Thursday, February 18, 2010

Everything I Need to Know In Life I Learned on the Mission Field

  • This life has hardships, it´s good to just accept that and move on
  • The beauty of a word fitly spoken
  • To appreciate the ´little things´ that I miss from my home country
  • Holding hands or walking arm in arm with a friend of the same gender is a good thing
  • Nothing beats the following God with abandon
  • The importance of a needed nap
  • God is at work all over the globe
  • A little encouragement can go a long way
  • I get by with a little help from my friends
  • Cheap manicures, pedicures, and massages are a nice treat
  • Demons are alive and well and still possess people
  • The power of prayer
  • Driving without many rules and regulations is fun
  • Life for people in much of the world isn´t that different from what it was in Biblical times
  • Obeying God is always good
  • Good locks are worth their price
  • I need my cup filled by God daily
  • The Environmental Protection Agency, the Food Service and Inspection Service, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and taxes are all good things
  • It´s wonderful to worship God in another language
  • There´s nothing like worshipping God in your heart language
  • The blessing of having friends who will drop whatever they are doing if I need them to
  • I can kill my own bugs when I have to
  • Many of God´s children are generous and faithful in sharing their money in His work
  • People all over the world still worship and try to appease false gods
  • Police that are not corrupt benefit their communities
  • Drinking tap water in most of the world is a good way to loose weight by getting an amoeba
  • I can over come fears even sleeping on the floor during scorpion season
  • Band-Aids are a great cure-all for all kinds of boo-boos
  • Love is a spiritual band-aid
  • Jesus met the needs of the poor, the outcast, and the down-trodden
  • All kinds of bugs bite
  • The privilege of serving our Lord with my family
  • Teenagers learning to drive in any country is scary
  • Clean drinking water is a precious commodity
  • Having family and friends beside and behind you is a wonderful thing
  • God is calling people into His kingdom daily
  • Being back at home with family when there is a crisis is worth whatever it costs
  • I love living in the age of internet and internet phones
  • Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with people, but it can become addicting
  • American desserts are the best
  • European chocolate is the best
  • Most of what I thought were necessities aren´t
  • It´s not a great idea to eat from street vendors
  • North Americans don´t know what real economic crisis is
  • Our family has more possessions than most villages in the world
  • You get what you pay for
  • I need to let my light shine
  • Sometimes it´s better to go behind a bush than in a public restroom
  • Following Jesus isn´t just a good idea, it is a necessity
  • Towels dried hanging on a clothes line can´t hold a candle to towels out of a dryer
  • Amoeba, parasites and typhoid are free at some restaurants
  • Laughter is good medicine
  • Some of the best ice cream in Cochabamba is sold out of little white vans
  • There´s no substitute for American peanut butter
  • Diversity enriches our lives
  • Learning a foreign language after age 40 is not an easy task
  • Coca-Cola spends some serious money advertising world wide
  • Jesus is the answer for the world today, above Him there´s no other, Jesus is the way
  • Fruits and vegetables bought from a grocery store taste nothing like the real thing grown in the jungle
  • Dishwashers are wonderful inventions
  • Ditto for garbage disposals
  • Co-laborers are a precious gift
  • Possessions don´t make you happy
  • God uses all kinds of skills and talents for his glory
  • How to pack both suitcases and moving boxes like a pro
  • I am blessed beyond belief
  • Toyota Land Cruisers are good vehicles
  • There are still Christian heroes
  • Most of what divides denominations shouldn´t
  • How to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • God loves us just as we are
  • Home is where your heart is
  • There´s no place like home

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine´s Day

This post of quotes is decicated to my man, my love, the only one for me.  I love you Joe!

Love is friendship set to music.  (E. Joseph Cossman) 

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.  (Aristotle)

Love isn´t what makes the world go round.  It´s love that make the ride worthwhile.  (Franklin P. Jones)

True love is neither physical nor romantic.  It is acceptance of all that is, has been, will be and will not be. (Unknown)

When you are in love you can´t fall asleep, because reality is better than your dreams.  (Dr. Suess)

The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.  (William Shakespeare)

Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.  (Jesus)

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height that my soul can reach...  (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

The best and most beautiful things in the world can not been see or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.  (Helen Keller)

My heart is always at your service.  (William Shakespeare)

You come to love, not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.  (Sam Keen)

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.  (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

If I had a flower for everytime I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.  (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

I hope you don´t mind, I hope you don´t mind, that I put down in words, how wonderful life is that you´re in the world.  (Sir Elton John)

When I grow up I want to marry a man like Dad.  (Faith Holman)

Love is a journey, not a destination.  (Unknown)

Love is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces.  It´s also three meals a day and remembering to take out the trash.  (Dr. Joyce Brothers)

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour.  Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute.  That´s realitivity.  (Albert Einstein)

The proof of true love is to be unsparring in critcism.  (Moliere)

Romance is the icing, but love is the cake.  (Unknown)

True love is like ghosts which everyone talks about but few have seen.  (Francoise de la Rochefoucauld)

What the world needs is more love and less paperwork.  (Pearl Bailey)

We are not loved because we are valued, we are valued because we are loved.  (William Sloane Coffin)

We can not do great things, we can only do little things with great love.  (Mother Theresa)

Do you love me because I´m beautiful or am I beautiful because you love me?  (Oscar Hammerstein II for Cinderella)

Love is like a river, never-ending as it flows, but it gets greater with time.  (Unknown)

I hope I am best friends with my wife like you and Dad are.  You have a great relationship.  (Benjamin Holman)

Love is like salted water, the more you drink, the more your thirst increases.  (Unknown)

Love is not love if it is conditional.  (Unknown)

....and there´s always this one....

Forget love, I´d rather fall in chocolate.  (Just kidding honey!  I love you more than chocolate and you KNOW how much that is!)

But my favorite is this....

"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly it does not seek is own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrightousness, but rejoices with the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails; but if there are fits of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowlege, it will be done away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when the perct comes, the partial will be done away.  When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reasoned as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.  But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  (1 Corinthians 13)

I love you Joe with all that I am.  I love you more today than the day we were married over 25 years ago and that´s nothing compared to what I will love you in 25 more years.  I am so blessed to be able to spend my life loving you.  You are one great gift!  (Denise Holman)