977 to practice driving, and as we're going along, I notice a little silhouette by the roadside, and recognize the "pounce" upon a worm or grub - ROBIN! I pointed enthusiastically and we started doing as much Happy Dance as we could given the circumstances (mainly just waving our hands and bouncing up and down).
But she really didn't feel like pizza. So we did some of Wegman's hot food bars. I definitely overdid it on my calories. But it WAS a special ocasion.
A ROBIN, after all!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
My grandson was home sick from school today. My SIL had taken my granddaughter to school, and was getting some brake work done. My daughter wasn't sure he'd be back in time to pick up my granddaughter. If it wasn't such a yucky weather day, and my grandson coughing up a blue streak, she would have walked to the school with the lad in tow. But even though my granddaughter was capable of walking home by herself, we're not too trusting of the neighborhood,so that option also was out. In desperation, she asked if I could pick her up. Thing is, on Wednesdays she gets out about an hour BEFORE me. So I checked with the teacher I worked with, and with my supervisor, and got the go ahead.
But that was just the beginning.
To the bank to take out some money. To Aldi's to get some groceries. To Tops to send money via Western Union and pick up what groceries I couldn't get at Aldi's. I had a dickens of a time finding the honey, so I asked at last where it was. Over by the bread and fruits. Oh, just where *I* would think to put it, rather than with stuff like pancake syrup or baking supplies. Yeah, right over there, with the peanut butter and jelly. Of course, between standing in line for the moneygram and tromping all over in search of honey, my joints and flat feet were lodging a complaint.
But I wasn't done yet. On to Delta Sonic for an overdue oil change, and service on the transmission and power steering fluids. At least I could sit and wait.
But that's not all! On to Toys R Us to get a cool dinosaur made by Schleich for one of the great-nephews in Peru. He has a small collection of dinosaurs, and was delighted when I made some little ones out of plasticene, with which he played. www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQmckT3foxQ
So when I was out with my daughter and grands at Toys R Us and saw these, I immediately thought of David and wanted eventually to get one for him. I am sending a box of stuff to Peru - tomorrow's errand! - some polo shirts for Levi's birthday, vitamin E for his sister-in-law (David's mom), calcium for her mother, yarn for my mother-in-law...There's room for a little dinosaur, this cool Velociraptor whose mouth OPENS!
I just have to include a note for him not to go too crazy with opening the critter's mouth - wouldn't want him to break it off.
Finally I went home, unloaded all the stuff...only to discover I'd left the bag with the hoagie rolls at TOPS! I was SO tired (up at 5) and hungry (finished lunch at 11 and it was now almost 5) and hurting. But of course no one else could go out to retrieve the wayfaring bread, so I had to head out again to pick them up.
I want to put my feet up and watch a movie.
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.
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. Anyway...my "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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