Ben has been working hard on his karate skills and today passed his belt testing to earn his purple belt! Way to go Ben!!!!
Wearing his new purple belt and holding the 'old' blue
belt! Proud of you, Ben!
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it
to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
But I discipline my body and keep it under control...
Quite a while ago my sister had sent me a CD of piano music by her church's pianist, Barb Bamberg. It is a beautiful, relaxing CD of hymns titled "Sing Them Over Again."
In 1 Samuel 16 verse 23 it says And whenever the harmful
spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played
it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.
I would reword that a bit to say that "when the enemy tries to discourage me to much due to many things we are dealing with at this time of our life I take my music CD of "Sing Them Over Again" by Barbara Bamberg, listen to it, and am refreshed in my spirit."
I love listening to the hymns.
Music is such a gift. This CD ministers to James too. He often asks to listen to it at night while he is preparing to fall asleep.
Barbara Bamberg, Pianist at St. Luke's United Methodist Church
in Houston, Texas.
I wanted to encourage you to get a copy of her CD if you can. I checked at Amazon but it doesn't seem available there. So, contact her at the church, St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston, Tx.
There have been many events the since December here making trials the path we are walking on at the moment. We are not at liberty to share to many details but appreciate your ongoing prayers for us.
Recently I purchased this decoration from a street vendor as a visual reminder of this truth: Jesus is the anchor of my soul.
As it says in Hebrews 6:18
18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is
impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge
might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the
hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place
behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner
on our behalf,...
The anchor also reminds me of one of my favourite hymns - He Leadeth Me......
He leadeth me: O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Whate'er I do, where'er I be, still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.
Refrain:He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.
Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom, sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom, by waters still, o'er troubled sea, still 'tis his hand that leadeth me. (Refrain)
Lord, I would place my hand in thine, nor ever murmur nor repine; content, whatever lot I see, since 'tis my God that leadeth me. (Refrain)
And when my task on earth is done, when by thy grace the victory's won, e'en death's cold wave I will not flee, since God through Jordan leadeth me. (Refrain)
We had our first court date today and will have another on May 29. Please keep praying.
Tomorrow morning, March 4, we have our adoption court hearing for the adoption of James. Please pray for this. Thanks!!!