Sunday, March 8, 2015

My Favorite Day!

I always liked Winnie the Pooh!

"My favorite day." said Pooh.   My favorite day..... I had to think about all of the days I have spent worrying about the past or the future always knowing there is only today, but not able to let go and enjoy TODAY!!!     I am just now beginning to grasp the idea of keeping this day sweet and beautiful by thinking only positive and beautiful things and letting go of concerns for things that will never find fruition, finding hope and faith in the best things I can imagine.  

"Today, my favorite day"

Eliminating worry is just to have in God who created us, loves us and is caring for us in every situation.  We constantly remind ourselves of His promise to those who are in His service. 

Doctrine and Covenants 84:88
...I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

One reminder we see everywhere in Burundi that just doesn't exist in the U.S. is 
signs we see on buses, taxis and businesses.  

A little difficult to read but "God is Good".

           This is Kirundi for "God is Great".

Sometimes the burdens we carry are like this one.  
They seem SOOOO Big!  But they are just full of air!

 Then we need this one .................


 Remember this from
 the Old Testament 1 Samuel 7:10-12 and Joshua 24:26-27 and Bible Dictionary pg. 269.  The Israelites had lost two battles to the Philistines and at last they won.
Samuel placed a stone of gratitude to remind them how the Lord had helped them and called it the Ebenezer Stone.  "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" says, "Now we raise our Ebeneezer...".

"Before your face" 

and................."Got your back" 
in the rear view mirror, "The Gift from God"

This is how we see these piano students, who are so dedicated and the generous people who provide a keyboard for anyone who will practice and share their talent by playing for meetings 
and teaching others.  

 It was a miracle that these 10 piano keyboards were ordered on line and in nine days they were here in Burundi!  thanks to the "Powers that be" and DHL.

We continue to be thrilled by the diligence of Rebecca who is only ten years old and has no access to a keyboard during the week.  She comes to the twice a week practices and is doing so well that she played "We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet" in Sacrament Meeting today with both hands. 
It is a huge blessing to have Frida who speaks not only Kirundi, French, English, but MUSIC!  

This week in sewing we concentrated on quality.  We practiced different seams and skills.  They are each wearing a tag with their name on it.  As they "mastered" each skill, I put a smiley face on their tag.  If they are completely up to date, they now have three smiles and a butterfly.  The butterfly shows that they can effectively sew on a treadle machine.  (They are a butterfly brand from China.)

 And for whatever success we have TODAY....................

We love you all and pray for your joy on this your favorite day of all............ ENJOY TODAY!!!!!!!


  1. Thanks for sharing in your ever so creative way your hope and faith in each day's activities.

  2. What a wonderful blog post! You are so talented. It is so great to see all of your photos of the sights in Burundi. We had friends serve in Ghana, and they had similar pictures showing God in everything. This was a wonderful write-up of the things we need to remember. Love to see the progress people are making with the keyboards and sewing. You are doing great work!


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