July 4. Today is Independence Day for our beloved America.
What a lovely day the Lord gave us today! When we woke up this morning, the world was lost in fog. It wasn’t long, however, before the fog had disappeared, and the sun was brightly shining. It was one of those perfect dry season days - clear blue skies, not too hot, not too cool, not too humid, a refreshing breeze.
I praise the Lord for one four-hour stretch of sleep last night, the first time in a looong time. Also for a two hour sound-asleep nap this afternoon. It had been a looong time since I’d had a good nap too.
I praise the Lord that healing is beginning to take place, and that I am getting more rest and gaining some strength. Today was somewhat busy, but I was able to do plenty of restful things too. While my breakfast was warming up this morning (leftover pancakes and pear syrup), I sorted out the laundry. Then Daddy turned on the generator, and I washed clothes while I was eating breakfast. Also started revising my prayer notebook.
Daddy helped hang out the wash. There were lots of little things this morning so it took a while to get them hung up. But it felt so good to be out in the fresh air and sunshine. After we came in, I had my vitamin drink. Then I relaxed in the recliner for a while, read my Bible, and worked more on revising my prayer notebook.
After that, I got a snack, did the dishes (they didn’t get done last night), and worked on lesson plans for the first week of school. Finished the lesson plans this afternoon, then folded the clothes, started making a list of projects I need to work on before school starts again, got a schedule make up for term three and notes for things to talk about with the students on orientation day, and started unpacking a drum of Connie’s clothes.
This evening, I printed out new family lessons for the Bible school students. It is about time for them to come to class now. They didn’t come last night because they were at a community meeting that didn’t end until 9:00.
Now I am scanning math lessons for Sunny for this coming term.
It sounds like Philemon is doing really well in nursing school. The Lord has answered many prayers for him and he acknowledges God’s intervention in many areas in his life. Philemon’s grade average is 3.3.
“1O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. 2The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. 3He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. 5Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. 6With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. 7Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 8Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together 9Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.” Psalm 98
July 5. Today was quite a change from yesterday - very cool, cloudy, and some rain. A little bit of sunshine peeked through now and then.
My day started about 6:15 with a crypto drink. Then I cut up some apple and pear and had that with some granola for breakfast, along with my morning cipro. Read Bible while eating breakfast and then did some walking and praying. Daddy turned on the generator, and I worked on translation of Daniel chapter 3. Later in the morning, I unpacked the rest of the drum of Connie’s clothes and got them all organized into boxes for the clothes sale. Also made myself some date bars so I would have a healthy guilt-free snack to eat. No sugar - just dates, with apple and pear pieces that were leftover from my breakfast, heated and added to a mixture of flour, salt, baking soda, olive oil, a big piece of fresh ginger grated, and sesame seeds. Added enough water to make a soft dough. Spread in baking pan and tossed into oven. Yum!
Somebody came from Aziana today with a sackful of mandarins, and we thank the Lord for the nice citrus fruit.
Justin came this morning to check all the wires in the house to see if they might be causing the generator not to work right. The cleaning of the injector did not solve the problem although the first couple days it wasn’t as bad. Justin found several loose connections in the lights. This evening, it was acting up a lot more, but after Daddy unplugged the keyboard from the extension cord, it calmed right down. (Phinehas is here practicing keyboard which now is attached to the inverter.)
George came early this morning and started cutting firewood and worked on that all day. We are thankful for that as we had the wood stove going about two-thirds of the day, and the firewood had run out.
We finished up leftover chicken, rice, and veggies for dinner today. We had planned to go for a walk after nap, but it was raining when we got up. I did more work in Connie’s bedroom, did the dishes (there were LOTS of them plus 40 mandarins to be washed), and worked more on Daniel until supper time.
We are not sure if the men will be here for Bible school this evening or not. Wero from Marivo passed away this morning after a long illness, and they will be going over there to cry tonight. We will see.
The men ARE here for Bible school. :-)
“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” Acts 24:16