We received a new boy last night around 11:00 pm. He was very sad, and he said he wanted to be with his mother and father, which is understandable. He wasn’t hungry, so we spent a little time talking. I told him that after he got some rest, met the rest of the boys, hopefully, he would feel a little better.
There is a saying, “Patience is a virtue.” Well, it is a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” This morning, I wasn’t very patient. I sat in the sala and waited. I try not to start until everyone is downstairs. Well, two of our leaders were still upstairs doing something. I waited, and waited and finally they came down.
There are times that a life lesson needs to be taught. I laid my bible down next to me and said, “These past few days we have been studying about being ready for our Lord and Savior. He doesn’t want us to wait around, but to continuing doing what is right. I don’t want you to wait, but to be ready, too. One thing that I have not accepted since our Lord moved us down here is ‘Guatemala time.’ Being on time is not a high priority here, and at times it is used as an excuse. However, I want you to know that it not accepted in our dorm, at school or at church.” I also told the boys that if they were late for a job, their boss wouldn’t like it, and they’d lose their job. Life lesson.
So now, the question is, am I not being patient? When we think about what God desires for us, especially a fruit of the Spirit, patience is persevering toward a goal, enduring trials, or expectantly waiting for a promise to be fulfilled. God does not want us to give up, but to endure. When others are disrespectful and it causes us discomfort and stress, we do need to show fruit of the Spirit. I could have read my notes and when they showed up, started the devotional. Again, it comes down to humility. Humbling myself enough to not complain, but to show mercy and grace. I guess another phrase comes to mind… “Practice makes perfect.”
Our newest fella was a totally different boy today. He was smiling from ear to ear when he got his new clothes and shoes. He also made friends with our other boys. Thank You, Lord.
Lee and Candy
Flew to North Carolina where Larry & Sue picked us up. We will be at Second Baptist at Hamlet at 11 Sunday morning.
CNA made a surprise visit to Casa and held a psychology workshop with the house parents unannounced. Sebastian said they gave us a good report.
While in the Houston airport I heard someone yell “Father” and lo and behold it was Pedro who came to college in the states and married.
Another granddaughter’s birthday
Everyone has one. And we cannot hide it. It is out there for everyone else to see. It is like having an arm in a sling or a broken nose. It is obvious to those who see you. It matters not if it is good or bad; positive or negative it is out there for the world to gaze upon.
It is attitude and your attitude Helps you or hinders you Makes you or breaks you Will bring you friends or enemies Make you uptight or mellows you out
Makes you happy or sad Makes you fail or succeed Helps you get well or get worse.
Recently I was bomb shelled by the financial report. My attitude went down the drain. I was as low as I could be. A number of people prayed with and for me. Dottie brought me my update where I spoke of Paul “Being content” and just like that my attitude changed.
We will discuss this tomorrow.
We celebrated another birthday in our dorm today. He turned eleven today and is in the second grade. I didn’t have time yesterday to get the birthday boys a special meal so I went to San Lucas today and got pizza, soda and bread sticks for all three of them. They will eat and watch a movie in our house tonight after dinner in the blue building. Yes, they will still be hungry. These boys eat and eat and eat.
Candy’s brothers, Albert and Chris, also celebrated their birthday today. They’re eight years apart, and born on March 30. Another interesting fact is that it was Candy’s grandmother’s birthday, too. We are grateful for Candy’s siblings and their families helping us while she is in the States. Family is a gift from God.
We read Matthew 25:14-30. As we continue to grow and study God’s word, He reveals more and more. We can read a verse and think one way and then later we can read it again and it is different. The parable of the talents is like that. When we read the parable of the talents, we think about how we should use what God has given us. This is not wrong. However, when Jesus told this parable to His disciples, He was telling them about the signs of the End of the Age and of His return. The parable of the talents emphasizes this, too. He’d explained this to His disciples before, but in a different way. Matthew 24:44-51
Jesus is teaching His disciples and us that we need to be ready. The master leaves and His servants continue to serve and feed His people. When He returns, they are doing what they have been asked, faithfully, and they are rewarded. However, when He comes back and if we are not doing His will, we will be disciplined and not be with Him.
The parable of the talents teaches us the same. It actually starts in verse 13, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” Then Jesus begins the parable and tells about a man who goes on a journey and gives His servants some responsibilities while He is gone. When he returns, He finds that two of them are doing what He asked of them, and they are rewarded. He invites them in and says, “Come and share your Master’s happiness.” The third did nothing, and he was disciplined and thrown outside.
Sound familiar? The parable of the ten virgins? Five were ready and when the groom came, they were invited in. The five who weren’t ready, were left outside. Matthew 25:1-12
When we follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have been given a task, an assignment. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus is teaching His disciples and us about things that will happen before the end of the age. His promise to us is that…even though He is gone… “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This promise was given to us when He was born and He was given the name, Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
Representatives from CNA came to Casa to inspect the home. By the afternoon, they’d made their round to Vencedores. One of their jobs is to inspect the children’s homes to ensure the children are well provided for and the home and dorms are within the standards. I showed them around our dorm. It was photo op time as she took pictures of the bathroom, dorm rooms, laundry room, emergency exit signs, fire extinguishers and so on. I pray she was satisfied with the dorm.
Lee and Candy
Today is the birthday of our twins. No, not our daughters Emily and Megan, but two of our boys. They turned twelve today. It is so funny because I have seen Megan and Emily do things together, and it is no different with these two. When our boys have problems with their shoes, we tell them to put the shoes by the door, and we will either fix them or replace them. Well, as I was looking through the shoes, I noticed both boys had their shoes at the door. I called them over and remarked, “I know you two are twins but placing your shoes at the door for repair at the same time?” They just smiled and laughed. As Candy says, “Gotta love ‘em!”
When our boys and I were preparing the blue building for breakfast, something caught my eye. Two girls from Doncellas, who had to eat early because they had a doctor’s appointment, were sitting in their places praying before they ate. It is always a joy to see children who are grateful to the Lord, giving Him thanks for His blessing. Unfortunately, there are many in this world who are ashamed to pray in public, whether it is before a meal in a restaurant, at school or at work. I don’t know whether they don’t want others to see they are Christians or they are uncomfortable. I do know that our Lord says, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven.” After they finished, I walked over and let them know I was very proud of them. To God be the glory.
We continued our study and read Matthew 25:1-13. Jesus taught His disciples to be ready for His return. He tells them things that will happen before He returns but these things will happen soon as some believe or hope. He tells them that the day and hour are unknown so be ready. Now Jesus tells His disciples three parables. Remember, a parable is a story that Jesus used to illustrate a spiritual lesson. Things like marriage, talents, sheep and goats are things that people will understand and see how it applies to not only their life but life with the Lord.
The first parable is “The Parable of the Ten Virgins.” Ten went out to meet the bridegroom. They did not know when He would arrive so as they waited, they fell asleep. Then suddenly He came. The virgins prepared their lamps but five of them were not ready and did not have enough oil. They went to buy oil and when they returned, the bridegroom had come and the door was shut. They said, “Lord, Lord! Open the door for us!” The bridegroom said, “I do not know you.”
Where have we heard this before? When Jesus was teaching His disciples on the mountainside, He told them, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21
When we study God’s word we begin to understand what His will is, what He desires for us to do. One of them is to be ready. He has taught us how we should love, act, discipline, forgive and be patient. What is Jesus teaching us with this parable?
He was speaking to His disciples, not the Pharisees or those who do not believe in Him. He is speaking to the church. He wants His church to be ready, to be faithful. He is coming back and everyone is invited, but not everyone is ready. We can look amongst the church and ministries, including Casa, and see this. Do we know who are Christians? Who are wheat or who are weeds? Who truly believe and trust in Him? We don’t know, but when Jesus returns, we will know. God desires for us to continue serving, working, being faithful to Him until He returns. He does not want us to be complacent in our faith. We need to be ready. On that day, the wheat and the weeds will be separated. For those who are not ready, who do not want to have a relationship with Him, the door will be shut and those five words that no one wants to hear will be spoken…“I do not know you.” There is no time to change your mind, no time to repent and do His will. It will be too late.
Spouses, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, grandfathers and grandmothers, friends and co-workers will be standing outside. Jesus sent His disciples to preach the gospel, and it continues today. Jesus said, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
Keep serving, keep discipling, keep disciplining, keep preparing, keep loving, keep forgiving, keep praying, keep watching. Trim those lamps and be ready.
I was able to take two more leaders to San Lucas to get haircuts and shoes. We know that as children grow up, the styles of shoes we would buy them are not exactly what they want. The leaders save their money so they can purchase the style they want. The good thing here is that since they bought their own shoes, they’ll take care of them. Being a leader is a service not just for their time here at Casa, but for life. It teaches them responsibility, gives them discipline and understanding that they are rewarded for hard work. It’s a life skill, which they will use when they leave Casa and have a family and a job. Casa is not just a children’s home; it is family.
Lee and Candy
We fly to Charlotte Thursday.
I will send this early because we have an early flight & need to get to bed.
Addition to Los Cometas
The old adage is that some people do not know what is happening; others watch what is happening; a few wish things would happen; some hinder things from happening and a few people make things happen. As we move forward with the transition there will be people scattered all over the board on that happening. But for it to happen we will have to each do our part to see it come about.
It is important that I believe in what I am doing. If I do not believe with all my heart (and I do) then it will never happen. I have to ask myself if this is the right course of action (it is). I must ask myself if this is what is best for Casa and the future generations of children (it is).
We must have a plan in order for it to happen. Things do not just happen because they are good ideas. There must be a plan. A plan means that there is a purpose or reason for what is going to happen. Training Josue’ to take my place and be the face of Casa will not happen without a plan. The area we are most vulnerable in and where he needs to learn is the finances. He is like a sponge.