Sunday, February 23, 2014

When did we see You sick?

 “Then the righteous will answer Him,
‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You,
or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 
And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in,
or naked and clothe You?
When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 
The King will answer and say to them,
‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine,
even the least of them, 
you did it to Me.’”                                          
Matthew 25: 37-40

We love Jesus and we are here in Papua New Guinea to serve Him.  Jesus asks us to do that by serving the poor, and the broken, and the sick…

My high school students and I decided that we wanted to take that seriously and literally.  Sunday we (the high schoolers, myself, and many other missionary families) took the short walk to the hospital to worship with, share the gospel with, and pray for the patients there. 

We met a mama who had a very sick baby…we prayed with her as she wept quietly.

We met a man had a heart condition and who wanted to become stronger in his walk with the Lord…we prayed with him.

We met a man who was in the hospital after getting himself into a horrible fight and had no interest in God…we prayed with him.

We met a man who wanted to give his life to the Lord…we prayed and rejoiced with him!

Many others I don’t even know about were visited with and prayed for…

One of the great privileges we have is to live so close to the poor and the sick, the people Jesus calls 
"brothers of Mine."

Monday, February 10, 2014

Defining Today

- forgot to hang the cloth diapers on the it's too late.
- husband drinks all the coffee.
- didn't sleep much last night...could have used that coffee.
- rolls for dinner tonight don't all.
- babies won't nap.
- our former pet dog finds his way back...again.
- baaaaaad hair day.
- phone dies...again...can't find the charger.
- husband looks for a new phone in town...doesn't have enough card machine is broken.

I'm on the verge of tears...why am I letting these things define my day?  Why do these things trump others?  Why do they win?  I get to decide how I view my day.  I get to choose my attitude.  As I rock a little baby-man and sing to him..."just give me Jesus"...I decide to let Jesus change my view.  my attitude.  my heart.

Today I'm thankful that...
- I still have enough disposable the clothe ones can dry tomorrow.
- I can make myself more coffee...maybe even flavored coffee just for me (thanks to a box from America!)!
- I have time to make another batch of rolls.
- the babies and I had great playtime.
- I'll probably sleep really well tonight!
- our dog lovingly remembers he has a caring family to go back to at Grace's house.
- tomorrow will hopefully be a better hair day!  :)
- my husband loves me so much, he took time out of his busy work/shopping day to look for a phone for me!
- I have a Savior who loves me, walks with me, and comforts me!

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.      
- 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18