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Writing and an Update

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29 March 2015 by romanin

First off, I haven’t kept my promise.  I said I would write 500 words a day, and that has been difficult.  And what I have written, I haven’t been posting.  Basically, there has been a lot going on and I haven’t been prioritizing this blog or this site.  I want to.  I feel that it’s important, but it’s been difficult to find the time and motivation with all the craziness.  A lot of times I just don’t feel I have something worthy of writing about, which I’m sure that 90% of the time is a lie, especially if I am writing this now!  Ha ha.

Anyway, I do want to share an update on what we have been doing here at Purdue.  We have seen that many Chinese students here at Purdue drive cars.  We’ve also seen that many of them don’t know the first thing about maintaining them.  We thought we could fill a need by offering to teach a small group of students about caring for and maintaining a car.  We got a pretty decent response, so we did it!

Yesterday was our first Car Care 101 lesson.  It was very basic, mostly vocabulary, but the students seemed to really benefit from it.  We had a slide show presentation with pictures to introduce the information, and then we went outside to the garage where I had my car opened up so that they could see everything that we had talked about, from the valve stems to the spark plugs.

We have also been showing the movie “The Gospel of John.”  This is a word for word cinematic production of John’s gospel, and it is 3 hours long.  At the local Chinese student fellowship, the students have been studying the Gospel of John, so we thought it would be fitting to show.  There are 5 bible study groups at the fellowship, and so each week, a different group comes to watch the movie.  During the movie we eat, and after the movie we discuss.  It’s been a lot of fun.

So yesterday we had both events.  We had a movie viewing and we had the car care event. It was a long day.  I tell you what though, the kids loved it.  Nathaniel loves a crowd.  In fact, many times, I have to calm him down so that we can say something to our guests!  If he had his way, he would be the main host and the main event.  He’d be dancing for them, and having all sorts of conversations.  Ethan however, he’s happy to eat with them and be held by anyone who is willing to pick him up.  And of course, Abigail who is not crawling just yet, is content to be held as long as she has food in her belly.

Easter is coming up!  We are hoping to share Easter with some of our new friends.  Please be lifting that up.  What a wonderful reason to celebrate!  Our Lord and king dying for us, and then shedding death as if it were just an itchy old sweater.  Who would have ever thought that death would meet it’s match!

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One thought on “Writing and an Update

  1. Beverly Michalski says:

    Sounds like you have plenty to do without trying to write 500 words a day. It would be nice but I truly believe that the other activities you described are more valuable at the time. The words can certainly be stored in your heart until the time is appointed by God to write them down. Remember that…”holy men of God spoke as they were moved by The Spirit” to write the Bible and there did not seem to be a quota of words per day. When The Spirit moves is the time to write as that is when He will speak most clearly to you the message He wishes to be delivered to your readers. We have been blessed by having a Doctoral student from Wheaton College teaching our Adult Bible Fellowship class for the past 9 or 10 Sunday mornings and yesterday she discussed the spiritual discipline of Abstinence. She included fasting from food and drink for a limited time to seek God, solitude to be alone with God, slowing down to wait for God, simplicity/frugality to save our God given resources for Him and draw closer to Him rather than to things, secrecy of our good deeds so that God will receive the credit He deserves and we will find our sufficiency in Him, silence so that we are not distracted from hearing God’s voice, speaking as Proverbs states that “where there are many words there is sin, media as it clutters our mind, steals our time, saps our creative resources and decreases the attention we pay to God and to those to whom God has given us the privilege to love and bring to Christ and nurture in Christ. By practicing these disciplines we will be growing in grace and in the knowledge and practice of our God given commands. So with this in mind today I encourage you to abstain from things that will hinder you from doing what God needs you to to at the time and be sensitive to knowing what and when He moves you to write. Have a very blessed week. Hope that this is helpful and encouraging to you as you transition into your new responsibilities at Purdue and throughout your life. Your writing is really worth reading no matter how many words you write at any given time when you give God the chance to direct you in His time. Greetings and blessings to Lydia and the children. You are prayed for every Monday morning and I am goiong to go and pray right now! Bev Michalski

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