Thursday, April 30, 2009
- Did I submit to God and His plan for me by humbly respecting and submitting to my dear husband (dh)?
- Can I, without shame, give an account to God for every word I have spoken to my dh?
- Is God pleased with the way I have treated my dh? Have I shown Godly love, patience, and forgiveness?
- Have I earnestly prayed for my dh today?
- Have I shown proper gratitude to God and to my dh for the headship that has been provided for me?
- Am I aware of my dh's good qualities?
- Have I chosen to cheerfully obey my dh's commands today? Have I openly rebelled against his authority?
- Am I being loyal to my dh and his leadership? Have I treated him with pride or scorn?
- Have I supported and built up my dh as the leader of our home?
- Can my dh delight and be proud of my attitudes and actions?
- Have I been negligent, lazy, or resistant in fulfilling my duties toward my dh?
- Have I been discontent or angry today under the God-ordained headship of my dh?
How far do you go in your submission? What if it makes you uncomfortable? What if it leads to physical harm or even death? Who is responsible? God's Word clearly indicates that He puts the husband in the position of authority. Your dh will have to answer to God for his actions, just as you will have to answer to God for your actions. Were you submissive, as unto the Lord, even unto death, as Christ was submissive unto the Father, even unto death?
Lest you think otherwise, this is an issue I struggle with as a Christian wife. Die to self? For Christ, okay, I am fine with that. But for my dh? What about equal rights? Remember, Adam was created first, then Eve, to be his helper.
Conviction is painful, but I thank God that He continues to mold me to be more like His Son.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Amazon, or at The Young and Restless over on Ella. I love that store as they have new and used cloth diapers.
Can you tell my nesting instinct is kicking in?
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Up Saturday morning bright and early on our way to Limonal. It was about a 3 hour drive over some of the most scenic mountain ranges and valleys we had seen. Again, the roads were bumpy, but thankfully some of my swelling had gone down and the contractions had stopped. We stopped and visited a couple of missions along the way and were blessed by the people and the Spirit of God was evident. Services were held Saturday evening under the trees and afterwards we had a dinner of tamales and pan dulce (sweet breads) at Hermona Ava's. They insisted that we stay with them instead of going to a hotel. These people take hospitality seriously as we found out later that some slept in their car so that we could have their room. Talk about humbling!
Sunday morning was another delicious meal and a few of us took a walk around town. Sunday was service at Limonal from about 10 am to 3pm then back to Hermana Ava's for lunch of chicken mole. YUM! After visiting for awhile, we headed back to Mante. Again, I was thinking of an early night in the hotel resting. Silly me! We went back to Hermano Goya's, services at Monte Horeb, then back to Hermano Goya's before going to the hotel. The Mexican children were always so excited to see us, running up to the van as soon as they saw it bouncing down the dusty road.
Monday morning saw us departing Mante for Santa Fe, and no problems with any border crossings. The border crossings really surprised me. We were never asked to get out of the van, they did not search any suitcases, they did not even open the doors. We shopped some at the market in Progresso, but it was expensive. Hermana Rosa bought Lily a precious tea set and Hermano Udiel bought each of the girls a beautiful bracelet.
Up in the mornings around 6am, to bed somewhere past 11pm, and we loved it! We were exhausted when we got back to MO, but excited about the work in Mexico and ready to go again at a moment's notice! Some of us cried upon leaving Limonal, as they definately made an impact on our lives. Even looking at the pictures makes some of us tear up still.