aiming for a quiet life...

here is where i collect my thoughts and count my blessings.

Monday, November 29, 2010

simply giving thanks...

holy experience

121. taking walks with Tom to discover our new neighborhood.

122. the joy of wondering where a road will take us

123. ceiling fans that keep us cooled off in this heat even though it is raining outside.

124. the fun of making tortillas

125. the sense of accomplishment I feel when they are ready for us to eat!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

something to ponder

Delight in God has a transforming power and lifts a man above the gross desire of our fallen nature.
~Charles H. Spurgeon

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:4-6

Delight.  Commit.  Trust.

Each day I pray that we will  learn more about how to delight ourselves in the Lord.  I commit myself and our marriage anew to Him each morning.  I trust in Him and Him alone to be Lord of my life and of our home.

We have learned to live without owning much in the past five years.  Even more so these past few months here in Belize.  We have minimal furniture; 6 chairs, a table and a futon to sleep on ...all borrowed. We only have the clothes that were in our suitcases. Our boxes are on their way here from Russia but we have no idea how long it will take for them to arrive.   We are still waiting for payments to come through from the sale of our apartment.

All we have is God and each other. 

That is enough. 

Don't get me wrong... we both would love to have a real bed.  Waking up each morning with pain wracked bodies from a flimsy futon mattress is not something we take delight in.  We would love to have a car so that we could explore more of this beautiful new land that God has called us to. But all of those things will come in time.

We have committed ourselves to serving Him.  We trust in Him.  He truly is our source of delight. 

So Followed Saturday

Monday, November 22, 2010

1000 Gifts

Somewhere along the way since the move I neglected to keep up with writing out my 1000 gifts. So here I am getting back to it.

120. finding a house to rent here in Belmopan for a reasonable price.

Tom and I are excited about making memories here in Belize.

holy experience

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Something to ponder

We are in a hurry; the vision of the blessings excites our desire and hastens our longings; but the Lord will keep His appointments. He is never before His time; He is never behind. ~Charles Spurgeon

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
Habakkuk 2:3 NIV

Maybe this comparison will sound a little silly. For me it fits. The other day as I waited for my bread dough to rise I wondered if it would happen or not. I began to question " did I do something to kill the yeast?", "is this day too humid or perhaps too dry?", "how long has it been?" I tried to occupy myself with other thoughts. However, I caved and set up a steam bath for the bowl of rising dough to stand in. And then resorted to peeking under the towel every 15 minutes or so to see how much further it had to go.

I am human. I worry. I fret. And sometimes I even make attempts at manipulating the outcome.

However, God is faithful.

God is punctual.

If He said it He will do it.

Waiting may not be my favorite thing to do but some things, events, and people are worth waiting for.

God is always worth the wait.