17 May 2007

phone club

We've got a girls' Bible study. We were getting interrupted a lot, so we decided to all turn off our phones. Now we call it the phone club and they all stay by the door while we study our Bibles. We're in John 10 this week. We'll meet tomorrow. :) Can't wait!!!

15 May 2007

a funny story

When Sarah was working at Starbucks this one lady really, really wanted a certain drink. She couldn't quite remember the name but she knew she had LOVED it. Kind of spicy, tea-like...tai chi. She was ADAMANT. Chai tea...?? NOPE, that would NOT do!


My mom and dad were here for a little bit. I LOVED having them here. It was so much fun to introduce them to people that I love here and watch my two worlds meld into one another a little bit. (The two world problem is one of the saddest things about being a missionary.) We also got to just REALX out at Lake Bled for a few days. Someday maybe you can see the silly pictures with the giant comb, but now I'll just show you this one.

11 May 2007

it's late

I just got home from Mana's prom. Here students invite family and friends. It's quite a party! She's pretty, huh?

Amanda (girlfriend), Maya, Mana, Nina (sister), me.

Outside before things started. Everyone was nervous.

Wow. Five years ago i NEVER would have guessed this.

10 May 2007

well, I was praying for faith like Sarah...

There's this one crazy story that John pointed out to me.

God promised Abraham that he'd have as many kids as there are stars in the sky. He and Sarah waited, waited, waited and got OLD. Then three guys came to the two of them and said, "In one year you'll have a baby." Sarah thought it was funny. I can imagine.

Then the story goes on...God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. (waiting for a baby) Abraham and Sarah moved (waiting for a baby) and Abraham (for the SECOND time) pretended like Sarah WASN'T his wife and let her go off with a foreign king. WEIRD. (waiting for a baby)

THEN the king had a dream about Sarah. (whew) God made it clear that Sarah belonged to Abraham before he'd touched her.

And then---this is the part that I can't stop thinking about---God also told the king to ask Abraham to pray for him so that all the women in his household would be healed. Apparently, during this time God had made them all barren. So, Abraham prayed and God healed all the women so that they could have children again.

Here was Sarah--finally back with her husband, waiting for this promised baby, watching her husband pray for the king's household, seeing them be healed,
still without a baby.

I imagine that she was mad at her husband for giving her away, that she was insanely confused, that she felt betrayed, that she wondered if God saw her, that she thought maybe they'd messed it all up, that she cried, that she wondered why....

All that stuff. At least I would....

Can you even imagine?

But then there's this:
"Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah, as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised." (Genesis 21:1)