Hello, my name is Mike & I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon. 🙂
Let’s see if can catch you up on a few of the things that have made up our week…
Laura was baptized on Sunday after driving over an hour and a half, with her family, to be there. We took all the necessary precautions, shared a wonderful moment together, then shared a bite to eat at the church before they hit the road home.
Will we see them regularly? Likely not, given the distance, but her walk with the Lord is that much more established. It’s so cool… she saw her need to be baptized in Jesus’ name simply from reading the Bible.
God’s word speaks.
Clicking below for a French, video Bible study on baptism.
Cliquer l’image pour une étude, via vidéo, sur le baptême.
Aside from the great privilege of getting to baptize someone on Sunday, the week can be divided into two parts… Pre-/Post- Cellphone recovery. 🙂
Sunday and Monday I was without my phone; It’s a strange sensation. In some ways, very limiting (no password tracker app – *gulp*), but on the other hand, kind of liberating (like when we were forced into ‘internet-free’ living for several weeks last Spring).
The up-side: I found an Apple authorized repair place in Poitiers & they were able to do a same-day battery replacement. What a relief!
The next morning, we woke up to low tire pressure… for the second time (the first was Sunday after church). Another cause for frustration… our 14 year-old bundle of joy is getting to the point where every time we turn around there are a few more aches & itches to scratch. It’s unnerving really… especially so soon after having taken it to the garage.
They were able to take the car that afternoon, found the minor cause behind it and repaired it at no cost.
Thank you Lord.
I find myself on edge of late.
In French, they say ‘J’ai le coeur serré’. The literal translation would be ‘My heart’s squeezed tight’ but it would be similar to ‘I’m on edge’. Shortness of breath is not far and the least little thing sets me off. With all of us more or less confined to the house, we’re really on top of each other and finding quiet is not easy.
I lean heavily toward introversion (not ‘perpetually awkward around people’ introverted, rather more ‘recharging my batteries in quiet’ introverted), and the relative inability to find quiet is, little by little, taking its toll.
I have to work extra hard to lead students into discussion, in English, online; coaching them through minor technical challenges, being their cheerleader so as to boost their moral.
So… as I write, I’m hiding out in the bedroom, sitting on the bed, listening to the 1959 recording of Handel’s Messiah: Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & chorus, perhaps one of the best versions out there.
I’m still breathing a bit heavier than normal, but I’m doing it to the sung word of God. It’s amazing to me that so much of Handel’s work is taken word-for-word from scripture.
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion,
Arise, say unto the cities of Juday,
behold your God!
The glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
Isaiah 40:9, 60:1
I’m not sure that scripture has ever been set to finer music.
That’s it for today… thanks for visiting.
God bless you today!