Kirsten recently changed her hairstyle in a drastic way.
The extra hair was sent to Locks of Love!
As she prepares for her senior year of high school, explores college options, etc., the hair style change is just one symbol of changing and transition in life. She looks beautiful in her short hairdo!
Our new rental has a Star Fruit tree in the front yard. The fruit tastes a bit
like a mix of crisp apple and sweet grapes. It's good!
It's also known as Carabola.
It is a native of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and
James in the branches of the Star fruit tree.
Another fruit we recently picked up at the market for the first time is called
spondias - also known as the Spanish plum. It's a bit like eating an apple in
texture and taste. Lamay kaayo! ("very good!")
Recently in the USA gay marriage was legalized for all 50 states by the US Supreme court.
I have to say from the other side of the world I was appalled by the "hate speak" I heard from "Christians" judgementally condemning the LGBT culture. This is no way to evangelize.
Christ, while here on earth and now, was and is all about relationship. He was friends with the sinners and tax collectors. I sometimes envision Him in a bar shooting pool or whatever they did in the bars back then. The point is He wasn't judging, He was wooing the lost to Him with love.
He tells us not to judge. He certainly didn't.
And He died for ALL because He loves us ALL - and we all have sins - for some it may be sex outside God-sanctioned bounds, for others it's gluttony, laziness, pride, judgementalism, pornography, self-harm, alcoholism, drug abuse, compulsive shopping or gambling....go on....there are numerous sins. And we are all broken.
"Judgement is a terrible evangelism strategy.
People don't line up to be judged."
Carey Nieuwhof http://careynieuwhof.com
And if we are tempted to judge anyone it should be ourself first. Shouldn't we deal with the log in our own eye before we help our brother/sister with the speck in their eye? (Matthew 7:3)
Jesus said God will judge us by the same standard with which we judge others.
We've all been saved by grace, not by our own righteous deeds (Ephesians 2:9)
Amy Grant sings a song, "Better Than A Hallelujah", and the chorus says, "We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah"
People want love. People want to be listened to. Building relationships is so much better and Christ-like than judgementalism and hate.
So love people. Especially the people with whom you disagree.
Listen to them. Pray for them.
I've been reading a book titled "The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert" by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. She used to be lesbian. And her book is her story of how Christ changed her life. It's a good read. She was drawn to Christ by love and acceptance, not hate and judgement.
The radical ethic of grace and truth found in Jesus is more desperately needed in our world today than ever before.
Christians have always flourished under persecution. Christ promised life would be hard. He also promised He's with us every step of the way.
So let's extend grace. Let's let His light shine.
Our new rental has a Star Fruit tree in the front yard. The fruit tastes a bit like a mix of crisp apple and sweet grapes. It's good!
It's also known as Carambola.
It is native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
James in the branches of the star fruit tree.
Another fruit we recently picked up at the market for the first time is called spondias - also known as the Spanish plum. It's a bit like eating an apple in texture and taste. Lamay kaayo! (very good!)
We moved this past week from a rental on Copper street to a rental on Topaz. We are thankful to be in this new house which is bigger, has a yard and is very close to the school.
tying our freezer onto the back of the jeepney used for the
It's amazing what all you can fit into a jeepney. We made
7 trips with the jeepney loaded to get items from our old
house to the new one!
We had lots of help - Danny, the jeepney driver; Erick, Daydong, Kurt, Ben, Ben's friend Jadon, Mikayla, Kirsten,
Arlene, Daisy, Allie, James, myself.
So thankful for all the helping hands.
Moving is tiring and stressful whether its a big move overseas or
a local move to a different residence.
A big blessing is the piano in this rental. I haven't had a real
piano in all the years we've lived here and it's been an enjoyment
to play again. I've missed not having a real piano. I'm so
thankful for this blessing.
Our dog, Bear, loves not being on a leash all the time anymore.
At our other rental, since we were in a compound we had to
keep him on a leash.