You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
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Day 28th's post was Beautiful. I didn't really take a picture on Day 28. But I did take pictures during our spiritual life conference. The last day was beautiful as we worshiped God outside in the shade of giant trees. I loved so many of the songs we sang, but I think 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman is one of the most beautiful of the beautiful songs we sang. Here we go, starting with the chorus:
My mother-in-law, Jean, is an amazing person with many gifts. One of the first things I noticed about her when I was but a young bride, was her gift of hospitality. It was nothing for her to invite a large group of people over, make each one feel welcome, cook a big meal,and seemingly do it without stressing herself out. I don't know if hospitality just came naturally to her or if she learned it. In this picture you can see Jean throwing a party for a class she taught in Nigeria.
I believe that for me it has been a learned skill. My parents were hospitable and it wasn't unusual for us to have guests over (though usually not as many at a time as my mother-in-law would do!). But when I started living on my own, I had to learn hospitality. The first time I invited somebody over for a meal, the lid got stuck on the pot of vegetables, I put too much salt or soda or something in the muffins, and I forgot to serve milk and sugar with the hot drinks. I've gotten much bett…
It's the season for graduations! Yesterday I attended two graduations. Thankfully one was in the morning and one was in the evening. There were differences and similarities.
The morning graduation was at the flight controller and meteorologist training school. Six of the graduates attended our Bible study regularly and a seventh came occasionally. We grew to dearly love this group.
The evening ceremony was at our MK school and all of the graduates this year were missionary kids and one pastor's kids; the majority of the missionary kids were from our mission. So I've known most of these kids since they were little.
The similarities were: 1. Both groups were fairly small (30 for the flight controller school and 13 for our mission school). Both groups were very close to each other; at the flight controller school they have all classes together and live in dorms together for 14 months with only a few days off and no real vacations; at the mission school the kids have …
I've been working on our home assignment audio-visual presentation. It's been a lot of work, especially since it requires sorting through hundreds of pictures to choose the ones we want to use. I was hoping to put together something that would be really "Wow!" Well, in the end it's just a power point with some music and a few slides coming in with a fancy spin. But it's our story, and our story is nothing more than God's story when it comes right down to it. In fact, I have used Big Daddy Weave's song, My Story in part of the presentation. If you're not familiar with the song, you can listen to it here. As I looked over the past four years of this term there were days that we felt we had reached our ability to endure. We started the term in July 2013 and we were still recovering from the flood of 2012. We have all of our "normal" stresses such as living in an extremely hot climate, living in the poorest country of the world, livi…