I love handing the camera to Kirsten and seeing what photos we end up with. She comes up with many unique perspectives on our home and life around here. I could put in a plethora of photos from her, but I wanted to share just this one.
For some reason, this photo reminds me of a quote from Brennan Manning:
"If we maintain the open-mindedness of children, we challenge fixed ideas and established structures, including our own. We listen to people in other denominations and religions. We don't find demons in those with whom we disagree. We don't cozy up to people who mouth our jargon. If we are open, we rarely
resort to either-or: either creation or evolution, liberty or law, sacred or secular, Beethoven or Madonna. We focus on both-and, fully aware that God's truth cannot be imprisoned in a small definition. "
James and Jerard received some bath toys for Christmas. They really enjoy playing with them during their shower time!
I want to share a prayer from Brennan Manning's book "Reflections for Ragamuffins." It speaks to what God has been teaching me.
Poverty is more than just 'lack of money.' Poor people tend to talk about poverty in terms of shame, inferiority, powerlessness, humiliation, fear, hopelessness, depression, voicelessness...in this context, we all are poor. God is using the poverty that Kurt and I see around us on a daily basis to show us more about the relational-ness of Him. He and I will be blogging more about this.
(and if you want to read a great book,read "When Helping Hurts" by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.)
Today, I just want to share this prayer with you.
"Jesus, my Brother and Lord, I pray as I write these words for the grace to be truly poor before you,
to recognize and accept my weakness and humanness,
to forgo the indecent luxury of self-hatred,
to celebrate your mercy and trust in your power when I'm at my weakest,
to rely on your love no matter what I may do,
to seek no escapes from my innate poverty,
to accept loneliness when it comes instead of seeking substitutes,
to live peacefully without clarity or assurance,
to stop grandstanding and trying to get attention,
to do the truth quietly without display,
to let the dishonesties of my life fade away,
to belong no more to myself,
not to desert my post when I give the appearance of staying at it,
to cling to my humanity,
to accept the limitations and full responsibility of being a human being -
and really poor in Christ our Lord."
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in HIM
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Elisabeth Elliott has been a mentor to me for many years now (through her books). I've never met her personally but to me she is a dear friend,a 'mother', and a mentor/encourager/friend in this journey towards our eternal home!
Here lies the tremendous mystery - that God should be all-powerful, yet refuse to coerce. He summons us to cooperation. We are honoured in being given the opportunity to participate in his good deeds. Remember how He asked for help in performing his miracles : Fill the waterpots, stretch out your hand, distribute the loaves.
I like this quote of hers. It reminds me, as Jesus told us, to be faithful in the little things. And for me these days, those 'little things' are changing diapers, exercising Jerard, playing with James and doing preschool with him, parenting all my kids for His glory, being a good wife, mom and Christian.......(Luke 16:1010 "One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much,)
"Ipomoea batatas" (purple kamote) is a sweet potato that grows here in the Philippines.
A favourite way to serve this potato is just to boil it and eat it. It makes a great, inexpensive, and healthy snack!
(learn more about Philippine foods at http://www.stuartxchange.org/Kamote.html)
It is really easy here to eat healthy food - the market is resplendent in all its food offerings!!!!