Let the lazy Christian rejoice, for I made both this week!
And on the first day the wood pallets were disassembled and I saw that it was good. And I said, “Let the boards be put back together again! Only this time a just little different!” And I called one expanse the seat and the other the armrest and there was the second day. And then I said, “Let the wood be gathered in one place and let the sofa appear!” And it was so. I called it pallet chair and saw that it was good and that was the third day. And I said “Let there be a small bench that also functions as a shoe rack made from the spare wood.” So I created the bench and it was so and there was evening and morning and the fourth day. And I said to the people, “Behold, it is now yours.” And from then on the people of earth were blessed with better seating for movies and more shoe organization for the porch. The fifth day. And then I said, “Let all tools be cleaned and saw dust swept and a great many thing put into order. Let the pillows bring great comfort to the pallet chair, and let the shoes always have a home under the stripped shade of the shoe bench.” And there was evening and morning. The sixth day.
I think I am supposed to rest now.
Up next is a coffee table. Probably stinking pallets again. gosh darnit.
Sometimes we run out of certain types of food. We get groceries every two weeks and it is plenty enough food to last the two weeks, but some food just doesn’t seem to make it that long. Potato chips are gone in a day along with the cookies. We run out of bread pretty before the end of the first week, but that is ok, because we always have tortillas. We often run out of milk, however we NEVER run out of corn flakes. Recently I have taken to eating corn flakes with sugar and a little bit of water as a snack. It’s really not so bad. Throw a little honey on top and you have yourself a real treat.
I was asked to preach this Friday at church. I was intimidated at first to be speaking in front of so many people, but once I got going, it all came naturally. I didn’t pee myself and I didn’t even have to imagine everyone in their underwear. I had a translator this time around, but someday I would like to give it a go solo and really put my Spanish to the test. Maybe I will during the next time I find myself in a Spanish country, whenever that happens. I certainly wouldn’t mind doing it in English some time either.
When I first became a Christian, one of the most beneficial activities I did as a spiritual discipline was to plan mini lessons/sermons. I never actually taught any of the first lessons I used to plan, but it helped me discover my opinions about important topics and helped me read the bible with purpose. All of a sudden I had a voice with my own thoughts behind it. I read and searched the bible for whatever I could find about what I wanted to teach. I was able to draw my own conclusions on biblical passages and make some cool discoveries. I felt like I tapped into the sense of discovery of those old days this past week while planning for this sermon. I enjoyed it so much that I plan on starting up the discipline again. I may not ever teach everything I plan, but sometimes the process is just as beneficial as the outcome.
The trip home is rapidly approaching. Less than a month away in fact. I have some pretty sweet plans in motion this upcoming year. I hope all my friends and family, new and old, are as excited as I am for it!
|Thanks to my family, I had enough Christmas presents for all the kids. Thanks everyone!|
|A bit too high in my opinion, but good for storage underneath.|
|Really quite comfy.|
Sometimes I don’t know where I would be without the love of my family. Seriously great people. I miss home.