Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lord-may I live in such a way as to emulate such a follower after you.
May I have the strength to endure if such situations come my way.
May I live with the same passion and resolve whether I live in prosperity or poverty.
May I serve you alone with my thoughts, my time, my talents-  to be worthy of the call. 
May I credit you alone with any success, blessing, or transformation I encounter. 

Missionaries Creed
We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us,
and no one will find fault with our ministry. 

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. 
We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 

We have been beaten, 
been put in prison, 
faced angry mobs, 
worked to exhaustion, 
endured sleepless nights, 
and gone without food.

We prove ourselves by our purity,
our understanding,
 our patience
our kindness
by the Holy Spirit within us,
and by our sincere love.

We faithfully preach the truth.
God's power is working in us.

We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack 
and the left hand for defense.

We serve God whether people honor or despise us,
whether they slander us or praise us.
We are honest, but they call us. 
We are ignored, even though we are well known.
We live close to death, but impostors we are still alive.
We are beaten, but we have not been killed.

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy.

We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. 
We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
2 Corinthians 6: 2-10

red symbolizing the persecution I have not had to endure...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 19, 2009

The year continues to fly by. We have been in school for a month....I've been here for over a month. It is so easy to live life in a blur...go go go...all of the time. I'm bad at balancing life. On the other hand--my overachieving may be beneficial....according to this quote--

The danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
 -Michelangelo Buonanoti 1475-1564

On a lighter note...happenings in my life--
I drank an entire coffee black-by choice. And liked it.
I long boarded and broke my sandal. 
I cut Jordan's hair-and didn't fail. 
I am officially a coffee shop nut.
Elisa taught me how to snap. 
Sept 17 was head covering day...embraced on 33-6
Prasanna got a kitten-Penny. She makes my life.
Elisa is God's gift of a roommate. 
I love tea parties. 
I played fugitive for the first time yesterday-and got a blood blister. meh.

Charissa and Jeremy were here! I miss them so so much. They are off to Moroco at the beginnning of 2010...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

No Excuses

The next time you think you have an excuse why God can't use you, remember the following people: 

Noah was drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses was a murderer (like David and Paul), Deborah was a woman, Gideon was afraid, 

Samson had long hair, Rahab was a  prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David pretended to be mad, had an affair and ran away from his own son, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran away from God, Naomi was a widow, Job was bankrupt, John the Baptist ran around in a loin cloth-and ate locusts, Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered, John was self-righteous, The disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, Mary was so Jesus minded she was no earthly good, Mary Magdalene was demon-possessed, The boy with the fish and five rolls of bread was too obscure, The Samaritan woman was divorced - more than once, Zacchaeus was too small, Paul was too religious, Timothy had a stomach ulcer, and Lazarus was dead. 

No more excuses-