Saturday, May 15, 2010

Birthday, Bike, and Bible Memory

Around the end of April I wrote a post about the gal I am mentoring while she is in prison, and her two precious kids. One of the aunts who helps to take care of them called me Thursday, and said they were having a birthday party for R.J. and asked if I'd like to come. She also asked if their Great-grandma, Colleen, would like to come. So I called Colleen and we made arangements to go.

This is the birthday boy, R. J. (for Ramon Jr.) He had been playing and fell, and hurt his hand; he didn't even break the skin, but I showed him how to blow on it to make it feel better--thus his hand is in front of his mouth. It is possibly some kind of tradition, but he had dollar bills that people had given him pinned to his shirt. I noticed as people would come, they would give him a dollar and they would add it to the collection on the shirt. I thought that was interesting.

This is R. J. with his little sister, Nyla. They were really friendly with both grandma and me. we had a chance to play with them a little at their home before going to the party at the park.

They were on "slow time" and the party that was supposed to start at 5:30 pm didn't get started at the park until about 7 pm. It still hadn't gotten very well underway, but Great-grandma and I decided we needed to leave about 8:30 pm. They still hadn't done gifts or birthday cake. (It reminded me of being in Haiti, where no one rushes, and services start "around dusk". )

It hasn't been very good weather for bike-riding, but today was beautiful and fairly calm, and my hubby had put new tires on my "old" bike, so I decided I needed to go for a spin. I was feeling really good for the first half of the trip; coming back I was riding against the wind. I went a total of 5.5 miles. By the time I got back I was hot, sweaty and out of breath. As I walked into the house, my legs felt like jelly. I thought to myself "What a wimp". I really do need to make a regular habit of this and build up both my strength and my distance.

My memory verses for these two weeks are from Phillipians 1:9-11. "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and the glory and praise of God."
As I went over these verses this morning, I was just sort of overwhelmed; If I really make this my prayer, what an amazing difference it could make. Oh to have that kind of love, with knowledge and deep insight, and to be able to discern what is truly best: best for me to be doing to serve the Lord, best in my relationships with family and friends, best use of my time. And most importantly, my life would reflect His glory and bring praise to my Lord and God.

As I said, it was an overwhelming thought. As I memorize these verses in the next couple weeks, I also need to begin to really apply them and allow the Lord to use me for His glory and praise.


Wanda said...

I would like to ride my bike more often too, but this Spring so far finds me busy with yard and garden work other incidentals that pop up. My blogging has suffered too!

It's a wonderful thing you do Donna, for the young mother and her children. Take care.

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I admire you being a mentor. And for riding your bike! Hubby needs a new bike and I'm thinking we should get his and her models.

Diana said...

I related to you with the party Donna. My DIL's family always starts late and I go to bed early so most of the time I don't get to their family parties! I'm such a wimp! LOL!
Love your bike and 5.5 miles WOW! My legs turn to jelly after just a few blocks! Love Di ♥

Dee said...

I think you now have new family members. I am sure they all love you and are greateful for all you are doing. Donna must mean...blessing!

Rebecca said...

You must have been thrilled to be invited to the party. God has certainly brought many of your past life experiences together for His glory (the Haiti/slow time etc.).

The $bill tradition is interesting...

I need my tires pumped. I was going to take the bike out last week and discovered they were rather low on air.

Re. the verse: Yes, that is a challenge. Just live in the light you have in His power. You inspire me with your memory project.

beckymc said...

I think it is wonderful thast you are a mentor to mom and a presentation of jesus in these childrens lives.
I need to get my husband a bike so we can ride together. Maybe that will get me out there more. I tend to be a coputer nerd and sit in front of this screen.