Yesterday was a little busy in the morning. I needed to go into the city and didn’t get back until the afternoon. We received a new boy, too. He is “new” to us, but not “new” here at Casa. The day before, the director asked if one of the boys from Cometas could transfer to Vencedores. There are some issues that he has and since his brother is in our dorm, it would be good for him. I agreed, and I picked him up and brought him to our dorm. He was a little scared at dinner, little fish in a big pond, but he hung out with his brother after dinner. Please keep him, and of course all our boys, children and staff here at Casa, in your prayers. We plant and water, yet it is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who will cause growth, in all ways.
If you’re heading to Casa anytime soon and are wondering how to bless the dorms…one way is to bring Shoe Goo. Of course, we have boys and they’re rougher on shoes, but Shoe Goo becomes a necessity at this stage of the game in the school year, for mostly all dorms…male and female alike. We would so appreciate it.
This morning we talked about the third visit of Jesus after His resurrection. After the resurrection, an angel of the Lord spoke to the women. Matthew 28:7, “Then go quickly and tell His disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ Now I have told you.” The women did as they were told. Luke 24:9-11, “When they came back from the tomb, they told al these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.”
The disciples went to Galilee and Peter told the disciples that he was going to fish. He caught nothing. Jesus appeared on the shore and told them to throw their net on the right side of the boat. They caught a lot of fish.
Remember when Jesus taught His disciples, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. With Jesus, everything is possible. Without Jesus, nothing is possible. When we quote Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”, sometimes we can be more self-centered than God-centered. “I can do everything” is also to be humble. To acknowledge that maybe my plans aren’t His plans. To accept failure, not as a defeat, but perseverance.
Peter couldn’t catch a fish and it could seem like a failure, but when we continue to be obedient and trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our nets will be full. Full of Faith, Hope and Love. Our lives need to be dependent in Christ alone, not by our own strength.
Like Peter, we need to jump out of the boat and come to Him. Good times, bad times, joy, sadness, praise and forgiveness. Most importantly, to be with Him. Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” And us? What do we say? A good teacher? A character in a book? You don’t know? Our answer will reflect what we believe and in whom we place of faith and trust. In God we should always trust.
We received news that one of our boys was able to go home to live with family. He has overcome a lot since he has been here. We pray that it is a good situation and that he will be taken care of. We will miss him and especially his funny smile. He always had that serious look then I would say something goofy like, “You want to be handsome like me one day, right?” He would just give me that funny smile and say, “No!”
Lee and Candy