The Joy Dare: Something Above, Below, Beside

Above

Ceiling Fans. I’m thankful for them year-round. In the summer months I prefer ceiling fans over a freezing air conditioner any day. (I’m one of those odd ones in Texas that enjoys it to be 80 or so degrees in the house.) It takes me back to my summer in India when we relied on ceiling fans to stay cool in what seemed to be 140 degree heat. I recall the nights I stayed over at the orphanage and the power would go out. What a difference a ceiling fan made!
Here’s a few pictures from the orphanage. If only I could capture the heat! It is somewhat evident, though face-to-face proved their faith, of the earnest concern for Jesus even in the midst of the most difficult living environment. 

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Below

Our kitchen bench. I’ve been acquainted with this bench for almost a year now and it’s proved to be my favorite seat in the house. Our pastor and his wife offered it to us for use in the parsonage. I love the stories behind this bench within their family. It makes it all the more special to enjoy. Norah likes to pull up her small wooden chair and use the bench as a table for coloring and eating snacks.
I’ve found glorious communion with God sitting here and peering out the window.

Beside

Logos. A completely God-inspired book unfolding redemptive history and the gospel of Jesus Crhist. I tremble to think of the power of God’s words. God used this book to draw me to himself when I was 13 years old. It has been this book that has opened my eyes to sin in my life and guided me to the cross. In 2009, God showed me his sovereign grace bleeding throughout the pages of this entire book. From the Cultural Mandate to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, all is true. All is profitable to live. Everything I need has been clearly stated. God has used the exegetical work of various theologians and pastors to give me proper understanding of biblical texts.
This is truth. Apart from it I would be lost.
It is this book that needs to be translated into so many languages still. I have dear friends working to accomplish this mission from the Middle East to Africa to Oceania.
My mind returns to this text:

Romans 10:8-15
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Oh the need for God’s Word to be preached!

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