Sunday, July 13, 2014
"Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass." (Joshua 21:45)
"God's Word is trustworthy. His promises are true. What God says he will do, he will do. Have you taken the Lord's commitment to Joshua and the people of Israel to heart? God's good promises to you WILL come to pass."
Taken from Verse of theDay by Mary Fairchild
Hi, my friends! Hope you are all having a happy and blessed Sunday! I'm sitting here writing as I watch the last few minutes of the World Cup game between Argentina and Germany. Looks like they might have to go to overtime. Got distracted watching the action - - regular time is up and they will go to overtime.
This coming week is holiday - semester break!! Yea!! Even though I have so much to do around the house... I have made a schedule of things I want to do every day.... now it will be interesting to see how many of them I actually get done!! It's very likely that some days I'll get caught up in other things - or I just won't feel like settling down to what I should do, and I'll end up doing things that I like to do!! But that's what vacation days are for, right?? But seriously, I will try to get caught up on a lot of things I've been wanting to do around the house.
Last week was busy with 3 day retreats with students.... and since Yolanda is still recuperating from her surgery, I had to direct the retreats alone. (I did have help from two teachers with organization and discipline.)
Last night, one of the twins, Ana, (my godchild) and her husband made their formal commitment to dedicate their lives and family to God as a part of the Oasis of the Lord community. That's a community of lay people (married couples and also young single people) who commit themselves to live their faith in an active way. They have weekly prayer assemblies, and well as weekly sharing sessions in small groups. And with this world in the situation it is, with so many negative influences, I think it's wonderful that the children will grow up in this community. I feel it will help them so much spiritually. (They don't live together - each family is in their own home, but the community provides the opportunity to grow spiritually, with friends who are doing the same.) They have been two years in preparation and spiritual growth before being able to make this commitment, along with 25 other new members.
I was diagnosed this week with acute, chronic esophagitis - after reading about this on Internet, I'm wondering if it is Barrett's esophagus - the doctor never used this term, but he did say that there are (undesirable) celular changes in my lower esophagus. I'm going to ask more questions at my next appointment in about two weeks. I'll have another endoscopy in about three months to see if it has improved...
So I have to take medication for a while, as well as modify my diet, probably permanently.... no soda, coffee, chocolate, mint, greasy foods, and no citrics. (I'm going to miss my glass of fresh-squeezed orange-grapefruit juice every morning!!) I also have to avoid eating after 7:00 pm (or 3 hours before I go to bed) I also need to lose weight. So now I have added motivation!! Oh - and I had to raise the head of my bed about 6 -8 inches. I would appreciate your prayers that whatever this is, it will heal. Thanks so much!!
Have a wonderful week - filled with the peace and joy of our God!
Sunday, July 06, 2014
"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel." (Jeremiah 18:6)
"If we truly remain like soft clay in the Master Potter's hands, we will not be crushed or broken when things don't go our way. We'll allow God in his sovereignty and wisdom to mold us, reshape us, and redirect us according to his plan, as he sees fit."
Proverb: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.
Taken from "Verse of the Day" by Mary Fairchild
Hope everyone is having a happy and blessed Sunday with your loved ones!!
I like this verse and reflection... I am one of those people who like to take charge, and want things to go my way. I constantly need to learn how to "Let go and Let God!!"
These past months - and the next few to come - have been and will be a lot of work.... a lot of planning and a lot of hard decisions.... and that tend to bring stress. So I will be needing to remember this verse and lesson frequently!!
Thanks to all of you who encourage me and lift my spirits and make me smile with your "Likes", your visits to my page and blogs, your goodies and comments! Even though I don't have the time these days to respond during the week, I do try to log in, and read my emails and your comments. So so much. I will try to check in and respond a little on Sundays!
I am trying to exercise most days, and am losing a little weight... even though some days (like today!!), the scale takes a step backwards!! - - - mainly because I ate too much yesterday!! Partly stress eating, I think!!
Anyway, thanks to all of you for being there for me!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
"As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things." (Ecclesiastes 11:59
"This verse is one of those plain and simple reminders that God is God, and we are not. I don't know about you, but I often need to be reminded of this.
We don't (and we cannot) always understand everything that God is doing, both in our own lives and in this world we live in. When horrible tragedies strike, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, we want to know why, and when a tragedy hits home, we ask, "Why Me?"
We'll never know the future, we oftentimes won't understand the past, and our present circumstances can be just as confounding. The one and only thing we can be certain of is this: we can trust our heavenly Father. God, the Maker of all things, is in control. This is the essence of faith." (Taken from "Verse of the Day" by Mary Fairchild)
This is so true... it so often isn't easy to trust that God is in control - but He is!! We Type A personalities have to work at this!
I know that I tend to get stressed when I have so much to do and it just seems that there aren't enough hours in the day. But God knows why He only gives us 24!! And when there are things I just can't control, that upsets me too!!
Recently, I was Skyping with my brother and I was really stressed with so much to do and to decide about the new bilingual school. He told me a parable... I'll share it with you....
It was a chilly, overcast day when the horseman spied the little sparrow lying on its back in the middle of the road. Reining in his mount he looked down and inquired of the fragile creature, "Why are you lying upside down like that?"
"I heard the heavens are going to fall today," replied the bird.
The horseman laughed, "And I suppose your spindly legs can hold up the heavens?"
"One does what one can," said the little sparrow, "one does what one can."
So that's what I have to learn. I do what I can, and leave the rest to God!!
Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday! Blessings on you and your loved ones!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
"But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." (Micah 7:7)
"God sometimes moves mountains one pebble at a time." --Rebecca Barlow Jordan
Hi, my friends. After being absent for a long time, I think maybe I am ready to try to come back, even if only in a very small way.
It's been a hectic year... I've had to be a lot busier than I want to be at this stage, and I'm having to take on a lot more work and responsibility than I really would like. I guess I'm complaining and I really shouldn't... but it's the truth! When I "retired" six years ago, I planned to only work about 4 hours a day in pastoral work. I wasn't counting on helping to set up a bilingual school!!!
But God's ways are often not our ways.... and I know that this bilingual school will provide a real service to the people of our city. So I do feel I need to give my best to this project!
The Pre-Kinder and Kinder are functioning, and doing really well. The parents are very happy with it! Besides setting it up, building the two provisional classrooms, equipping them and hiring the teachers, I need to continue to sort of oversee things, and make sure we're on the right track!
Now the diocese has to start with the new building, and that's a whole new set of problems and decisions. Eventually the whole school will be in new buildings (our actual buildings are obsolete!!!), but this will be little by little. Due to financial restraints, they have to build little by little. We hope the first module (which has to be ready by January), will have 12 classrooms, six on each floor. That will cover Pre-school and 1st and 2nd grades, (we expect 3 classrooms of each grade), and so will cover 2015 and 2016. In 2015 we will add 1st grade and in 2016 2nd grade.
Please keep this project in your prayers.
Anyway, I am doing pretty good - a few health problems which may be due to stress... but nothing serious. I am working hard at taking off those pounds, and finally having some success - which is mostly due to the hardest exercise of all: CLOSING MY MOUTH when I want to eat more than I should!!!
I will try to check in at least a couple of times a week... don't think I'll have time for more than that.
Hugs and blessings to each of you!!
Sunday, January 05, 2014
"Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."
So many of us (probably most of us!) deal with stress every day, and it can wreck havoc on our lives.
I have just been reading and reflecting on a very good article on stress by Mary Fairchild:
"There are many practical disciplines that a Christian can and should exercise to avoid stress. Getting enough rest, a proper diet, regular exercise, and keeping a balance between work, ministry and family time - these are all practical ways the Bible teaches us to regulate stress in our lives. However, from a spiritual standpoint, stress relief for a Christian begins and ends with these three basic disciplines: Prayer, Meditation on the Word of God, Praise."
If you would like to read more, here's the link:
And I share this prayer she offers;
I need you now because I am full of stress and anxiety. Reading your Word brings comfort, as I ask you to come and take my heavy burdens. I take each burden, one by one, and lay them at your feet. Please carry them for me so that I don't have to. Replace them with your humble and gentle yoke so that I will find rest for my soul today. I receive your gift of peace of mind and heart. Thank you that I can lie down tonight in peace and sleep. I know that you, Lord, will keep me safe. I am not afraid because you are always with me. Please keep me daily, Lord, in your perfect peace. Amen."
May we all find the peace of the Newborn Child today and every day!
Hi, my faithful friends!
How are all of you doing this New Year?
I am trying hard to stick to my plan for this New Year (resolutions??) : Prayer, Exercise, and watching my food intake, as well as getting enough sleep!
Prayer time, Exercise and 7-8 hours of sleep are my priorities... then the work I need to do, and hopefully there will be time to be a little more active on SP. For the past few weeks, I have only logged in, and spun the wheels!! And once in a while read an article. I hope that this week, although busy, I will be able to begin dropping in on some of you to say hello. (I have accumulated loads of points, so I need to start giving out goodies!! :) ) But no promises just yet.
This new project with the school has taken time and will continue to do so. The plan of the diocese is to start the Pre-School, bilingual, here on our grounds this new school year which begins on Feb. 1st. That means putting up a temporary building with two rooms and bathrooms for the children, plus a play area. The diocese is in charge, but they are counting on me to help them where I can. This has meant many meetings - and there are already 2 more planned for this week.
The plan is, if they can get international donations, to build completely new buildings (ours are obsolete and in bad condition) for Feb. 2015, at least the first wing. It will be wonderful if they can do it!! I'm pretty sure they will, eventually, I just don't know if it will be by 2015!!
But now that the holidays are over, and visitors have gone home, things are calmer and quieter. So I hope to catch up a bit.
Have a blessed and happy Sunday!
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