Friday, January 30, 2009

"I'm so relaxed!"

Thanks, kids, for the wonderful "Spafinder" birthday gift! I was finally able to use it at Trading Faces in New Port Richey, Florida. I had two hours of relaxing massage and a facial.
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Monday, January 26, 2009

"Sturdy Shoes"

"Each of us may be sure that if God sends us over rocky paths, He will provide us with sturdy shoes. He will never send us on any journey without equipping us well." Alexander Maclaren

Have you ever had sore feet? I believe we could all answer that in the affirmative at some time in our lives both literally and figuratively speaking. I wear a size 11 narrow so for me shoes are a real issue. More than once I have suffered with shoes too small and or too wide causing considerable pain simply because I wanted to wear something stylish rather than functional! Can anyone else relate to the dejected feeling welling up inside when the store clerk responds to your question of available sizes with : "I'm sorry but we don't carry anything that large!"? But my feet "fetish" doesn't stop there. As I have "matured" I've developed bone spurs and a nerve problem on my left foot. My right foot doesn't want to be "left" out of the pain spectrum so it answers with occasional plantar fasciatis spasms. I cope with a $350 set of orthodic inserts strategically placed in my size 11 tennis shoes. Daily I thank God for these little "gifts". As "mobile missionaries" we wear tennis shoes basically every day, all day, so my feet are currently happy campers.

Now, figuratively speaking, we have been over some "rocky paths" on our retirement journey with our RV and it would be easy to complain about sore feet. Tonight I am writing this blog from the campground of Lazy Days, one of the biggest RV dealership service departments in America, located northeast of Tampa, Florida. Why are we here instead of on our way to our next project in Louisiana? A leaky roof and a malfunctioning TV antenna would begin to answer that question. Yet, both Hunter and I feel God has led us here for some other reason as of yet unrevealed. We are asking Him to give us patience with our current "feet problems" and provide us with some sturdy shoes so we can continue on the road of volunteer mission work.

I am reminded of the verse in Jeremiah 29:11- "For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

If your feet hurt ask God for sturdier shoes. He is the source of all we need! (Philippians 4:19)

"Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be."
Deuteronomy 33:25

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Her Body, Her Self, and Her God"

The title of this post is taken from one of the 140 meditations by John Piper in his book: Taste and See. Each evening Hunter and I take turns reading one of the meditations before we drift off to sleep. It has become a precious time to share our thoughts on spiritual matters with each other. I was quite moved my this particular meditation and wanted to share a section of it with you.

The biblical goal of a woman's life is not to find the ultimate expression of the self (neither "body" nor "character"). The biblical goal in life is to express the all-satisfying greatness and trustworthiness of God. Expressing God, not self, is what a godly woman wants to do. Excessive preoccupation with figure and hair and complexion is a sign that self, not God, has moved to the center. With God at the center-like the "sun", satisfying a woman's longings for beauty and greatness and truth and love-all the "planets" of food and dress and exercise and cosmetics and posture and countenance will stay in their proper orbit. If this happens, the diaries of the next generation will probably go beyond looks and character and speak of the greatness of God and the triumphs of his grace. And they will more often be written from Calcutta than from the comfortable houses of America.

Mothers-teach your daughters to put God at the center of their lives!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

An "update"

As you can see the sheetrock is being installed. As Hunter kept busy today with a hammer and nails I put on rubber gloves and cleaned camp bathrooms. It may not be the most rewarding job but I felt honored to serve the Lord with a bucket and toilet bowl cleaner. 70 youth counselors will be converging on the camp this week-end to participate in a rally preparing them for their summer work here at Bethlehem Family Camp. I am looking forward to watching the excitement.

P.S. I apologize for the "songs" on my last slide show. I have NO idea how they were attached to my slide show and NO idea how to erase them so turn off your microphone when viewing the photos. Ignorance with new technology can get you into trouble. Ha!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Tagged again!

It seems this tagging thing continues to "slide" through the blogs. Rebecca explains that this tag involves sharing the fifth picture in the fifth folder on your computer. When I looked at that picture on my computer I realized it is one I have already used on a previous blog but I will post it anyway as a great segue into sharing information about our current project, which incidentally is at the same location as this photo, which was taken last October. We are back in Bonifay, Florida, at Bethlehem Family Camp. The men are currently putting up sheetrock on the same rooms which they framed in last year. It is fun to see the progress. (I will add some recent photos to this blog soon.)
The weather has been a balmy 65-70 degrees. So sorry to share these warm temps with those of you who are experiencing the below zero wind assaults up north. There are advantages to "moving" your house where the sun is shining and the windows are open to warm breezes! We plan to travel to the Gulf during our upcoming three day week-end. I'll share our adventures next week.

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Rise and Fall of a Gingerbread House

This is only a fraction of the fun we had over Christmas in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For more of our family photos check Rebecca's blog.
Here is the Stall "clan" wishing each of you a year full of God's blessings. Happy New Year!