With children, we know there will be problems.  When children from different backgrounds and families are together, there will be more problems.  Living together and being accustomed to each other will bring about hurt feelings.  This morning was no different.  Like Barney Fife said, “You have to nip it in the bud.”  The boys brushed their teeth, I gave out medicine, and we met in the sala.  I said, “There is a phase, ‘Treat others the way you like to be treated.'”  This is called the Golden Rule.  Yet, this rule is biblical.  Jesus said, ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.’ Matthew 7:12.

“How do you want to be treated?  What do you want others to do to you?  Call you names?  Pick on you?  How about the younger boys?  Are you a good example to them?  How about the teachers?  Do you respect them and are obedient?  We need to think differently.  We need to act differently.  We need to love others the way our Lord loves us.  We need to be patient with others, the way our Lord is patient with us.  We need to forgive others, the way our Lord has forgiven us.”

I read a quote, “Changing your behavior doesn’t change your heart.  Let Jesus transform your heart and your behavior will change.”  Change is good.

When teams come to Casa, they are a blessing to the children.  Yet, throughout the years, friendships are made between teams and dorm parents, too.  Many teams have come and prayed over Candy and me and have lifted us up.  We are blessed.  God’s word says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”  God provides.  Thank you, Lord.

Monday was Jim’s birthday, and I totally forgot.  Sometimes I’m so dependent on the calendar to let me know whose birthday it is, but I didn’t write down Jim’s.  The women do a better job keeping up and celebrating each other’s.  Guys… well, enough said.  Anyway, the boys sang Happy Birthday and then smothered him with hugs.  Candy suggested travel mugs for both him and Kate.  Yeah, I missed hers also.  These two have been a blessing to the boys and us.  Happy Belated Birthday, Jim!

One of the visiting teams blessed the older boys with a bible study tonight.  Afterwards they played bingo and enjoyed donuts and hot chocolate.

All His,

Lee and Candy

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