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They Who Sow with Tears Will Reap with Joy

I am currently doing a Beth Moore Bible study called "Stepping Up" (available here), which is a study of the Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134). She always has so much spiritual meat to chew on, but her study on Psalm 126 struck me in a new way. If you have a Bible handy, read through it real quick.

One of the exercises she had us do was to draw a time line. This was great to see the outline of the Psalm....and it also shows the pattern of Hebrew poetry. This is what my time line looks like:I learn best through pictures and visualizations so I thought this was helpful. At one point in time Israel had been prosperous and it was a land full of laughter and joy. But when the psalmist wrote this psalm they were in a time of tears and weeping and wondering what God was doing. But God promised them that once again their fortunes would be restored and that there would be joy and laughter.

Of course, my first application of the psalm was to our life in Tera. When the six men chos…

Panera Bread

My new favorite fast-food restaurant is Panera Bread. I've driven past numerous Panera's and just thought, "Huh! They probably just have dried up American-style supposedly French bread that is fake and disgusting." So we never stopped. Then when we were in Alabama we kind of had to go to one because everything else was too expensive in the area where we were. So, we tried it and fell in love!

Inside, the colors are all harvest sorts of colors with muted oranges, yellows, greens, and purples. The walls are all different colors. It sounds strange, but it works. The chairs are real wood and there are easy chairs and coffee tables where you can sit, too. It's a place that invites you to bring in your computer, do internet on their free wireless, sip a cup of your favorite beverage and stay awhile. If you're lucky enough you may get a seat by the gas fireplace. The food is served on glass plates and bowls with real silverware.

Best of all is the food. …

Update on Andrew and Yoko

About a year ago our SIM Niger family went through a difficult time as two of our family members struggled with serious health needs. We asked your prayer for them at that time and they and we were encouraged by prayers on their behalf from around the world. So, I thought maybe you'd like an update on how they are doing and have a chance to give God the glory for His goodness and faithfulness.

As you will remember, Andrew suffered a seizure, resulting in tests that showed a mass on his brain. He was medically evacuated to Australia where further tests showed that the mass was cancerous. He underwent surgery to remove the mass and then radiation treatment. It has been a long, difficult road for Andrew and his family. In October, Andrew and his family returned to Niger for a short visit, to sell their belongings, and to say proper good-byes. It was a very difficult decision for them to end their ministry in Niger but felt it was not wise to stay because of the lack of availabi…

Growing Up

Have you ever gone back to a place where you had lived as a child....a place that you hadn't been for years and years? When I first went back to Kent Academy, where I had attended as a child, everything seemed smaller to me. As a child I was small of course (I know, I know, I haven't gotten much taller!) and everything at boarding school seemed big and overwhelming to me. When I went back as an adult I discovered that everything was just a normal size!

Recently we were on Long Island and John wanted to go see the house where his grandparents had lived and where his dad had grown up. John had not been there since he was in high school. He did not even recognize the place. For one thing, they had added on to the house and done extensive renovations. But what really surprised him was the size of the trees. They had grown and grown while other things in the neighborhood had stayed the same.

Houses and other buildings may look smaller to us because we grow bigger. But trees …