Posts made in July 2012

July’s Food-of-the-Month: To the Land of Milk and Honey, Part Two

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

Last month, after the wildfires here in Colorado Springs, we escaped to “a land flowing with milk and honey,” focusing on the comfort and strength of milk and other dairy products (Exodus 3:8).  This month, after another tragedy in Colorado–the senseless shootings at a movie theater–we shall again find solace in the Promised Land, this time focusing on the goodness and sweetness of honey… and on one of the most meaningful revelations I’ve ever received from God.

When I visited the Holy Land in 2010, I was surprised to see palm trees with something different from coconuts hanging on them.  Pointing my finger at the masses of little brown “balls” high above me, I asked our guide, “What are THOSE?”  “Dates,” she said.  It was a DATE palm tree.  Soon after, I learned honey in Israel is made from dates… also called date syrup.  And let me tell you date honey is DELICIOUS–tasting a bit like molasses.  I bought a jar in Bethlehem and still enjoy it from time to time as a special treat.

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My Upcoming Adventure to Meet a Baby Boy in Africa!

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

Dear Readers – Following is my latest e-mail newsletter sent earlier in July.  If you would like to receive my letters–approximately every two months–please provide your information to the right.  Thank You!  

Jambo, Friends and Family!  Habari yako?

In the faraway place of Kisumu, Kenya, lies a baby boy in dire straits.  Because of a rare condition he experienced in his mother’s womb–which could have just as easily occurred in the United States–he was born with multiple deformities of his hands and legs.  This little boy’s future would not include playing soccer or guitar; it would not even include walking as you and I define “walking.”  Or holding a spoon or crayon.  Seven months old Emmanuel would grow up severely disabled, watching his five brothers and sisters use their hands and legs while his “normal” would be just that… watching.  But Emmanuel’s life is about to change!

Back in February I had a vision which I described in my blog post “A Happy Worm in the Garden of CURE.”  I encourage you to read it to fully understand, but I was the worm and believed my purpose within CURE International’s ministry to children with correctable disabilities was to pray.  At the time of my vision, I also sensed a calling to go to Africa this summer.  

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Sparkling Surprises High in the Sky

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

On July 13, 2012 our family was supposed to climb the 12,804’ Middle Teton near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  But our friends were delayed at a rodeo competition in Cody the night before, so our expedition was changed to July 14th.  God knew the difference a day would make.

After waking on the 14th, I read my daily portion of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young:  “Keep walking with Me along the path I have chosen for you…. Together we will forge a pathway up the high mountain.  The journey is arduous at times, and you are weak…. All I require of you is to take the next step, clinging to My hand for strength and direction.  Though the path is difficult… there are sparkling surprises just around the bend.”  I couldn’t believe the reference to climbing a mountain!  Actually I could, because we’re dealing with a God who continually amazes me… who, I think more and more often the longer I’m in relationship with Him, is a God of perfect providence, divine details and “sparkling surprises.”

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