This past Thursday I had a milestone birthday and the entire day felt like an emotional rollercoaster ride. I am not going to share all that happened during the day, but I will share a few things. I can tell you that in addition to what I am going to share in this post there was embarassment when I was sung to at Denny’s. If you know me you know I don’t like being the center of attention. I was wishing the ground would open up and swallow me. Haha! At least they didn’t force me to dance!

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First of all, I did not want to be 50.  I didn’t want to think about it. Like maybe if I ignored it, it wouldn’t happen. It just sounded so…OLD. And please no offense to those reading this who may be past that age. But there was something about turning the page and beginning yet another decade of life that was a bit depressing. Someone so kindly reminded me that since I am 50, I am actually beginning my sixth decade of life! (Rick!)  That really didn’t help me feel any better. However I am choosing to believe that the best is yet to come, rather than it’s all downhill from here.

The day started great. We spent our morning with the sponsored kids and their parents. When a child is sponsored part of that sponsorship includes their school supplies which is a huge blessing to the parents. School supplies are not cheap, so to come up with close to well over a hundred dollars would be a challenge for many of the parents.. So each year we set up a free”store” with all the schools supplies needed and the children come and “shop” for whatever they need from the lists the teachers provide. It’s a lot of fun. There is joy, laughter and hugs all around. It’s nice that they get to choose what colour notebook or choose their own pencil sharpener. It’s definitely one of my favorite times of the year. Second only the  annual handing out of Bibles to each grade 5 student.

Following that joyous time we visited a couple homes of young girls that are a part of the schools we minister in. One of them was in an accident back before Christmas where the bus she was on rolled over and she ended up with a broken leg. She is supposed to begin seventh grade but it’s possible she may not be able to get to the school. She uses crutches to get around but walking around the streets in that area on them would be an accident waiting to happen. They are not paved and are very rugged. We prayed for her and I am believing that her leg will heal and won’t take almost a year like she was told.

Then we went to the home of a little girl that we know who was in fourth grade last year when she was diangosed with leukemia. We were asked to come to pray for her, so of course we did. We chatted with her mom who spoke through her tears. She is so strong in her faith and said she wants her daughter to fight to live.  From the sounds of things, the treatments are not helping. She has not been able to eat or keep anything down.

Then we were taken to her where she lie sleeping in her bed.  Heartbreaking. So thin and frail and bald. She looked nothing like the girl I remembered. Tears began to flow as we prayed over her for healing.   And God can do it.  I believe it. Death does not have to have the final word in her life.  God is our healer and God has the final word.  Jesus carried all of our sin and shame and sickness on the cross and it is by His stripes we are healed.

James 5:14 Are any of you sick? You should call on the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, they will be forgiven.

While we stood in her home the song Waymaker in Spanish played faintly in the background. Such a faith increasing song. I hope you listen to it and are encouraged.

Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are
Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are

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