Saturday, June 21, 2008

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Enjoying a birthday party for a dear 12 year old. Glad that I can be in her life. Glad that I am in her mother's life. Praying that the world around her will become so filled with people that find their passion is to learn who God is. To seek His face. To search the Bible to find out who He is. Not depending on their human abailities to determine who He is. DECIDING for themselves what God looks like, or even what He says in their own imaginations and in their own heads. But recognizing that God gave us the Word to investigate, read, cry over, be encouraged by, and seek help from. It is His Words spoken to us. His love letters. His life poured out before us.
If we determine what/who God is with our own heads - we make him into something he is not. We make him into what we determine him to be. And God said: "I am He, before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. I even I, am the LORD; and there is no Savior besides Me." ... "And I am God. Even from eternity I am He; there is none who can deliver out of my hand; I ac t and who can reverse it?" Is 43
Such a basic truth that so many people where I used to live understand. But oh so few people here do.
your mutating missionary
but a bondservant to Jesus Christ

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

language learning - is it all it is cracked up to be - or am I just cracking up - argh!!!! :-)

I'm wondering...

is it because I am moving more and more into the German language that the English language is so hard to communicate in? Not to say that I don't and can't lapse into English when I am speaking to Americans... but I find it interesting after spending a day or two with Germans, or studying German till my head feels like it is going to fall off - I jump back and forth between English and German in my mind.

I re-read some of my old journals, some of my old writings, and even some of my early bloggings recently. I was amazed at my vocabulary. Where did it go? Just ask those that have talked to me lately on the phone in the US. I have to stop and think, "What word is that in English... I know it in German, I just can't remember what it is in English." So, the communication skills drop.
I am thankful that during my time in Canada several years ago, they prepared me for this. Otherwise, I would really be nervous. For some reason, when learning a new language a part of the brain goes into overdrive. Then after pushing through this stage - amazingly enough a person can actually think in both languages - wisely choosing which one to use!

The question I have for the experts: HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE? I mean come on. Will it be 6 months, a year, 2 years... my oh my!

It is a wonderful thing that my friends and family have a good sense of humor. My youngest son called yesterday. We needed to pray over some things. I began in English, about mid-way through I think I switched to German, and then I'm pretty sure he was totally lost for the rest of the prayer. And finally, I realized it and tried to switch back, but my head wouldn't let me.
Believe me this is not 'trying to show off' ... it is frustrating. I really can't remember the words in English!!!@!!!!!....

So, anyone out there find this to be true??????

Please let me know there is an end!

Mutating Missionary
wondering ... who was the guy that decided to build that tower to God anyway???

and God is big

She gazed up into the large wise face. "Welcome, child," he said, "Aslan," said Lucy, "you're bigger." "That is because you are older, little one," answered he. "Not because you are?" "I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger." C. S. Lewis

Because HE IS the I AM, i am
your mutating missionary