After breakfast and quiet time this morning, I did dishes. Then I got journal notes set up in a file and sent them off with an e-mail to Christy and Connie. By then it was 10:00 and time for lotu.
Amos led the singing for the first lotu. Matthew finished II Corinthians 5 today. David did a good job today too. He has been suffering for a long time with pain in his finger and right arm, from an injury that got infected and turned into an abscess. But David doesn’t want to let pain stop him from doing what he feels God wants him to do.
It was good to see Elma and her children here again today. I was sad, though, that we did not see Esau here. I am really concerned that he has veered off the straight and narrow way.
After everyone left this afternoon, Lew took a nap (I had had a short nap between meetings), and I washed my hair. Then I finished up a lesson in the study of John that I thought I had already finished. Had already gone on to the next lesson. Also started finding verses for the men to translate into Owena for this coming school year.
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death….” Philippians 3:10
Please pray very earnestly for Esau. Thanks so much!
December 16. The Lord sent us lots of rain. It rained gently, with a couple little breaks, from about 6:00 yesterday evening until about 10:00 this morning. Once again Daddy had the fire going all day until mid-afternoon. When I woke up from nap this afternoon, the sun was brightly shining. But not too much later, the clouds had returned, and light rain was falling.
We had planned to wash clothes this morning, but the Lord had plans for rain. We did not want to hang damp clothes around an already damp house. So I set to work doing other jobs - put a button in the middle of the pink lace flower that I made yesterday. Made three more lace flowers today too - one this morning, one this afternoon, and one this evening, Those will be for decorations for our special meetings.
The girls came and did dishes, prepared carrots to cook for dinner, and ground rice for cereal. While they were working, I practiced keyboard. After they left, Daddy helped me find some wood for a frame for the bookcase I want to make in the schoolroom. I got the pieces measured, and Daddy did the cutting for me. Put some rice on the wood stove to cook for dinner. Then wrote a couple e-mails before we ate.
Even though it was very wet out, some of the men still went and got poles for the church work.
After nap, I went for a little stretch in the sunshine. Then I made measurements for fitting the bookcase on the wall and made x’s in the places where Daddy will need to drill holes for screws to attach it to the wall. Wrote a couple more e-mails and then got supper on the table.
This evening, Matusa and his wife came so Daddy could pray for the baby. The baby is three months old and has been sick for a month. The baby looks very malnourished, and its belly is very enlarged. They said the baby never cries. The baby is their seventh child. I remember giving them the name Hananiah for the baby when it was born. If Wenera were here, he could probably make some good herbal medicine for the baby. But right now, we believe that prayer is keeping the baby alive.
“13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13,14
December 17. Praise the Lord for a dry morning and some sunshine so we could get the laundry done today.
Sunny and Bonita came while we were still washing clothes. When we were ready to go outside, I gave them instructions for what to do after they finished dishes.
When we came back inside, I practiced keyboard until some time after they left. Then I wrote a couple e-mails, cleaned a few out of the inbox, and emptied the deleted items box.
Around 11:30, I put the greens and corn on to cook that the girls had prepared. Then warmed up leftover rice for dinner.
The men got the final wall frame made for the church addition today.
After nap today, I made another flower. Then worked on the spelling lessons until supper time. Have enough lessons now for the first term of school so will begin working on another project tomorrow.
“20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” Philippians 3:20,21