Building Generations……work in Tijuana.

New update on our work in Tijuana…..www.edificandogeneraciones.org

 

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Change…..for the better.

We are winding up our series “Change….for the better” and it has been a great time of discovery and prayer.  We have not only dipped into great truths of God but He has asked us to dive in….and we have.

Along the journey has been a young family and I have so enjoyed their really keen and deep insights into God’s word.  It is such a blessing to study God’s Word in a group and to encourage each other.  John and Jeanne have had great perspectives to share and they are bold and intrepid in their approach to God’s Word. I am so thankful that I have gotten the opportunity to know them over these last 6 weeks.

For me, one of the encouragements that I have taken to heart has been this one:  “Be where Jesus is.”  This came at week two.  It sounds simple but it has truly changed my whole perspective.  Where ever I am ….whether in a position of fear, or one of challenge, or one of connecting with my purpose….I must run to where Jesus is and that must be my north!

It means to me that I must start not by looking at my own circumstances, condition or challenge but I must begin with Him…….communication with him, study of His word, seeking to honor Him and align myself with His will.  I must run and not walk to be where He is. The simple truths are always the most profound.  That certainly is the approach we take at Concordia as we ask the Holy Spirit to take each of us at Concordia….of every age….one step closer to God.

“Be where Jesus is”  has been rattling around in my head and heart for the last 5 weeks……and it has changed me.  I know that simple phrase and the encouragement and direction God has given me through it, will stay with me.

Thank you Lord.

Blessed.

This day was long awaited … but also snuck up on me!  What a blessing to be in this day.  Elizabeth graduated from Concordia University Irvine today.  Elizabeth was so excited and so were all of us to be a part of this day……  Me, her brother, her grandma, her best friend Ashley, her favorite cousins Memo and Sara and her boyfriend Alex.

I am so grateful that God helped us experience this day and great blessing!

Joy

It is pure joy working with and watching children.  I love it when I am at Concordia Church and Preschool and I love it when I am across the border with with children in Tijuana.  Day of the Child was a great opportunity to teach a large group of children about God and how to grow closer to Him, know Him better and love Him more.  More than 100 children spent about 5 hours with us.  They were good students learning about God, the 10 commandments, simple prayers, how to understand God when we live difficult circumstances.  Children just accept as true the news of God and His grace and mercy.  In Mexico pinatas are part of all celebrations.  I love the pure joy of the pinata for the child. It’s a bit of terror for the adults when they see the children swing that stick to hit the pinata….but the children just love it.

Joy and trust.  I wish it was this way with adults.  Maybe that is why Jesus encourages us to “become like children” so that we can see Jesus, accept what He is anxious to offer us freely.  Faith.  I have been thinking as we go through this series of “Change…for the better” how as people of faith we must be people of joy.  That may be the stretch for us as adults, burdened by the many cares of our day, but get around children and model them….they have the inside track apparently!