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May book list

May is our hottest most miserable month here.  Temperatures are around 105 or more every day and the humidity increases making it feel even worse.  One of the hardest things about the heat is the way it zaps your energy.  After putting in a day of work, you're pretty much done.  Reading is a great activity for when you don't feel like doing anything.  And one thing you can do when the power is off, is read.  So May is not a good month for doing big projects, but it is a good month for getting some reading done.

The Power of Suffering:  Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner's Fire by John MacArthur
Our culture seems, on the whole, to do what they can to prevent and to avoid suffering, yet suffering of some sort comes to each of us.  MacArthur has some very helpful things to say and this book would be one I'd be willing to share with people going through a hard time. He gives a good solid theology for suffering. He said two things, though, that I'm not sure I agree w…

Fixing Our Focus, Part III

Fixing Our Focus, Part I
Fixing our Focus, Part II

Looking through the viewfinder or at the screen on the back of your camera makes taking pictures fairly easy.  You more or less get what you see through the viewfinder.
But have you ever seen a photographer trying to take a picture with the camera facing behind them?  It even sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?  You take pictures of what you can see, and you can't really see behind you. For a photo challenge where you take a picture a day for a month, the challenge was "hair".  I tried and tried to take a picture of the back of my head.  It was way harder than I thought it would be and this was the best I got.  Yeah, it turned out to not really be focused behind me.

I suppose it’s possible to hold your camera backwards and take whatever kind of picture you get, but if you can’t see in the viewfinder, it’s awfully hard to find the focus.  Paul reminds us to “forget what is behind”.  Yes, there is a sense of remembrance, especi…

Mom, Be Easy on Yourself

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there and to all those who are honoring their moms today.  

Here in Niger Mother's Day isn't a thing.  In fact, most moms soldier on day after day without a lot of praise or gifts of appreciation for their hard work.  But like moms everywhere, they take pride in their kids, work hard for them, and defend them from those who would harm them.  At the same time, they have few expectations of receiving gifts, praise, or breakfast in bed (they would probably think that's a hilarious concept!). 



Let's be encouraged by our Nigerien sisters and be easy on ourselves today, Moms.  Let's be easy on our kids and husbands, too.  Maybe all of your expectations for the day aren't met, but try to look at the good things in the day.  All of us have moms, and even if your relationship with your mom isn't good, she did give you life.We may not get gifts, visits from family, or even much recognition.  But we have our children and we …

Another Year Done and Dusted

Today is my birthday, and just like that, another year, done and dusted.  Life sure is hard sometimes, but I am so blessed with the life I've been given.  "LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." (Psalm 16:5, 6)  I thought it would be good to look back over this past year of mine to see how the Lord has been my portion and my cup and how He has delighted in me and blessed me.

May 2016 -- The highlight of last May was a trip to Oxford and two weeks with John while he was fulfilling his on-site study requirements.





June 2016 -- On the way back from England we spent an overnight in Istanbul, Turkey.  John spent the first four years of his life in Turkey, so we had both wanted to see more of the country than just the inside of the airport.



July 2016 -- OK, I'm cheating just a bit because there were two really significant events in July.  …