Candy will return to Casa tomorrow so we are all so very pleased, blessed and excited to see her. She and Lee have held it together in the most difficult of circumstances. Their life scripture is Romans 8:28 and they have truly lived it the last few months.
Our doctor checked Sebastian’s father who is demonstrating symptoms of diabetes. His feet are showing the symptoms.
Gretchen is back so we are blessed.
Dottie had her pre-surgery work up today & is ready for Thursday morning. She would appreciate your prayers
Galatians 6:14, “But God forbid that I should glory, except in the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ”.
There are people who glory in riches. Their world is centered around income and possessions. It is all about belonging to the upper crust financially. It is the size of their house and the number & type of their vehicles. It is about savings accounts & investments.
Others glory in wisdom. Honestly there are those who want the world to know how intelligent they are and how well thet can explain complicated things. Some of them are atheists & want to explain away the Creation, Virgin Birth, Cross and so forth. It is about their influence in universities and the like.
Then we have those who glory in power. They have a “look at who I am” personality. There is a link many times with power, wisdom and wealth.
But we glory in the Cross Paul said. A cut-up tree upon which Jesus Christ died for me! That is sufficient! The Cross is all we need. It is the only thing that is eternal. We either accept it or reject it and that choice determines our eternal destination.
It is test week so I want the boys to have some study time in the morning to do a last minute review of their notes. They have devotionals in the morning at the school so they are in His word every day. We will continue our study of Acts when tests are over.
Yesterday was the birthday of one of our junior leaders. He is 17. The boy is soccer crazy. Unfortunately, things got a little hectic with our schedule so I didn’t have time to make cupcakes. I really couldn’t go to San Lucas for his special meal since there was a demonstration, and I didn’t want to sit in traffic. So, we celebrated today.
We had our second session of anger management classes with the psychologists yesterday. One of the questions they asked was, “What can’t you change?” My first thought was “God.” He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I know I can overcome my anger, but I have to do my part and trust in Him. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, so when I feel bad for being angry with the boys, it’s because of Him, the Holy Spirit, working in me.
The older kids had their relationship class with Mike last evening. It is a good thing to be taught on the subject of relationships especially from the spiritual leader of Casa. Leaders lead by example, and Mike and Dottie’s relationship is a prime example. Like all relationships, it is not perfect, yet with God in the relationship, there is forgiveness, love, mercy and grace.
Candy should be coming home tomorrow, God willing. Please pray for safe and turbulent free flights. We’re all thankful to the Lord for His healing, peace, and beautiful grace. We’re all very happy! 🙂
Lee and Candy
Every time there are demonstrations against the government I think of the people who have to get to hospitals & other critical appointments. Highway blockades do nothing to harm the government. They just hurt the average citizen.
The children began end-of-the-semester tests today. Dottie needs surgery in only her right eye. PTL!
The Alabama team took the dialysis children swimming & got caught in all the traffic.
I began a series of teachings on sex, marriage & morality for the teenagers. Boys tonight and girls tomorrow!
Vladimir Zenchenkov was a clerk in Russia in 1947 when he got drunk and lost 400 ration cards belonging to his superiors. His wife was sure he would be put to death so she told him to hide. For 22 years he hid in a secret room within his home. When his wife died to went to the police to turn himself in.
Like so many people Vladimir ran and hid rather than facing his problems. We never get victory over our problems by running. Jesus faced every problem and as the church grew following the crucifixion the people of God learned how to face their problems. The church grew because men and women refused to hide from their enemies.
They had confidence that Christ would be there for them through His Holy Spirit and because of that the church grew and here we are today. If those early believers had run and hid you and I would never have heard the Gospel.
When Vladimir went to the police he discovered that the ration cards had been found in his desk the very day he ran and hid. He feared for nothing and lost a great portion of his life and freedom.
Face your problems with Christ by your side.
We left at 6am for an 8am eye appointment for Dottie & left the doctor’s office at 6:15pm & got home at 7:30pm making it an 13 hour day. The surgery will be Thursday. All cities will blockade highways Tuesday in protest against the President. So the doctor asked if I would clean Dottie’s eyes before the surgery.
A bus hit us on the way home from the doctor.
All of us as Christians need to realize that God is in control. Most of us know that but do we act as though we do? If we believe He is in control then we will not fear danger. Terrorism and crime are skyrocketing but our Father is in control. David wrote that it matters not how many fall on our right and left hands He is still with us. There is no depth of danger that we will ever experience where we are alone.
We will not be afraid to suffer either. If God is in control then my suffering has a purpose. When Genesis was ill and needed a kidney transplant it shook me up. She did so well and therefore we took another child, Antoni, who had kidney disease and he died. Broke my heart! But through the suffering we realized that we could help so many other ill children and bring them to Christ.
Finally, if God is in control, we are not afraid to trust Him. I certainly do not understand everything neither do I see clearly many times but I do trust Him. Things do not always seem as though they are where we want them to be but He knows how to provide for us His way. I have to trust Him when I fear and when I suffer and when I do not understand.
This morning I took Jim to the airport. We left at 6:30 and didn’t get there until 8:30. Traffic, traffic, and more traffic. I got back in time to wash the cups and get the dishes to the blue building in preparation for lunch for the boys. Please keep Jim in your prayers as he shares with others about what God is doing here at Casa. Jim is one of those quiet warriors. He disciples the children, drives children to appointments and helps take care of the boys in our dorm. We are certainly blessed, and he will be missed.
Happy birthday to a new ten year-old. On my way back to Casa, I dropped by and got a special lunch for him. We try to make the boys feel special on their birthday. He was able to eat his lunch with our little one, and they enjoyed eating and playing games. We are blessed to be able to spend time with our boys like this.
In the afternoon, the psychologists began their program with Vencedores on anger management, at our request. What I love about our psychology team is that everything is based on the power of the Lord. We began our program with prayer and ended with prayer. Controlling our anger is very important because we can lose God’s blessing. The best example is Moses when God told him to speak to the rock and water will come out. Well, Moses struck it with his staff, and he took the credit. His punishment? He could not enter the Promised Land. I want to overcome my anger issue and the boys to overcome theirs, too. We need to trust in the Lord.
After dinner, the boys played outside until 6:00. They found a giant dung beetle and started throwing it on each other. If they would just remember what this beetle pushes around all day…dung. Do I want a poop beetle on me? I don’t think so, but that didn’t stop them from throwing it on me. Just watching them chasing each other around with that bug will only bring a smile to your face. =-]
Lee and Candy
Dottie has her eye appointment Monday to determine when the surgeries will be.
I preached today out of II Samuel 16 on a scripture I have never preached & have never heard preached.
I read this somewhere back in the early 1980s. Satan provides the test. You perform your best and God will do the rest.
Everyone is tempted by Satan. The Bible says it is common to all men. Satan will use your mind, desires for sexual gratification, fame, financial lust and other areas which truly are just common attacks.
But God is faithful to see you through it if you do your best. Resist the devil! Do not play with fire. Get away from those who would bring you down. It is not a game. The Mayans played a type of handball but not using hands. They used their feet & any other part of their bodies to put a ball through a raised hoop. The loser was put to death. That is how Satan plays this game for your soul.
But God makes a way of escape if we are serious and avoid as best we can the wiles of the devil. Satan brings testings, temptations, troubles and trials but e can keep working, praying, praising, trusting and believing God’s Word. He will deliver us.