Last week was a week to write down in the books... an earthquake and a hurricane all within five days. I see now that the Lord is preparing me for so much more than I expected. Being from Alabama, we never really talked about what to do during an earthquake. When the building started shaking, I had no idea what was going on- much less what to do! All of a sudden, the speaker announced, "This is an earthquake, get out of the building!" I'm pretty sure my heart was beating like I was sprinting, and not only that... my body may have been shaking more than the building itself. Ha. I am so glad that this happened for the first time in America. Since then, I found out that the Philippines frequently has earthquakes. I am thankful that I know that the door frames and outside the building are places of refuge rather than under a plastic table with a textbook covering my head.
The learning week was great last week too. We started off with the persecuted church. Whew! That gave me about a million more reasons to pray. We heard so many stories of the Lord's faithfulness throughout the world in situations that are far from ideal. I went on a nice drive on Wednesday and this was the beautiful sunset the Lord blessed me with!
We finished up the week learning about relationships from Tom Eliff. Here are five tools to have in your relationship toolbox:
- Forgiving- "An unforgiving spirit is like an acid that eats the container from the inside out."
- Breaking- Breaking the curse of words on your life... Weighing speech against the authority of Gods word and break free from curses.
- Listening- it says "You are important to me." (among other things)
- Loving- Agape always emanates from a higher place.
- Thirsty- We do more damage than good when we don't thirst for God. Psalm 42.
This past weekend was a great weekend to celebrate birthdays! Ester and Nathan gave us a reason to celebrate! Yay! I love parties!! Friday night we played Laser Tag and went ice skating in town. Saturday, Nathan's mom made a delicious cake that looked like Madagascar's flag, and we had a hurricane party- complete with "pin the tail on the lemur."
|Happy Birthday, Ester!!|
|Laser Tag with my Divas!|
|A nice game of Ninja!|
|Soon to be Mada Guys and a Filipino Gal.|
"Teach me your way, O Lord, That I may walk in your truth, unite my heart to fear your name." Psalm 86:11
"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8
"So I say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid, what can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:6
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31
"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" Psalm 8:9
|Here's another awesome sunset from this week!|