Lenten Picture February 22

February 23, 2016 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? Today’s Lenten word is: Save. For this word I have chosen the following picture-
 

This picture helps me to ponder more about what I can do to save the planet. We certainly haven’t treated the earth as good stewards, which was God’s idea from the beginning. I have loved teaching my daughter ways that she can help as well. And when I slip, you can bet she holds me to it! And that’s the good word for today.  

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Lenten Picture February 21

February 21, 2016 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? Had a busy couple of days and dozed off on posting Lenten pictures. So let’s try for a better week. Today’s word is: Wings. What else can I post but a picture of an eagle.

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I always loved the song Eagle’s wings based on Isaiah 40. It reminds us that while we run and run and run, the Lord does not grow weary and in our tiredness God will raise us up on Eagle’s wings and give us the rest. And that’s the good word for today!

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Lenten Pic of the Day

February 15, 2016 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? Today’s Lenten word is: Confess

There were so many good pictures for today’s word, so I decided to break protocol and post two pics. Whenever we think of confession, we probably think of a picture like this:

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I must say that it gives me a negative feeling about confession. And there’s the deal, confession is GOOD! It’s not legalistic, and it’s not about doing certain things in order to earn that forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift that comes to us freely when we ask for it. For me confession is more like this:

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“Nothing you confess will make me love you any less, ” Jesus.

And that’s the good word for today!

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Lenten Pic February 12

February 12, 2016 1 comment

What’s the good word? Today’s word for Lent is: Return. 

  
There’s always this picture at the top of my Facebook timeline that reminds me of something that happened a year ago, or two years ago, or more. Depends on Facebook I guess. It always makes me return to a time and place in the past. Most of the time I get a smile or chuckle out of the picture. Today is no different. Today is my son, Logan’s 1st Birthday. At the top of my timeline there was a picture of him the day he was born, making me return to that wonderful day! Lent is supposed to do that for us. In the liturgy for Lent we sing: “Return to the Lord your God…” Returning to God to remind us of how gracious and merciful our God is. So today, take some time to stop and reflect. Return to God and remember! And that’s the good word for today. 

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Lenten Pic of the Day

February 12, 2016 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been on here to blog. I really need to get back into it, for myself at least. I’m choosing Lent as the time to re-up my blogging. It gets me into a discipline at least. So, for Lent I’m taking on a challenge that I found online. There’s a word for the day and you have to post a picture that represents that word. Seems fun enough. 

Today’s word: Oppression

  
I love this picture. It reminds us all that in the face of oppression, whether to us or to someone else, we must stand up and say some thing. But I believe we must do more than just say some thing, I believe we must DO something. It goes without saying, faith without works is dead. Words without actions seem empty, they seem, well, to be just words. And that is the good word for today. 

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

January 21, 2015 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? Well today was a day of mixed emotions. The title of this blog says it all, so here it goes.

The Good: We delivered half of the 750 books that we were able to secure for the school in Robit. It was amazing to walk into the book store and see all of these books sitting there. It was a bit overwhelming. We are already seeing the fruits of our labor with the kids we have already supplied the books for. Their test scores were up and all passed their exams.

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The Bad: I saw the high school today and there was a HUGE disparity between what the high school students had and what the junior high students did not. They had a library full of reference books. They had computers (20 as a matter of fact), new buildings, and a new laboratory. I began to ask why, and I was told it was supported by the NGO (non government organization) Glimmer of Hope, who had secured the donations for high school. This really bothered me as I have always felt that there is an important foundation that needs to be laid in the lower grades. This leads me to the ugly.

The Ugly: If the junior high students needed computers, why couldn’t they use the nearly 13 computers the high school students WEREN’T using? If they needed lab equipment, why buy new equipment? Let them share the high school laboratory? NO! I was told. The high school was separate from the primary school. That prperty belonged to them and that was a decison that could only be made by the high ups in the education department of the government. So what’s the ugly? The school system is just as complicated and just as political as the system in the states. This isn’t rocket science. If there are 500 textbooks at this school and the school down the road (which I visited) has NONE, then take the excess there.

The Lord knows I have to work on my patience, and I guess this is his way of doing that! LOL! But I am determined to keep making a difference, through supplies, and the sharing of ideas. I did get a chance to meet those higher ups today (part of the good), and they were excited about the opportunity to work with Acts of Wisdom and improving the quality of educaiton for the students. And that’s the good word for today.

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God’s Work Our Hands

January 20, 2015 Leave a comment

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What’s the good word? Today was a day of days. It was great to be back out in Robit. To see the people I have become close to. To see the children growing up. To be seen by folks you have come to know and see them smile when they see you. It’s a blessing. But today was also a frustrating day. I am still trying to wrap my brain around the education system here. I was a bit thrown off guard to walk into shed full of books when I was told there weren’t any books. Come to find out, text books are given to schools by the government, however, it’s the reference books and workbooks that aren’t supplied. These are necessary for children to pratice and to study for their exams so that they pass. I was not aware of any of this. Let’s just say it was a long day of meetingssss and working through translators and it all was a bit much. I kept asking myself, “Why am I doing this again?” God calls us to ministry, but God never says it is easy. There’s a passage in Scripture where Jesus tells the disciples if you aren’t received in a town, dust the sand off your sandals and walk away. Translation: this won’t be easy. The Apostle Paul had many ups and downs in his ministry. He was chased out of towns, rocks thrown at him, boat crashed in a storm, thrown into prison, you name it. It wasn’t easy.

Then this happened. I was told by the school principal that because of our help in getting books for the second graders all of them passed their exams. ALL of them. 100%. They saw a big difference in the learning of the students because of these books we were able to get them. The school is now recognized by the regional manager of education that works for the government. I will meet him this week as he wishes to extend thanks and seek new ways of working together.

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And then this happened. I heard a story of widow with three kids and one on the way. Her husband was attacked and killed by some bandits who had a vendeta against the man’s brother. In the course of the fight, their oldest daughter tried to fend them off, only lossing her life as well. I just broke down crying, not finding the words to say.

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All of this to say, God’s work isn’t always easy. We may find times where we are asking “Why?” And then God will show up and show us why we are doing what we are doing. These people are the reason. Those kids. This woman. God showed me why and for that I am thankful. And that’s the good word for today.

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