Today was visiting day so we had both happy & sad children.

I worked on my lesson for next Sunday as it is the last Sunday before we leave & I always want that one to be special.

Gladys graduated with her first diploma in seminary. She is an excellant Bible teacher.

 

There is a story told about Ignace Paderewski the great concert pianist. At a concert a small boy wandered onto the stage and began to play chopsticks. The crowd grew angry until Paderewski appeared and began playing alongside the boy.

The child was embarrassed and started to stop when Paderewski said, “Keep going. Don’t quit. Keep playing. Don’t quit”. This is a beautiful illustration that reminds us no matter what level of ability we have, we should resist the urge to quit. The Master is standing by us reminding us to go on and not to quit.

Even when you are tired, don’t quit. Seek strength from God and continue playing. Perseverance is what is required of all Christians. I need to personally remind myself that He is beside me and encouraging me to continue.

James 1:2 says that blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Building Blocks #5

Larry & Sue will leave Tuesday and we will miss our 3pm coffee time with them. Old folks need other old folks!

Dottie worked her garden & I worked on finances for when we will be in the states.

Hurricane Harvey will dump a lot of rain on Lake Charles so we are concerned for family and friends.

Angelina passed her orals & graduates in November.

 

 

Respect is the ninth building block of marriage. Too many spouses are two-faced. They treat their spouse one way in public and another way in private. I have seen men give so much attention to other women and leave their wives out of the conversation. Paul wrote in Ephesians 4, “Be ye kind, tenderhearted and forgiving”.

I Peter 3 tells husbands to dwell with their wife according to knowledge. This means you must really know your wife and that takes time. Dottie and I try to talk through our feelings and thoughts. A man is to give honor to his wife as the weaker vessel. Regardless of what the world says it is the duty of husbands to protect their wives. It is hard to believe in 2017 but the truth is that wives are the weaker vessel.

Without number 10 my life would not be worth must Number 10 is spiritual companionship. Dottie and I pray nightly that we will finish the race together and strong. We have a goal in mind and that is heaven as our home. Paul says a man is to love his wife as Jesus loved the church.

Marriage is a spiritual partnership. There is a cleansing which takes place in marriage. I am to protect Dottie and cleanse her with the washing of the Word of God. Husbands and wives need to worship together, read the Word together and pray together.

Building Blocks #4

Today was a holiday so none of our offices were open & the older kids covered the kitchen, laundry, baby dorm, etc.

Angelina took her oral exams at the university so we are trusting that she will graduate. Awaiting the results!

 

The seventh building block of marriage is sexual fulfillment. Even before the fall Adam and Eve were told to replenish the earth. Intimacy and sexual fulfillment have always been part of God’s plan for husbands and wives.

Sexual fulfillment is not only enjoyable but it is protective. We reserve this act to one spouse alone. I Corinthians 7:2 says, “Let each man have his own wife and let each woman have her own husband”. This protects one another from extramarital affairs.

Motivated by the love of God this act of love protects us.

The eighth building block is open communication. 87% of couples in counseling say that communication is their biggest problem. Wives get frustrated trying to get their husbands to talk. Husbands feel that talking is useless because the wife has alredy made up her mind.

Jesus is the living Word so He is the great Communicator. He spoke in order to get the world to know His Father. We need to talk honestly as well as talk through every problem. A marriage without communication is a marriage that will struggle to succeed. Begin by talking facts and then move to talking about your feelings.

Building Blocks #3

I do not sleep well so today a neurologist who also works with old folk paid me a house call. He does not want me taking sleep medication so he prescribed something else. Pray with me that it will work.

We received a $1000 gift & a $500 gift for the pastor’s home so we can start.

 

De Hann says that the fifth building block is love. Love is honoring one another, esteeming one another, considering the welfare of one another and staying side by side through all of the good times as well as the bad times.

The husband is told by God in Colossians 3:19 & Ephesians 5:25 to love their wife. Although the wife is never told that she must love her husband it is expected s seen in Timothy 2:4 where the older women are told to teach the younger women to love their husbands.

Love throughout the years does not happen automatically. It takes a lot of work to love another. Love has much more depth than what we feel when we are courting or even in the first years of marriage. I Corinthians 13 says what our love should become. Paul tells us love is enduring, kind, not jeaous, not proud, doesn’t keep records and much more.

The I Corinthians 13 love will change your life.

Mutual submission is the sixth building block in marriage. Ephesians 5 says that we are to submit to one another. Submission and love go together. How do we know Jesus loves us? Because He went to the cross! If you love you will submit in humility and you will begin to slowly let go of your own life. You will trust one another. If I have the mind of Christ I can submit to Dottie just as she submits to me.

I do not have to lord over her to prove anything.

Marriage is give and take, not just take. It is being a servant. My home is not my castle where everything must revolve around me.

Relationships

After breakfast we had a short devotional before school.  I said, “The decisions we make in life is based on our relationship with the Lord…the way we treat others with love and respect, obedience to laws and rules, our friendships, honoring our parents and authorities, gratefulness, forgiveness and servitude.  We look at the life of our Lord and Savior and the way He treated others was based on His relationship with His heavenly Father.  What He did, His Father in heaven did.  What He says, His Father has told Him to say.  His obedience, gratefulness and servitude were to His Father.  His forgiveness was based on the love that His Father has for Him and the world.

“Our relationships begin with our Father in heaven. They carry over to others and are based on our relationship with God.  The Greatest Commandment is, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and Greatest Commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love our neighbor as yourself.'”  We love because He first loved us.  Because He loves us, we love others.  Our relationship with God is shown by our love for Him and others.  So when you go to school this morning, remember that you are loved and show His love for you to your teacher, your classmates and those around you.  Don’t look to be the center of attention but have God in the center of your attention.  I believe you can do it, the question is, ‘Do you believe it?’”

What a double blessing today.  The twin brothers who left to live with family on Tuesday came back to get their belongings, and they surprised us with a visit.  We shared some tears, hugs and prayers.  We watched them grow up in our dorm and now they are ready to go home.  Thank You, Lord, for allowing us to share our lives with the boys.  We are blessed.

Today another Vencedor was able to go home.  It was his time.  He hadn’t been here a long time, but he will be missed.  He was a hugger.  He loved to give us hugs. Although we do not know his home life, we always pray for protection for our boys when they do return back to family.  The time that we have with the boys is critical.  We always tell our boys that is was no accident they are here at Casa.  God placed them here to be taken care of, educated, disciplined, loved and most importantly, to be taught about Him.  God’s word says, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”  We may not see fruit, yet God is faithful and His word will not return empty.

Just this past fall, Candy and I were blessed with over seventy boys. After the dorm for the younger boys was built, several of our boys moved there. Our thirteen year olds moved to Buen Pastor. We have also seen many, many children return home in recent months. Now, Vencedores has the lowest number of boys we’ve seen since moving to Guatemala almost eight years ago…thirty-six. We are thankful they’re going home to be with family.  Everyone needs family.  Please pray for all those returning home…for protection and for a godly home life, rich with learning about our Lord.

All His,

Lee and Candy

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