Errands, Ceiling, and Overcoming Obstacles   Leave a comment

Errands, Ceiling, and Overcoming Obstacles

This has been a productive week. I got a lot accomplished that I hadn´t felt like doing over the past few months. Vasti spent a vacation day with me running errands, and we painted a decorative rock out front. I had a plaque made for our swing set in honor of the kids who donated it. We got our motorcycle back yesterday—Josué spent the week having it worked on. It looks new; now we can once again go out. Last night we bought hula hoops, balls, and jump ropes for the Club class today.

We got our ceiling put up. Finally, no more saw dust falling on us! Every day since we moved in, I have had to shake our sheets, dust the house, and sweep. Everything left out (clothes, dishes) had to be shaken or cleaned. Josué´s 3 brothers and a church fellow prepared about 50 ply-boards with petroleum and a special venom to prevent insects from eating the wood; then they fit, cut, and nailed the boards to the temporary ceiling. They are waiting for me to leave to do my room, but the rest of the house is complete. It was good that I could be here to help (moving stuff from one room to another, cleaning, even holding up a few boards when everyone else was busy!)—I’m glad I’m feeling better, although Baby J is moving a lot and causing me pain, especially at night. He calms down when Josué puts his hand on the baby bump and talks to him. While I know that the movement is healthy, it gives me a few moments of rest.

This morning at Club, Daniel let me teach his class—elementary age—it´s our largest class with over 30 very active children. We began a series on values. Today´s value was Don´t give up. We made an obstacle course for the kids to learn to not give up—a maze, jump rope, hula hoops, balls, jumping, crawling thru a tire, etc. Then I told two Bible stories: a blind beggar who sought Jesus for healing even when the people tried to hold him back, and Zacchaeus who did not let his small stature keep him from seeking out Jesus (Luke 18:35-19:6). Afterward, I shared the story of Ben Carson, the famous Black brain surgeon who came from a poor home and had to work hard to beat the odds. He writes in his book Gifted Hands,

“We all have difficulties along the way. How we view them determines how we end up. If we choose to see the obstacles as barriers, we stop trying. However, if we choose to see them as hurdles, we can leap over them. Successful people don´t have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.”

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Posted September 5, 2010 by Seeds of Love in seeds

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