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Becoming Trustworthy

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Our first week’s challenge is coming to an end! I hope you had a wonderful week of applying what we are learning! The following are Scriptures that deal with being trustworthy or, in light of this week’s challenge, our speech.

Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.

Proverbs 29:11 A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.

Luke 6:43-45 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Colossians 3:8-11 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

James 4:11-12 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

1 Peter 4:8-11 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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Wednesday Web Sitings

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Challenge Tip: Keep a journal. Pray. When you share with The Lord you get to tell someone. Whether it is a small thing or a large thing. Whether its a secret or just information you are using to practice not sharing. This way you have the relief of telling the one person it is ok to tell everything.

I keep a journal and when I write I look at it as letters to God. I find I focus better in prayer this way. But there I can say anything. Be it small or big. God sees and He understands.

Here are some websites to help with this week’s challenge. Some of them are just encouragements and some are practical. Enjoy!

The first is full of more encouragements and inspiration: My Pinterest Board

I did a search on trustworthiness and this one made me laugh, though the tips are useful: Wiki How To On Becoming Trustworthy

This is not much, and a sad start to my first week saying “I’m going to work harder to bring you more!” But to be perfectly honest I am not finding much that is a good quality website out there. There are lots of tips on how to become trustworthy but many are from motivational speakers and not Biblically based. Now I am not saying that the methods they use are not effective, they probably are, but I do not want to post a website without having the biblical basis backing it. So, if you are looking for more, do a search on becoming trustworthy and you will find more. Just read it with the thought of how it falls in with Scripture.

Remember, post a comment on how you are doing with this week’s challenge!

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A Challenge In Trust

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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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My “Children”

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 113:9

In previous years I read this verse and thought of it more as a consolation prize. I try to trust God’s plans even when they don’t make sense to me and His plan of keeping me single with no kids of my own is a real challenge in trust at times. I would read this verse and think, “thats nice, but I hope that is not God’s plan for me.”

God has changed my views on this altogether.

Over the past five years I have had the opportunity to visit an orphanage in El Salvador named Remar 4 times. Over these 4 trips God has revealed more meaning to this verse than I ever could have imagined. The children at this orphanage have become so near and dear to my heart. I love them all, I care for them all. In addition to that every trip adds a couple of kids that truly feel like my own. I can’t explain the connection that, in spite of language barriers, in spite of distance and time, continues to grow and flourish with each visit. These are my children. These are children of my heart.

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Joselin is more of a sister than a daughter to me simply because of our ages. But her and I have many heart to heart talks when we are together. She speaks English and usually helps interpret for our group when we are there.

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Nazareth (left) is a precious young girl who had sat with me for hours helping me with my spanish and practicing her english. She and I were very close and had a lot of little jokes between us. Minor (middle) is an awesome young man who is growing into a man of God. He is very sweet and sincere. Monica (right) I have known since the first trip and have always loved her dearly, though she has been more shy and took a little more time to be comfortable with us. She is very sweet and a beautiful young woman of God. These three are siblings.

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I apologize for not recalling the name of the girl on the left (there are nearly 100 people there), I am in the middle and the girl on the right is Livia. Livia and I really hit it off this year. She was calling me her mom by the end of our trip. She truly is one of those kids who will forever be a child of my heart.

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Pamela and Reina…Pamela is another one that I have known since the first trip and she has grown up so quickly. She is very responsible and is in charge of many things at the orphanage. She is very dear to my heart. Reina is another sister type for me and has grown closer each trip. She is very shy and quiet so it has taken some time for her to start opening up with me but once she did it was a rare gift.

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This is Alex. As you can see from the picture he is quite a character. His mother, Nuvia, is another daughter of my heart. Last year she was new to the orphanage and had endeared herself to me. She was emotionally not very healthy at that point but over the past year has grown and healed so much. It was a huge joy to see how well she is doing and how happy her son it, which is a testament to the wonderful place that he and his mother are in, both physically and emotionally.

These are just a few of my family in El Salvador. I wish I could introduce you to them all. Perhaps in November, when I go back, I will post an update. Until then, adios!

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