“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'” Isaiah 30:21
“Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Monday, April 8, 2013
Rebekah lining up the little guys in the parade formation!
It was a great morning for some outdoor exercises and a skit at school. We were teaching the kids about the power of the tongue and presented the information to them in a skit. They enjoy our little plays and I like acting for them so it is great! We ended the lesson chapel lesson with science experiment using mentos to represent hurtful things the tongue can do and a 2 liter of diet coke to resemble the body. As many of us know mentos + Diet Coke = explosion! Let my words speak of God's glory, because if my tongue is not tame it will infect my whole being. During gym class with the pre-k class Jaun Paul, Cristofer, Samuel kept staring in to my sunglasses. They were fascinated by their reflections and would be talking to themselves in the reflection of my sunglasses, it was so entertaining. Juan Paul was the most entertaining, because he makes great faces to go along with his talking! Then a little bit later at snack time Gilmar was pretending to sing "Pray" by MC Hammer. There were so many adorably funny things happening in such a short period of time! Next week we are going to Mera to be in a parade, so the practicing has begun. The oldest girls aren't too thrilled about it, but deep down inside I think they are excited. I know I still like parades a lot and not only because of the candy! We went on a walk with the little guys by the Tilapia ponds and I was nervous the whole time. Geovanny fell while he was playing today, so I picked him up and brought him over to the side. As soon as I kissed his hurt arm the crying stopped and he was good to go, oh the power of a kiss! They are always all over the place and I thought for sure somebody was going to end up falling in, but I am glad to say they didn't. I enjoy getting to chat with Arianne, the other gym teacher, between classes. We speak a lot of Spanglish and I'm always learning something new! We had a beautiful butterfly fly into English class, it was distracting for a little bit, but very nice to look at. raincoat kept the school store dry on the way from the school to the house, because it started raining really hard after school. I got pretty wet on the short walk, but it saved all the prizes! After
Our visitor in class!
school enrichment went pretty fast today, then I got a ride home in the truck. Most of the benches were wet from the rain coming in, but I was able to find a dry spot! I have still felt a bit weak since being sick, so it was nice to get a ride home. I enjoyed some toast with butter and homemade mora jam before going to Italy for supper with Cheralyn. While we were there we met some of the Beck's and ran in to a Tia on the way to the market, where I picked up some eggs for breakfast. It was a short and rainy adventure, but it was a nice social outing. I did some chores around the house and read before getting ready for bed. On sermoncentral.com I found a sermon by Edward Frey about God Satisfying every desire. I am going to use some quotes and summarize his sermon, because it is great! "Oscar Wilde, once wrote, 'There are two tragedies in this life. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.' In a way, Mr. Wilde recognized one of the most challenging aspects of being human. We want so much. We measure our lives by how much we get or do not get. Often we are not even sure about what we want. We are only sure of one thing: we want." Talk about a loaded way to start off the sermon, but I can definately relate to this. It is important to remember life is not about what objects we have, but rather Who has us and how He is caring for us. Scripture from Luke 11:9-13 is referenced throughout the sermon, "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” In this passage Jesus points out it is not wrong to want, in fact, God is gracious to us when it comes to our desires. God knows our desires and the fact that God satisfies them should not surprise us. Desire is often the guiding force behind our prayer life and God is able to determine the appropriate way to satisfy those needs. God wants us to constatnly come to Him with prayers and petitions! Jesus taught his disciples to ask for things in prayer, they even demand these things from their heavenly Father. He is faithful to answer prayers. God satisfies our most desperate desires and this is no lie, His satisfaction is not a substitute for anything, because it is the real thing. God is the only one who can satisfy the desires we have for genuineness, love, and truth. God promises to satisfy our desires and His grace leads us to pray trusting He will provide. We can be confident that God will give us the very best, He has created faith in us to believe just as he promised he would. Our desires have been met in Christ and God’s guarantee is sealed with the Holy Spirit. He guarantees that whatever is on our hearts and minds in prayer is heard and will be answered. We have the hope of God and the miracle that He has given himself to us. The Lord gives us his undivided attention, hears and answers our prayers, and satisfies our greatest desires whether we seem to get what we want in this world or not. It is a loaded sermon, but there is so much truth about God being more than enough! Seeking more of God's will is what matters most and our Savior urges us to set our hearts on Him, and He is my desires.