November 10, 2005


Our sweet neighbor, Mrs. T (or Miss Colleen, depending on if you’re from the south) brought over a meal for us last night for today's lunch. She stayed and chatted for a while. It’s so nice to be back! Time to recharged, regroup and reorganize. It was a grey rainy day yesterday in the 40’s. Today the sun is trying to peek out of the and it’s up to 48 degrees Fahrenheit! Cool! (Literally.) The wood stove is cheerily running and we’re enjoying it greatly. : )

As I’m enjoying the luxury of being home, I’m reminded that we’re still traveling. Traveling through this world, strangers in a strange land, longing for a heavenly home. How wonderful that will be to see Jesus face to face and live with him forever! How often we let the everyday grind and ’stuff’ distract us from our mission on this earth. II Corinthians 5:20-9 “Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who had made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him.” [Bold added]

This world and it’s desires are so temporary. Even our very life is described as a ’vapor’. Our very lives are nothing, just a mist that is here for a moment and gone the next. Our goal should be only to please the Lord. Nothing else matters! My granddad, a Greek and Hebrew scholar with a doctorate, always holds an excellent Bible study at our devotion time in the morning. The last morning we were there he brought up an interesting point. In our ministry he said we should be seeking the approval of the Lord and not ‘draw’ on the ‘energy’ of the audience as the non-Christian performer does. An excellent thing to keep in mind. Especially when you find an audience who looks like they’ve been sucking lemons and not enjoying themselves or the message we are bringing at all. Praise the Lord we don’t have to worry about the approval of men. For we sing not for men but for God.

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