Being away from family is always hard, but it is just harder on "special days". We had a good mother's day, but it just wasn't the same not being able to spend it with our mothers. I am very thankful, though, because yesterday we went to the village with our ladies group that meets on Wed. nights and we talked about starting a project with the women in the village...teaching them to read, write, and plant. Then we all traded presents, and I got drinking glasses, and since Daniel is always breaking ours, I was happy and it was a lot of fun. Daniel, and one of our friends Leonel, built me a side table for Mother's day and he grilled me some chicken for Sunday lunch, so I am very blessed to have a wonderful husband and two precious babies. Thank you Lord for the family you have blessed me with.
I've been reading in Exodus about when God rescued the Israelites from the Egyptians. You know, God didn't just stop at saving them...He made their enemy pay! He kept hardening Pharaoh's heart and the poor man kept changing his mind about letting the Israelites go and God kept sending the plagues. Then, if that wasn't enough, God hardened his heart once more and the Egyptians went running after the Israelites, and ALL of the them were drowned in the sea. It says that "the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left...and when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in Him and in Moses His servant."
Then in Chapter 15 of Exodus, they break out in praise, and the song they sung always makes me think of singing the song "Rejoice" that Luke wrote when we had the praise band in the States..."I will sing to the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously. The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. The Lord is a warrior. The Lord is His Name. Your right hand has shattered the enemy, the evil one!! Who among the gods is like You God? Who is like You in majestic holiness, awesome in glory, a wondrous working God? I will praise Him. He is my God and I will lift His name...I will sing! Rejoice in the Lord. Rejoice. I was lost but now I'm found; I was blind but now I see! Rejoice. Rejoice in His holy Name. In the greatness of His majesty. I will sing! I will dance! I will lift my hands! And I will shout it out! REJOICE!"
Rejoice in the Lord today. He is VERY good!