Thursday August 9, 2018

1 Corinthians 2:1-16 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God, with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Nor we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Today was the start of school for Anjali and David. Jeff and Anjali biked to school at 6:50 am. Jeff said that Anjali had no problem and actually asked him to not go the whole way with her, that she wanted to do it on her own. Jeff was actually back home before David had to go to school, so he stayed back with Lucia (Lucia doesn’t start until Monday). I walked David to school at 7:15 am and straight to his classroom where we met his teacher, Frau Weiss. She does speak a small bit of English, so that is definitely helpful. David picked his seat and seemed to be settled so I left. I was about to walk down the stairs to leave when David came back out to get me. His eyes were quickly filling with tears and I could see that he was very nervous and a bit scared. He asked what he needed to do and stated that he didn’t know what he was supposed to do. To which I replied to just have fun and to follow what the other kids are doing. I reminded him that his teacher spoke enough English that he could ask her a question if he was totally confused. But that he should just enjoy the experience for what it was, an experience. He was so brave. He dried his eyes (and confirmed it didn’t look as though he was crying) and walked straight back into class and didn’t look back! After both Anjali and David got home, we took the short walk up to Cup & Cino for a scoop of awesome Gelato and they all shared their experiences at school. It seems that when the kids don’t think about the language barrier and are just present in the moment, they have a lot more fun—I think the same goes for me. When I stop worrying about what I can’t say and just let the moment happen with the best that I have, God seems to pave the way for me. He makes sure that the message that needs to be conveyed is done and He helps guide me as a navigate through this world I don’t understand. It is when I start to get frustrated or nervous that I have a harder time hearing God’s word and seeing His work in this world.

Jeff headed off with Johannes this morning to the neighboring town of Elbenau, where Johannes is also the pastor. Jeff was able to capture some beautiful pictures of the church, and of course a brewery.

While Anjali and David were at school, Lucia and I stayed home and got some things done around the house and the church. I am not sure if Lucia was feeling left out that she wasn’t at school today or that she was nervous about going to school next week. But whichever it was, it resulted in a massive tantrum from her and ended with her taking a nap (but not without her refusal to do it in her bed, so she made her own bed on the floor between her bed and the wall)! The parenting difficulties don’t change. We are still fighting the same battles with our kids here in Germany : )

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Here are a couple of pictures of our short walk to get gelato after school today!

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