Thursday, July 30, 2009

It has been raining for three days now..of course that means I can't spend time with my horses other than feeding hoo! We need the rain though so I should be thanking God instead of complaining!
My best friend and I have been taking art classes together and yesterday was our last class. Art classes were held every two weeks so it was a for sure time too see each other!!! Oh well 4-h is picking back up and we will see each other a LOT! We are both officers so between meetings and projects we should see one another much more than we have been! YESSS!!!

"Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like leaves, found everywhere."
~ Unknown

Today and last night I helped my mom rearrange the den....before it was complete it looked like a nightmare!! We had to move shelves so there were books covering the floor and everything!! now... IT LOOKS AWESOME!!!


Have Faith

Mona Khauli
Throughout the fifteen-year old war, God has moved in our midst, and through us to others. The most recent example of God's miraculous protection involved a young couple.
One day heavy artillery bombing took them by surprise, when a Syrian offensive was launched against Christian areas. Before they could run to take shelter, a phosphorous shell penetrated the roof of their bedroom and exploded, setting the place on fire. They were both severely injured and burned. The woman, a few months pregnant, was miraculously saved. Her husband, however, was pronounced clinically dead on arrival at the hospital as he had sustained serious injuries from head to toe. His parents and church brethren pleaded with hospital staff to give him emergency care, while they committed themselves to the bedside in prayer. For months, he "existed" by way of instruments that pumped life into his shredded body, bandaged together like a cocoon.
But God intervened and performed a miracle. Six months later he was released from hospital a walking miracle, only in need of surgery to restore sight in one of his eyes. Doctors and nurses saw him off with these words; "Lazarus has risen from the dead."
Pray and trust. Have faith in God to perform a miracle. God is in control.

The God we serve is able to save us ... but even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods... (Daniel 3:17,18)
Mona Khauli: writer of this paragraph

These words are so rich and meaningful; yet they are so difficult to put into practice.
To glory in tribulation? How can this be? It is neither human nor tactful to rejoice in suffering, especially when it concerns people around us. What does Paul really mean?
The best way to explain is to quote a Christian woman in my country, Lebanon. She was facing one family hardship after another. When asked how she managed to cope with all these hardships she answered: "Troubles are challenges to me. Even difficulty that comes my way is a perpetual source of wonder. I am so eager to see how the Lord will get me out of it."
She had found the secret. Not theoretically but through pains and problems. "In all these things we are more that conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 9:37). Her secret was Paul’s secret. Paul’s experience became her experience. What about you?
It is no secret what God can do, what He has done for others He will do for you.
...we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
(Romans 5:3-5)