I had been challenged to missions, ready to Answer the Call, yet no desire to learn a new language!
“Why in the world would I ever want to learn a foreign language?” – this was my thought that I held on too and put into practice in high school, but found out later why learning a foreign language is CRUCIAL to missions, if you are going to a non-English speaking country!
Ok, before I get started, here is where I have to laugh! As I look back over my life, I can’t believe that I had been challenged in 1st grade to be a part of tribal missions, which means going to a non-English speaking country, working with tribal people, and after learning their language, I would share with them the true Gospel message!
Join me over at my friend, Rosilind’s blog called A Little R & R, where she invited me to write a guest post for her series called “Answer the Call” and where I shared my journey of learning a new language >>
En Lucas 1:1-4, Lucas está escribiendo “un relato cuidadoso”… “para que puedas estar seguro de la veracidad de todo.”
Me di cuenta anoche cuando estaba pensando sobre Lucas 1:1-4 que somos tan bendecidos a tener la Biblia en nuestro propio idioma. Los que no tienen la biblia escuchan cuentas y relatos que a veces son correctos y verdad, pero como saben que no son correctos si no tienen ninguna porción de la biblia en su idioma?
Lee el devocional acá: BENDECIDOS
Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Focus verse: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31 (NIV)
Last year, God chose me to be His voice in a Spanish context. I didn’t want to do it, and in fact, I came up with many excuses like “I’m not good enough.” “I can’t write or speak.” “God, please find someone else.”
Yet, now as I look back over the past year, I see that I was being like Moses in Exodus 3 and 4. God commanded Moses to go to the King of Egypt, yet Moses thought of many excuses to not go. But God had chosen Moses for this task, and He provided everything that Moses needed.
In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul emphasizes that God didn’t choose the wise, influential, and those of noble birth (v. 26). But God chose the foolish, weak, lowly, and despised to do His work here on earth (v. 27-29). This is definitely not the type of people that I would choose for a big task, but honestly, Moses and I both fit this description quite nicely.
So why did God chose the foolish, weak, lowly, and despised to do His work?
“So that no one may boast before him.” (v. 29)
As I have grown in my walk with the Lord this past year, I see that God specifically chose me, not because of how great I am, but so that He could use my life to point others to Himself. First Corinthians 1:31b says, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” It isn’t about what Moses did in rescuing the Israelites from Egypt or what I have done, but about what God has done.
Prayer: Lord, whatever You have for me to do today, help me to be obedient and say “yes” to You so that You will be honored and glorified through my life.
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Simple Paraguayan Chipa (Cheese bread)
2 1/4 c. tapioca flour
3/4 c. butter
2 c. shredded cheese (sharp, medium or mixed cheddar)
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp of milk
(The dough needs to feel like cookie dough – moist and can be molded easily)
Mix well. Roll into medium size balls, ring-style or oblong style like a hotdog bun
Put in oven at 400F for 20-30 minutes until golden brown on bottom.
Take out of the oven, and enjoy!
(And if I can remember next time I make it, I will do a easy picture tutorial for YOU!)
First of all, if you don’t have an Amazon account, you need one!
Once you do, you can start using the Amazon wish lists, which I absolutely love!
And the #1 Reason is because everything is shareable, especially Kindle books, which we have nearly 2,000 now (and no, we didn’t pay for all of them. I can count on my hand how many we bought, and thankfully all the rest were FREE!).
And, there, on our account, is where we keep our 7 wish lists!
1.) Make a “Needs” wish list!
As a family that lives overseas for 3-4 years at a time, there are things that we need to take back to our country of service, especially things like delicious seasonings, kitchen items, heavy duty towels, good quality sheets, and more!! Maybe there are things that you need, but no $ right now, stick it in a wish list so you don’t forget!
I made a Needs List for Paraguay 2013 to keep track of what is still needed to buy before we leave!
2.) Make an “Educational Resources” wish list!
As homeschool parents, we want our children to have great educational resources, and what easier way to find them and keep them all in one place for future purchases (either homeschooling or even a child’s gift). I made this wish list to have an easy accessible list always ready: Educational Resources for Kids.
3.) Make an idea lists for birthdays and Christmas!
Share the private link with your relatives (who have asked for a list) so that they can see the product, and then, they can either buy it on Amazon or go to the store and get the item! Here is a Christmas wish list that my mom recently asked for, because she is already thinking Christmas, since we are all getting together to celebrate the last week of October before we leave for Paraguay on November 9.
4.) Make a College “have.to.buy” wish list!
My husband and I both made a private list of the required books that we need, so that we can get them as we need them! Of course, it isn’t much of a “wish” list, because you have to buy them!
5.) Make a “Dream” wish list!
I have my own personal wish list, which includes certain Kindle books that I want to get in the future, but don’t really need! If you take a peak, you will see that I love authors: Elizabeth George, Mesu Andrews, and Jeanette Windle, and one that I can’t wait to read is Courtney Joseph‘s new book coming out in October called: Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home.
My husband has his own personal wish list too, which includes all electronics and camera equipment!
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If you don’t have an Amazon account, click here to make one so that you too can begin making wish lists!
And if you already have an Amazon account and make wish lists, chime in:
How do YOU use Amazon wish lists?
Please leave comment below!