Monday, June 24, 2013



Isaiah 26:3
You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you.

Right now, I am overwhelmed with peace.  I am in God's will.  I am obeying Him in this new stage of my life.  My mind, spirit, and body are dependent on Him.  I am trusting the Lord to see me through.
The peace I have is overflowing.  Anything can happen, and in fact, has happened.  Yet the peace has not left me.  It is constant and always present.
Sometimes in our lives, we can experience this incredible peace.  Other times are marked by confusion, pain, and fear.
When we are in the will of God, He sends us His peace.  Everything will be okay.  It will all work out in the end.
I do not know what all the Lord has in store for me.  Or for you.  I do know that it is good.  He will bring each of us into a time of peace.
Where are you right now?  Are you experiencing overwhelming peace?  Rejoice and thank the Lord for His peace.
Are you confused or fearful?  Pray for His peace.  And listen to His guidance.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your overwhelming peace.  Continue to send me Your peace and Your love.  In Jesus' name, Amen



John 14:3
If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.

Nothing gets me excited about the future than this verse.  Jesus is returning!
The thought of Jesus returning fills me with joyful anticipation.  One day, He will set all things right.  He will conquer Satan and call the faithful to Him.  What a joyous day that will be!
What do I really look forward to about Jesus' return?  Meeting Him in person.  To see Him.  To hear Him.  To be welcomed by Him.
I truly believe that within every Christian, there is a joyful anticipation.  Each of us has a place in His kingdom, here and in the future.  He welcomes each of us.  And He will one day return and welcome us to Him.
What feelings are invoked in you at Jesus' return?  Excitement, anticipation, relief?  Is it fear or uncertainty?  If it is excitement or anticipation, rejoice in His promise.  If it is fear or uncertainty, open your heart to Him and ask Him for that assurance.

Lord, I praise You for Your promise of Your return.  Continue to prepare me for that glorious day.  In Your name, Amen



Deuteronomy 8:16
He fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end He might cause you to prosper.

I have been humbled and tested through afflictions.  Humbled by the Lord's care of me.  Tested by neverending troubles.
A couple years later, and I am just learning all the good things Jesus has in store for me.  Last year, it seemed as if God was telling me to rest and relax, to enjoy life, that the difficult time was finally over.  This year, the message seems to be prepare and to move, that there is more ahead.
So many good things seem to be happening to me as I continue to seek and obey God.  Most recently, I am experiencing His blessings.  Jesus is causing me to prosper.  Right here, right now.  I am enjoying the outpouring of His blessings.  I do not deserve them, especially after I have doubted Him and considered rejecting Him.  Yet, He still chooses to bless me.
I know there will be more troubles.  This is life.  When they do come, I will hold onto this promise; JEsus is going to feed me in the wilderness.  He is going to humble and test me.  And, in the end, He will cause me to prosper.
Consider your past troubles.  Do you see His feeding you?  Do you remember His testing of you?  Have you experienced your own time of prosperity? Rejoice.  Jesus is still caring for you, whether you are experiencing a troubling or prosperous time.

Jesus, thank You for all You have done for me.  I am forever grateful to You.  When troubles come, I ask that You will open my eyes to Your care and feeding of me.  When prosperity comes, I ask that You keep me humble and grateful.  In Your name, Amen.

Sunday, June 9, 2013


I still consider Carlos the "Cutest Little Boy in El Salvador".  I noticed his photo updated yesterday, which was a pleasant surprise.  I can't get over just how cute and adorable he is!  Carlos is eight years old, my youngest out of all my kids.
Also, yesterday I received a letter from him.  He just melted my heart with this letter.

It is My Dreams template.

When I grow up I want to be a firefighter (a good career)
Some day I would like to go diving
I would like to meet the snow (I think my winter pictures inspired him to say this)
Some day I would like to meet my sponsor because for you to tell me what your house is like and tell you I love you very much.  (Aw!)

Hello!  I hope that you are in good health with your family and friends.  I want to thank you for the letters received.  When I grow up, my dream is to be a firefighter and to serve in the community.  I would like to dive in the ocean and to see the fish and the sea plants (ideas as to what to send him now), and to be close to them.  Please, pray for my mother and for me so that God will bless us.  I pray for you, so that God is watching over you.  Until next time, Carlos Efrain

And, I must be a bad correspondent, for I noticed last month that he is now writing by himself!  I looked over the last few letters, and he's been writing by himself for quite some time!  I completely missed it until recently!