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Twas the night before Africa...


and all through the house...

I've definitely been "stirring" with "visions of Africa" dancing in my head. (SMILE) I am so excited I could scream. But I won't because it would freak my family out since they are sitting here calmly listening to music or watching football.

I've been doing things during the day today like laundry and last minute packing and picking up a few essentials I forgot yesterday...batteries for both cameras and stuff like that. Then tonight we had a family night since it was my last night here. Casey came and went with us and we went to the new mall - Shops at Wiregrass and ate at Moe's Southwestern Grill which is a family favorite. The new mall is beautiful and they had a lovely outdoor seating area where we ate and talked. Right now Dustin is putting two new CD's on my IPOD to take on the trip, and Larry has programmed some new ringtones into my new phone he got me (with unlimited texting - to talk with my family and Twitter on the trip). I am going over my stuff in my suitcase again and again making sure I haven't forgotten anything and that I have all I need in my carry on to truly survive for 2-3 days if I need to.

Don't forget I will be Twittering often while on the trip (check the right hand sidebar) and I have also pre-scheduled posts each day here on the blog while I'm gone to update you each morning as to the "plan for the day" Lord willing.

Off to look over my message notes again and talk to the Lord for a while. My reading in Streams in the Desert was AMAZING today. Let me just give you this glimpse into a few sentences of it:

"Abraham stood yet before the Lord" Genesis 18:22

The friend of God can plead with Him for others. Perhaps Abraham's height of faith and friendship seems beyond our little possibilities. Do not be discouraged, Abraham grew; so may we. He went step by step, not by great leaps.

The man whose faith has been deeply tested and who has come off victorious, is the man to whom supreme tests must come. Shall this man's faith stand forever for the strength and help of all God's people? Shall it be known through him that unfaltering faith will always prove the faithfulness of God?

Yes; and when faith has borne victoriously its uttermost test, the angel of the Lord--who? The Lord Jesus, Jehovah, He in whom "all the promises of God are yea and amen"--spoke to him, saying, "Now I know that thou fearest God." Thou hast trusted me to the uttermost. I will also trust thee; thou shalt ever be My friend, and I will bless thee, and make thee a blessing.
It is always so, and always will be. "They that are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham."

It is no small thing to be on terms of friendship with God.

Deanna again: I thought that was an amazingly relevant word for me right now. Perhaps it is for you, too?

Much love to all my dear friends...

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