Rest

There were 11 authorities who came today. 3 from CNA, 3 from the Procurduria for the nation, 2 from Catholic Charities & 3 physicians! Their idea is that all children need to be with their parents. It is sad but God will intervene. One thing they wanted to know is where do the finances come from.

A grandson, my namesake, has been suffering from a rheumatic heart. This is so serious and I beg your prayers for him.

The seniors praying with Professor ByronWhen we come to Jesus He promises in Matthew 11:28-20 that He will invite us if we are weary and also an invitation to find rest for ourselves.

First there is rest for our physical body (v 28) Jesus knew what labor was. He was a carpenter. He called fishermen, shepherds and farmers. He offers you and me His strength. We find strength in worship. We are refreshed and strengthened when we praise and worship in His presence.

Second there is a rest for our emotions (v 28). Worry makes me tired. Worry robs me of energy. Worry affects me physically, emotionally and spiritually. We must cast our cares on Him (I Peter 5:7). He gives peace to our worried bodies (John 14:27). His peace will guard our hearts (Philippians 4:6-8). His grace is sufficient for all our needs (II Corinthians 12:9).

Third there is a rest for our spirit man. (v 29). “You shall find peace for your soul”. When we come to Jesus He works on our inner man. Spiritual activity can be exhausting. Praying, praising, worshipping, reading and studying His Word will wear you out. You need refreshing.

Quit trying to be spiritually perfect. It is not your works. It is about your resting in Jesus.

Virtues

The seniors presented a program on nutrition & health. The Director of Education for the state of Sacatepequez attended. Professor Byron did a great job & the students were very well prepared to speak publically. Billy has done an awesome job with the chool.

Professor Albert has been at Casa 15 years & when Jacobo & Tony graduate in November Albert will have presented them his diploma for kindergarten, Junior High & High school.

Our high school also participated in a basketball tournament.

 

Tony’s breakfast presentation

Savant says that there are 7 sacred virtues.

  1. Having HUMILITY instead of PRIDE. The humility to know that we are not alone in the world! Everything we do has an affect on someone else. The way I drive affects those on the road with me. The tone of voice affects the listeners.
  2. Having GENEROSITY instead of COVETOUNESS. The generosity to allow others to have what they deserve. I do not have to have the best or to be the best. I can spread the headlines with others.
  3. Having RESTRAINT instead of LUST. The restraint to control our most passionate impulses. Self-control! Not everything belongs to me.
  4. Having KINDNESS instead of Anger. The kindness to tolerate the mistakes of others. This is a tough one for me. Controlling my tongue and emotions has not been my strong suit.
  5. Having MODERATION instead of Gluttony. The moderation to satisfy ourselves with the necessities. This is not only referring to food. We can over do it on work, play, size, etc.
  6. Having CHARITY instead of ENVY. The charity to help others who cannot help themselves. You and I need to help others. It is as simple as that.
  7. Having DILIGENCE instead of SLOTH. Make yourself useful in this world. Laziness is a major sin.

Happiness in marriage

Two of our very best older girls were informed this morning their older brother & and uncle were shot to death by teens none of which were 18 years of age. They will attend the wake & the funeral. Foolish evil!

Josue’ & I met with the lawyer about the property unification.

 

Many marriages are filled with suspicion, defensiveness and withdrawal. How do we build trust? It is true that each spouse needs to be trustworthy? This means dependable in speech and action. No white lies!

First, be candid. Be open and honest with one another. Share where you fail and where you are suspicious. We are all human and that humanity will come forth and must be dealt with.

Second, pray. Pray together for your intimacy and deepening relationship. Fidelity in marriage is an area where Satan comes in all families. We are filled with choices and we must choose the high ground. Be honest and pray.

Third, discipline yourself. Both spouses must be strong and not allow any sexual stimuli to come into the home. Job said, “I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully upon a girl” (Job 31:1). Keep your eyes solely on your own spouse. Be careful with what enters your home through TV.

Fourth, cultivate intimacy. Marriage requires that we look after it. It is like a garden that when ignored will be overgrown and non-productive. Spend time alone. Take short trips together. I remember when we lived in Lake Charles we would go to a motel right there in town just to get 24 hours of quality time as husband and wife.

Intimacy is the ultimate conclusion of communication and communication is not very useful if you are two ships passing in the night or you are too busy to take time and smell the roses.

Character

After so much negative news today I received great news but I cannot share it for a few weeks. But you will be blessed.

Nine teenagers turned 18 and they all went with Alex to the municipal offices to get their identification papers.

Larry & Sue arrived so Gretchen made breakfast for them as well as us.

When we read the writings of Paul there are truths that, if lived, can change our lives as well as circumstance.

  1. Show love when those around us are unlovable. It is easy to love those who love us but Jesus says that we are to even love our enemies.
  2. Having joy when those around us are discouraged and discontent. You cannot allow another person to drag you down. Your joy is in Christ not in what is happening around you.
  3. Exuding peace when those around you are anxious. Jesus is the Prince of Peace therefore our peace is based on our relationship with Him and not what is happening around us.
  4. Practicing patience when those around you are frantic. Waiting on God is based on Who He is and not on those around us.
  5. Reaching out in kindness when those around us are unkind and difficult to live with. We do not give and eye of an eye when we get saved. We do all that we can to live our faith.
  6. Shine with goodness when those around us are acting in evil. Sin is in this world but it need not be in us. We need to realize that God is good and He expects us to be good to those others who in our opinion do not deserve it.
  7. Standing in faithfulness when those around have no commitment. You can stand in faith even if you are in the midst of hundreds of doubters.
  8. Flowing with gentleness when those around you are harsh and cold. Gentleness is another of the great fruit of the Spirit. You do not have to be cruel to anyone. If you do not love those around you they will never want what you possess—Jesus.
  9. Demonstrating self-control when those around you have none. Character says that if everyone around me does evil I will still do good. A lack of self-control seems to be at every level of society world wide.

Prayer

More kids were sent home. This is a huge spiritual battle right now. Of course we know  who will win the battle.

We are about to have a week’s lull as the Arkansas and NC teams are leaving soon.

Another large team from Texas comes next week. So much has been accomplished.

Bob returned for the states and Larry & Sue arrived for a couple of months. They will watch over the Los Cometas while Walt & Randi go home for 4 weeks.

Maiya (Rosemary) with her two dads. I am so blessed.

Where was it that Jesus sweat great drops of blood? It was not in Pilate’s Hall nor on his way to Golgotha. It was in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus walked to the cross with courage and his three friends fell apart and fell away.

The disciples in Luke 11 asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. They did not say “Lord, teach us to preach” or “Lord, teach us to work miracles. But they did say “Teach us to pray”.

He first tells them to call God their Father. We begin prayer by talking to the Father about the Father. His person (Hallowed be thy name); His program (Your kingdom come) and His purpose (Your will be done).

Then we speak to the Father about the family. The children need provision (Give us this day our daily bread; the children’s need of pardon (Forgive us our sins); and the children’s need of protection (Do not lead us into temptation).

The drops of blood in the garden were because He was fighting for His family and also because He was separating from His Father. This is the greatest outline of prayer ever recorded in human history.

Marriage choices

I trust that many of you are praying with us about the upcoming meeting Saturday with the government. Also I trust that many of you are praying for God to touch the hearts of someone who is called as a houseparent or some other position here at Casa. Although Chad and Abby do not leave until later in the year we need to know to be prepared.

Eddy has been at Casa for 17 years & has worked and been able to build his house for he and his mother. He will be leaving Casa in 2 weeks. He is a special boy and one of great success.

Eddy is one of Casa’s greatest success stories. We love him.

Choices are what marriage is all about. Do not get into a rut of a marriage. If you get into a routine you may feel a little safer but life is about choices. Do not settle for mediocrity.

Choose to act in love. Sadly in our culture love is a noun. Actually it is a verb and demands action. We want the fuzzy feeling of love. But even when feelings are not there we can still love and be loved. Divorce courts are filled with people who fell out of love. But actually they CHOSE not to love. Strong marriages are built on commitment not feelings.

Choose to listen to each other. Communication is the key to a successful marriage as well as all relationships. It is frustrating when you are speaking and you have no doubt the other person is not listening. It discourages you and causes your relationship to falter. Genuine listening is a glue that holds the marriage in place. It is an act of your will just like love is.

Choose to give first place to God. Put God at the center of your relationship. To tell your spouse she is the most important thing in your life sounds great and has its place. But the truth is that God needs to be the center of your home and if He is left out you are in trouble. Christ , not Dottie, must be the center of my life. Everyone knows how much I love her but she cannot sustain me or our marriage without Jesus. I must depend on Him for my happiness and fulfillment.

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