Today was going to be a day that brought many memories to mind. Five years ago two people who were quite dear to me went home. It was great to see so many people share their memories of these dear loved ones on facebook, twitter and the likes. They were incredible people who lived godly lives and are irreplaceable. I totally understand why Jesus wanted them with Him...even though I wasn't much of a fan of that decision. I am so grateful that they knew (and I mean really knew) the Lord before they left this earth. It reminds me how short life is and why it's so important to always be Kingdom minded. I easily forget that time is short, but today I fully remember. And what a great time to remember...in a time of being purposeful in prayer.
North America and the Caribbean had me in tears from the start. I'm so thankful that I get to work with a ministry that allows me to be a part of changing the culture of this continent. I must say that I'm still a little biased though when it comes to Central and South America. Having family and friends in South America that desperately need a true relationship with their Loving Creator it hits home. These are my people...these are my bloodline...these are His beloved. I am praying for a tidal wave of Papa God's beautiful love to crash over South America. Waves of refreshing, waves of true grace, waves of love and revelation to drown the corruption out. I pray that leaders would rise up and bring order and integrity. Leaders that would stand up for the poor and needy. Leaders that don't care about their bank accounts, but about the sick and destitute. I'm so thankful for the ministries that are in South and Central America. I'm glad to be part of sowing those seeds through Beyond Words Ministry. I'm thankful for hope being restored in South and Central America!
I wanted to share a little revelation that I received today...which you all pretty much know, but it was a great reminder for me. As I mentioned above, I have two wonderful gentlemen that I am caring for while their parents are away. I left work a few minutes early so that I could stop at the grocery store before I would have to be at the house when the bus dropped them off. I picked up some treats that I knew that these little men would enjoy. I enlisted a friend (thanks, Meags!) to pick up the final piece...a redbox DVD. I got to the house and created clue cards...starting with "I wash dirty dishes. What am I?" I then hid a treat (in this case...mini oreos in a closed cup) in the dishwasher with another clue on it. There was a total of 7 treats. When the boys got home I sent them inside the house with their first clue.
|J & J figuring out Clue 1.|
|All Clues and some Treats|
Here's what their final reward looked like...but shhh...don't tell their mom...haha! Their reward for searching consisted of Pizza, Soda, a movie and ice cream with their choice of toppings. I know that the effort they put into finding their treats was worth it ...because not only did they ask for more, they told me.
I pray that your eyes be open to His great Treasures and may you always be willing to seek them out with all diligence.