The word for this day is "triumph"! Why did I pick that word? I'm pretty sure it is because I'm not feeling well and I need to change my thoughts. I just turned to the book of Philippians. I love to read about how Paul was so positive, even in the worst of situations. From chapter 4 the Message Bible reads: "My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don't waver. Stay on track, steady in God.
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel (triumph) in Him. Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you are on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them to see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."
Yes! We will triumph gloriously! And back to Philippians 4:8: "...I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly, things to praise, not things to curse."
Yes! May the enemy of our souls take notice... we will triumph over him and all his helpers. Not because of us, but because of Jesus Christ who paid the price when He died on the Cross that we might live. He shed His precious blood and we are free from all sin if we confess our sins and believe.
Treat Family News:
Yes, we have hired a new director for the School of Tomorrow/Georgia. He is an American, Ryan Arner, married to a Georgian. She has lived in Ft. Collins and has even been in our home. They are believers and he has joined the Orthodox church. They just had a baby girl. He has his PhD. He also has a government job at the present. Our dear friend Nino has been the SOT Director for nearly 22 years. It has been her life. She has moved to Hungary to be with her husband who is the Georgian Ambassador there. Please pray for Nino to be able to adjust and for continued wisdom for Earl and the Mark IV board. Earl introduced him to the office staff today. Mr. Ryan (that is what he will be called in Georgia) isn't real busy with his other job so he plans to be at school every day. We are thanking God for His answers!
Earl will be coming home in just 10 more days!!!
I am grateful for our sons, their wives and their children. May they triumph over all!
And I am grateful for the family of God all around the globe and those wonderful and faithful folks that stand with us in this fight. May we all "receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within ourselves." (Philippians 4:23)