Since I just figured out how to post something, I will write three mini excerpts encompassing the three weeks we have been here so far. Hopefully, I will learn the camera and picture download procedure soon!

During the first week we were here, my morning devotions have involved the word peace quite a bit. The Lord new how unpeaceful my flesh truly was, and His words of peace sustained me. Colossians 3:25 “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” Philippians 4:7 “The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”  Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on You.”The unseen, but very real, peace of the Lord is what has kept me from falling apart. Praise God for it.

This last week, my devotions have moved to the word patience. Now that God has freshly renewed the issue of peace for me recently, I want to get moving on all the processes of establishing our life here: buying furniture, knowing where to get the best-priced groceries – knowing where to get any groceries that resemble normal food for that matter, knowing which bus to take where and how to get back again, knowing where to find this or that and how much it should cost, conquering the two-in-one washer/dryer unit that we have, and it goes on and on. So, the Lord is showing me patience once again. Hebrews 10:36 “You have need of patience.” Luke 8:15 “And bring forth fruit with patience.” I am seeing the need for patience in everything, and God is so faithful to provide it – The God of Patience.

Now, I am embarking on a new mind battle – “Count it all joy when you face trials and struggles and temptations of many kinds.” Not just to endure it, but to consider it a joy. Lord, give me your grace to exude your joy in my life that these people walking in darkness may see You.