Saturday, January 16, 2016

Working out body, soul and spirit

Wednesday, January 13.15
One of the pleasures of being a coach is talking to people around the world. Today I meet with someone working in Europe. Adjustments to culture are the same in every country.

The day starts with a Google Hangout at 4am. The rest of the women's caucus is up at a decent hour, which means that I'm up at night.

The walking group has an early start to miss the rain predicted at noon. We meet at 8, another big group. We start with a steep uphill climb for a few kilometers.

The views are spectacular as we walk along the tea plantations to the tea factory. They want to charge us to poke around and see how tea is made, but there's only black tea for Lipton on the conveyer so we pass.
Tea picked the traditional way
Looking back at the hills as we climb
From Australia, Germany, and New Zealand
... and our dog Gypsy love walking too. 
We pause for a picture when we're almost done.

Our rides are waiting at the end of the walk, beside a former hotel turned nursery and mosque.
Priorities in agriculture country: a former swimming pool filled with plants
As usual, we have lunch on the way home. This time we eat at Kampung Daun. It's a stunning collection of thatched huts set into jungle beside a rock face. The little restaurants feature local food and share the menu It could be the sterotypical tropical resort and many locals and tourists come here.

Angela's last walk before a few months in Germany. We'll miss her!
"Please miss, may we take a picture together?"
(after which I take a selfie with her)
The entry to Kampung Daun
And then it's off to the best time of week, a study at the Bamboo Shack. We've been studying Jacob's life in the book of Genesis - and we take time to pray for each other. God knows how to take care of us.

When we run to town, we are hardly surprised by the way we negotiate traffic. When traffic stops ahead, our turn lane moves into the empty lanes for oncoming traffic. While the other cars wait for the light, we cross until they start moving again.

Into the oncoming traffic lanes: it's how we turn
Flowers in the garden
K's room is empty. How we miss her!
Read more: (ESV unless noted)
*You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3

*You know me, O Lord; you see me; and you examine my heart’s attitude toward you. Jeremiah 12:3 (NASB)

*No one can serve two masters. Matthew 6:24

*Do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5

*But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

Moravian Prayer: O Lord, we open our hearts to you. May they be found not wanting, but ideal for your kingdom here on earth and your home in heaven. While we walk in your creation, may all that we do be pleasant in your sight.Heavenly Lord, use us! We are your own! Amen.

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