Mikayla and I had the pleasure of spending this past Saturday with a wonderful group of women. This group of women represent 10 nationalities - Chili, Korea, Philippines, German, United States of America, New Zealand, Japan, Northern Ireland, India, and Indonesia.
One thing I will really miss when we return to the states next year is having such diversity in friendships!
The Prayer and Reflection day was centered on the theme of "Finding A Rhythm of Rest" and the verse be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10.
Resting - taking a Sabbath - is a spiritual precept.
In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is
your strength..." Isaiah 30:15.
A "sabbath time" is not dependent upon our readiness to stop, but requires surrender. We stop because it's time to stop; not when we complete our call, check our emails, etc...
A 'Sabbath' can be a day, an afternoon, an hour...whatever
preserves rest and refreshment... (from Eveyln C. Davis 2004)
So, turn off the cell phone, close down the computer, disconnect from the internet and spend time alone in solitude and silence with God. It is very restorative.
A great book to read further on finding the rhythm of rest is "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality" by Pete Scazzero.
I have had the privilege and fun of teaching a creative writing exploratory to six middle school students this first quarter of the school year.
I've been encouraging the students to recognize that creativity is a God-given talent we should all be developing. God, our Father, is a creative God. He doesn't want us hiding our talents under a bushel! Developing a creative life style entails noticing nature, shapes, colours, people. Each person we meet is created in the image of God by God Himself. Amazing thought.
The students have been doing creative writing exercises and are now working on putting together a book of short stories inspired from the various creative writing exercises they've been working on.
Living a creative life is not just about being "an artist." It's about going after your dreams, whatever they are, living authentically, living emotionally healthy spirituality, facing fears and self-doubt and stepping forward in spite of them.
Living creatively and authentically means allowing yourself to be imperfect, allowing yourself to play, to be a beginner. I've really been encouraging my students to spend 10 - 20 minutes a day writing. Rather than saying "someday I'll write a book", if you start writing 10 - 20 minutes a day then you are working on your goal instead of just wishfully thinking about something.
Today, Friday, September 19, 2014, Mikayla, James, and I were part of a tour group seeing the Tebow CURE Hospital being built here in Davao. My friend Chris's husband is directing the start up of this specialty hospital that will be providing surgical care to kids with orthoepedic and cleft palate problems. The most typical is clubbed feet.
the 'e' was being fixed to be mounted.
A 'soft' opening is being planned for November, with the grand opening happening sometime next spring. It is an amazing work being done.
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Kurt here. I don't post very often since Beth does such a great job at it. But I wanted to make an exception in the case because I just posted an update about the software that I am developing for a large Christian maternity clinic here in the Philippines.
Check it out on my website at kurtsymanzik.org. It has been about 9 months in development and it is about ready to be born ... ironic.
A Bible Dedication happened today.
For a language group I can not freely talk about.
Just know that after years and years of work by translators and language assistants, a large group of people here on Mindanao have been blessed with the Bible in their language.
What a blessing to be with other believers from every tribe and tongue.
Revelation 7:9 - 17
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude
that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes
and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and
before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches
in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice,
"Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb!"
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?"
I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are
the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
"Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."