Five-year-old Joshiya carries a metal pitcher filled with water from a near-by well at Badarganj village in the western Indian state of Gujarat August 5, 2012. Picture taken August 5, 2012. To match feature INDIA-DROUGHT/ REUTERS/Ahmad Masood  

Five-year-old Joshiya carries a metal pitcher filled with water from a near-by well at Badarganj village in the western Indian state of Gujarat August 5, 2012. Picture taken August 5, 2012. To match feature INDIA-DROUGHT/ REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

 

Friday, 14 January 2011

The sun is shining...

Yaaaay...so the sun has started shining here and its not like the arctic anymore...woohoo!  The days continue to be an absolute joy...the children are a flipping delight...we have been out in the sun playing loads of games in the afternoons and they are beaming (the kids)...its nuts because I have watched these little treasures since they first came to the orphanage...some were so reserved and so full of pain...some never smiled let alone laughed...some were too shy to play with confidence...yet each and everyone of them has blossomed in individuality...confidence...joy...I watch them as they play the games in their different ways and my heart is enlarged...literally!  It’s funny cause when the electricity goes (which is about every couple of hours) they all get together and start singing to Jesus to bring back the electricity...I laugh sooo hard...and end up joining in...sometimes the song lasts as long as the blackout...beautiful.

After the teacher training for the school I was able to completely restructure all the lessons, the timetable, the timings and have now created a new system for the school to operate in and have introduced loads of new practice.  It's so crazy cause I had wanted to just help everyone I saw with prayer and deliverance and healing and all that spiritual razzmatazz when I came out here...you know all the yummy supernatural stuff yet God will often first use what’s in your hand to reach out in the most practical ways...there's nothing superspiritual about me training the teachers or restructuring the school but I know it's God through and through...I love that He is using all of me to be a blessing in ways I’d never imagined...and I know he's doing the same for all of us...

I know I can only do the practical stuff cause I'm filled spiritually...my times with Him out here are the sweetest I have ever known...away from all the distractions...the toys and trinkets of a city life...I can do nothing but worship and I’m telling ya...it's delicious...I’m going to Goa in 10 days and I’m wondering if the sea will be as serene as the village has been...

I have to tell you people - the city robs us of Him...we have to find that place of isolation where we can see, hear and know him without any distractions and although we can practice the art of connecting with Him in our hectic lifestyles...nothing can compare to a time of retreat...if any of you can...I’m telling ya come out here...it really is an amazing place to be around Him.  I needed this soooooo desperately.  If I hadn't got out of the craziness of life when I did I don't know how I’d be entering into 2011...but thats just me...I don't know how it is for everyone else...I just know that I needed time out.

xx

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