Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own.
Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34 Amplified Bible
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Tom's been sick this week and today it was my turn not feeling up to par. I've been in bed all day and was getting bored so to help pass time I decided to get started on my Easter tree. My crocheted leaves are almost done!
I wonder if I'll be able to find floral wire here in Belize so I can attach them to the tree branch I'm using? Oh well...I'll be sure to post pictures of whatever I come up with!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
The students worked hard taking notes, participating in small groups, and making their presentations...
Friday, February 15, 2013
We were able to show them our beloved Belmopan, our home, where the church is building, where the AA meeting takes place, and our favorite place to shop for souvenirs (Art Box). Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all of the prayers and support and encouragement we have received from them over the past eight years. And it was a joy to be able to show them what their prayers and encouragement have helped us to achieve.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
My word for this year is Embrace. I thought that meant that this year would be a celebration of accepting new things, people and places into our lives. Now what I am sensing is that this is a year of Embracing Him and Him alone no matter what comes my way. A year of Leaning In to Him to meet my needs. Not just the physical needs but the emotional and spiritual ones.
The first scripture that came to my mind was Proverbs 3:5. But, when I read it in the Amplified version it said:
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind
and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
I cannot lean on Him from a distance. I have to move in close. And close to Him is where I need to be right now...and always.
Through the changes that are inevitable in life, through the different seasons we pass in and out of on life's journey, and the trials we may face along the way...the best way to get through it all is with Him.
I cannot speak as one who has it all figured out. I can only give witness as one who is still learning and growing and doing my best to Lean In.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Friday, February 08, 2013
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Our suffering through abuse was not part of his original plan.
Abuse happens because there is sin in the world.
Someone else's sin may have caused you pain and despair
But God will show up to bring us through the pain.
Someone else's sin may have left you feeling as if no one really cares about you,
But God will take care of you. Allow Him to show you the depth of His love for you.
Carrying the burden of someone else's sin may have left you feeling alone and rejected,
But God will not abandon you. He will walk with you through every pain and every struggle you face.
Living through the heartache of someone's sin may leave you feeling as if you don't have a purpose.
But God will give your life purpose and meaning.
I find hope in the phrase But God...
There is a power in these two simple three letter words that can provide the change we need in our thinking
and inspire the healing that our souls are longing for.
Are you all familiar with the story of Joseph found in Genesis? He was beaten by his jealous brothers and then sold into slavery. Which led to him being falsely accused by Potiphar's wife, which led to him being imprisoned, which lead to being forgotten about until eventually he was brought before Pharaoh who put him in charge of the land of Egypt.
In Genesis 50:20 Joseph says “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Whatever pain you are going through, whatever struggles you have faced in the past, please know that God can redeem it and He can bring hope and healing and purpose in your life. And once you realize your purpose...you will have a new reason to live for Him!