Saturday, March 17, 2012

Time Flies

Time has been FLYING by!!!!!!!!!!!!
My mom will be here in 2 weeks, then the Ladies Day, then we head back to MO!!!!!!!!!!
I would say that I'm counting the days but honestly time is going by so quickly that I don't have TIME to count the TIME. It seems that the more days go by the longer my to-do list gets... I think it's supposed to be the other way around.
There is not a doubt in my mind that the Lord is coming soon. Every day seems darker than the one before. Every day our light needs to shine brighter. I'm remembering a kids song that we used to sing when I was little,
♪Give me oil in my lap, keep me burning, burning, burning. Give me oil in my lamp, I pray. Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning, burning, burning. Keep me burning til the break of day♫

In the perilous times we live in this needs to be our daily cry to the Lord. It seem the more necessary it becomes the more dificult it is to stay focused. The devil is just waiting for us to be lulled to sleep by the materialism and false security that surrounds us. He's begging us to conform. He's begging us to become one with the world. He wants to cheat us. Don't let him, don't let him get away with it. Don't allow him to be worshipped through your life, your family, or your job. Don't bow down to him. He wants your adoration and your worship and he DOES NOT deserve it. Give it to Him to whom it is due. Give the glory to God, FOREVER. Worship him in your every deed, your every step, your every word. Now, not tomorrow because we have no guarantee of tomorrow!!!!!!!! We are surrounded by such willful ignorance and apathy. People need to be woken up to the truth. But how can they if we ourselves are buying into the lie?

Would you believe someone who came up to you at a buffet and told you that the food was poisoned and then went and served themselves a heaping plate of that very food????? No....... If there's no urgency in our cry why should they listen?

Now I'm not saying that we should to go out to the nearest street corner and scream John 3:16. Neither am I saying that the Lord won't come if we are not busy knocking on doors. And I am defintely not saying that we should stop being mothers, fathers, teachers, wives, and employees in order to save the world. In fact, we can't save the world, don't even bother trying. However, let us, in everything we say and do, lift up the name of the God Most High. That is what will triumph. That is what will pursuade hearts. That is what sets us apart from the rest of the world.
Resurection Sunday is coming up soon. Remember, it's not about bunnies, eggs, or Easter dresses. It's a reminder that we serve a LIVING GOD and He is an ALL CONSUMING FIRE. He is also the redeemer of our souls, the creator of the universe. He holds us in His hand, nothing can move us.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

one of those moments

I had one of those moments the other day, I was in the shower............... hahahahahaha. Of course I was in the shower, where else do I have my deepest thoughts :) Actually this wasn't really my thought, it was a thought that the Lord put in my heart. I was in a hurry since I hadn't gotten up as early as I should have. I was lamenting that because of my reluctance to get out of bed I had missed my quiet time. Shampooing my head rather vigorously I was mentally beating myself up for my laziness. Thinking," How could you trade that precious time with your Savior for a little more sleep? How could you miss out on the peace, joy, and wisdom that fill you as a result of your time with Him?"

All of the sudden, " When you don't spend time with me you are not the only one missing out. You desire the fellowship to strengthen yourself, be guided and to be encouraged. But, I desire simply to be with you because I delight in you. That's why I created you".

Wow....... When I don't spend time with the Lord it hurts Him. Not simply because He wants to instruct me, not simply because He wants to impart some wisdom to me, or to give me a word for someone else. He WANTS to spend time with me, for Him.....Not because it benefits Him, obviously I have nothing to give Him. But because He DELIGHTS in me. The creator of the universe delights in ME. He delights in spending time with ME........ And when I don't give Him that chance I sadden Him, I disappoint Him.

"But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight". Ps 16:3

He created us, in His image, for His pleasure.
Ps 147:11 -The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Psa 149:4 -For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

What do CD players do????, Well...................The play cds. A 4 year old could tell you that.
What does a toaster do?????? Not the one in the cartoon...... Just the plain old toaster sitting on your counter. It toasts things, right???? What about a washing machine??? It washes things........ My point is, things generally do what they are made to do... Unless they weren't made well, then they don't work. I, you, we were made to have communion with God. We were made so that He could take pleasure in us. He takes pleasure in time with us.... SO, are we doing what we were made to do? Tell me, what is the use of a toaster that doesn't toast or a washer that doesn't wash? What is it worth? Not much. What do you do with that toaster? To the dump it goes. So, if we are not fulfilling our created purpose what are we doing? What are we accomplishing? Are we just gathering gathering dust and taking up room?
How upside down, backwards, and messed up is that????????????? Let me clarify. You were not created to be a doctor, a baker, a teacher, an artist. You were not even created to be a mother, husband, or pastor. Yes, those are callings.. Those are things that come as a result of us fulling our purpose. What's our purpose??? TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST. Once again I repeat, you can't know someone you don't spend time with. What kind of relationship would that be? Neither are relationships formed through one-way conversations.

Life at Rancho Maranatha is good, a blessing as always.
Yesterday the group from Minnesota left. They were a huge blessing. They filled their days as mechanics and plumbers :)
We also had Lance, from Big Bear, visiting. Lance was a blessing and shared at many of the studies.
Oh yes, I HAVE A HUGE PRAISE REPORT. God has healed Levi Ray! Since this precious little boy was born 4 years ago we have been praying for a miracle. Praying that God would heal his airway so that he would be able to breathe the way he was created to. After many, many surgeries and sleepless nights Levi is officially trache free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a blessing! Thankyou God!
Yesterday we had Rebecca's "Just Arrived" party. On Tuesday Rebecca will be one month old. I am exactly 20 years older than her. I couldn't possibly have asked for a better birthday gift. The whole family is doing well. Noemi seems to really love her little sister. My camera died, so I 'm sorry to say that I don't have any photos :(
On Wednesday we celebrated Dan's 14th birthday :)
Karla Melissa gave her life to Jesus Christ last week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PRAISE GOD.
All the bible studies continue. Things in Huazahuari are progressing slowly. The ladies that Rogelio shares with seem to be hungering continually for the Word. The children continue to be challenging. They are filled with some many superstitions and are taught so many dark things. I pray that the Lord would give me wisdom and show me how to show them the truth. They have been enjoying new soccer balls, bats, and cones. Thanks James!!!!!!!
Today gives us exactly a month til the Ladies Day. We have soooooo much to do , as always :) All you ladies are invited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jo and Jerry will be leaving soon :( They will be sadly missed.....................
I will be heading to the states with my mom after the Ladies Day. I'm looking forward to seeing friends and family! Yes, I'm counting the days ;)
Please continue to pray for us and the many places we minister to. Here's the list for those of you who don't have it:
Monday-Dan goes to the jail in Obregon
Tuesday- Ladies's studies in Osobampo and Jus,ibampo in the AM, Mezquital Tesia in the evening.
Wednesday- San Antonio, Huazahuari, and Alamos
Thursday- Jusibampo and Mocuzari
Friday- Las Minitas
Saturday- home :)
Sunday- Navojoa in the AM and Osobampo in the evening

Thankyou all SOOOOO much for your financial and spiritual support. YOU ARE A HUGE BLESSING. Keep it up :)
Blessings from Rancho Maranatha!