The enemy is also trying to tear me down by bringing up my mistakes; people I've hurt and who've hurt me within relationships. Sometimes it's too much to bear and I get discouraged. I read in God's word that "to wait upon him" in it's original form means that you stand in the midst of trials and challenges and say, "God I will trust you to bring me strength! I will keep standing!" Classroom management as well as teaching is often a struggle and constant reminder of my desire to invest in my own further training. I have hope that (even though this is not one of my natural gifts) God will and does give me what I need to fulfill my task here. I have renewed strength day by day, I can put extra effort in and learn what it takes to finish the race He's put before me.
I know my Father is preparing me for the gift of marriage. I see a wife's role as a support, holding up not only her husband but her children and those around her. She must be well-gifted in many things, whatever it is that those around her need. In other words she must be VERY dependent on the Holy Spirit, her comforter, her advocate, her counselor, her strength. (John 14) Like Paul, she must be "all things to all people" that she might in some ways save some. (1 Corinthians 9).
It's certainly eye-opening to be enlightened of the enormous barriers in this culture around marriage and safe sex. The kids informed me of family traditions – an uncle having sex with his young niece before she's married, or a young couple being charged enormous amounts for marriage, making it impossible. One of my girls said she only knows one married couple doing well and enjoying it. Yikes! I would not want to be a teen here. Men of God, wherever you are, be encouraged, keep holy, and be a great example to the boys around you. You are REALLY valuable and incredibly useful in this world. Thanks:)
These are some of the girls (Monica, Elizabeth and Claudia) who lead worship this week and last week. It's a little more practice and organization on my part; but as the women and children in Nehemiah 12, I am rejoicing for God makes me rejoice with great joy. The joy of Jericho was heard afar off!!! When talking to one young man after school Tuesday afternoon, he said; were you guys worshiping this morning? I heard Lord I lift your name on High and Everlasting God from my house. That was certainly from "afar." I'm blessed every time the children make an extra effort and show a desire to worship our maker.
Pray to God our Master for confidence and ultimate leadership for the kids and purity in their own lifestyles as they gain experience.
Pray to the Rock of Ages for my physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Pray to God our Advocate for healing Rejoice and baby Mikayla.
Pray for an abundance of blessing for LWCC and the mission night's success in October.
Taste and see the goodness of Jehovah Jireh who has opened the door again for Riaan to return to chef school. Pray for dedication and encouragement for him.
Praise the sovereign over all creation for rain that he's pouring on Namibia now and for people stay well in the cold.
Praise the Mighty Rock for provisions in keeping the school open next year; pray for continued provision and support from teachers/staff/parents.
I praise the name of the Most High for using you tremendously to connect to and support Arandis during this time. May He deal bountifully with you, His servant that you may live and keep His word. Psalm 119:17