November 13. No rain last night. However, the Lord sent water trickling through the water pipe all night long. The bathtub was full by about 3:00 a.m. Even though the Lord didn’t send us rain, he did send us water so we had enough to do laundry today. Thank you, dear Lord.
We thank the Lord for rain this evening, and for the water barrel full and overflowing out there under the gutter.
Anyway, Daddy did the preaching in lotu this morning, and Luke took charge of the singing and prayer time. There was a good group there, Daddy said. After lotu this morning, Tomas and Rebeka came by. Rebeka wanted some yarn, but we also had the opportunity to hear first hand from her that she is of one mind with Tomas in helping to build up the church on God’s Word. Tomas said that Philemon and Phineas have gone to Aziana, but that they will probably stand with the family as well. He will talk with them when they get back.
It was a busy day, and didn’t take long for the day to get hot. It was so nice out when I was hanging clothes though that I hated to come back in. But there was work to do. I was hungry when I came back in so had a couple pieces of toast before starting on other work. After that, I washed and cut up greens to cook for dinner. Then peeled potatoes and prepared pumpkin for soup (Daddy cut up the pumpkin for me). Those two jobs took a good while. After that I sat down to work on the ministry update in the computer. I told myself not to forget to watch the time so the soup would be ready in time for dinner. About 11:45, Daddy asked, “What time are you supposed to start cooking the soup?” Oops! “About a half hour ago,” I said. So dinner was about a half hour late.
While I was working at the computer, Daddy got more oats cut for granola so we have enough granola to take to town. Then he went out and brought the clothes in while dinner was cooking. I hung up all the shirts and things while he finished grinding the oats. Dinner was finally ready, and we were good and hungry.
Gibson worked most of the morning cutting the grass. He still has some left to cut.
Was thankful for a nice nap this afternoon. Shortly after our Bible reading and prayer time, Nandana and Paqo and two of their sons came by for a visit. It had been a long time since they had been around. So we took time to sit and chat with them. They are such a nice family. How we wish they would get saved!
After that I cleaned the bathroom and then made granola and crackers. After that it was time to fix supper and eat. Then do dishes and clean up the kitchen. Wan and Janet came by so Janet could get some yarn. She is making another bilum for Ivana. It was a good opportunity to ask her too if she is of one mind with her husband in serving the Lord and helping to build a strong church based on the Word of God. She said she is. Praise the Lord!
After they left, I finished cleaning up a few more things in the kitchen. Then enjoyed time to relax at the keyboard before getting down to work at the computer.
No bath tonight, boo hoo! The bathtub is full of water to use for household needs.
“23Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.” Psalm 73:23-28
November 14. .3” rain last night. Rained a little bit again this afternoon and evening.
One of today’s special blessings was calling our daughters and talking with them for a while. They said we have an e-mail from John Gray regarding our visas so that is an answer to prayer.
Daddy once again presented the challenge to the people to consider what God would have them do as far as helping to build a strong church upon God’s Word. Then he continued teaching on Baptist history, particularly the Roman era and the persecution of believers who stood firm upon the word. We were thankful for several men who responded to the invitation to ask the Lord to help them stand strong for the Lord. Men are needed to be the backbone of the church.
Thankful for a good Sunday afternoon nap. After nap and snack, I cut Daddy’s hair. Worked on computer backups. Then after supper and dishes, I played the keyboard a while before doing photo copying, printing, and other preparations for school tomorrow and Tuesday.
Dost thou hope for reward without labour, or honour without toil? Dismiss the idle expectation, and be content to take the ill-favoured things for the sake of the sweet love of Jesus, which will recompense thee for all. In such a spirit, labouring and suffering, thou wilt find bitters grow sweet, and hard things easy. Like Jacob, thy years of service will seem unto thee but a few days for the love thou hast to Jesus; and when the dear hour of the wedding feast shall come, all thy toils shall be as though they had never been—an hour with Jesus will make up for ages of pain and labour.—Morning and Evening
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“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” Psalm 104:24
November 15. .3” rain again last night. Praise the Lord for keeping us supplied with water. More rain this evening. It is cold too.
Started making sugar cookies before supper, but a young Aziana man came to the door. He had heard that we had mobiles (cell phones) to sell. No, sorry, we don’t sell mobiles. He had brought his mother over here for health care and was staying with Nuanda. He seemed to want to talk, so talked with him a while at the door. Daddy was shaving and washing. Then George came by to get some batteries, and Topias came to get his dad’s and uncle’s mobiles. I finished getting the dough together for the sugar cookies, then got supper on. After supper, I rolled out and cut the cookies and put them on the cookie sheets. Did the dishes while they were cooking.
“1O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. 2Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. 3Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. 4Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. 5Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 6O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 7He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.” Psalm 105:1-7