August 1, 2016
I will be taking a month off while I transition to a new phase of my life – retirement! The Lord opened the door for me to retire eleven months before I had planned and fulfill my dream of attending Spanish language school with the goal of becoming fluent in Spanish. During my retirement years, I hope to be able to teach the Bible in Spanish and/or English to women and children and to assist with the Spanish side of the free Bible studies on my church’s website where we receive 5000 hits daily.
The Lord has blessed and challenged me with these verses in the past couple years as I asked Him what He would have me to do during my retirement years.
O God, Thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared Thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed Thy strength unto this generation, and Thy power to every one that is to come. Psalm 71:17-18 (KJV)
I will be checking into school next week and will need to fully concentrate on it for the first month as I adjust to new surroundings. (See Culture Shock in my previous post!) Please pray for me to be strong in the Lord, have much wisdom in learning Spanish, and to glorify God. I am looking forward to meeting many other believers in the Spanish world. A dear friend just sent me this wonderful poem on prayer that I want to pass on.
I’ll Never Know
I’ll never know this side of heaven, What prayer poured forth has wrought in family, friends, and those I do not know and yet for whom I pray.
I’ll never know this side of heaven, what methods God will use to answer prayer. Nor will I know how many times another’s prayer has put my hand into the Father’s when faced with need.
I’ll never know this side of heaven, how many times my God has eased discouragement, or sickness, pain, or danger, grief, or fear through power unleashed by kneeling saints.
I’ll never know till I reach heaven why God fulfills His purposes through feeble, praying Saints.
But this I know, that when I pray, my lips present to God man’s highest service, reaching round the world at cosmic speed.
For prayer, He tells me, moves omnipotence….”Ask in my name, and I will do it.”
by Leona Mason, SIM, Ghana
The Lord allowed me to visit the Midwest recently, so I’ll close with a photo of the sunset over Winona Lake, Indiana where this beautiful hymn was written.
Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning, When with our Savior, heaven is begun,
Earth’s toiling ended, O glorious dawning, Beyond the sunset, when day is done.
Here is the You Tube link for a beautiful arrangement of all the verses of the song.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13 (KJV)
Hasta luego, Amigos!!