Monday, August 25, 2014

Hiding God´s Word in our hearts

Last night my Wednesday night class quoted Psalm 1 to the church.  
Over the past quarter they have been memorizing and discussing this passage. 
It is our prayer that the truths they have learned will be kept in their hearts and that the Holy Spirit will bring it to their remembrance when they need it. 

Along with this memorization project they were also challenged to have daily devotions during the quarter.  Three of the kids turned in all of the devotions and won Bibles for their efforts.  

When I picked them up for church last night each of the three shared with me how far they had read in their new bibles since they received them on Wednesday night.  
"I got to God´s Covenant with Abram."
"I got to the building of the Ark."
"I am on Ch. 14."

Pray that these children would walk in the light and continue to be transformed into His image. 

Wednesday I am excited for our class as we are beginning a study on the Attributes of God.
Pray for their hearts to be in AWE of our great God!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Little girls...growing up

 Our little girl is growing up!  
For years Hannah sucked her fingers. 
It started as an infant and with all the moving around we did on deputation it never seemed like the right time to break the habit. 
Later she was adapting to living a new country and it still didn´t seem like the right time...
Finally she was 5, 6, 7 years old and still sucking her fingers.  By now we had tried EVERYTHING to break the habit but nothing worked.  
I finally found a product on Amazon called Mavala Stop which worked wonders!  She stopped sucking but then started biting her nails so we went back to using the Mavala Stop for a while.  Finally she had no desire to put her fingers in her mouth!  

My beautiful 10 year old now has lovely nails and enjoys painting them at home.  
I decided it would be fun to get her nails done at a salon during our winter break.  
She had so much fun selecting her color, in fact she chose 2 colors! 
It was a fun day out for both of us.  
That´s my girl!!!   
Definitely growing up... but we pray that as she matures and grows physically she will grow in her understanding of God´s love for her and her love for the Lord. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Father's Day in Brazil

 Last Sunday we celebrated Father's day here in Brazil.  
As usual I had a little crisis wondering if I remembered to call my dad on the American Father's day which was 2 months ago and who can remember that far back!!!
Yes...I think I did call him:)

Then there is the inevitable question of how to honor the fathers at church???
What little gift will we give them this year?  Socks?  Pen?  Tool?
This year we broke the mold and decided not to buy them a gift!
We planned a father/child cook-out and soccer game.
The church's gift to the fathers was the meat!  
EVERYONE liked that idea!

So, after our morning service we headed out  for our cook-out.

 We really did have a great time of fellowship and fun.  
We had two unsaved fathers with us and God opened the door for a couple of really good 
Gospel conversations. 
 That night at church we did call all the fathers up to honor them and pray for them.  We had another unsaved father visit for this service as well.  

We are thankful for each of these men that God has brought into our lives and we pray that they will be the godly men that God calls them to be...
Men that do justly,
and love mercy,
and walk humbly with their God.