Wednesday, August 01, 2012
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.” (Matthew 13:45)
I just read a very beautiful and thought-provoking meditation on this parable:
"When we read this parable, we usually think of ourselves as the merchant in search of treasure. And we read it with a hint of self-condemnation. Am I really seeking the kingdom with all my heart? Am I willing to sell everything I have in order to obtain it? Answering these questions, we often find ourselves coming up short—and as a consequence, we feel unworthy of so great a treasure.
But did you know there’s another way to read this parable? This interpretation turns the tables on our traditional way of thinking, for it sees God as the merchant, and each of us as the treasure. It tells us how dedicated our heavenly Father is to winning our hearts. It tells us that he longs for us and will stop at nothing to find us and possess us as his very own."
This is an excerpt from today's meditation on "The Word Among Us". I invite you to read the rest of it at: (it very short - will only take a minute to read, but will fill your heart with joy for the rest of the day and more!
“Praise to you, Father, for your loving pursuit of me! Praise to you, Jesus, for giving all you had in order to make me your own! Praise to you, Holy Spirit, inexhaustible source of cleansing and renewal!”
Hi, my friends. Just a quick "Good Morning" and wishing you all a wonderful day, filled with the love of God and the love of those around you!!
Yolanda should be here in about 5 minutes so we can continue working on the books . yesterday we worked until 900 pm!!! Will I be glad to see the end of this job! But that's still a couple of months off.. LOL!! But I will certainly enjoy my vacation with Jim and Betty!
Carlos felt his interview went well yesterday - now we are all just waiting for their decision. Please pray they give him the job - it would mean everything to them!! They could finally have their family together, have their own home, and solve their economic problems. And best of all, they would live here in La Ceiba, so we would have them and the grandchildren close by!!
Thank you all for your prayers, love and support. Thanks for all your comments on my blog - you have no idea how it lifts my spirit to read them! Hopefully this weekend I can get back to each of you!
Blessings and hugs!
And now for our smile today...
The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.
He called her into his office and said, "Y'all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?"
The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, "Everthang but my earrings."
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
July 31 is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
“Ignatius dreamed of traveling the world, helping souls and taking the gospel wherever people would hear it. …
"You would think that a man who had possessed so many high dreams, only to have to let them go, would become angry, sorrowful, full of bitterness and regrets. But Ignatius had learned to recognize God with him in every situation, no matter how many times the plans changed…
Ignatius thrived through all the shifts of his life. Not only that, but he taught others how to dwell truly in their lives and trust God and develop deep and consistent gratitude and joy.
So if your plans have gone awry, and if your life has turned out a lot differently from what you had hoped, be encouraged. Sometimes God does the best work in us when we’re riding an adventure to places and opportunities unknown.”
I share this excerpt from Day of Deepening Friendship email updates … You can read the rest of the reflection and/or subscribe to these emails at:
So often our plans don’t work out, things don’t go as we had hoped, and sometimes it’s not easy to trust that God has a plan for us… but if we can do that, if we can trust in God, give thanks and praise him always, God will do His work in us.
Just a quick hello. Getting ready to start work on the books… I woke up with hardly any voice today.. my throat doesn't hurt or anything - just laryngitis... it's either tiredness, or I'm getting a cold, I guess...
Please continue to pray for Carlos, that they will give him the job here in La Ceiba. He has a decisive interview today.
Ready for a laugh for today….
A COWBOY TOMBSTONE :
Here are the Five Rules for Men to Follow for a Happy Life that Russell J. Larsen had inscribed on his headstone in Logan , Utah . He died not knowing that he would win the 'Coolest Headstone' contest.
FIVE RULES FOR MEN TO FOLLOW FOR A HAPPY LIFE:
1. It's important to have a woman who helps at home, cooks from time to time, cleans up, and has a job.
2. It's important to have a woman who can make you laugh.
3. It's important to have a woman who you can trust, and doesn't lie to you.
4. It's important to have a woman who is good in bed, and likes to be with you.
5. It's very, very important that these four women do not know each other or you could end up dead like me.
Note; I hope this joke doesn't offend anyone... I most certainly do not approve of adultery.... but my brother sent me this yesterday and it made me laugh! If you don't like it, please just ignore it, and forgive me!
Have a great day! Remember, God loves you in a very special way!!
Blessings and hugs!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…”( Ecclesiastes 3:4 )
This morning this verse is very consoling to me... gives me hope! There is a time for everything... so we need to trust in the Lord, do what has to be done, and know there will other days, other times...
This morning I have a break from working on the book. We will be working this afternoon - even though we hate working on Sunday, but we only have this week left - Yolanda is traveling on next Monday and I leave next Friday (10th). (Am I ever looking forward to that vacation with my brother!!) Of course, when I get back at the end of August, we will be working day and night again - we will have to proofread the first draft of the 10th and 11th grade books, and then we will have to proofread the final copies of all five books. (Our students graduate from 11th grade, but that's because in the Honduran system, the kids take 12 subjects all year - actually, officially, 10, but we add Religion and Computer. They have 42 class hours a week. )
I've been doing a few things around the house this morning, and right now catching up on email and a bit of SP, and at the same time watching the Olympics on TV!
Thanks for continuing to support me and being there for me during this time.
I would like to ask for prayers for Ana's husband. He is applying for a very good job here in La Ceiba. They would love to be able to settle down here in La Ceiba and have the family together. (He has been working in San Pedro, and they take turns traveling every 2 or 3 weeks to have weekend together. ) It's down to two candidates right now, and he has a decisive interview on Tuesday. Please pray that they give him the job! If they don't, Ana will probably move to San Pedro - they don't want to be apart any more. But I don't want the children to move away from La Ceiba - I will miss them so much!! I know that that's the way with so many families, but I would love for them to all live here in La Ceiba. Also I hate to lose Ana as a teacher in our school! So please pray that Carlos will get the job. Thanks so much!!
Have a blessed and happy Sunday!
The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, "Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don't you see that sign right over your head."
"Yep," he replied. "That's why I'm dumpin' it here, 'cause it says: 'Fine For Dumping Garbage.’”
Sunday, July 29, 2012
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength." (Proverbs 17:22)
The Lord wants us to be happy... and we have so many reasons to be joyful for all He has given us! And laughter is good for the the soul and the body - so we need to laugh every day... laughter produces all kinds of good reactions in our body and in our spirit. Especially when we are stressed, tired, worried or whatever, laughter can help us relax, let go of some of the tension, and help us handle whatever the situation is.
So I've been thinking, besides the verse and reflection at the beginning of my blog, when I can, I'll end with something to make us smile, or even let go with a good belly laugh! Let me know, please, what you think of this idea.
It's late, but I just finished proofreading the 9th grade book and sent it off. Tomorrow we start on the 8th grade book... we want to finish this first revision of at least three books before my trip.
I'm well, in good spirits, just very tired!! We've been working long hours every day. My knees are still sore, especially the left one ... but maybe a little better these last two days.
I really miss all of you, miss Sparking, but right now, I have to put the books first - it's urgent. We need to have them published by Oct. so as to offer them to the schools before the end of the school year in Nov. , when they will be ordering texts for next year.
Will be on whenever I can steal a few minutes.. know that I think of all of you, and remember you in my prayers, even though I can't chat much right now.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
"The Lord Yahweh says this: ... But if you do no stand by me, you will not stand at all." (Isaiah 7:9)
Another translation of this verse is:
"If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all"
This verse really caught my attention this morning, and that's why I decided to share it. Then I began to read other translations online, and there are so many different translations! But I have to admit that the one I like best is the first one - the one I read in my Bible. It's the Jerusalem Bible, but an old one - from some time in the early 70's. It's rather worn and fragile, and the edges of the pages falling off, but it's like an old friend that I don't want to exchange for a new one - all my favorite passages underlined etc. And I really do like the translation.
But getting back to that verse... How important it is that we stand by the Lord, that is, stand firm in our faith. Our society has lost so many of its moral values, the media wants us to think that anything and everything is all right... we have more need than ever to stand by the Lord, not afraid to speak up for what is right, not afraid or shy about evangelizing in our own little circles of family, friends, workplace, etc. Because He warns us, if we don't stand by Him, we won't be able to stand at all!
Am trying to get things prepared for when I will be away - prayers for teacher's meetings, Holy Hour, etc.
The retreats are going well; Thursday will be the 8th graders.
Alejandro and Andres are doing well with their swimming lessons...
My knees are a little better, I finished the medication yesterday, so now I'll see what happens.
Still struggling with trying to find time to exercise, and with food. But I'm doing a little better, and trying. At least I'm not giving up. My body just doesn't want to cooperate.
You know, this is the first social site I've ever belonged to... I am not on Facebook, nor do I want to be!!!! But as a result, I don't know all the little abbreviations so many of you use. I have sort of figured out that DH is Dear Hubby, and DD I think is Dear Daughter, and WTG is Way to Go, but so many others I still can't figure out,
I would bet that lots of you are as confused as I am... so...... I got this email yesterday, and am sharing it! Have a good laugh! !
Young people have theirs, so now.... Seniors have their own texting codes:
* ATD - At the Doctor's
* BFF - Best Friends Funeral
* BTW - Bring the Wheelchair
* BYOT - Bring Your Own Teeth
* CBM - Covered by Medicare
* CUATSC - See You at the Senior Center
* DWI - Driving While Incontinent
* FWBB - Friend with Beta Blockers
* FWIW - Forgot Where I Was
* FYI - Found Your Insulin
* GGPBL - Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
* GHA - Got Heartburn Again
* HGBM - Had Good Bowel Movement
* IMHO - Is My Hearing-Aid On?
* LMDO - Laughing My Dentures Out
* LOL - Living on Lipitor
* LWO - Lawrence Welk's On
* OMMR - On My Massage Recliner
* OMSG - Oh My! Sorry, Gas
* ROFL...CGU - Rolling on the Floor Laughing...Can't get Up!
* TOT - Texting on Toilet
* TTYL - Talk to You Louder
* WAITT - Who Am I Talking To?
* WTFA - Wet the Furniture Again
* WTP - Where're the Prunes
* WWNO - Walker Wheels Need Oil
Hope these help....... *GGLKI (Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking in!)
PS: Share these with others who have earned Sr. status; you may also want to save these for your own future reference.
Have a happy day, with lots of smiles!!
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