The Time and Weather is for Hua Hin, Thailand where we currently live

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, May 20, 2013

I Love How God Works in My Life. . .

In Ladies Bible Study we have been studying about David, in particular, his prayer life.  However on Wednesday we were looking at how David lived, for the most part, with an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’.

As the Lord taught through me, I challenged the ladies to live their lives with and ‘Attitude of Gratitude’, and then we talked about what that would look like.

I told them that when they look at the mountain of laundry that is waiting to be washed and dried, instead of moaning (out loud or silently), that they thank the Lord for each of their family members that wear the clothes and thank the Lord that they have more than enough clothes.

When faced with a sink overflowing with dishes and pans, instead of feeling dread at the prospect of washing them, give thanks to the Lord.  Thank Him whole heartedly for the bounty of food that He has provided for their families, and for the many pans and dishes they have to cook and eat from.

If someone breaks a glass and no one gets hurt, I challenged the ladies to be grateful that no one was hurt and to clean up the mess with a thankful heart.

There was some skepticism about whether in the midst of busy family lives; they would be able to live with an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’.  I reminded them that they have lived their lives to this point probably without even thinking of thanking God for laundry, dirty dishes or any of the other myriad of things that call for our attention.  They nodded their heads affirming that this was true.  Even living here in Thailand, with each lady being from a different country, we still all seemed to share the same struggles.

So I suggested that we were going to have to go about this challenge very deliberately.  When situations would come up that would normally have us frustrated or anxious, we would ask God to help us to be thankful.  I told them that we could not do this in our own strength, but that we would need the Lord to help us to change our thought patterns.  Ultimately if we made it a practice of being thankful we would: Feel less stressed; Be more joyful; Feel more grateful, Feel more peaceful, Feel better inside our heart, Be more attractive for others to want to be around. . .the list goes on.

So, that was Wednesday morning. . .

Wednesday night as we prepared to go to bed, I used the bathroom and flushed the toilet.  When I pushed the handle down, nothing happened.  My mind automatically went to “Oh no, not at 11:00 at night!” and then it hit me. . .the lesson from earlier in the day.  I quickly asked God to help me be grateful in the situation, and He changed my heart.  I told Bill about the problem with the toilet and he went to get tools to fix it.  While I waited for Bill to return with tools, I thanked God that we have a toilet.  I thanked Him that I did not have to use a squat pot, like a lot of people in Thailand do.  I thanked Him that I did not have to go outside to dig a hole.  You get the idea!

So, instead of feeling upset I felt joyful, thankful and peaceful!  Even if Bill could not fix it right away, I was still grateful.

My Mr. Wonderful, Bill, did fix the toilet in just a matter of minutes.  Praise God!

So each day I do not know what I am going to wear, but I do know that I will put on an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ each and every day.

As for the Ladies Bible Study group, we will get together this Wednesday and share how our week went with our new attitude.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Care to join us? . . . J  I think you will find it worth the effort!



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Joy in the Presence. . .

There is a beautiful young Thai girl that comes to Youth Group each Saturday.  One Saturday a couple of weeks ago she did not come to Youth Group, but when Bill and I went back to the Youth Center early that evening we saw her with two other girls.  The three girls were playing in the small dead end street where the Youth Center is located.  I pulled the car over and Bill ran into the Youth Center to take care of some things.

The girls ran to the car, so I put down my window and we started talking.  I asked the young girl why she had not been at Youth Group, and she told me that she had forgotten because of the new time.  I told her that we had missed her at Youth Group.  Her mouth fell open and she looked at me with complete disbelief. . .she really could not imagine someone missing her.  My eyes welled up with tears at the look of total surprise on this young girls face.

You see her mother is dead, she does not know who her father is, and her sister is in a not-so-good business, so her grandmother takes care of her.  No matter the day or the time we go to the Youth Center, if this little girl is not at school – she is playing in the road.

The moment she sees our car she drops everything, literally, and runs toward the car waving, smiling and yelling “Hello” in her limited English.  The joy that emanates from her is beautiful to see.

Before I even turn into the Youth Center, she begs me to put the car window down so that I can give her a kiss.  So of course I do.    She grins from ear to ear as I pull into the Youth Center driveway.  As soon as I get out of the car her little arms encircle me in a big hug and she turns her face up to me for another kiss.  She then skips along beside me, offering to carry anything and everything I have in my hands.

If I am there to clean up the Youth Center, she grabs a broom or a cloth to dust.  If I go out to clean the bathrooms, she follows me and looks for some way that she can help.  If her two little friends are with her, they find something to play with and beg her to join them, but she will not leave my side.

My heart is filled to overflowing every time I am greeted by this thin little girl, who is just thrilled to spend time with us. 

Writing this has reminded me of my incredible joy in the presence of the Lord as described in Psalm 16:11 -
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”