This is test week so normally we would allow the boys to study before school… just to wake up those brains cells. I wanted to encourage the boys to do well…not just in their studies, but in their lives. I read 1 Peter 3:13, “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.'”
I said, “One of the biggest problems everyone is going to face is peer pressure. Children aren’t the only ones affected by this. Adults are, as well…in jobs, ministries, churches and families. God wants us to what is right in His eyes and not the eyes of the world. The world is selfish and only desires to please us. What is the cost? Friendship? A job position? A bad grade? A good grade? What are others going to do? Tease you? Mock you? Pressure you to do what they desire? God encourages us to do well and even if we suffer for doing what is right, we will be blessed. God gives us blessings and curses. Which do you prefer? Who is more important in your life? Your friends? Your pride? Yourself?
“God encourages us not to fear what they fear. What do they fear? Failure? Loss of job? Loss of friendship? We need to always remember what God has promised us. Joshua 1:9, ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ He will be walking with us and many times when we do not have the strength, He carries us. He’s with you in the classroom, in the dorm, outside when you are playing and in the blue building. If God is with us, who can be against us? That should bring us comfort.
“I encourage you to use your time wisely. Study for your exam, do what is right and you will be blessed. If the test is difficult for you, resist the temptation to cheat and accept the grade, knowing that you need to do well and study for the next exam.”
The boys had VBS with the Texas team in the afternoon. Everyone had a good time. God has blessed us with such helpful and loving teams.
Lee and Candy
What a great privilege to have had my family in the congregation today. Four of the five had never heard me preach.They leave for Louisiana tomorrow morning.
Today was visiting day and the Texas team helped us by playing with the children who did not receive a visit. That always helps the children who feel as though no one wants to see them. Unfortunantly it rained during visitation which makes it hard on the parents & children to visit and play.
The university teacher who will have Vanessa live with her and her husband for 4 months came to meet us. This is real opportunity for Vanessa.
Face and nail painting are always favorites
When Samuel was sent to anoint the king of Israel he learned that God’s measure of a person was different than mans. We often measure Christians by church attendance, their participation in church related programs such as VBS, Sunday School, choir, retreats and the like.
Maybe we measure them by leadership ability such as music leader, SS teacher, preaching, preparing communion table, etc.
The problem is this is the outside of man. He can do all these things and be destitute inside his heart. A preacher must have the personal life to back up his sermons. Are they quick to anger? What about their children? Is their conduct portraying the love and power of Christ?
God emphasizes the inner man. Has there been a true transformation in the man’s character after salvation? It is easy to put on a mask or a front around others. But the Lord sees us as we actually are. We cannot judge others. We need to apply the judgment to our own lives. I have too much negative within me to have time to judge you.
Tony spent Friday & Saturday with my sisters being a tour guide.
The Texas team had activities beginning with the baby dorm, followed by Esperanza up. Los Cometas, Buen Pastor, Doncillas, Vencedores and Estrelitas down. They held a carnival for the children so it was not only fun but good exercise.
I began working on the end of the month reports. God has blessed & I am grateful to those of you who pray and give.
How to stay young as you age (Part 2)
- Plant a garden. Physically it is difficult for me to bend over but Dottie has a beautiful yard and garden and works very hard to maintain it. I water it sometimes and push the wheelbarrow.
- Count your blessings. I do not know anyone who counts as high as I do when it comes to blessings. My natural children, my adopted children, my Casa children as well as health, friends, food, safety and a clean bed keep me busy trying to name those blessings one by one.
- Take risks. I have always believed that God does not build bridges until you step on the water. My life has always been one of taking risks. Pushing the envelope is what God desires of His children. Go as far as you can and then go a little further.
- Sing from your heart. When you quit singing you quit living. There is so much in an elderly person’s life to remember and praise the Lord for. As Bob Hope sang “Thanks for the memories”.
- Go on a mission trip. Recently I was visiting with two visitors to Cas who had come to help us for a week. I graduated high school in 1961 while they graduated in 62 & 63. We are 74, 73 and 72 & instead of being couch potatoes they were helping children in Guatemala and planning for a return next year.
- Eat healthily. As we have aged Dottie has studied almost daily on how to feed us healthily. You cannot buy things here as you can in the USA so she has to be very creative
- Finally, give generously to others. You are never too old to be kind and generous. People need encouragement. You can share your life’s experiences by volunteering in many ways to give yourself.
MORE GOOD NEWS! We have hired two nurses that will work 7 days a week in dialysis & give Arolodo his long needed relief. He has been so faithful.
Woods Edge is here from Texas so they will have a VBS & a carnival for the children. What a wonderful day!!!
My sisters, Charlotte & Virginia. The older generation.
As I age (and I am only 74) I look for ways to try to stay young. An 89 year old man by the name of Diest jotted down some thoughts about staying young while aging. I see a few that could help me.
- Applaud the success of others. I believe that I have tremendous pride and appreciation for what my children have accomplished and what they are currently doing. Casa is filled with success stories.
- Exercise daily. I can no longer jog or use much weight but I walk every day. In fact Dottie and I walk as much as we can.
- Keep a positive attitude. The last five years has been a series of negative attacks and discouragements. Our prayer life deals with those negatives everyday. Most days I can stay positive.
- Read widely and often. I love to read. I am blessed with a large and multi-themed home library. I study and I glean ideas from everywhere.
- Play with children. Daily I am able to walk out my door and be in the presence of children of all ages. They challenge me to stay young and as fit as possible.
- Laugh heartily. Ever since I was a child I have been a clown. I try to bring humor into every situation. Dottie said the main reason she married me was that I made her laugh. We are still laughing 54 years into our marriage.
- Take a class. Well, I do not go off to school but when I go to the US to minister I buy books of a certain topic such as Galatians or Peace and then I return to Guatemala and do a study of that book or subject.
We continued our study of Living On Target and talked about a strategy with an objective. Kelvin Smith wrote, “We have available to us many tremendous bible teachers, ministry programs, messages on CD’s and DVD’s, and we should be thankful for these resources.” Doing bible studies are good but we need to do more than just listen, we need to apply it in our lives. James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Kelvin Smith says that we need to honestly evaluate whether we are living in love and service to Christ, in the Home, to the Church and to the World. 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?” Self-examination is beneficial and it keeps us humble and from living hypocritical lives.
What is hypocrisy? Hypocrisy is intentionally giving people the impression that we are living one way when, in fact, we are not. For example, someone who preaches and teaches God’s word to others, and then outside of church or ministry…lives like the devil. Jesus called the Pharisees “hypocrites.” Mark 7:6-7, “He replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.”’”
Kelvin Smith wrote, “Many of us are tempted to tell the world what the Bible teaches…yet we don’t live it ourselves. The Word of God must penetrate deep into our hearts and minds. It must flow out of us to influence people through relationships, which is something we seem to be struggling with today.” We can look around Casa and see it here. Many relationships are based on selfish desires and not selfless desires. Relationships are based on love, sacrifice and forgiveness. Is this not the relationship Jesus has with us? John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
The divine art of discipleship needs to be rediscovered by believers in the Church today. Living on Target is a strategy to achieve this objective.
The boys did well in school today. They were not just listeners, but doers of the Word. No reports or observations. Thank You, Lord.
No family meal today so we decided to bring the sandwiches and fruit back to the dorm and give the boys a new movie to watch. Dinner and a movie. What a concept! Yeah, I know… it has already been done. Afterward, we gave them a Popsicle to finish off the meal. We are blessed with a great bunch of boys.
Lee and Candy