So my 5 year old was running down the differences between boys and girls yesterday. She said “boys are on the computer and girls watch TV a little, boys are on the computer ALOT like you Daddy”. Oh the great wisdom of a child.
That is something I need to think about as we are preparing as a ministry to do 21 days of fasting starting tomorrow. We are going to be combining fasting from food, Daniel type fasts and fasting from things for the next 21 days.
I would be lying to say I am always doing important things on the computer. The fact that my five year old daughter indentifies me as being on ALOT and then says all boys are like that, makes me kind of sad. Too much checking the news, too much checking on my favorite teams, too much checking the surf forecast, too much facebook browsing…..and the list goes on.
The Lord has challenged me, thank you Aliyah. These next 21 days will be much more disciplined. I love children.
Aliyah on our recent visit to Miami….acting like a big girl 🙂
Please pray for these three. Their mother Faviola is considering taking them out of Havilah & Robles. This has been ongoing and after every vacation this seems to happen. She is unemployed and very unstable. Her mother and sisters are trying to convince her to have the children come back this weekend.
This is the hard part.
We love them dearly and they have been with us for nearly three years. It will be heartbreaking not to have them come back. I really can’t imagine Casa Robles without Luisa. So please pray.
Pray for the Luz, Kener & Luisa. Lord I ask you to take care of them, reach in and guide this time Lord, we trust you to do what is good. Amen.
Father Damien was a preist in the late 1800s who served the exiled leper community in Hawaii. He went and lived with them. He served them as the Lord called him. This is a Hymn called “Leper’s Song” sung during mass by the colony’s inhabitants. It was composed by a native poet.
When, oh when shall it be given to me
To behold my God?
Oh when shall the captivity of my wretched soul
Cease in this strang land where night and day
Weeping alone is my portion;
When oh when shall I leave this valley of sorrow,
Where the only bread I eat is my continual tears?
When, oh when shall I see my well-beloved Lord?
Prince of the heavens is he,
Guardian of my soul, my Hope, my savior,
Saint Damien’s final days as recorded by his confessor: “Saturday, the thirtieth, he prepared for death. It was truly edifying to see him. He seemed so happy. After I had heard his general confession, I made my confession to him. Then we renewed the vows that bind us to the congregation. The following day, he received the holy viaticum. During the day he was bright and cheerful, as usual. ‘Look at my hands,’ he said. ‘All the wounds are closing, and the crust is turning black. That is the sign of imminent death. I am not mistaken, for I have seen many lepers die.’
He died of leprosy.
The hymn reminds me of the great hope that is Jesus Christ. Those who are dying, but dying slowly and painfully sing out that He is their Hope, He is their Savior, He is their All! Jesus is a penetrating force.
The last words of this man are challenging. God has called us all, into different circumstances and different places. That we would be filled with joy and peace as we lay dying is worth striving for. As this man lay dying, looking at his hands he knew his time was near because he had buried so many with the same disease. He knew he risked everything coming to serve them. He knew it was his calling. He knew God was with him and had used him.
Peace and Joy at the end.
Ruby Ranch “The Double R” is a new project for Open Hearts. It is a large peice of land that we hope to develop into a place where we raise crops, game and produce to provide for the needs of different ministries. We also want to make Ruby Ranch a place where children can visit and explore the great outdoors. We are planning to develop nature trails, outdoor activities, repelling, rock climbing, a swim hole and other ideas.
Today I went out to the farm with Krista’s brother Brinson and we purchased two horses. Hopefully more to come, but these two are a great start. They don’t have names yet….but the brown one is quite a stallion!
It will be sooooo much fun to take kids down trails on these guys!!! Praise Jesus!