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A Challenge In Trust


Happy New Year’s Eve! I am rolling out a new format for 2013 and I am very excited. Let me briefly explain and then jump right in!

Mondays will be challenge days, there we will explore the topic of the week and have a challenge to work on that particular area for the week. In comments I hope you all post how you are doing in the challenge or share stories about something you learned.

Wednesdays we will keep to being Wednesday Web Sitings, but I want to work harder at incorporating more websites and pictures and interesting apps. So I will work harder to find interesting and useful tools for us to use.

Fridays we will explore other areas of Scripture that apply to the topic of the week. This will be a fun time to see how much things in Scripture tie together.

So for this week’s overview and challenge:

The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
Proverbs 31:11

The word secretary is becoming politically incorrect but in spite of that I still use the term because of its root etymology (fancy word to say how a word came into being). Secretary came from, “Secret Keeper.” As a church secretary I see and hear a lot about people’s lives that need to be kept quiet for privacy’s sake. But this is a quality that is good for all to have and work on.

If you are single, like myself, then this verse can easily be applied to any authority figure, be it boss, parent, or simply someone older that you respect. Our challenge this week is simply to not share things that they share with us. Be it small things or large things. But simply to keep anything they share to yourself. It is a practice in the small things. So if your boss says, “today I had shrimp for lunch.” Later, if you are talking to a friend and they mention shrimp and you find yourself ready to share your boss had shrimp, don’t. It may seem simple but I trust that God can use this challenge to really refine us and give us opportunities to grow in this area. Choose now who you will use as your authority figure in this case and ask God to build you in the area of trust worthiness.

Leave me a comment on how it goes!

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Another Appreciation


Kelly is my Pastors wife. She has taught me so much. But to let her works praise her at the gates I must talk about her life’s teaching.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
2 Corinthians 10:4-6

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

Kelly has taught these two concepts for as long as I have known her. I have learned so much from these teachings. But I have learned even more because I have watched Kelly live these scriptures out time and time over again. She has taught me in the academic, and practical senses both.

If I can ever emulate her even in a small way I will be doing well.



Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Proverbs 31:31

‘Tis the season to be thankful. We spend this season remembering what is most important in our lives and so I have decided to dedicate this weeks posts to the above verse. Let her own works praise her in the gates. How do we practically do this? Brag on those women in your life who reflect proverbs 31 to you. Don’t worry about if they know you bragged about them or not, it’s not about that, its about their works being known at the gates.

So I am going to practice this today about my mother. She is quite the woman. She has struggled with health issues all my life. Growing up she was often sick and in bed. Now you would think this would mean that my childhood was sad and hard but it wasn’t. My childhood is filled with crazy fun family memories. Why? Because my mom made sure to still have adventures with us kids.

For example, she would let us give her directions home and we would sometimes get hopelessly lost (usually when I gave directions) and we thought it was the most fun ever!

Now looking back I am fairly certain that my parents struggled financially at times. Why do I think this? Logistics. When the world was becoming a duel income world my mom was a stay at home mom. But my mom was a good money manager because we always had food, we always had clothes, we always had all that we needed and we also had many of our wants as well. My parents didn’t spoil us at all but the house didn’t run as if we were hard off. Instead my parents taught us to see our blessings. And we were very blessed.

I could go on but you get the picture. My mom, (and my dad, but he is no where near being a proverbs 31 woman, thank God) is quite the woman who has always lived her life selflessly and been an example of what it means to be a wife and mother who loves God.



She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
Proverbs 31:20

Another wonderful example of a Proverbs 31 woman at Remar is Lucy. Lucy is married to Balmore and has a beautiful daughter named Matilda. The three of them are a very precious family. Currently Balmore and Lucy are waiting for their house to be finished being built. Once finished it will house all the girls at La Libertad between the ages of 4-12.

Lucy is always working. I never see her relaxing. Usually in the kitchen, slaving in the heat of the day over the hot stove. Never complaining, never seen with anything less than a beautiful smile on her face.

If you want to help Lucy in the kitchen you need to be up and ready early in the morning and if you want to keep up with her you need to keep going until late into the night. She works tirelessly to keep her children fed, clean, in line, and loved. For Lucy loves each and every one of those girls under her care.

Lucy’s selfless devotion is what I admire most about her. I strive to live a life that is more others focused and less me focused. I strive to work hard and bless others as Lucy would do.

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She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
Proverbs 31:20

She met him because he was searving at the Remar mission next door. They fell in love and got married. Four pregnancies and hundreds of children later their family keeps growing.

She is Karina. Pastors wife, mother of about 20 kids (those are the ones under her roof), 4 of which she gave birth to, and also on the worship team. Her life consists of running a household filled with troubled teens. The girls that make bad choices go to stay with her and Pastor Jose.

But the aspect of Karina that impresses me the most is her faith. She lives a life that is truly trusting in Jesus to provide. I have seen times where their electricity got turned off because they needed to use the money to pay for food for the kids. These things are all taken into stride and faith. She knows God will provide and walks in that faith.

She also always has a smile on her face. Even in the midst of trial and hardship I see her finding reasons to smile and laugh. She is filled with joy because of her faith. Karina’s outlook on life convicts me to walk more in faith and joy. To live life trusting in the promises of God because I trust the God who made those promises.

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She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
Proverbs 31:20

This photo is of two people I greatly admire. On the left is Karina and on the right is Mary. Today I want to tell you about Mary.

Mary is from Guatemala, and while I don’t know much about her childhood I do know how she came to be associated with Remar. Remar is an organization that is located throughout the world and has orphanages, churches, rehabs, and so much more. Mary and Karina both lived next door to Remar and became involved through this.

I do not know when Mary actually joined Remar but she has been there for a while now and, though single and without children of her own, lives a life so very full. She is mother to about 80 orphans. When asked she can tell you each ones full name and information. For those who have moved on or left she can still recall who they are and their story. Why? Because she loves each so dearly.

On a typical day Mary wakes up early to get the kids ready for school. A school in which she is the principal. Once they are ready and school is finished for the day she then turns her attention to running the orphanage. No small feat when the compound houses about 100 people.

She works tirelessly for no pay. Money is handled differently there. It is not a job it is a lifestyle. She has chosen to devote her life to The Lord in this way and she has put her hand to the plow and not looked back. Even in her times of rest and relaxation she is still giving of herself. At the beach watching to make sure none of the children are in danger. At the orphanage handling the different issues brought to her attention with care and love.

And yet, early on in our acquaintance, I remember something so keenly that it still convicts me to this day. Pastor Jose, the pastor over the Remar in El Salvador, and her brother in law, had taught a moving sermon on serving God. That evening as we discussed the mornings sermon Mary got quite thoughtful and said that she felt she should be doing more.

I remember thinking “your life is lived out in service to God and yet you are convicted by this sermon? How much more should I, who life a very selfish life, be convicted by such a sermon?!”

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I am back. But not really.

It has been a while since I have posted. I will get back to my normal postings soon. I just got back in country Friday and have been sick. More to come!!!

And Be Thankful

It is a little difficult updating how I am doing in this particular case as it has only been a short time since I wrote these posts, but it has been a blessing to remind myself of these habits that I pray I have created.

So review, keep coming back and remembering, and habitually be thankful!

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From Her Profits

The day after I wrote the steps in Profitable Savings I ended up out and about shopping with no plan or budget in mind. I broke all my rules and paid for it. Literally. It wasn’t too crazy but it did remind me how important it is to go in with a plan!

I had an opportunity recently to get the local newspaper for half off. I thought about it for the coupons but I don’t think I am ready to commit to couponing just yet. I cannot justify the expense otherwise. So there is another tip, be realistic. If you are spending money to save are you ready to do the work it will take to save the money? Is it worth it? Also keep in mind that if you will be saving money in an area you weren’t planning on spending originally then its not worth the cost. For example coupon books. If you purchase to donate to a cause that’s one thing but few people ever actually use them and those that do probably would not have spent money in the places they used the coupons if they didn’t have the book. So be realistic.

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She Strengthens Her Arms

This is an area that I have not been doing well in. I have gotten out of the habit of exercise. It seems every time I try to get back into it something happens and I stop again. So I am going to do as I said in Seven Steps To Strength and pray and ask God for help in this matter. Hopefully when we revisit this topic again I will be on a better track.

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