Our Time

Our devotional for today was “It is your time.”  John 7:6-7, “Therefore Jesus told them, ‘The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.'”  “Jesus said that is wasn’t His time.  It is the same for us.  We want to do things for our Lord yet it may not be our time.  God has a plan and a time for each of us.

“Remember, it is written that there is a time for everything.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time to for war and a time for peace.’

“When Jesus was born, it was His time.  Galatians 4:4-5, ‘But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.’ When we were born, it was our time.  Jeremiah 1:5, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’

“When Jesus carried His cross, it was His time.  John 19:17, ‘Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.)’

When we carry our cross, it will be our time.  Matthew 16:24, ‘Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone would come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”’

“When Jesus sacrificed His life, it was His time.  John 19:30, ‘When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”  With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.’

“When is it our time?  Our time is now. Romans 13:11-14, ‘And do this, understanding the present time.  The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.  Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.’

“All of us have sinned against our Lord.  It is our time to repent.  It is our time to live for the Lord.  Our time is now!”

In the afternoon, we went to the school soccer field and flew our kite.  One of the leaders tried to fly the kite, but he just couldn’t get it up in the sky. One of the teachers came over and showed them how to fly the kite.  It was in the clouds.  It was so high, it looked like a little white dot in the blue sky and they cut the line and let it go.

Letting go of sin

 

All of us wrote a sin on the kite that we wanted to release.  It was a symbol of letting go of a sin in our lives, like releasing the scapegoat into the desert.  Yet, we know that only the Lamb of God can take away our sins.

Playtime

The children from Angelitos arrived a little later, and our boys joined them on the soccer field, played with them and showed them how to fly a kite.  Of course, some of our boys have siblings in Angelitos, so it was fun seeing them together.

Two of our leaders will be escorting a Quinceañera next Friday.  One of them said that he needed new shoes.  I looked at him and said, “I don’t think so.  It is not about you.  Who do you think the guests will be looking at?  You or the girl?”  He smiled and said, “Me.”  Yeah, right.  I told him to polish his shoes.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

Words

The courts sent 8 children back to their parents yesterday. Although we received 9 new children it still hurts to lose children.

Today is a national holiday so our offices here are closed.

Kason arrived. He is a welder and is thinking of teaching welding to our boys. This is his first visit to Casa.

Five boys came up and laid hands on me and prayed. It was awesome.

The five who prayed for me

Lessons I want my children to learn.

  1. Learn to respect and esteem others. When you have over 300 children and have raised 5700 over 28 years you came to understand a family works much better if you can respect one another.
  2. Learn to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. Some of my children have felt they were not as talented as others. We are all different and it is critical as dorm parents that we encourage them to see themselves as Jesus sees them.
  3. Learn to be an encourager. In a world of bullying it takes a special child to be an encourager but if they are encouraged by you they will most likely encourage their peers.
  4. Learn to be friendly. To have friends you must show yourself friendly. I have staff members here that the children truly feel a friendship with.
  5. Learn to approach life with joy and hope. It is difficult for children in this day and age. Yet there are many things with which the children can connect to give them joy. A good parent will bring this about. Being a friend as well as a parent will fill them with joy.
  6. Learn to forgive. Everyone struggles with forgiveness from time to time. But when we cannot forgive others it is bitterness to our souls. To forgive others a a trait that, if learned, can lead to your child being a successful and contributing member of the household and neighborhood.

The six most important words are “I admit I made a mistake.

The five most important words are “You did a good job”.

The four most important words are “What is your opinion”.

The three most important wards are “If you please”.

The two most important words are “Thank you”.

The one most important word is “We”.

The least important word is “Me”.

 

Words carry great weight. We can give life or death with our words. We can give joy or sadness with our words. We can give hope or doubt with our words. We can give encouragement or discouragement with our words. We can give joy or sorrow with our words.

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