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Friday, April 12, 2024

A Friend Like Sancho Panza

One of my favorite stories growing up in Europe was about Don Quixote. I thought it was true since I had visited as a little girl the windmills at La Mancha where the story took place. All over Spain there are statues, signs and people dressed up like Don Quixote. I collect them myself now and have my favorite prints by Picasso and Salvador Dahli. I also framed a picture I drew when I was a 6 years old of the windmills of La Mancha. The picture next to it I took of La Mancha in 2007 which appeared on Channel 25 news for several months as the favorite Vacation Picture taken summer of 2007.

Don Quixote had a friend named Sancho Panza who travels with him as be battles windmills, thinking they are giants. Sancho is a loyal friend even though Don Quixote has gone mental. Many things happen in their journey that defeat Don Quixote. When they arrive home, Don Quixote has a broken spirit and is put to bed. Being defeated in life he denounces his knighthood and dies with his friends along his side.

This story reminds me so much of life as we battle our own windmills thinking they are giants. Let's face it, those giants (people and problems) in life cause us to go a bit mental right? I am grateful for the Sancho Panza's in my own life who are there with me even when I'm mental. Friends and family with "love and loyalty" are a "safe place" after battling the giants in my own life!

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
 This is a picture of a sketch that I bought from a street artist in Madrid, Spain 2007.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Leadership

 These were chosen from the congregation, leaders of their fathers’ tribes, heads of the divisions in Israel. Numbers 1:16


God spoke to Moses in this chapter and orchestrated the first census to prepare them for battle. It describes exactly how they were supposed to go about it to see what each person was capable of doing. Tribes of people were chosen for battle and tribes of people were chosen just to protect the tabernacle. The leader was Moses and then there were leaders of each tribe. Everyone knew their position and their job to do in order for victory.

This is how I see the church, the role of our pastors and the leadership. If people believe that God has ordained them with the future and decisions of the church and don't follow the leadership of the pastor then it will not lead their church to victory. Our job is not to conjure up our own ambitions and missions for the churches we attend. We are to follow our pastors and his leadership. If we feel they are wrong then it's our  job to pray for them because I believe God can make any wrong be right.

God has given us political leaders, parents, bosses, etc. and if this same truth is applied it will bring blessing!  

 This is a picture of a young girl leading the elephant at the circus that I
 attended with my grandkids on November 9, 2012.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Trust Me written April 7, 2011

"He who trusts in himself is a fool. . ." Proverbs 28:26

Why is trust something I have to ask God constantly to forgive me? One reason is God's ways don't always make sense to me. Also, It is difficult to trust in a plan that requires me to surrender all control.

You might say I am a bit of a "control freak" and so that may be one of the reasons I find it so difficult to surrender myself to God. Even though I know in my heart that He has my best interest at heart and knows best how to guide my life and yet; I am still trying to learn to surrender daily.

Some days I get it right and some days....well, the "control freak" in me gets it sooooo wrong!

Mother Teresa said, “You will never know that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you’ve got.”

 This picture was taken at my granddaughters birthday party 2012.