Live for the Lord

After the boys cleaned the dorm, we met in the sala and I said, “There are four things I want to talk to you about on how to live for the Lord.”

  1. God needs to be first in our life.  Our spouse, our friends, our hobbies or things cannot occupy our thoughts and time more than our Lord.  Everything that we do, we do in our Lord’s name and for Him.  Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  As an example, when we prepare the blue building for meals, I have told you that we don’t do it to please the other children or adults, but we do it for the Lord.  Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”

 

  1. Study and allow God’s word to guide you.  God’s word is a lamp.  It illuminates your life and you can see what God desires. When we don’t know His word, we are in the dark.  Remember, that darkness is the absence of light.  God is light.  Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  God’s word trains us so we will be ready for everything the world throws at us.  2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  Do you want to know what kind of music He desires for us to sing?  Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”

 

  1. Obey the Lord even when you don’t understand.  Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  A good example is Peter.  He fished all night and did not catch anything.  Jesus told him to try again.  He obeyed and the nets were filled.  Luke 5:4-5, “When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put our into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’  Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

 

  1. Our life and friendships must reflect our love for the Lord and not the world.  1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him.  For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”  Remember what my Mom told me, “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.”  1 Corinthians 15:33-34, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’   Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning, for there are some who are ignorant of God – I say this to your shame.”  Walk the road that leads to life and walk with those who are walking the narrow road.  Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Two of our boys had court hearings.  Nowadays, we never know who will go home yet we know our Lord will be with them.  That is always comforting to remember.

The Bible Society of Guatemala came to teach and minister to the children.  We are so grateful to the Lord for sending them.  Teaching the children to live for the Lord in everything they do and the decisions they make.  One of the activities that the teacher had the children do was for them to line up and she gave them a scenario.  Was it a good decision or bad decision?  The boys ran and placed the “decision” on the good or the bad heading.  Wonderful exercise.  Physical and spiritual.

All His,

Lee and Candy

THinking

I took an electrocardiogram, a bone density test and a number of other examinations for the surgery. Will get the results this afternoon.

I began working on the end of the month finances in case the surgery is moved up.

The children are having intermural competitions now that school is out.

Picked up the lab & other examination and all is well for the surgery.

Ezdras mother, an epilyptic, fell. Please pray for her. His dad has diabetes.

After pastoring for years an then being here in Guatemala with the home for children and all the responsibilities of managing a church and now Casa I look for things to help me grow.

I love to read and see what authors are thinking. Recently I picked up a book of lists and it ministered to me. For instance did you know there are six ways to bury a good idea?

  1. “It will never work”. All the years I have been at Casa has taught me that God will do the impossible. Believing that it cannot work is a slap in God’s face.
  2. “We have never done it that way before”. God does not change but the world certainly does. We have had to adjust to ever changing laws and a population of children that is getting older all of the time. We have had to learn to do things in a new way.
  3. “We are doing fine without it.” God has been so good to me but I am slumping in the saddle. The division of responsibilities has caused us to add new programs and do things in a different manner.
  4. “We cannot afford it”. God never tells anyone to do something that He is not willing to fund. Stepping out on the water means that you trust He will build a bridge has you walk in faith.
  5. We are not ready for it.” I had a slight struggle when I turned 70 as I was thinking of the future of Casa. Once God gave me names such as Josue’, Sebastian, Alex, Analy, Billy ,Ezdras and others I was able to calm my spirit and handle the transition. Fours years later I have such a peace.
  6. “It is not our responsibility.” There is no doubt but that most people do not want to be accountable. They prefer others to do it. But when God speaks to your heart it is not to tell someone else to do it. He is talking to you.

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I almost fainted while preaching. The doctor told me to take a certain medication until the surgery. But dizziness is one of the reactions.

Today was visiting day for parents.

 

Gladys’s birthday

 

 

Goethe (1749-1832) wrote his prescription for contented living. It is amazing how something written nearly 300 years ago can be so on the nose in 2017.

  • Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Few people can come and work at Casa for more than 5 years. It is stressing and physically exhausting. To keep doing the same thing ever day in order to see the children blessed is difficult and needs enduring patience.
  • Charity enough to see some good in our neighbors. Everyone who works at Casa has a role to fill. We need to see that the roles of others are just as important as our own.
  • Love enough to make you useful & helpful to others. It takes God’s love in us to work together. If we do not love the ones who are part of our team the workload will double. We cannot do it alone. Others have to be important to us.
  • Faith enough to make real the things of God. Believing that He is in everything we do is a crucial truth. We cannot look at this world for answers. We must realize that God’s truths are our foundation.
  • Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future. It is amazing to me that Goethe nailed me in the heart. I love his list because it shows that the heart of man has always been the same. Goethe could just as easily be living here in Casa in 2017. Three hundred years have passed but the truths of God never change.

Contented living

Josue’, Alex, Billy, Aroldo and Ezdras attended a two day leadership conference. God is giving us opportunities to move into the transition.

We celebrated Gladys’s birthday.

A group of our kids playing instruments and singing

Goethe (1749-1832) wrote his prescription for contented living. It is amazing how something written nearly 300 years ago can be so on the nose in 2017.

  1. Health enough to make work a pleasure. It has only been the last 2 weeks that I have felt physically able to go and help with projects at Casa. To have health to make your labors enjoyable is truly a gift from God.
  2. Wealth enough to support your needs. Again I refer to myself. God has blessed us with an abundance to feed, clothe, educate and provide health care for the children. But we want to build churches, help the poor and minister outside the walls of Casa. We need for our needs but also for the needs of others.
  3. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Spiritual warfare ismore difficult and strength consuming than physical warfare. It never ends. Satan never lets up. It seems as though we go from one battle to another.
  4. Grace enough to confess my sins and forsake them. There is no doubt what so ever that I am a sinner who has been saved by grace. But there is still a struggle in my body to turn from sins that so easily attach themselves to me.

What does patience do?

The girls in the baby dorm helped the toddlers to make banana bread and it was delicious.

The seniors had to take a state achievement test today in order to graduate.

The school had an end of the year program with pantomimes, an outside band and one of our own bands and worship groups. Then they received their report cards. Some joy & some sadness!!

 

The little ones making banana bread

 

What does patience do?

  1. Patience matures our character. James 1:4 “Let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing”. God has a plan for our lives and therefore He permits trials and negative situations to arise in order for us to grow. No one will mature without resistance. Just look at what happens with an undisciplined child.
  2. Patience provides health for our souls. Luke 21:19 “By your patience possess you your souls”. We are so impatient when it comes to maturity in Christ. We get saved and want to preach without having a foundation. Witnessing is fine but there are spiritual aspects of Christianity that will only come with time.
  3. Patience gives us hope. Romans 15:4 “Whatever things were written before were written for our learning that we through the patience and comfort of the scripture might have hope”. God is not a respecter of persons and if He did things in the Bible for His children He will do them for us also. Every time I pray I believe that what He did for Moses or Peter he will do for me. That is why the thief on the cross is one of my most favorite characters.
  4. Patience provides us with God’s power. Colossians 1:10 “Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy”. Do what you can do! Do all you can do! By being a doer and waiting afterwards you will be blessed.
  5. Patience enables us to inherit God’s promises. “We desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises”. (Hebrews 6:11-12) Wait for it—wait for it—the Lord keeps His promises. The blessings will come if we are patient.What does pa
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