Monday December 31, 2018

John 14:27-28 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 

Happy New Years Eve!

After breakfast, Jeff and I helped the girls with dishes and then I did the wash while Jeff continued to help the girls in the kitchen prepare for lunch and dinner. The girls got a total kick out of Jeff being in there helping and chopping vegetables for lunch and were a bit surprised that he knew what he was doing. Today I decided to take advantage of the industrial washer since we were washing all of our sheets and towels, in addition to our clothes and it was a lot less work. There was a lot of waiting for the wash to clean, drain the water and refill it to rinse and then spin and hang to dry. So during the downtime I joined Jeff and the girls peel and cut onions.

Most of the day was spent working on preparations for the festivities tonight. A big dinner was to follow a worship service with people visiting just like Christmas. I worked a bit more on the policies for Clifton and completed a bit more research, I do hope this ends up being helpful. The worship service was beautiful and the meal was amazing, as usual, though it was later than usual, 7:00 pm. So by the time we got done eating David and Lucia were exhausted and decided they wanted to go to bed. Anjali wanted to stay up, so she joined Jeff and I at the bonfire outside our room which continued until midnight (though Anjali only made it until about 11 and then retired to her bed for a movie).

I was also able to connect with one of the girls here on the mission and I am so grateful that God put me here to listen to her and to encourage her on the path she has already begun. She is such a beautiful and strong person and I just pray that she will start to see this herself. I believe that God puts us where we need to be, when we are needed. I pray that I can be the person God needs me to be here and that I am able to listen and follow the path He lays before me. I just need to be sure that in everything I do, it is for Him and only Him.

This past year has been one of the most amazing years and I have learned so much about myself and my family. We have seen things that I could never have imagined. And all that we have done and that has happened, it was all because of Him. God laid this path before us, and while we feared what He was asking us to do, we took one step at a time and trusted in His promise to us. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

My prayer and hope for 2019 is that I can continue to grow my relationship with God and that I will listen with attentive ears and a willing heart to follow His path, whatever it is, and do the work that He has for me. He knows what is needed and I need to listen and make sure I don’t try to push my agenda and force what I want. He is the way and the light, I pray that I am strong and faithful to follow.

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