Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hope & Purpose

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This morning I spent an amazing two hours in a learning centre of Roma children in Kosova. If children here aren’t registered for school by the time they are 8 they have to pass a test to get in… A little tricky if you’ve never been to school to learn to read and write in the first place!

What a blessing to share in a little of  what’s going on there. The centre teaches Maths, English and Albanian to Roma children over 8 to prepare them for the entrance test. This week they had their test and all the children who sat it are now enrolled for school in September!

Today I taught Maths in Albanian to small groups of children. I had all the basic words I needed in my limited vocabulary. God is good in preparing us in the just the right way ahead of time.

I’ve been praying for insight, wisdom and discernment in where and how He wants me to serve Him. My heart sang a loud and joyful song this morning whilst I was at the school. It has been heavy for a long time with the burden of an education system that just doesn’t to meet the needs of the children here. Empowering teachers to do more? Being a stepping stone to get those who are marginalised in to the system? Supporting those who are in it to achieve the best they can? Lead Lord, I will follow.

Psalm 25v4-5
Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You.

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Strength

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Today my muscles feel jelly-like. I’m away from ‘home’ and it’s been two weeks since I was at the gym. How does so much effort in Spin classes and Body Balance disappear so quickly?  I heard recently that muscle tone gained from exercising at the gym can disappear in just 9 days? If I was a body builder that might not be totally true but it feels true enough at my level.

Despite my outward body, my heart feels strong. My faith has had its own work out with You as my personal trainer. My hope has become bigger and more defined. If life were a set of weights to be lifted again and again, with You standing by incase I drop them, I feel strengthened from the one to one sessions we’ve had these last four weeks.

I hope and pray this is a lifestyle change and not a whimsical, impulsive reaction to present difficulties. Lead me Lord, train me and strengthen me more so I may fight the good fight and finish the race well.

2 Cor 12v9
My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. 

Pure Joy

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I have been listening to the wise counsel of wise friends who know You well. I am blessed with so many people to talk to.  I don’t know where You are leading me, but I know You are leading. In the midst of the confusion I am filled with joy, pure joy, because You love me enough to lead me, because You have a plan that is bigger and more perfect than anything I can imagine, because You are changing me and making me more like You.

James 1v2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Jealousy

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Exodus 34v14
Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

I am learning who You are. I did not realise where I placed my time, focus and energy. I’m excited about drawing nearer to You and becoming Your beloved.