August 16. Didn’t wake up until a little after 6:00 this morning. I did not want to get up at all. I felt really tired for some reason. Had even had a dream that I was so tired I could not wake up. I could hear people calling for me and looking for me, but they just seemed far, far away, and I couldn’t answer them. I was fine once I got up and started the day.
It was warmer this morning, and we did not make a fire even though it was very foggy out. We have high ceilings and plenty of spaces for outside air to get in, but after the fires have been burning day after day, I just get so tired and don’t feel like doing much.
Even though we were a little late getting up and starting the day, somehow breakfast was ready early. After breakfast and quiet time, I marked and recorded grades on the work Sunny and Graham had corrected last night. Then I put all the workbooks inside the cupboards and locked the cupboards.
I tried to have a nap after lunch, but my heart was racing too much so I never did get to sleep. The Lord really helped Daddy to know what to say this morning even though he hadn’t had time to prepare anything ahead of time. Matthew took a lot of notes, so we pray that he understands and uses them correctly.
Following the afternoon meeting, I decided on a verse for the students to translate and learn this week. Wrote the verse and some math exercises on the chalkboard. Got other things ready for tomorrow’s lessons. Practiced keyboard. After supper, I did the dishes, proofread my notes for the coming ladies’ meetings, and then finished the progress report.
Four of the young ladies are here this evening working on the bilums they are making for us to take with us.
“35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:35-37
August 17. It was a very cool, damp, mostly cloudy day. The sun didn’t shine all morning so Daddy finally made a fire. I woke up all congested and my voice was nearly gone. I couldn’t sing in class this morning, but the students did fine by themselves. I couldn’t teach very well either at first so the students read most of the Bible lesson outline, and I made a few comments in between. I gave them a new verse to translate too, but they had a little trouble getting started so I told them to copy it down and take it home to think on. Then we’ll work on it tomorrow. I was doing a little better by the second class, but I’m pretty hoarse this evening, and my throat hurts whenever I cough or clear my throat.
George came early this morning to cut firewood. We were getting pretty low.
There wasn’t much work to grade this afternoon. I had done Graham’s and Sunny’s phonics workbooks during class, and they will do the others this evening. This afternoon, I corrected the history lessons (only five questions so it didn’t take long). Part of the math exercises are still on the chalkboard because we didn’t get time for them today. It turned out that they needed extra practice with place value. I didn’t have any other exercises for the chalkboard for tomorrow. So when I finished grading history, I practiced keyboard. Then I wrote a new computer lesson for Sunny and Graham for this evening. They are here now cutting up a pumpkin for me. They have already done the dishes. They just have phonics books left to grade. That shouldn’t take long. Then they’ll have their computer lesson.
Some of the girls are here again this evening working on their bilums.
“38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38,39
August 18. Warmer again today so we did not need a fire. I was thankful not to have to have a fire.
My voice was a little better today, but still not strong or clear. I could not sing, but the students seem to be doing fine on their own now with “God I Lusim Sin Olgeta” (“Forever Forgiven”).
I was able to get a few ministry updates ready to go out this morning, and Daddy sent them out later when I was in school. Thania came this afternoon to grade lessons for me so I was able to get the rest of the ministry updates finished this afternoon and evening.
Sunny is here this evening practicing computer, and Peninnah is here working on her bilum. Daddy just finished teaching Bible school. Should only need one more session, and the course will be finished.
“31But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 9:31-33