George came early this morning to finish cutting firewood. He had started cutting last night. Maura and Vinet finished weeding the flower garden this morning, and transplanted some pineapple shoots.
Most of the afternoon, there was no water. Serah went to check the taps, but they were all dry. She mentioned it to George, and he went up the hill to check. Came back and said there were three big cuts in the line. He tied them up with rubber, and we started to get water; but it didn’t last. He checked again, and someone had taken the rubber. But then this evening, the water was back on and running well. Don’t know what happened, but we are thankful for water again, and thankful for the Lord answering prayer to give us water.
"I love thee, Lord, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love thee, Lord; but all the love is thine,
For by thy love I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in thee." —Morning and Evening
“….for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” Hebrews 11:27
June 12. Daddy is feeling much better today. Thank you, Lord. His throat was really sore last night, and all his symptoms matched symptoms of strep throat. We are thankful for the quick response to the amoxicillin. He did not go to lotu this morning, and people wondered where he was. I guess most people didn’t know that he was sick.
We have been having quite a battle with the water these days. Hardly any water coming to the house during the daytime. We try to keep the buckets and basins filled whenever possible.
When the generator was on for washing clothes this morning, I suddenly heard a drastic change in the sound of the generator. I called to Daddy, and he said it sounded like someone had put a load on it. Daddy went out to see if he could find out what it was. Found out that Nuanda had turned on the old electric hot plate we used to have so he could boil water for Maggi. Daddy told him the generator cannot handle that much.
Ephraim was around when Serah finished wash this morning so Daddy let him turn off the generator. He is a good helper and loves to help with physical things. If only he would discipline his mind for mental work, I feel he could really do well in school.
Cleaned the bathroom early this morning, right after quiet time. Was glad that I did, as there wasn’t much water later.
Worked a bit on the kidznewzletter today. Finished getting lessons ready for school for Monday and Tuesday. Found a verse, John 8:34, for the children to learn this coming week, as I am still waiting for Nuanda to get back with verses he is checking. Made verse reminders and a visual, and found a tune for singing the verse. Wrote material on the chalkboard, and wrote names on work papers. Washed hair (this afternoon) and brushes and combs. Made granola and peanut butter bars. Smothered the bars with a melted chocolate bar.
"Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting." Daniel 5:27
It is well frequently to weigh ourselves in the scale of God's Word. You will find it a holy exercise to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, "Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt? Has my heart ever been broken on account of sin, as his was when he penned his penitential psalms? Has my soul been full of true confidence in the hour of difficulty as his was when he sang of God's mercies in the cave of Adullam, or in the holds of Engedi? Do I take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord?" Then turn to the life of Christ, and as you read, ask yourselves how far you are conformed to His likeness. Endeavour to discover whether you have the meekness, the humility, the lovely spirit which He constantly inculcated and displayed. Take, then, the epistles, and see whether you can go with the apostle in what he said of his experience. Have you ever cried out as he did — "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death"? Have you ever felt his self-abasement? Have you seemed to yourself the chief of sinners, and less than the least of all saints? Have you known anything of his devotion? Could you join with him and say, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain"? If we thus read God's Word as a test of our spiritual condition, we shall have good reason to stop many a time and say, "Lord, I feel I have never yet been here, O bring me here! give me true penitence, such as this I read of. Give me real faith; give me warmer zeal; inflame me with more fervent love; grant me the grace of meekness; make me more like Jesus. Let me no longer be 'found wanting,' when weighed in the balances of the sanctuary, lest I be found wanting in the scales of judgment." "Judge yourselves that ye be not judged." —Morning and Evening
“12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:12-15
June 13. Daddy preached first meeting this morning, covering Romans 1:8-13, telling about the believers in Rome and the political conditions in the country at that time, conditions which brought persecution to Christians. He did a lot of stepping on toes as well as challenging folks to be willing to give their all to Christ.
When we came back to the house for dinner, there was a big lizard in the bathtub, the biggest one I have seen here. It must have been around 10 inches long from head to end of tail. I used an old rag and got him by the tail to get him out of the tub. Took him out and put him in the garden. Showed him to Ben who was coming over this way. Ben said they don’t inhabit the village areas, but are found in the bush. We wonder if he came with the firewood or something. A couple of the boys were trying to killi it, even though I told them “no.”
Had our nap. Then Jevin, Miriam, and Judy came by with some mandarins that Judy wanted to give us. Then I had teachers’ meeting.
And poor Bonita, even though Mailin is working with her, she is really having a hard time with some areas. Have been thinking of some ways to help her a bit, but the best thing for her would be a special teacher. We just don’t have one right now.
After teachers’ meeting, I cut Daddy’s hair. Then we had supper.
“And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” James 2:23