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tonight was special.

i feel like i enjoyed a little bit of heaven tonight.

it was completely spontaneous, unpredictable and wonderful.

after church tonight a few of us gathered for dinner, simple enough.

but, the neighbors to the family where we gathered were just pulling in the drive as we were all arriving for dinner.  they had some very exciting news in their life.  their daughter was competing on Black Entertainment Television on the show Sunday Best.  (imagine american idol with gospel music.)  not only was she competing, she had ended up in the top two finalist position.  the show had just played and the dad came to tell all of us to get out our phones and vote for her.  so of course we did. . .

then the rest of the family came over and we all enjoyed watching her performance on TV.  her voice was amazing, her love for God almost tangible.

then her and her younger sister sang for us.  completely amazing.  then the rest of the family sang.  my heart stood still at times, so amazed by their voices, talents and ability.

truly, the best part of the evening was when we all joined together and sang, How GREAT is our God.  voices blending, harmonies, praises sung to our creator who deserves to be praised.

what a picture of what heaven will be like.

different skin colors, different vocal tones, different races, different languages, all coming before the throne and singing How GREAT is our God.

 

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procrastination. . .

i am a procrastinator.

it is true.

but this time leaving haiti feels different.

it isn’t only that i am procrastinating in my packing, it is that i just don’t want to do it.

i rolled a suitcase out to the living room tonight and almost cried.

i leave haiti soon and will be gone a longer period of time than i have been gone all year.

my heart is sad.

i am leaving my fiance.

my friends.

i am leaving women who are nearing delivery, women i have watched develop in their pregnancies from their early weeks.

this living in two worlds is hard.

so i know it is more than just procrastination that is keeping me from packing.

it is also a bit of denial.

but it will get done.

i will go.

and i will return so soon. . .

 

 

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little baby david

last wednesday night, one of our moms who is pretty young delivered.  she delivered a 6 pound 8 ounce baby boy.  he really didn’t feel like breathing at first after he was born, but caught on in a couple minutes and did fine.  the complication with him was that his moms water had broke many hours before her delivery.  so he needs 7 days of antibiotics.

those antibiotics are best given IV.  on thursday when i started his IV, he was pretty dehydrated and it was a really hard stick.  i knew that if i got it, i was going to be really grateful because i wasn’t sure at all how we were going to be able to place it.  his veins looked like threads that day.

today his veins looked way better and in my head i was thinking, oh yeah, this will be easy.  i can do this.  two missed attempts later i was feeling a bit less confident!

he has 3 more days of antibiotics, he really needs to have an IV.  on the third attempt, i still felt like i wasn’t going to get it.  i closed my eyes (just for a second, okay everyone!!) and just asked the Lord to do this.  i confessed that it wasn’t about me or my ability, but it was about this babies need to get medicine.  i got the IV and little david got his dose of antibiotics for the night.

there were a few lessons in that couple second prayer for me.  one is that the Lord cares, hears and answers.

the other is how often we should make that confession, “it isn’t about me!”  we may be a conduit, a force, an opportunity for the things the Lord has to be fulfilled in this world.  we are supposed to help His kingdom come to this earth, but it isn’t supposed to be about us.

how often it becomes about us,

our skills,

our job,

our abilities,

our resume,

our knowledge, the list goes on and on. . .

but it isn’t supposed to be about that.  it is supposed to be about Him and His glory.

His glory is supposed to be us showing who He is.

Wikipedia in one of the definitions for Glory states “an optical phenomenon produced by light reflected toward its source by a cloud of uniformly-sized water droplets”

that is what it is supposed to be about.  we are to reflect light towards it source.

when we reflect light to its source, the world sees Jesus.

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beautiful babies!

today was a great day.

we picked up this beautiful baby and his mom from the hospital.  he had to be delivered c-section because he was transverse.  friday night his mom came in saying that her water broke and she wasn’t really hurting, but since i told her to come right away if her water broke, she did.  mind you, it was about 8 pm and she said she noticed her water broke at four.  but, “right away” is relative right??  i am just really grateful she did come.  her baby had not turned head down and she wasn’t in labor, so off to the hospital we went.  the hospital had space and did a c-section that night and today is the first day we get to see this precious little baby!!  cute, huh??

i kinda liked him!

another mom came in this morning around 8 am and had been hurting since 3 in the morning.  she had no difficulties and delivered a beautiful little girl, who i think breast fed for the first hour of her life!  perfect.

i taught about family planning today and felt like the women were very open to participating and asking great questions.  there are many superstitions and mis-information about family planning, so open conversation was great.

i just had some watermelon that was perfect.  all in all, so far today has been great.

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the thorns. . .

have you ever noticed how scripture can be so applicable?  perhaps different seasons of life, different circumstances and a verse or passage that you have read over and over again, all of the sudden has a new meaning or takes a new light.

for anyone who does not know, i am recently engaged.  i am engaged to a wonderful man.  along with that recent engagement has come many new thoughts, ideas, worries, stresses, plans, you know the drill.  how easily you can become entangled.

then the habit of reading scripture comes into play in life.  even reading things that you think are so familiar, that is when in happens.  something stands out to you and you realize that it applies differently this day than perhaps the last.

the parable of the sower.  how many times have i heard this parable, since a young child, sermons, campfire devotions, bible studies.  i have heard it, it is a familiar story.  but, the other day when i read it, i realized something new.  this part stood out to me, “and as they go their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”  luke 8:14  those things are the thorns of life.

those things are thorns that just spring up as you are going about your day, your week, your life.  for me those things are normal things, budget planning, looking for houses, scheduling my work hours.  but those things can become so much more than just normal when you allow worries of this life to overtake you.

those things that normally you do need to process and figure out, budgets, housing, vehicles.  all of those worries can so easily become more than that as you forget that the Lord will provide.  He will take care of those details.  i have to remain true to the things of eternity and “accept the word with an honest and good heart and work to bear fruit.”

i need to not allow the thorns of life to take hold.

i am grateful that scripture is true, no matter what season of life you find yourself.

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Haitian Style Cooking

My fiance’s sister Nirva was here to visit.  So I thought it would be a good idea if she taught me how to make food a little more Haitian style.  So we had to first of all make sure there was enough oil.  Haitian food uses a pretty good amount of oil.

We went to the store for some other essential items, such as hot peppers.  Along the road on the way back Nirva picked out an awesome watermelon.

So after a few hours of cooking, cutting things up, juicing, frying, pounding, chopping and doing things the Haitian way, we had a wonderful dinner.

I am grateful for such a beautiful afternoon and evening.  I made a cake (from a box, so not as complicated as everything else that was going on in the kitchen).  But we were all too full to even try it.

We will have leftovers for a bit!!

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the wrong direction.

We have a few moms who are close to delivery here.

Guerda and Wisline are both older moms.

Their babies are not so much cooperating.

Their babies are not coming in the right direction.

Their babies are transverse.

This whole transverse thing adds a few more risks.

Perhaps the mom will not go into labor because the head isn’t pushing on the cervix.

The water can break and the cord comes out instead of the head.

The shoulder of the baby comes instead of the head.

Basically, babies need to come head first.

Say a prayer that these little ones get themselves in shape!

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