Some Days are Just Frustrating

Michael Bradley being frustrated by T & T player.
“The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the Lord will protect his people.” Psalm 14:6

It’s been a while since I’ve had a slow day. So long that I can’t remember the last slow day I’ve had. I’m sure my wife can remind me if I asked her. It’s probably been longer since she’s had a slow day. And when both of us have that many busy days in a row it equals a day like today. A day where it’s difficult to see the good in others. A day where it seems like the world is against you. A day that tests your patience, self-control, and attitude. In a world where no one wants to take any responsibility or do anything to help someone other than themselves it sometimes feels like my wife and I are the only ones willing to take a stand and end up burning ourselves out doing what nobody else wants to do. And today it’s all festered up. Somehow we’ve not gotten angry at one another yet, but we have been a little harsh on our kids. Though the kids are not totally innocent. I think children can sense stress in their parents and try to take advantage of it rather than making right decisions. Not to mention the whole spiritual warfare issue.

I’m glad that I have a heavenly Father I can go to every day. Even though my circumstances may be uncomfortable and I have no solutions for the problems I’ve dealt with today, I know that God is in control. I need to spend some time with Him to get a better perspective. I have so much to praise Him for and so much to thank Him for.

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:21-24

Father, You are so Holy and Righteous. Your Son is Good News and Truth. Thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sinful nature. I’m corrupted by lust and deception. Thank You for Jennifer. Help her get her homework done and the things she needs to do at school. Give her the patience she needs to continue be a good wife & mother. Increase her influence as a teacher and relieve the stress of teaching. Thank You for Connor. Help him begin to see and understand his need for forgiveness and a relationship with You. I pray he’ll learn to listen better to his mother and I. Thank You for Anna. She is growing up so fast and I want her to be a Godly girl one day.
Father, I need Your Holy Spirit to renew my thoughts and attitudes. Please continue to teach me the truth. Forgive me of the bitter thoughts and unpleasing actions I’ve shown today. Help me to be more like You, truly righteous and holy. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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5 Days in Sabaneta

drmap1All of the trips I’ve taken to the Dominican Republic so far have been 8 day trips. But this one was only 5. I was a little concerned that we wouldn’t be able to have enough time to really be effective. However, I feel our trip was very effective and a success. No we didn’t see anyone pray a prayer of repentance this week, but the bulk of what we did was encouraging our partners in the DR.

The highlight of the week was Wednesday. We had planned on meeting with some of the new believers to lead a Bible study and encourage them, but the rains came and we were forced to spend the entire day at Jose and Yoannia’s home. It was a much needed day for them. We had a prayer meeting that lasted about an hour. Those present were Jose, Yoannia, Isai, Felicia, Miguel, Saidi, Jimmy, Philip, and myself. It was the first time Jose was honest with me about his lack of patience and discouragement that things weren’t progressing more rapidly. The rest of the trip we were able to intentionally remind Jose and Miguel of all the good things that had happened since Jose and Yoannia moved to Sabaneta in April of 2007.