Saturday, September 29, 2007
American Missionaries Targeted For Deportation
Concentration Camps Hold A Million People?
562 Baptized In Parking Lot (All I can say to this story is wow. Tailgating at a baptism???)
Creationists Meet, Settle Differences
Friday, September 28, 2007
After that lovely visit (thankfully I won't be back for another 6 months... I do not like the dentist's office at ALL), I raced over to school where I was met by a person who was frowning at me... "uh oh" pretty much sums it up.
By 11 AM I was ready to crawl into bed for good, but the day was just beginning! Even though my volleyball team was playing a game today, I just wasn't looking forward to it at all and it didn't help that the team we were playing was one of the best (Fairless Hills for those of you who remember them!). The other team came early and the rain that was supposed to come earlier actually came later so it was bad timing. Every time we were planning to start the game (we play outside), the wind would kick up and the raindrops would begin to fall. We finally played but that's another story.
After the game I took two students home. I was so ready to finish at the day and just be at home for the evening. I dropped the kids off and waited. And waited some more. I finally called the babysitter three times, to no avail. I then called their dad, who told me the babysitter left for her sister's house about 1/2 hour before I called. Figures! So he asked if I would run over to the restaurant where he works and grab the keys to unlock the door. I did run over and back, hoping the little ordeal would soon be over.
The key went into the lock but wouldn't budge. I tried several times and then the boy tried too. He was finally able to turn the key in the lock, but was unable to unlock it (you know, that part is always nice!). So I went back to try it again and the next thing I knew, I was holding half a key in my hand... the other half was stuck in the lock.
(Right about now my sense of humor kicked in and I began to smile and think, "Haha. Now what am I going to do?")
After double-checking the fact that the key really was broke (yup, it wasn't a figment of my very poor imagination), the boy suggested he crawl through the window that was open. (I thought about Maria from the Sound of Music when she said, "When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window." Maybe not totally accurate, but it sure did fit the situation!). So his sister and I hoisted him up the side of the wall, and he went through the window that was open wide enough for him to fit.
I finally came home, two hours after the game was over and I was only 15 minutes away from home the whole time. I came in and noticed our kitchen wall clock was crooked so I went to fix it and it fell down. Wow!
As I thought about my day, the Lord reminded me of the chapel message a missionary to Thailand (Bro. Lange) preached the other day regarding the ten lepers that were healed. All the lepers were healed, and yet only one returned to Jesus to give thanks. Bro. Lange challenged the young people to have an attitude of "thanks-living" and be thankful in everything.
So I am thankful... thankful this day is over:o). Seriously though, if this is the worst thing that's going to happen to me, then I think I'm doing ok!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The eagle is a symbol used many times in Scripture. In fact, it is mentioned 38 times throughout the Bible. We can learn some important lessons from this majestic creation of God. Eagles have a wing span of 2 meters and are around 90 cm. tall. The eagle mates for life and use the same nest for life. This nest is built in a safe place, often on the edge of a sharp cliff. It is built to last and the largest nest reported is 9 ½ feet wide and 20 feet deep.
When the babies are born, both parents assume responsibility for their care. They are gentle parents, sitting on the eggs for one month. The parents bring food up to the nest and feed them small pieces of meat. Within 45 days they can weigh nearly 40 times their birth weight. At three months they get special feathers for flying and a new learning experience begins. The mother eagle flies into the nest and begins to thrash around causing a great commotion. Eventually one of the babies will fall out of the nest and begin heading for the earth below. Never having used his wings before, he's not really sure what to do, but does do lots of flapping while heading straight down! Just before the baby hits the ground, the mother eagle flies underneath in order to 'catch' the baby on her powerful wings and she flies him safely back to the nest. This continues on day after day until all the babies learn to fly.
There are two verses in scripture that actually mention this routine of the eagle. In Deuteronomy 32:10-11 Moses reminds the children of Israel how God cared for them and guarded them just “as an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings.” Again in Exodus 19:4 God says that He will carry the children of Israel on eagles' wings. We can get very comfortable in our 'nest'. Perhaps that could be our way of doing things, our way of thinking, our opinions, our way of living life. Then when God comes and 'stirs up our nest' we get upset. We don't always identify this as a growing experience. Sometimes if we were really honest, we really don't want to grow. We get very complacent and satisfied with where we are and any interruptions are viewed as negative. But God wants us to fly - to become all that He intends us to become. He never stirs up our nest without good reason!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand!
(Story behind the song here)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
It's not like he does it intentionally, but I do believe he's injured every major part of his body. (There's also the time I dropped a car hood on his head, causing his nose to be slammed into the car with a hood sitting on top of his head, but we won't go into that!) So it would never be a surprise to my mom and I to hear, "Well I went to the Emergicenter today" or see a mark on his arm or a bandage on a finger. So last night Tom was telling me the "latest" and he prefaced it by saying that before everything happened, he mentioned that it had been quite a while since he had gotten hurt:o).
Tom was working on something which required him to have a hammer in his hand when he somehow hurt his ring finger, and at the same time a wasp stung him in his arm. So now he had a hurt ring finger, a stung arm, and then he puffed up from the sting on the other arm. I do remember him saying he also hurt his thumb somehow too! So my other brother came over to him and was trying to make the swelling/hive go down, so he put on a "soothing" ointment which turned out to be NOT soothing! Now he has a hurt thumb, hurt ring finger, a stung arm, swelling on the other arm, and then non-soothing ointment poured on to the hive.
Wait! It gets better:o).
Later that day, he was working alone on the roof, which was very breeze-less, when a gust of wind came along, flapped under the ONE shingle that hadn't been nailed down, and that shingle flew into Tom's nose.
Oh, the irony!
Ever since I dropped the car hood on his nose, he thinks it got broken and was never set properly. But there IS good news in this story! He's had breathing problems since the hood incident, but since the shingle's hit him in the nose, he can breathe better:o).
After this week, he's never going to say again, "it's been a while since I've gotten hurt!" Ah yes... never a dull moment, huh?!?! Love ya, big brother!
~Tom with Andrew and Ethan at a family reunion in August~
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Every year at Christmas time when we were younger, we would take turns opening gifts and then each gift was carefully unwrapped in order to use the paper again, if possible. So over the years I've saved gift bags and wrapping paper. Within the past couple of years I've begun to save tissue paper as well. Tissue paper makes for wonderful "gift wrap" and tying some pretty ribbon around the package adds to the end product. It might sound like a very simple idea, but tissue paper is so much cheaper than gift bags or wrapping paper (the Dollar Store sells all different colors) and it's so nice to see all the gifts carrying their own personality (I lost a few of you there, I'm sure!) once everything has been wrapped!
So there you have it... that's what works for me! Go check out the rest of the ideas and see if anything helps you out:o).
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
We went from house to house, happily engaging people in conversation and left quite a few What Standard DVDs behind for people to watch later. We then came to a home that had the garage door slightly cracked opened and most of the lights in the house off. My friend and I were whispering quietly when the door slowly opened and a little girl of about 9 looked up at us. My friend asked the little girl if her parents were home and the little girl said no. She then told us that they left to go pick up her younger sister from someplace I didn't quite catch. So we left behind the DVD and a tract and as I turned away, the post written by Melanie popped into my mind and I said, "Oh, if anyone else rings the doorbell, please don't answer it."
Twice more on this street the door was answered by a child and this bothered both of us greatly.
Now thankfully my friend and I were just out on Visitation. But what if someone with less than "honorable" intentions rang the doorbell and these children answered the doors? I don't even want to think about the scenarios.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Ok... count me in!
Of course there's always time for a picture with my nephew Andrew!
As I mentioned before, volleyball seems to run in the family's blood! And apparently we start 'em young...:o)
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Would you believe it, that's exactly what happened!!! After all of the planning, scheming, and plotting, in the end it had nothing to do with our team strength for that last point... the other team just had a bad serve. We ended up winning the game, but the Lord taught me a lesson, even in the midst of coaching a game. It doesn't matter how much planning I do to make things "just right"; God's plan is so much bigger and all the scheming in the world won't make up for His perfect plan. It's funny, but I don't often consider the volleyball court as a place to learn a lesson. Today I did though!
Never mind the fact we've only played one game. We play Valley Forge on Monday, so we shall see if it continues on... yay Knights!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Go ahead and think on it for a while...
Monday, September 3, 2007
I had plans to go to work today, but then the thought occurred to me that today is Labor Day (girl talk has a good post on that!), so I decided to go for a nice drive. Have you ever taken those polls that said, "If you have a free day, what would you do?". Without fail, I'll answer that with "take a nice long drive!":o)... so that's what I did. My first thought was to go to Gettysburg and combine a nice long drive with another one of my favorite things to do (yeah, I'm the type of person that jumps at an opportunity to do something educational on a trip... strange, I know!), but I woke up too late. Then I thought about going to Ricketts Glen State Park, but decided I just didn't want to go hiking today... that's more of a "fall" activity to do anyway! So in the end, I chose to go out to Lancaster County and enjoy the ride, the peace and quiet, and God's Creation!
The first place I stopped was a flea market... I hadn't been to this particular one in years (my dad used to take us kids to flea markets all the time when we were younger:D). Even though it was a holiday, there were still some goodies I found!
Next I stopped at a yard sale and while I didn't find anything here, I did discover a gorgeous stone house that must've been built in the 1800s! So the extra stop was worth it;o).
Tiffany and I had been out to Lancaster County last year and stopped here, and amazingly enough I found this place again! It has a petting zoo, a beautiful pond, and of course a country store:o).
A common sight in Lancaster...