How many ways can I love Brazil? Well, that could be really difficult to count because every day that I’m here, I find new things that I love about this country. Here are a few in my top 10 so far:
people: I’m not sure that I’ve found people in the world so far who are more fun & easy to connect with than here in Brazil. I know that they have jiu jitsu here and that can be pretty intense, but from my experiences so far, Brazilian people are gracious, warm, kind, friendly, helpful, engaging and genuinely hospitable. Brazilians are awesome!!
Son, Fun & Spirit! Getting to minister here isn’t like anywhere else! The people are super responsive, really engaged and hungry for the Bible and the Holy Spirit! And can I say that the worship here is a BLAST!!?!
of course the food, weather and environs are totally WONDERFUL – especially when you consider that it’s supposed to be snowing when I get home
beach – I live in mountains so whenever I get a little beach time, it’s way beyond a double bonus!! 🙂
I could keep going, but I think you get the picture – Brazil is fantastico! 🙂
Over the year or two, I’ve looked in depth at the women who were in Jesus’ life & have been totally blown away!! There is an amazing & totally astounding connection between Jesus & various women in the Gospels with whom He interacted. Some take always that I’ve learned from this 2 year journey with these women & Jesus include:
*women have a very special place in Jesus’ heart
*jesus connects with women on very deep, emotional & heartfelt levels
*the interactions that these women had with Jesus left them changed – some profoundly & some in small ways, but changed nonetheless
*Jesus was never harsh, attacking nor cutting with any of the women in the Gospels
*women in Jesus’ life played very unique roles
Can you pls give me some feedback: would you like for me to do a blog like 1x / week about a different woman in the Gospels? Thanks for your input!!
I’m a big tech fan – I like being able to do things with greater efficiency & sometimes effectiveness, with the use of technology. Its also interesting to chat w my kids about life before the cell phone, personal computers, wifi & all of these wonderful inventions.
With that being said, lets be mindful that technology is a tool & not always the solution. For example, even though we can text, Facebook, FaceTime, tweet, etc, there’s nothing that will ever replace the experience of a real face to face conversation. The same holds true in our chats with God – lets not rely on methods, systems or anything that would substitute for the real face to face presence & fellowship that we can have with God! 🙂
When I was in high school, I used to like some of the Robbie Nevil songs that praised the glories of apathy & indifference (Wot’s It To Ya’, C’est La Vie). I think I liked these songs at the time because I didn’t know how to handle my deep feelings of care, concern and connection for people and the world around me. Sometimes I still feel this way & can get overwhelmed when I think about various situations, Saving Moses, people and events – I’m deeply concerned about what’s happening in Egypt with the instability there.
But just because my feelings can be overwhelming from these various situations, relationships and experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot become apathetic. In my mind, apathy is just a socially acceptable word for passive violence. So what do I do with these things that can easily overwhelm me? Pray.
Prayer is the best immunization against apathy. Pray often, pray quickly, pray fervently and pray all the time.
I just want to take a brief moment to thank you for reading this blog. I know that you have a never ending list of choices for your reading so I’m particularly grateful that you have taken some time with me. Additionally, I especially want to thank those of you who have left comments, who’ve encouraged me & also for those who have subscribed to receiving this blog.
Thank you for going on this journey with me, for your patience & for being gentle. In our cyber world of social media & relationships over the web, thank you for not being judgmental, harsh nor condemning. Thank you for getting to connect 🙂