Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WAHOO!


Now I just have to find a way to get home haha. :)

Where the Lord guides, He provides...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

the wheel

I started reading one of my favorite books, Tuck Everlasting, to my kids last week, and they are loving it. What a joy to share with them one of my favorites. The first time I read this book was in sixth grade; I was about twelve years old. I remember finding the themes of eternal life and the potential romance between Winnie and Jesse so fascinating. Yesterday, I went to a school fair with Tanya and Judit, and as I looked up at the Ferris wheel, I thought about the how Natalie Babbit, the author, describes time as a wheel. We just keep going around and around on this wheel, but what are we really doing with our time here? Francis Chan says in his book Crazy Love that how we live our days is how we live our lives. So what are we doing with our lives? Are we making them count? Do we remember that our days, in fact, are numbered by an eternal and timeless God? Lord, help me to remember that You know the number of my days, and help me not to waste time on fruitless endeavors. 



Junto a Ti/Next to You

 If you know me in the slightest, you know that I love music. I listen to music all day long, whether I am at school with the kids or chillin' at home. So here is a wonderfully beautiful song that a friend posted on facebook that I thought you guys would enjoy. I know the words are in Spanish, but there are English subtitles, yay! Enjoy and be blessed. I do not think a day goes by where I neglect to thank the Lord for the gift of song. 




"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Berthold Auerbach







Saturday, March 26, 2011


When I am dry and thirsty Lord,
And I'm crying out for more,
I know I can trust in your love.
In the darkness in the night
When I'm starving for the light
I know I can trust in Your love

You keep no records of my sin,
and you don't remember all my shame.

Your love heals every disease
Your love fulfills my every need
Your love is everything to me
Your love is everything

I will not forget
I won't forget your promises
I will not forget
I won't forget your love.

I will not forget
I won't forget nothing is impossible
I will not forget
I won't forget your love

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Psalm 138:8

The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
      for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
      Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

if you're searching for a way to get in shape...

So when I first got here, I really missed going to the gym and doing workout classes with my sister and my mom. I was on the search for something that would help me stay in shape without leaving my house. I tentatively searched for "pilates workout" on youtube.com, and lo and behold, I found "Pop Pilates." I tell you what, if you are looking for a workout that will kick your butt and produce results, this is it. Aside from running, pilates is a surefire way to target and tone your muscles by working out muscles you did not know you had because everything emanates from your core. Thus, everything you do in pilates, whether it be an exercise for the glutes or the legs, will strengthen your core and give you a wonderfully toned look, all with your own body weight. Not to mention that this instructor uses fun music and is ΓΌber peppy. Give it a try! Don't be afraid of looking like a crazy; once you try it you won't want to stop! I had to share it with y'all. My favorite videos are the intense abs workout, slimmer thighs/runner's calves, body slimming workout, and stretching for pilates. Here's the beginner's video she just posted:

Pilates for Beginners


Sorry I couldn't be fancy and embed the video, but nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it!





Tuesday, March 22, 2011

restful days


This weekend, I had the privilege of joining a wonderful family on a trip to El Paso. We were all El Paso rookies together, and it was a blasty-blast. We left Chiwas at 5:00 in the morning in order not to get stuck at the border for too long, and we had a safe trip there. The trip was full of many rounds of "I Spy" and I had the honor of introducing this sweet Malaysian family to Cracker Barrel and enjoyed an abundant Old Timer's Breakfast complete with a couple glasses of perfectly sweet tea. We checked into our hotel, where my wonderfully generously sweet father booked me a room all to myself, complete with king-sized bed and little lounge area. (See below.)  I was quite comfortable with my American luxuries; I took a shower twice a day just because the water was hot, the pressure was wonderful, and just because I could.

So plush and comfy. I fell asleep to the i-Home each night. :)

Where the Lord and I had some good chats.

After resting for a bit on Saturday afternoon, we hit Target, Marshalls, and the mall, where I got into lots of trouble by swiping my little debit card to my heart's content. Has anyone else ever seen a two-story Forever 21 in the mall before?! I was in heaven...Who knows when I'll be back in the States, right?! Saturday we hit the ground running after a breakfast in the hotel lobby and headed to Wal-mart and the outlet. After a delicious lunch at Red Lobster, we returned to Target, where once again I found myself in trouble...after two long days of shopping and traveling, we were all pooped, and we found ourselves hibernating in the hotel for the rest of the night. This morning after a breakfast at the hotel, we headed back to Wal-mart for a couple last minute items, ate lunch at Cracker Barrel (this time it was the grilled catfish platter, complete with fried apples, fried okra, and green beans, topped off with sweet tea). Then we headed back to Chiwas, stomachs and van both full. I'd say it was a successful trip. :)


Bundle of energy, this one is...she would be in my class if she went to Binimea!
The youngest one (on the left) never tires of playing "I Spy."


Saturday, March 19, 2011

1,000 gifts


Well, friends, I made it to 1,000 gifts. It took me a little more than a month to reach this point, but I have arrived, and I do not want to stop counting. It would be detrimental to my mental well-being to stop counting these ways the Lord loves me now. I am in too deep..

To describe to you the ways in which my heart and mind have changed as a result of counting these gifts would be hard. The act of writing down these gifts is not magical nor powerful within itself. However, the act of training one's mind to think about the gifts of life rather than dwelling on unmet "needs" or desires is Biblical and healing. 

Throughout this past month, each day has been different. The first day I began chronicling my gifts, I was practically giddy. The initial shock or novelty eventually wore off, but my mind was in a process of renewal as I chose to say thank you in the moments when I wanted to scream or pull out my hair. As a teacher and a missionary, there are moments when life is completely unpredictable and things just do not go exactly as planned. Come to think of it, I am pretty sure that is the way life is for all of us at one moment or another. But the thing that the Lord keeps revealing to me over and over again is that joy is a choice. We choose how we respond to the things that He brings into our lives. We are in control of our feelings and our reactions.

Here is the bottom line. God is good. He never changes. His love for us is eternal, and His word stands firm in the heavens (Psalm 119:89; thanks for that verse, Mom!). If you have not begun a gratitude journal, I would highly recommend it. You will be surprised at how the Lord will begin to work a miracle in you. For "He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you (Philippians 1:6, Amplified Bible). 


And finally, I will leave you with one of my new favorite verses, James 1:17.

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

peace like a river

Jesus did not promise to change the circumstances around us. He promised great peace and pure joy to those who would learn to believe that God actually controls all things.
-Corrie ten Boom

Friday, March 18, 2011

We won! :)

Today was "Movie Day," in which each class could choose a movie to dress up as, and our class chose Toy Story 3. I was the mom (naturally), and we also had a Mrs. Potato Head, Jessie, Woody, Barbie, and Ken. The prize for the winning class was 60 pesos (about $5) to the school snack bar, and we won! I think I was just as excited as the kids. :)

So excited to be the winners!

Me and the crazies. :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

VICTORY

 Why do I walk around feeling defeated and thinking that I'm the only one going through what I'm going through? Why do I choose to believe the lies the enemy plants in my mind instead of the beautiful truth revealed to me through His word?

This I know: God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good. It sounds trite, but He is always good. He cannot be anything but good, because otherwise He wouldn't be Himself.

 This song by Yolanda Adams just reminded me of the goodness of my God. He is so wonderful, and with Him I have victory over every little area in which I so easily fall and struggle!



I've got, got the victory
I've got the sweet, sweet victory in Jesus,
Yes I do!
He is our mighty conqueror,
In Him I will trust, all my battles He'll fight.
I've got, got the victory
I've got the sweet, sweet victory in Jesus.
For me He died but He rose on the third day
That’s why I have true victory everyday!

[Verse 1]
Truly I've been through the storm and rain.
I know everything about heartache and pain.
But God carried me through it all
Without His protection I'd surely fall.
I’ve been broke without a dime to my name.
But all my bills got paid ‘cause I called on Jesus name.
You can't tell me that God isn't real 'cause I've got the victory and that's why I’m still here.

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
I'm not worried about material things I don't have
I just rest cause I’m sure in my Savior’s care
Because I know my blessing is on the way
I can't see it right now but I stand by faith.
I've fought many, many battles in His name
I held up the blood-stained banner and proclaimed
That Jesus is the truth and the light:
Believe me when I say He will make it all right!

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Yeah I got the victory yeah
I got the victory yeah yeah yeah
[And if you have the victory sing it with me]
Yeah I got the victory yeah I got the victory
Yeah yeah yeah
[I've got the victory Sing it with me]

Thursday, March 10, 2011

best friends

I am so blessed. One of my very best friends in the whole world, who is basically another sister to me, wrote the sweetest thing on her blog about our friendship. God is glorified when His children love one another with deep and sincere affection. Here's the original post from her blog:

So today I couldn’t help but write about one of my best friends, and after all this musing I’m pretty sure she is my best friend.

I love her, and I know that phrase gets thrown around a lot, but if you know me at all you know I’m not one of the people who do that. Love isn’t a word I usually just say. It’s more than just a word for me, but rather a commitment. When I say I love someone not only am I saying I enjoy the various characteristics of their personality and/or find their company pleasing as to continue sharing space and time with them, but rather when I tell someone I love them I have in that moment committed to always  loving them and caring for them regardless of circumstance. In loving them I have made the conscious decision that  no-mater all things done, doing, or will be done, whether it be to me or any other slew of individuals; never will I stop caring for this person. In some ways they take a part of me that they neither asked for nor did I choose to give to them. Still, a part of me just  becomes theirs…forever. (I know it’s kind of a big deal)

Now that’s not to say I don’t love other people; sure I do! I can think of a few others that I love with this same depth, and I care about a very many of my friends to all kinds of lengths. There are a number of them that I would do just about anything for. Truly, truly I hold the very thought of them near and dear to my heart. Still that kind of “love” doesn’t even really scratch the surface of this, it really is in a category all its own, and it chooses its subject more so than I choose to give it away. And Jessica is my bestie…and I love her.
It’s really nothing new. We were friends throughout much of those hard formative years, and we’ve known each other for even longer. So it’s not really surprising that we would be so close, but as I was thinking about it today I realized that our friendship quite possibly is the purest form of friendship I’ve ever known. And it’s funny because it’s all been rather seamless. I can’t recall ever “trying” to be friends or ever having to work all that extra hard at it. In fact, I’m pretty sure she knew the worst of me before she ever caught a glimpse of the best of me, and still here we are some seven or eight years later still cracking jokes and sharing prayers over phone/skype lines. I like to think we kicked off our friendship in the best possible place. We started off at rock bottom so when it came down to it we could really only go up from there! And we have…we’ve gone up, up, and all around since then.

We’ve grown so much over these years, and every moment of it has been together. I never tire of not talking to Jess for weeks only to call or be called and find that we’ve been praying the same prayers or reading the same scriptures despite the many miles between us. It’s weird because she’s all the way in Mexico living a childhood dream and experiencing only one of God’s many unbelievable paths planned for her life, and while I miss her I’ve never been horribly sad that she was gone or felt like she was all that far away. She’s my best friend and God’s doing such an amazing work in and through her, and regardless of where she is I always feel like I carry her with me every day.
Love you Jess. You’re my sister from another mister ;) 


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Psalm 127

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.
 1 Unless the Lord builds a house,
      the work of the builders is wasted.
   Unless the Lord protects a city,
      guarding it with sentries will do no good.
 2 It is useless for you to work so hard
      from early morning until late at night,
   anxiously working for food to eat;
      for God gives rest to his loved ones.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

highly recommended

Dear friends, I highly recommend you read this article on cnn.com. It is well worth your time and sheds some light on what is the fastest-growing industry in our time.

Monday, March 7, 2011

“No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” (Elie Wiesel).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Beauty for Ashes

One thing I love about Shane and Shane is that their lyrics are always based on Scripture. I love this song. 
Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for ashes
A garment of praise for my heaviness
Beauty for ashes
Take this heart of stone and make it Yours, Yours

I delight myself in the Richest of Fair
Trading all that I've had for all that is better
A garment of praise for my heaviness
You are the greatest taste
You're the richest of fair

(Psalm 63, Isaiah 61)

Friday, March 4, 2011

I love my job

Last week, I gave the kids a worksheet in which they were supposed to draw a picture and write a letter to their hero. One of my lovelies chose me as their hero! How sweet, huh?

The letter reads:

Dear Miss Miller, 

I Am Thankful that your my teacher. If we did not have you for are teacher we would be with (insert name of another teacher). And we would not have a sleep over. You are the best. 


Another one's hero was Jesus, and he wrote the following:

Jesus is my favorite heroe because he died for me and for all of us an the corss because he love us and we have to bealive him thats the only way to go to haven and havean is a very nice place it is alot berer than the whithouse and evry thing is gold and silver and if we run we don't get tire you never get tire of all you do, so belive that Jesus Christ died for us on the cross that we are sinners but we are save. 


I didn't change any of the "creative" spelling; this student is one of mine who is in ESL. :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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