Thursday, March 26, 2009
It is fun to see my ninos using their imagination and trying to use what they are learning.
Seth has been learning about missionaries both at home and at church. The other day he came up with a new game for him and Selah to play together. With a map in hand, Seth put on a cap on his head and gave Selah a cap for her to wear as well. Then he said they were missionaries or should I say "Misternaries" and they were going to go places together. First to Chinese, then Florida, then Mardels. "All those places need missionaries," Tim said to them. Later on after being corrected on the correct way to say China Seth say to Selah, "Ok Missesnary now we are going to China, Florida, and then McDonalds."
"I will be praying for you." I say to my little missionaries.
God Bless them.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This is something I loved from the Bible Study I am doing.
From the book Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning.
When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at "the house of the dying" in Calcutta, he was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life. On the first morning there he met Mother Teresa. She asked, "And what can I do for you?" Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him.
"What do you want me to pray for?" she asked. He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States: "Pray that I have clarity."
She said firmly, "No, I will not do that." When he asked her why, she said, "Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of." When Kavanaugh commented that she always seemed to have the clarity he longed for, she laughed and said, "I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God."
We ourselves have known and put our trust in God's love toward ourselves" (I john 4:16). Craving clarity, we attempt to eliminate the risk of trusting God. Fear of the unknown path stretching ahead of us destroys childlike trust in the Father's active goodness and unrestricted love.
We often presume that trust will dispel the confusion, illuminate the darkness, vanquish the uncertainty, and redeem the times. But the crowd of witnesses in Hebrews 11 testifies that this is not the case. Our trust does not bring final clarity on this earth. It does not still the chaos or dull the pain or provide a crutch. When all else is unclear, the heart of trust says, as Jesus did on the cross, "into you hands I commit my spirit." (Luke23:46)