When you’re in God’s will, you’ll be having the time of your life! 🙂
(Which is SO true!)
Do you ever go through a trial that feels too hard to bear?
Do you feel so lost and worried, that maybe He’s not there?
Do you want to feel His presence? Do you want to know He cares?
I may not know every answer, but I do know He’s always near!
He still loves you when you do wrong.
Don’t give up, just sing a gospel song.
We may ask ourselves, “Is God giving us a test?”
Then when God answers us, and what we hear isn’t what we want to believe He said.
We began to loose all our rest.
Then with more sleepless nights up ahead.
He tells us to stay in the Faith.
To never let the devil take His place.
But the devil may win, when we loose God’s grace.
But stay strong and be of a good courage. Just like in Joshua 1:6 (a)
God will fix your problems, you just have to ask.
So don’t give up when times are tough.
Don’t let the devil mentally beat you up.
You will go through a trial that will seem too hard to bear.
You will feel so lost and worried, wondering if He’s even here.
Yes, you will feel broken down, wanting someone there.
But don’t ever give up. You’re never alone. I’ve been where you are. I know how it feels.
But God is the only one who can truly heal.
And never forget, God is ALWAYS near.
Yes, Jesus loves you. He loves me too! It’s hard not to give up some days. To just let go of everything and give up on anything. But don’t! Giving up is something you will regret. It’s something I regret. Just how much more I could of served God if I never have gave up this year. I lead into a depression type feeling. Where I didn’t care about anything, anyone or what happened to me. I was lost mentally and insecure of my life. I hated it. So DON’T give up on your life! Jesus loves you. 🙂 I hope this poem will help you when you’re having a bad day, week, month or even years. I hope you trust God and know that He will get the glory out of the trials and troubles you have. You see, He’s the one that gave you those trials. So that He’s get the glory. Maybe what you’re going through IS a test. What are you going to do?
Give up and feel so worthless and depressed?
Or let it make a change in your life! Try to find the joy in those things. Try to see why God gave you that trial. Is He trying to make you see where you went wrong? Is He trying to tell you to stop what you’re doing? Or is He just trying to test you? To see if He wants YOU to be used in a way that is so incredible! To see if you have faith in him.
Just think about Abraham, in the Bible. God told Abraham to go up a mountain with his ONLY son. And have him as a sacrifice. Abraham didn’t question God. He didn’t say, “What? Ahh Haha, No way, Lord! He’s my ONLY son!” Abraham didn’t say that! He trusted God that whatever would happen, God would get the glory out of it. Do you remember what happened?
Isaiah, his son, asked him, “Where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
And Abraham, having such an amazing faith in God, said, “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.”
When they get up the mountain, exactly where God told Abraham to go. He bounded his ONLY son on the altar. Then he stretched forth his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But then an angel came and told him, (Genesis 22:12) “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”
Then after that, there was a ram caught in the thickets by it’s horns. And that’s what Abraham used as a burnt offering. Abraham called that place, “Je-ho’vah-Ji’reh” Which means, “God will provide.”
And yes, God will provide! He always does and He always will!!
Abraham had such an amazing faith in God to slay his ONLY son. Just because God told him too. And then after many many years, he was able to lead the Israelite out of Egypt. God used Abraham in an incredible way. Just think if we have the same faith as he did, how God can use us! 🙂 Think about it!
The name “Tanzania” derives from the names of the two states, Tanganyika and Zanzibar, that united on April 26, 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. On October 29, 1964, the country was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. It’s a poor state with few exportable minerals, little industry, and an agricultural system.
The country is known for Tanzanite, a type of precious gemstone that is only found in Tanzania. It can be a blue, violet, or a greenish color depending on the polarization on incident lighting.
Some of their export products are coffee, cashews, diamonds, cloves, tea, meat, tobacco and cotton. When the women are going to the market and when they are carrying cotton, they carry it on their heads.
The size of the country is 364,898 in square miles. Water covers more than 20,000 square miles of Tanzania’s land area.
And the population that is recorded in 2012 census is 44,928,923 people.
The capitol of Tanzania is Dar es-Salaam, which means, “Haven of Peace.” Dar es-Salaam is the nation’s largest city.
The official language of Tanzania is English and Swahili. In the English sentence “He is cooking for me,” can be expressed by a single word, ananipikia. This English sentence, “This good chair is broken” is expressed in Swahili as kiti hiki kizuri kimevunjika.
Just like how the American Flag stands for Freedom; the Tanzania flag stands for Coat of Arms. It was originally used as a means of identifying knights in battle; the coat of arms serves to distinguish families, corporations, and even states and nations.
Their anthem is pronounced as, Mungu Ibariki Afrika. Which means, “God Bless Africa.”
The Tanzania people love sports. They play football, which is their most popular sport that is played all over the country. And basketball is played but mostly in the army and schools. Cricket is a growing sport in Tanzania after hosting the ICC Cricket League in 2008, Tanzania finished with one win for the tournament, and they also have their own national team. Rugby is another minor sport they play.
Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the first president he served from 1964 to 1985. He was first educated as a teacher. Then President Nyerere was a Prime Minister when Tanganyika became independent in 1961, but he resigned early in 1962. The elections in 1962 brought him back as president of a republic. Under his leadership Tanzania became the only country on the continent with a native African official language. He also translated the works of Shakespeare into Swahili. He was addressed throughout Africa as Mwalimu, which is Swahili for “teacher.” President Nyerere remained active in the international politics until the final months of his life.
Some of the dishes that they make are kind of weird. Their most common cultural dish is called Isugali. It is composed of corn, and is similar to porridge. Another dish they make is called, N’dizi ya na Nyama. It is a stew made from beef, coconut milk, tomatoes, and unripe bananas or plantains. A plantain is similar to bananas but it must be cooked before it is eaten. Bananas are widely grown in Tanzania and are often used for cooking.
Between 1909 and 1913, 250 tons of fossilized Brachiosaurus bones were found at Tendaguru. Which is South East of Tanzania. All the fossils were shipped to the Berlin Museum in Germany. A Brachiosaurus was a large dinosaur. It was about 80 ft. long, it weighed about 80 metric tons, and it was about 45 ft. tall at the head. And it was a herbivore. Which means it only ate plant material. So it was a vegetarian dinosaur! 🙂
In America, dynamite fishing is where you stick a piece of dynamite in the water and when it blows up, it kills a ton of fish. But it is illegal in America to do that. In Tanzania they actually do dynamite fishing. And it has destroyed a large proportion of the country’s extensive offshore coral reefs. So apparently it’s not illegal to do dynamite fishing in Tanzania.
The education for Tanzania is very different from America. When children attending school get to the age of 14 or 15 that’s when they can graduate. The literacy rate is estimated to be 73 percent. Education is compulsory for seven years, until children reach age 15, but most children do not attend school this long, and some do not attend at all. In 2000, 57 percent of children age 5–14 years were attending school. As of 2006, 87.2 percent of children who started primary school were likely to reach grade 5.
Their religion for Christian is 62%. Muslim is 35%. And Hindu or any other religion is 3%. And in Zanzibar, which is an island located in the Indian Ocean about 20 miles off the East African coast of Tanzania. And in Zanzibar their religion is 97% Muslim and 3% any other religion.
Tanzania is mountainous in the northeast, where Mount Kilimanjaro is, which is Africa’s highest peak. Three of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania. To the north and west lies Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. And Lake Tanganyika, is the continent’s deepest lake, which is known for its unique species of fish.
The wild life they have there concludes animals of antelope, zebra, elephant, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs and monkeys.
Tanzania sounds like a wonderful place to live, explore, and admire. And it sounds like a beautiful place to visit. I’ve learned so much about this country, that before, I couldn’t even tell you one thing about it! The missionaries that are there, along with Bob and Dee Dodson, I hope are having a wonderful time. And that they continue to preach the Gospel out to those in that country. 🙂
-Chelsey Lee Stumler
August 21, 2013
THis isnt a note thats really happy. See, when I write my long stories and things like that.. sometimes I do it just so I can get my emotions out. Writing out all my problems, troubles, and emotions help me to figure things out in my head even better. So writing this is something to help me out. I can’t really explain why I wwant to wrtite this out and post it on wordpress. But maybe somebody is going through something and maybe in someway, anyway this story can help them out as well….
So latley, I’ve been going through a trial. I know this trial God gave me and I know He’ll get the glory out of it. Cause he always does! I also know that God doesn’t give us something thst is too hard for us to handle. He helps us through, everything we go through. Sometimes He may not seem there, sometimes it may feel like our prayers don’t even go through the roof, and other times we feel so broken down and upset that all we can do is fall down on our knees and beg God to help us, to let us feel his prescence, and to give us a calming peace that only He can truly give. Iv’e felt all these things, latley especially.
I’ve had mixed emotions; At one point I’m so overwhelmed with these trial and troubles, and all I can do is cry and pray to God to give me a peace and to help me through, every step of the way. And then other times I feel so close to God, and Him showing me that with my life He wants me to be a missionary. It’s something i dont take for grantite. I am SO blessed to be able to be called to the mission field. It’s so truly amazing! So as I go through these trials and things, all I need to do is hear him. Let him do some talking as well. Have a silent time, while praying to God. And let Him do some talking to you. It will help you, in such a wonderful way.
I have a story;
So today, after church, I’m outside sitting on the sidewalk. Talking to some people as they walk by. I’m thinking and thinkning about all these things. The devil begins to take over and he just beats me down. I start thinking of these things about how I can’t do this, and how I can’t do that. How I’m stuck in a hole and that I’m depressed. I think horrible things and thoughts about why am I even here. Why can’t God take me to Heaven now? And so much more, cause of this trial that I’m going through. (I would write this trial, but I feel that it’s really personal. Lets just say its about one of my best friends… that I used to have… somebody who I loved and still do. Somebody who would help me out and be there for me though every step of the way. If he’s reading this… he knows who he is..) ❤
So my mom tells me its time to leave. So as I'm leavng church, I'm thinkning about him. I can see him, but I can no more have anything to do with him. It was like I was forced to rip him out of my life and think that he never existed. He is, compared to my family, "Out of the picture". He can no longer have anything to do with me.
We eventually get to walmart and I go to get a notebook, to have for school. My mom and brother walk off and get other things we need. I pick out my notebook, and I began to pray to God. I explain to God how I was feeling. I told him how I felt broken down. How I feel lost, deserted, and depressed. I told him I feel like I'm loosing everything.. I need You, LORD. I need to feel you. You are more important to me than anything in this world, more than my friends, family, and even more than my own self! So please, LORD, help me get through this trial I'm going through, that you put in my life. You've given me a peace that could only come from you. LORD, if I didnt have you, I wouldn't want to do anything anymore. Cause of this whole thing going on in my life, it's just so crazy. One day I could talk to him, then the next day, I couldn't anymore!! 😦
Anyways, as I was walking I found a one dollar bill on the ground. I picked it up, and A thought came throught my mind that the LORD placed there. And I thought about this; Do I mean more to you than money? Yes, Lord, You mean WAYYY more to me than money. Then another thought came; Am I your number one fan? It was a $1 dollar bill. Yes, LORD, you're my number one fan! My biggest fan! The LORD works in mysterious ways. And this is something truly amazing. How he calmed my biggest fears. When He was there, when no body else was. When he came to me when I cried out in prayer for help. He has always been there for me. And even though this trial is something that is hard for me now, some way, some how God is gonna get the glory through it. I may not see it now, but when the timing is perfect, in Gods eyes, that's when I'll get to see that glory.
One night I had a dream –
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the LORD and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints
in the sand.
One belonged to me and the other to my LORD.
When the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed thaat many times along the path of my life,
There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life.
This really bothered me and I questioned the LORD about it.
"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk withh me all the way. But I noticed that during the most
Troublesome times of my life
There is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why in times when I needed you most, you should leave me."
The LORD replied, "My most precious, precious child, I love you and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."
See, God will carry us during our most troublesome and worrying times. When we feel like we can't take one more step, when we feel like we may fall and can't get back up, when we can't get things straight and we just continue to cry and fall on our knees, praying to God. He is there, carrying us, helping us, giving us strength and power, boldness.
So when trials come your way, just pray about it. Don't fret my friend. When you feel like you've been left alone. And you feel like you have no body to go to, go to Jesus Christ. He will NEVER leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)
So don't give up! Trust me, there is hope. With God, all things are possible.
(Luke 11:37) "For with God nothing shall be impossible."
Firstly, I’m a little jealous of all these ice cream recipes and concoctions suddenly flying around. Yes, I know America celebrates ice cream month in July, but you know what? July is freezing for some parts of the world.
But I never give up my ice cream. Even in the middle of winter, when I eat it sitting in front of the heater. Also, my freezer is full and there’s no room to chill my ice cream bowl…
Secondly, this was Jamie Oliver’s dessert, or the third course, in this particular 30-Minute Meal. This may or may not be part of the reason why I chose to try out this three-course meal…
As per usual, some changes were made. Jamie made this with frozen mangos, which I was unable to find. He also used natural yogurt, which would have made this raspberry version extremely tart.
A very tasty and…
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🙂 I love panda Bears, and seeing this: it’s just too cute! ♥ Their so adorable!!
Ending the week on a mushy but happy note, here’s a video about Taiwan’s first zoo-born panda being reunited with its mom after a medically-mandated separation. This video has gone viral (I think it’s on HuffPo, too), and if you haven’t seen it already you’re leading a life that’s too free from the Internet.
Mashable gives the data:
Taiwan’s first newborn giant Panda was officially reunited with her mom on August 12 after a month of separation. In a YouTube video posted by the Taipei Zoo, tiny Yuan Zai’s mother cuddles her close for the first time. Their loving embrace is a sight that will weaken even the coldest of hearts.
Yuan Zai has been away from mother Yuan Yuan since her birth on July 6. After suffering an injury only a few days into her life, the little cub was moved to an incubator and required constant monitoring…
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When you’re in God’s will, you’ll be having the time of your life! 🙂
(Which is SO true!)
Beginning an inspirational journey as missionaries in Mexico;
This is an encouraging, true story that I read about in a book at my church school. So I wrote about them and what all they had to go through. It’s very encouraging. I hope you like it.
You may wonder, “What do missionaries even do?” Well and aquiline man named, John Beekman, stands as an example, an inspiration and a challenge!
John Beekman went to Moody Bible Institute. Where he later met Elaine Hummel. Since they both went to Moody Bible Institute, on Sundays they both went to their respective Christian work assignments and Moody Memorial Church. In 1943 was the date he was accepted by Moody Bible Institute. On Valentines day, 1946, John arrived at Elaine’s’ apartment with a corsage of violets and a dinner. Later that night John proposed to Elaine and they got engaged. They planned on August 8, that Thursday evening, to get married at Elaine’s home church.
In 1947, the Beekman’s began their inspirational journey as Missionaries in Mexico. Mrs. Beekman’s life verse was, Proverbs 3:5,6. “Trust In the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
They trusted God and knew God would take care of them. Things kept coming their way, but they kept trusting God and He kept blessing them!
On January 8th, the Beekaman’s learned that Elaine was pregnant! Their first child together and they were excited! On a hot, Monday afternoon in July, fair-haired Sharon arrived. There was one problem though.
Elaine’s blood was RH negative and Johns blood was positive. The doctor told them that they may have complications with a second pregnancy.
The second Monday morning after her birth, Sharon began crying. John tried to get a hold of a doctor, but for some reason he couldn’t. By late afternoon poor baby Sharon was still crying. Suddenly, the baby stopped breathing. John tried to do something but it was no help. When the doctor finally arrived about 6 P.M. it was already too late. An awkward silence hung in the air. John then got Elaine and pulled her close. And they prayed. They still trusted God love and God gave them comfort. Dr. Eugene Nida, told the Beekmans, “The Chol women loose many babies. You will be able to comfort them with the testimony of this experience.”
In my personal opinion, I believe God has a purpose in every trial he sends to us. So I believe God gave them this experience so Elaine could honestly understand the Chol women and help them the best way she could. By experiencing the same situation as them.
But the Beekmans were brave and never gave up! On May 11, Judy was born. She was 6 pounds and 13 ounces. Some complications came up with the negative and positive blood, but finally, ten days after birth Dr. Baker permitted the parents to take Judy home. But would have to take her in for check-ups 3 times a week. Many prayed and prayed! And Judy was okay. She became known as the ‘Miracle Baby.’ John became a dentist, doctor, pharmacist in his village. The village was called, Amado Nervo.
John went up to a village called, La Lucha. It’s a village of escaped murderers. John always knew to just trust the Lord. And he did! John stopped at each hut and explained the way of salvation in Chol language. One man began scraping his face with a blade. Which meant, “Go or else.” But yet he continued telling him about Christ.
John kept translating the New Testament. And Elaine translated Hymns. In 1948, about 800 Chols were counted as believers. The Chol church had a rapid growth! The reason was that John trained over 100 Chol preachers who gave weekends to evangelism.
John soon began having many heart pains and had to be taken to a heart specialist as soon as possible. John’s aortic valve wasn’t functioning. And that was the problem. Which means that some of the blood after leaving your left ventricle, regurgitates -flows backwards- into your heart. John needed to have heart surgery at the age of 36! So on October 11, 1955, John had the surgery. John soon became known for his ticking heart. The ticking came from the ball rising and falling with-in the artificial valve in rhythm with John’s heart beat and the movement of life-sustaining blood in his body. Elaine then said, “As long as he’s ticking, we know he’s alive!”
John soon needed 2 more surgeries years later. To replace the artificial heart valve to a defective one.
After living in Mexico for 25 years, Elaine had a boy named Tom and another boy named Gary.
Their goal was to have the scriptures in every tribal tongue by year 2000.
But on August 10, 1980, John Beekman died from swelling of an artery near his heart. Elaine still continued to work at Wycliffe International Linguistics Center. She edits translation work for the missionaries on the field. They both were encouraging missionaries in Mexico! 🙂
I’m 16 and this wholes year I’ve had a burden for missionaries. At first I never really thought about actually being a Missionary. But I went to a youth conference with my youth group, and that week they were talking about a Missionaries. There was a Missionary there named, Bobby Bonner. And he used to be a national Baseball player. He is in Baseball history for the most innings in a game. It was a record! At his time, he was the most known baseball player. His wife was close to God, and then God just got a hold of Bobby Bonner’s life. And he gave up everything he had with baseball, and gave everything he had to God. He became a missionary to Africa. And his stories are AMAZING! He told this one story at the youth conference about when he was in Africa. He said that he went to this village and gave the Gospel out, beginning with “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Because that village didn’t even know the name of Jesus, they’ve never heard of Jesus before. So Bro.Bonner explained to them about God and how God created all the earth and the things in the earth and he talked about Jesus and how He died on the cross to save them. And that whole village got saved. Then as they began to sing and dance and sing some more. Another village came over wanting to know why they were singing and dancing. And they were singing and dancing cause they now knew Jesus they knew who he was and that they got saved! Then that group of people from that other village wanted to know who Jesus was. And then that whole village got saved! Then another village came and then another!! It was so amazing, to see God’s blessing s upon Bro. Bonner. He got to lead at least 4-5 villages to the LORD! 🙂 How great is that!!!
So as im listening to these stories, all week listening to preaching and singing songs. It was so amazing! God became to speak to me about being a missionary. I know i’m only 16. But God can tell you when He wants you to do something for Him, you are NEVER too old to live for Jesus! I got saved when I was 10 years old. See, I have 2 birthdays! One for my birth and the other for my second birth. My salvation! I got saved on September 17, 2007. But see, I know 100% that God wants me to be a missionary. Reading about David Livingston, David Brainerd, and Bobby Bonner, along with so many more missionaries. I know that this is God’s calling for me to do. I’m thinking about Kenya. That’s what I thought about during the message from Dave Delaney at the youth conference. I don’t know if that’s the country God wants me to go too, but if it is i’m willing! I’m willing to do and to go where ever God wants me too! And if that’s in a place where not many people know the Gospel then so be it. Or even if its a place where you can even go to jail for even carrying a Bible, then okay! I know if it’s God’s calling for me to be a missionary, then He’ll guide me and carry me through it. He wont leave me alone and say, “Okay, Chelsey, you’re on your own.” No, He wont do that to me, He will help me through this. I know I’ll most likely be married and I want to have kids. And I know that how ever God has planned for me about this, He’ll be there to help me with it.
I come home from youth conference, and I tell my mom all about it. I tell her how God spoke to me about missionaries. And how I feel it’s God’s calling for me to be one. I’ve been praying to God to show me what He wants me to do in my life, and He has now showed me! I feel so loved and excited. I can’t wait to tell my Pastor and my youth pastor about it. To tell them how God spoke to my heart about being a missionary! I cant wait to tell them!!!
But anyways, as I was telling my mom about it all, she told me this, “Thats funny you say that, cause since you were about 13 I have felt God telling me that He wants you to be a missionary.” Aint that amazing! How God was telling me about missions and He was telling my mom about it too. She said that it’s gonna be hard cause she doesn’t want me to go. Cause im her daughter. She doesn’t want me to leave. But then again, she knows it’s God’s calling for me. I told her that she doesn’t have to worry, I’ll be safe. And I wont be leaving anytime soon. 🙂 I’m so happy.
Thank you, dear LORD. You’ve showed me something so amazing. I love you, LORD! 🙂