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FR: Hidden Blessings Abound

Another week done, I’ve lost count of the days here. I spent a lot of time on the phone the last day or so. Called and talked to Mom and Kyle before they left for Mexico with the church on their mission trip (building three houses, pretty sweet), talked to Ryan for a while on Friday and then the best of all happened last night. Called up Kessia during her graduation open house and surprised her. I don’t think she thought I knew when her party was, let alone that I would do anything since I was in France at the time. She was kind of taken back when I said Bonjour the first time. It was nice to be able to do that for her, that girl deserves the best there is. I’m hoping that the rest of her party went well and that we’ll be able to talk sometime this week. There’s a lot I want to hear about and a lot I’m sure she wants to know about Toulouse and our ministry here.

Speaking of the topic of Toulouse, it’s been raining off and on. Last night we went out for Sarah VDL’s birthday and it was pouring rain for half the walk to Café de Sacha. The night was a blast, Sarah had a really good time, got a cake with a roman candle type firework lit on it (most amusing cake ever), and just was good after a long day. I might post some photos from that night in the random team photos later. On Thursday I did put up a photo of everyone on the team that kind of describes each of the team members, some better then others, but alas I did it. Took about 40 minutes but it was fun, so that’s ok then. Today has been a fast, slightly hungry but doing alright, and pizza is in about 90 minutes.

Now on to something more spiritual. To be honest this is how this journal is evolving. What is written here represents what I think of and where the path of my life is heading, and it will only become more spiritual. Just in case you were wondering.

I’ve been reading this amazing book (which I’ll talk more about once I finish it next Tuesday) and it’s really been good for me by increasing my understanding and desire for prayer. At the same time it’s really brought up some very good points for me at this time and place of my life. If you look at the previous post there is more about it there, just how my understanding of the spiritual world has increased so much, and I’m being able to see it more and more everyday and in everything. It’s a burden to carry but at the same time such a privilege. I’m working on my testimony at the moment and will post that later on, probably late this week or early next week (as I believe I’m telling it at our Wednesday soirée and then next week on Wednesday for the team). There are things that I’ve learned about myself that are so inspiring to the work set before me. The work that is for me to discover along the narrow path I am upon leading to the small gate. “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many will enter through it” (-Matthew 7:13b)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21

May your heat be blessed again with the start of tomorrow,
~paul