Here is a story from Rwanda, about sponsorship and friendship. Like he says in the video, sponsorship affects the sponsor as well as the child.
This is a very compelling story about Angelyn, whose life was nearly destroyed by drugs. Listen to her carefully, and see if you might want to sponsor a child like her, to give hope and a future.
Here are some short quotes that are worth reading:
God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. –William Cowper
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. –Psalm 94:19 (NLT)
When the heart is full, it brims over in some outward act of devotion. –F. B. Meyer
God’s people are always strongest when their lives are characterized by joy and singing. —One Year Book of Psalms, 8/5
I came across this first quote just shortly before the eclipse. It was a good one to think about while I was watching the total eclipse.
It was now about midday, but darkness came over the whole countryside until three in the afternoon, for there was an eclipse of the sun. The veil in the Temple sanctuary was split in two. Then Jesus gave a great cry and said, “Father, I commend my spirit into your hands.” And with these words, he died. –Luke 3:44-46 (PHI)
This quote was very special to me when I sprained my wrist in the bike accident. I always knew God was taking care of me.
May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance. –2 Thessalonians 3:5 (MSG)
I have done my share of waiting and being patient in various situations throughout my life. I can tell you that good things are worth the wait.
Come and listen to the testimony of one who can speak from experience of the pure and blessed outcome of patient waiting upon God…The word patience is derived from the Latin word for suffering. It suggests the thought of being under the constraint of some power from which we would gladly be free. At first, we submit against our will. Experience teaches us that when it is vain to resist, patient endurance is our wisest course. In waiting on God, it is of infinite consequence that we do not submit only because we are compelled to but because we lovingly and joyfully consent to be in the hands of our blessed Father. Patience then becomes our highest blessedness and our highest grace. It honors God, and gives Him time to have His way with us. It is the highest expression of our faith in His goodness and faithfulness. It brings the soul perfect rest in the assurance that God is carrying on His work. It is the token of our full consent that God should deal with us in such a way and time as He thinks best. True patience is the losing of our self-will in His perfect will…O soul, do not be impatient, whether it is in the exercise of prayer and worship that you find it difficult to wait; in the delay of definite requests or in the fulfillment of your heart’s desire for the revelation of God Himself in a deeper spiritual life! –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 55-58
It’s interesting to think about guardian angels all around us. Here are some quotes from my journals about those guardians, along with some other great quotes:
Onward, Christian, though the region where you are is dark and long; God has set a guardian legion very near you, so press on. — Samuel Johnson
Seeing we are so dear to God, these angels take this charge upon them with all their hearts, and omit nothing in their duty from our birth to the end of our life. –Henry Lawrence
Jesus replied, “What men find impossible is perfectly possible with God.” –Luke 18:27 (PHI)
It is the heart that puts distance between God and us. –A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 216
There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of God; A place where sin cannot molest, Near to the heart of God. –Cleland McAfee
These are the final mountain views from eclipse week in the Tetons. Stunning views!
This is a view of the mountain called “Sleeping Indian.”
These were taken from Signal Mountain.
Here is an interesting pic Sarah got with her GoPro.
Here are some of the family photos I took in Jackson the week of the eclipse. Paul had headed back to Buffalo but Chris and Sarah and I lingered a bit longer.
I know this looks posed but I don’t think it was.
Neither were these.
They managed to throw a football around a little before we headed back home. Fun!