Hug.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Living in Thailand | 1 comment

Hug.

I feel like God gave me a hug this week, just to remind me that He loves and cares for me. What a kind Father! So here are some of my hugs:

Our weather on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday stayed in the mid-60s and it was glorious! I love the cozy feel of being in a warm house on a cold day. The sky had that overcast look when it’s going to snow (not that it did!), I had some music playing, candles burning, and comfort food cooking on the stove. We pulled out the slippers and socks, and the kids enjoyed wearing long-sleeves again. Why is this a hug? I grew up in Pennsylvania, where I enjoyed having four seasons. Thailand is the land of perpetual summer, so I was thrilled to have some cool weather, particularly since my brain knows it’s October. 😉

Hug.
Earlier this year we stopped by a yard sale in Chiang Mai. A family was moving back to the states and wanted to get rid of some stuff. The yard sale was well attended, but somehow this little gem was overlooked by everyone! Not only do I love Yankee Candles, one of my favorites is Sparkling Cinnamon. Sure, the candle was half-used, but I didn’t mind paying $1.00 for it! And now I have it as a reminder that God truly cares about the little things.
Hug.

Most evenings we go for a bike ride and usually catch a beautiful sunset. By the time I took this picture, the sun was just about gone, but God has given amazing scenery as a backdrop to our neighborhood!

Hug.
Any parent can tell you kids are a lot of work, but these two really do bring me so much joy! It’s so fun to hear them giggling together. I love watching them play together. I pray they grow up being best friends. I have such great memories with my siblings, and I want these two to experience that.
Hug. 
And then this morning? My brother called me.
Big hug!
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Thai Translation practice

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Thai Translation practice

Our Thai teacher has been helping me translate my personal testimony tract into the Thai language. It’s a challenging project, as I search for the right words to express heart emotions and spiritual concepts regarding salvation. It has also been teaching me how difficult it is to type things out in the Thai language. I’m very thankful for digital tools like Google Translate that allow me to dictate words and phrases. Otherwise, I would be here forever with my painfully slow, cross-cultural “hunt and peck” skills. =)

Little by little, line by line…

We praise God for a language tutor that shares our heart for proclaiming the gospel!

   
 

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What a Friend…

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Sunday Hymns | 1 comment

We sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” during our time of Bible study this morning, and the words ministered to my heart in such a sweet way. I’m not discouraged at the moment or going through a trial (watch out, Anne! right?), but sometimes home and friends seem very far away from my little corner of the world. But what a precious thought that Jesus is my friend and I can take everything to Him in prayer – right here. Let the words of this song minister to your heart like they did to mine today…

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged –
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge –
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.
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