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The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pick one Eat one...

The Boys have been urging me to let them pick beans. So I had the boys go through the bean field we planted and harvest the ripe ones. They prepared and hunted for corn sacks, divided up into teams, chided each other in friendly competition. They also had the idea to use their school back packs to be more efficient. After an hour of planning and preparing then went and worked a couple of hours to return with one sack only about ¼ full but bellies 100% full. Hmm… pick one eat one doesn’t work so well if harvesting is the goal. If it is to have fun and eat well that’s a different story. As I amusingly mused the events, it dawned on me they were harvesting with the same hearts as maybe Adam would have in the garden. No worries, no plan to store up for tomorrow, we get more as needed because the ground gives its abundance. Just enjoying, the for the sake of enjoying, the activity of gathering ones harvest. Maybe God does the same in a spirit filled church. As opposed to our post garden requirement of extracting as much as we can with much effort to store, ship, sell and consume froma ground not giving its full measure. Then a flashback to a time when I was their age in Alaska picking wild blueberries in a huge patch with the same mindset; pick one or two or three to eat and put one in the bucket… then bears come displeased we were eating their food… No bears here. Maybe it is a little glimps of Adam's garden and of heaven… as little children. Hmm cant wait till then…

Church yesterday was good and the rains held off till afterward. As always, a lot of children and young adults so I decided to start a kids class next week. As we were listening to the preaching, several large scorpions emerged walking under the chairs. No one jumped or blinked, just raised a heal and crushed them as they passed underfoot. And continued listening. How would your church react if they saw a half a dozen large scorpions under the children’s pews during preaching? Pastor Augusto told me that last week it took him 6 hours to get home after the service. He waited on the rains to stop then went up the mountain in the dark. The motorcycle broke down and he ended up pushing it up the mountain and arrived home at 11pm. Yesterday he arrived with a tire nearly flat so we took care of that issue before he returned up the mountain.

Still waiting on the rest of the Kia parts to arrive to finish repairs but it is running.

Lisa had a rough week. She has been sick and vomiting. So much so, those she was staying with in the states took her to the ER where she stayed 9 hours getting checked over. Blood work, 2 cat scans ect. They ended up sending her out with just pain meds and anti nausea medication. As of last night she was still sick. Not sure what to think of it all or what it cost yet, I know we have no funds to cover this unexpected expense nor do we have insurance.
Keep us in prayer we need each and every one…
an unworthy servant to a worthy Saviour,
Barry Ritchie

God delights to increase the faith of His children. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from God’s hand as a means. I say – and say it deliberately – trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.
— George Mueller

PS just a photo a pastor sent me... I am not the only one who fits just one more on the truck. The verse "and yet there is room" Luke 14:22 Maybe takes on a little more to those who have worked bus ministry.


At August 23, 2011 at 9:12 AM, Blogger Robin said...

Oh Brother! I can't imagine what Lisa is going through or how hard it is on you to not be with your bride! Praying for you both!

I love your analogy with the beans! Thank you for that!!

I am praying brother!!!!


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