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A Lesson in Lawn Care

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by Lady M  |  1 Comment

grassRecently, we had new grass put in our yard, and have spent many days giving it the loving care it’s been denied for so long. We’re hoping for a lush emerald green lawn on which to relax.

Sadly, our new lawn has weeds … a lot of them. They are spreading and choking out our newly planted grass. We soon learned that there is no weed-killer here.
At first we would casually pick out the “weird” looking grass to keep our lawn looking pretty. But we quickly realized that we weren’t getting rid of the weed, just merely giving it a haircut.

There is but one way to get rid of weeds here: to pull them out by hand. And it’s hard and painful work. Yet strangely satisfying.

Once we began getting our hands dirty, uprooting the pesky squatters, we discovered our weed problem was far more invasive than we realized. Each of those weeds had a network of roots spreading all over our yard. Ripping them out completely required disturbing the seemingly healthy grass areas – you know, the “pretty” areas.

Our yard became ugly again as we removed the deadly weeds. It was a mess. To be honest, we wondered if it was worth it. But it was! We are now enjoying picnics and sweet family time out on our green lawn!

This led to beautiful spiritual discussions with our children about the deadly effects of sin. When ignored or only casually picked at, sin will grow a web of disease that permeates our hearts and lives. It may only appear small and insignificant from the surface, but underneath it is wreaking havoc that will require hard work and much pain to uproot.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, we must daily wage war against our sin and uproot the weeds that pop up in our hearts, and then, by the grace of God, choose righteousness … and flourish.

Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

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Messy Rooms: Struggling with Transition

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by Debbie Klynstra  |  6 Comments

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thoughts from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139:1-3

It was time for my family to leave language school… [Read full post.]


Blessed Unity

Posted on: May 28th, 2015 by Kimberly Baker  |  Leave a comment

I in them and You in Me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” Prayer of Jesus in John 17:23

In my five years of serving with MAF in Lesotho, one of the things I have grown to appreciate the most is the missionary community…. [Read full post.]

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Where We Find Comfort

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by Ellie Scheer  |  1 Comment

A couple of months ago we took in a little kitten from our street that had been abandoned by its mother. She was still quite young and at first needed to be fed milk from a dropper. Almost immediately, she started a habit that seemed a little strange and funny to us. Whenever… [Read full post.]

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Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by Jill Holmes  |  Leave a comment

Since joining MAF we have learned that a missionary’s life is one of constant transition. Initially, we thought it was a transition from one career to another and from one country to another. But that was just the beginning. We transitioned from training to fundraising. Then we moved from the United… [Read full post.]

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