Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy I Heart You Day!

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35 KJV

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Dear friends, family, and cherished prayer warriors - it is time for urgent prayers once again. We want to ask if you will please keep the newest addition to our orphanage (Ruth) in your prayers. She came to us last week, weighing only 6.7kg's (14lbs 12 oz) at 1 year and 8 months of age. While we didn't expect her transition to our orphanage to be an easy one (in less than a month she has dealt with the death of her mom (her father passed away earlier), been diagnosed with HIV, and lived with 3 different families) but we hoped that with some good nutrition (she was living only on plain cornmeal porridge), and loving care from the housemothers that we would see a quick improvement for this very sick, precious, little girl however her health has continued to decline. Along with her bouts of crying, lack of interest in food, diarrhea, and a general "failure to thrive" she has lost more weight and at only 5.4kg's now (11lbs 14 oz) her health condition is getting more serious every day. Tomorrow she will be taken to the local village clinic for her HIV review so we are asking for prayers for her, wisdom for the doctors, and grace and strength for the housemothers in caring for her. Our prayer is that God will grant Ruth favor and mercy and that she will be brought to health and strength in order to know and proclaim the love and care of our heavenly gracious Father.

On a more positive note - remember little Isaac who we asked for prayers for earlier? Here is a more recent picture of him. When we got back from South Africa we couldn’t believe it was the same baby! Thanks be to God who truly hears, cares, and answers prayers.

with much gratitude and appreciation for your prayers and intercessions for us and the ministry and thanks to God for his watch care, healing, and provision,

Jako and Amber Joubert

Mission of Love Community Orphanage

Mukamba, Zambia

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Finding Your Quiet Pasture to Make Coping with Illness More Bearable

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:1-3)
There is something so soothing about these verses. I turn to them again and again when the pain looms large and I cannot reset. I picture myself being guided by the Good Shepherd to a lush, green, quiet meadow. Nearby I hear the gentle lapping of the waters on the shore a peaceful lake.
I am a nature lover and really enjoy having a national forest five miles from home. There is also a nature reserve with marshlands nearby. Sometimes I pack up snacks and thermos of hot ta and my husband and I drive to the forest, or marsh to rest a while. We see eagles, cranes, ducks, turtles, and deer, and sometimes coyotes. The quiet and the scenery restores my soul.
We are God’s sheep and He is our Shepherd. Sheep easily get lost, so the Shepherd must always be that the center of their lives. Always guiding them, keeping them safe, and providing for every need. Sheep will not lie down if they are frightened or hungry. The Shepherd must always be among them, comforting them, and bringing them to meadows of nourishment and rest.
The Lord is our Shepherd. Sometimes we need the Good Shepherd to provides rest and restore our souls. We need to trust Him as completely as sheep do their shepherd. The creator of the green pastures and quiet waters loves to care for His sheep. Let us rest in that and allow Him to restore our souls.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, than You for being my Shepherd. I come to You now as need sheep. Thank you for making me lie down in green pastures, leading me beside quiet waters, and most of all thank you for restoring my soul.
About the author:
Sandra Platt is a pastor’s wife and mother of two. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband and daughter and spoiled cat. She enjoys reading, cross stitching, and being a pastor’s wife. She has Fibromyalgia, Sjogren’s Disease, and Neuropathy, along with other chronic illnesses. She is thankful for this opportunity to grow closer to God, and glorify Him in her writing.

Friday, February 3, 2012

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16 NIV

Sunday, January 29, 2012

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When Your Illness Makes You Feel Betrayed By Your Body -2012-01-29 10:00:39-05

When Your Illness Makes You Feel Betrayed By Your Body -2012-01-29 10:00:39-05

“My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.” (Psalm 31:10)
Do you ever feel that your body has betrayed you? Has it left you feeling embarrassed, disappointed, or discouraged? There are times our body feels more like an enemy than a friend, times when no matter what we do, no matter what treatments or medications we give it, it responds by letting us down.
Sometimes it seems like we are in an endless battle with our bodies, we think we have gained some ground, that we have turned the tide in the war, and yet it rallies against us and sets us back once more. It can get discouraging after awhile.
The truth is that our bodies are not our enemies. Our bodies have been afflicted by disease and ills common to this world. To see our body as the enemy, rather than the victim of affliction, is to see our body as something foreign rather than a part of us that is subject to disease and weakness. While it is true that a new body awaits the Christian believer, it is also true that our lives on this earth will be spent in a body subject to weakness and affliction. Rather than see our body as the enemy, we must make peace with it and do our best to keep it in the best possible condition.
Sometimes I long for my heavenly body, and I suspect you do as well. I read somewhere that a philosopher said essentially:

We have the mind of God but we drag about a dead body.
I know that sometimes seems the case. And dragging about these “dead bodies” can be quite the challenge. Yet it is also true that we are redeemed, not just our mind, but also our bodies will be redeemed, and renewed:
“Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:23)
We suffer much because of our bodies, yet these physical temples are a part of us. Without them we would be dead. While we live we must do our best to make peace with these afflicted vessels, and with God’s help we will survive them as we drag them along with us toward redemption.
Don’t let your body drag you down. You are more than your body, more than a flesh and blood vessel. You are more than your afflications.
When you feel frustrated and betrayed by your body, try to keep in mind that it is part of you, and along with you it is also on its way to redemption.
Prayer: Dear Lord, so often these bodies let us down and at times we feel we are at war with them, help us through until the redemption of our body. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. His physical afflictions have been a battle, but the Lord has given him peace.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Time off.....

Due to an injury to my right shoulder I will be taking a short time off.
Stay well, sweet and wonderful as always.....