Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Beat Goes On...

We are in the planning process for next year. Our staff dynamics will be changing quite a bit. We still have vacancies for our music and high school science teacher positions. It's weird to be in a place of enjoying the rest of this year... being excited for the summer to come... and being eager for the changes of the next year. It's quite nice to be happy and content in the present while excited and looking forward to the future.

My sister will be getting married this summer, and...
I GOT MAIL!!!!!!

This is quite exciting... I can't really explain the reasoning of this, but we can't really receive mail. Well, apparently we can, but it's just unreliable... and it takes a LONG time. This letter took 12 days to arrive, and her last letter took 19 days to arrive. My mother says she has sent at least one or two letters, but I have never received hers. Another co-worker had a package sent to her, but in order to find the package, she would have to search around Caracas and then pay high prices in order to obtain the package. 

We had a staff gathering of food, dance, and fellowship... As we were leaving, we stumbled upon this sight... a van parked on the side of the road in order to watch some free, stolen cable tv off of a scratchy purple screen...
Oh, Venezuela...

In teaching,
it's incredible how kids can find a way to make grading papers put a smile on my face...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Song...

My heart beats only for You...


My Husband,

Who has loved me more wonderfully, more perfectly than you? Who has fought harder for me, stuck closer by me than you? Who has seen this shattered broken heart and chosen it to be enough to satisfy and honor you?

I have nothing to offer
I have nothing to give

For all I have has come from you, my God.

Who could take these hands and use them to the works of Your Kingdom? Who could use these tears and fill overflowing rivers and streams of life? None other than you. None other then my God, my Lord, my Master, my Love, my Father, my Heavenly Husband in Christ.

All I can do, is say these simple words to you that these broken pieces are Yours to build and mold in the work of your hands. What I have broken, I give to you to restore and fill to use for all your delight.

My hope is found in You...


Relentless Love

Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans." (Hosea 3:1)
No human can comprehend God’s love for His_children! Our limited experience of human love hinders us from understanding God’s unconditional love for us. We can see a picture of this love in the life of Hosea.
Hosea was a righteous man, but God told him to marry a sinful woman. Hosea obeyed and took Gomer as his wife. He cherished her and treated her with dignity and respect. Never before had Gomer experienced this kind of love, but she soon grew dissatisfied. She began giving her affections to other men. She became so involved in adulterous pursuits that finally she abandoned Hosea altogether. Other men used her until she had nothing left to give. Then they sold her into slavery. After this, God gave Hosea an amazing command: “Go and buy her back.” Despite the intense pain and hurt that Gomer had inflicted on him, God told Hosea to forgive her and to pay any price to bring her back into his home.
God’s message is clear: When we reject Him and turn our devotion elsewhere, our rejection carries the same pain as an adulterous betrayal. After all God has done for us, it is incomprehensible that we should reject Him. It is even harder to fathom that God could love us even after we have rejected, ignored, and disobeyed Him. Yet God’s love is completely different from ours. His love follows us to the depths of our sinfulness until He has reclaimed us. His love is undaunted when we run from Him, and He_continues to pursue us. What incredible love He has demonstrated to us!