Wednesday, September 30, 2009
We don't have a hot water heater so any water we want to warm has to be heated on demand with one of these fancy contraptions. It's a scary thought to have wires in your shower, believe me! And because we have a high mineral content in our water, I was getting shocked every time I tried to adjust the temperature of the water! Yikes!
Then some experienced missionary told us you can just put some hose on the shower handles and then you won't get shocked. Much better!
Thanks for reading the first installment of What's Different! Come back next Wednesday for more!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
As I finished reading her letter, I found myself thinking, "I wish I wasn't so far away! I would love to do more than just pray"! You know, take a meal, watch her kids, be there to listen.
But in about one millisecond, the Spirit pressed in on me. It was quite uncomfortable actually.
Ouch. But He was right. It's so much easier for me to bake some cookies, or babysit, than it is to do the work of prayer. Once again, I showed that my knee jerk response is to try to DO something in my own strength.
Prayer wasn't my preferred response because prayer is an act of surrender, of utter dependance. It's proclaiming to God, "This is beyond me, but You are capable!" And I wasn't feeling desperate in that moment, I wanted to DO something to help.
But now, I do feel desperate. Desperate for the deep down soul belief that I NEED to pray and desperate for a behavior that manifests my belief.
"You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed." John Bunyan
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Looking Unto Jesus translated from the French of Theodore Monrod by Helen Willis
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Because with that simple thought came the overwhelming realization that I was beginning to feel at home. That there was a rightness in my being here. My heart was lifted in praise to the God who is merciful. The One who knows my weakness, and yet chooses to bless me.
I've since decided the algarroba is my tree, my special reminder that I belong here.
What about you? Have you ever been surprised by the overwhelming sense that you belong right where God has you? I'd love to hear about it!
While we're on the topic of trees, click here for a super interesting post about the Bottle Tree of Paraguay!