No Merit of my own

I really was blessed to read this by John Piper.......

"I was born into a believing family through no merit of my own at all. I was given a mind to think and a heart to feel through no merit of my own at all. I was brought into the hearing of the gospel through no merit of my own at all. My rebellion was subdued, my hardness removed, my blindness overcome, and my deadness awakened through no merit of my own at all.

Thus I became a believer in Christ through no merit of my own at all. And so I am an heir of God with Christ through no merit of my own at all. Now when I put forward effort to please the Lord who bought me, this is to me no merit at all, because ...it is not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Cor. 15:10) ...God is working in me that which is pleasing in his sight. (Heb. 13:21) ...he fulfills every resolve for good by his power. (2 Thess. 1:11) And therefore there is no ground for boasting in myself, but only in God's mighty grace. Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. (1 Cor. 1:31)"

Oh, How He loves us!

Lessons from the Rocking Chair

James has decided that naps are not what he needs during the day.

But in the interest of sanity for his Mom and himself, he definitely benefits from a nap/rest time after lunch.

In trying to establish that routine in his life I spend some time after lunch rocking him gently and patiently in order to help him relax and rest.

Yesterday he spent about 40 minutes complaining "no, let go", wiggling, kicking, trying to get me to release him from my arms.

As I rocked him I wondered what spiritual lesson could be learned from this event.

How often am I enfolded in the loving arms of my patient, heavenly Father while I kick and scream, "no, let go..I don't want to do what you're asking me to do", only to have him continue to patiently hold me and wait for me to relax and be at peace with his way.?

When I take the risk of obedience, I find solid rock and peace.

John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Just as James finally fell asleep in my arms for a much needed nap, may I always rest in my Heavenly Father's arms.

Psalm 131: 2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

First 'Official' Haircuts

Arlene and I took James and Jerard to the barber shop today for their first official haircuts.


James was very serious during his haircut!


Jerard started out ok but then cried through most of his cut.

Road Scenes

While in the states, many asked how traffic was in Davao.
Here are a few recent pictures from this weekend of road traffic on a main road in Davao.


Classic....note the big bus being followed by a motorcyclist and
and three guys on bikes, and a jeepney.


Two-tier truck loaded with pigs heading to market and/or the
slaughter house.


Traffic scene


Looking into the back of a filled jeepney


While stopped at a traffic light (yes, there are traffic lights in
Davao!), James started waving at the baby girl in the truck
next to us!

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.....

Yesterday morning I prayed that we would be able to obtain a bed for James that had rails on it......

Yesterday afternoon we were given a bed for free - a toddler, twin size bed!

"Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost."