Monday, August 3, 2009

Journal July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009

0500 Workout

Breakfast: oatmeal/strawberry yogurt/2 x GJ

Lora Call: talked for about 30 mins on Skype. She had been home an hour from meeting and had been invited to go out in service next morning. Glad she is involved and people are engaging her.

0830 Brigade Update Brief: room full of snake eaters talking war stuff.

Bible Reading: Exodus 36-40; Moses was careful to write all of God’s instructions for building the tabernacle, etc. to be sure future generations would have the same plans. God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle in order to renew the relationship between God and his people. I like verse 36:2 where “…in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it.” And 36:5-6 where the people brought more than was needed for the construction. Imagine if Christians today would bring “enough” to the church how much more the church would be able to do.

Picked up Laundry and Melody had made Putto for me! It’s a Filipino bread/cake made with rice flour, milk, sugar and butter. She had heated it with cheese on top. Very tasty! She made two, but I could only eat one and took the other one to the Fusion Center and shared. Putto is about 2 inches tall and 3 inches across and round. Oh, Mira Luna made me an ice coppee to go with it. Spent $5 on laundry and $2 on coppee. Protein shake.

Lunch: small piece of grilled fish (tuna?), carrots and cottage cheese w pineapple chunks.

TPDL reading: Chapter 6, Life is a Temporary Assignment.

In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life – longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better.

Realizing that life on earth is just a temporary assignment should radically alter your values. Eternal values, not temporal ones, should become the deciding factors for your decisions. As C.S. Lewis observed, “All that is not eternal is eternally useless.” The Bible says, “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

BMR: Book review Bonnie & Clyde/ Sea glass / Oldest farm in America: Appleton Farm, Ipswich, MA/Star-gazing (multiple sittings)

Dinner: Rotisserie chicken, pinto beans, steamed mixed veggies, 2 x V-8

Bible Study: TPDL Chapter 25, Transformed through Troubles. Instead of asking, “Why me?” when troubles arise, ask, “What would you have me learn, Lord?”

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