Have You Ever Taken a Sabbatical?

Please continue to visit my blog  as I take a Sabbatical.

sabbatical is an extended time of rest—modeled on the Sabbath day—in which you take a long block of time to focus on something other than your career.  
This will not be a restful Sabbatical. However, it will be a work that is devoted to God.
The concept of a sabbatical is rooted in scripture.  
Starting in Genesis , God illustrates the natural rhythm of six days working, one day off. 
Later, in Leviticus  the Israelites are told to let the land rest one year out of every seven. 
During the seventh year, they’re allowed to eat what the land produces, but they must let it grow wild.  http://www.gospel.com/blog
I believe when I return I will have deeper and more meaningful blogs to post.
Thanks to everyone who is following me and continues to come to my blog for a visit.
I pray God’s blessing on each one.
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Water John 4:14 and John 6:35

As I read Lemonade Makin’ Mama’s Blog about blood:water mission I was reminded of the first trip I made to Zambia.

photo by blood:water.mission
I was in total shock because of the lack of clean water. For that matter for the lack of any kind of water.
We stayed in a “nice” guest houses. At times we had no running water. The cleanness of it was questionable at best. Some times it ran and sometimes it didn’t. Sometimes it was cloudy and sometimes it was brown. 
This was in a major cities of Zambia.
photo by blood:water.mission
What about in the villages?
We traveled to three different villages in the bush.
Where was the water?
Not in the huts.
Not in the schools.
Not in the church buildings where we did the medical missions.
Not in the baptistery.
The pools of water that they used to baptize were muddy, dirty, spots where people washed their clothes
and dipped five gallon buckets of water to take home to drink and cook with.
We took the water we needed with us.
photo by blood:water.mission
In 2007 we stayed in the bush for eight days and nights where there was no electricity or running water.
I never even saw a  borehole(water well). I do not know where they got the water.
Some how the men kept the 55 gallon barrels full of water and hot for us to use to bathe with.
They were such servants. I never saw them carrying the water. I did occasionally see them adding wood to the fire and stoke it.

Bore Holes or Wells as we call them are hard to find. Many times the people go to the dirty pools of water wherever they can find them. 
photo by blood:water.mission
Turn your water off for a day and do not use it. 
Think about what it would be like to live every day with little or no clean water. 
Think about what we as Americans waste everyday by drinking a half of a bottle of water and throwing the rest out.
Think about how little one dollar means to most of us.
Think about what you can do to help the billions of people who do not have clean water.
photo by blood:water.mission
If you want to help blood:water mission , please do.
If you want to donate money to our program that teaches the gospel 
and drills water wells in Zambia,
 you may contact me by leaving me a comment.
John 4:14
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
John 6:35
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; the who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
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I am not affiliated with Lemonade Makin’ Mama or blood:water mission. I am affiliated with the church that supports a work in the Eastern Province of Zambia.

July 4, 2012

God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.
Copyright 1938, 1939 by Irving Berlin
Copyright renewed 1965, 1966
by Irving Berlin
Copyright assigned to Winthrop Rutherfurd, Jr., Anne Phipps Sidamon-Eristoff, and Theodore R. Jackson as Trustees of the God Bless America Fund. International copyright secured.
All rights reserved.
Let us never forget that our real freedom comes through Jesus Christ who died for our sins.
Galatians 5:1
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
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Sweet Holy Blessings

What a sweet Holy blessing to spend time with these three very special ladies in my life.
Our times together have not always been blessed. 
We have had some extremely hard times.
Times that severed the ties between us for a period of time.
Something that tore my heart out from my soul.
Something that  cut so deeply that I thought I would bleed to death at times.
Something that seemed so unreal that I could not comprehend it.
Psalm 38: 4-6
V.4 For my iniquities are gone over my head;
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
V.5 My wounds grow foul and fester
Because of my folly.
V.6 I am bent over and greatly bowed down; I go mourning all day long.
V. 11 My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
And my kinsmen stand afar off.
Matthew 6:14
“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
How many Sweet Holy Blessings do we give up because of lack of forgiveness?
Thank God that we came to our senses and let Him work His will in us.
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