I was going to post some more photos from Christmas but the reality of the internet here, even the fancier faster one in the office, is just way to frustrating. I will try to make sure to post more when I am in America in April. Speaking of America, friendly neighborhood reminder- I will be in the states March 25- Around the end of April. So if you want to see me let´s plan something!
School started yesterday and I have to say, like I said last year about this time, so ready for school to start! The kids were antsy and starting to act a bit nuts and we need some more structure and better schedule than the holiday schedule.
As usual, I teach my kids what I learn, and last week´s circle on Wednesday morning was about Sin. Because I have 90 teenagers it is easy for folks to throw around reminders of past stupidity. Sometimes I remind them because they are making new poor decisions and need reminders of the past ones. But I try to not put a kid in a box of being a "bad kid" and reinforce sometimes what people in their pasts have said. So, we talked about sin.
I was explaining to the kids that when we are in Christ He has taken our sins to the cross. We still sin, but we confess them and move on, letting Him change us. We don´t allow the enemy to keep bringing them up again and again, reminding us that perhaps we are just trapped. That we can do no better. That we will never be free. That we are condemned by our sins and cannot walk away from them.
I know the tendency is to allow him to speak to us like that, and too often to listen. But the bible says different. Several places it talks about how God forgets or throws away our sin. And these are in the OLD TESTAMENT before Jesus! Imagine, in a system of forgiven sins in the temple with animals and shed blood God forgives, forgets, throws away sins!
If you need to see it to believe it....Here are just a few:
Or as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
Do you see that? He throws our iniquities- our wickedness into the sea!! Have you ever thrown a rock into the sea and then tried to go find it? It's basically GONE. So when we stand in forgiveness because of Christ's work on the cross...we are forgiven. And our sins are not to be found again! Into the SEA.
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When we think of sin we think of justice. And Justice for wrongs would be imprisonment, repayment, retribution of some sort. This says He is Faithful and JUST. And His Justice for us is to forgive our sins! How crazy is that? He sends His son to die on a Cross, kick death in the teeth, so that we can live forgive and free....and in His Justice which is mercy, grace, and forgiveness because of Christ!
And as I explained to my kids, somehow we let the enemy try to tell us we aren't forgiven. We will not be free, we cannot change....and live in the sins of our past. Such a big fat liar.
I long to totally understand and live in this myself. And I long for my kids to understand this and walk in freedom. He is so good to us and we fail to look to Him and walk in His freedom far too often. I pray we see Him as He is, and the gifts He has for our hearts!
Please pray for some of my kids who are making poor decisions regarding school right now. And for the people they choose to hang out with that are bad influences.
Please pray for wisdom for me and other staff.
Pray for rest and restoration as we spend time with the Lord. To be diligent in taking the time when it is open.
Please pray if the Lord is leading you to become a financial supporter. One time gift or regular giving. When the funds don't come for me to remain here, then I can't stay. I don't want funds to be an issue to my remaining here with my kids.
I'm grateful for you guys. For your support and your prayers!! You don't know what it all means to me and my kids!!
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