Tuesday Thought: Enter The Rest

Enter The Rest

Let’s enter the rest…

The rest with the Lord so we won’t fall.

The rest to listen to the Lord’s voice correcting us.

The rest to listen to the Lord’s voice guiding us.

The rest to listen to the Lord’s voice leading us to the right path.

For He is the Creator of everything.

For nothing is hidden from Him.

Let’s enter the rest.

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So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall. For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
(‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭11-13‬ NLT)

5 Minutes Monday

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Today’s Focus UPG is the people of Belitung. They live

The Belitung live on Belitung Island in Bangka-Belitung Province. The Belitung call themselves Urang Belitong. The Belitung language is a branch of the Malay language cluster. A distinctive feature of their language is that it does not have the letter ‘h’ and that they use the letter ‘e’ (as in the vowel in the word ‘bet’) at the end of words that normally end with an ‘a’. For example hujan (rain) becomes ujan, putih (white) becomes pute, and apa (what) becomes ape. Another distinctive feature is that they use derived terms from two or more words. For example, hendak kemana (where do you want to go) becomes nakmane. This is similar to Bangka language, but Bangka uses the phoneme /e/, which is similar to the “a” in the English word ‘mate’.

The Belitung island is considered important because of its tin mines. Many earn their livelihood from mining tin and kaolin (a soft white clay essential in the manufacturing of china and porcelain). Others work as traders, fishermen, boat builders, iron smiths or office workers. Only a small part of the land is suitable for rice cultivation. Planting rice is usually done with slash-and burn farming techniques. Besides dry rice farming, they also plant corn, cassava, sweet potatoes, and banana trees. Other crops include rubber, pepper, cloves, and coconut. The handicraft industries developed by the Belitung are porcelain, ceramic, and rattan crafts. The traditional Belitung house is built on wooden supports with bark walls and roofs of sago palm leaves. They also build temporary villages near the jungle to be used during the harvest. Currently, the traditional homes have begun to be replaced with homes made of brick and concrete. These homes are built on the ground rather than off the ground, due to increasingly restrictive regulations on forest logging. The ancestry of the Belitung can be traced through the line of either the father or the mother. A village is formed by a group of families, called a keleka. The keleka is led by a traditional chief and his assistants and has its own regulations. The religious leader is a shaman who leads the religious ceremonies of the village.

Besides Islam, many Belitung also believe in animism and superstitions. These beliefs are focused on seeking protection through magic by either appeasing or controlling both good and bad spirits. This can be seen in their ceremonies for working the rice fields, fishing, and weddings. They still believe in magical forces that inhabit sacred places. They also have many taboos. One of these can be seen in how they believe tin must be mined. They believe that tin is a ‘hot’ object and guarded by a spirit. If the miner is not Belitung, he will not be successful.

They need guidance to develop their job skills. The small industries that already exist, such as handicrafts and ironworking, need more professional management so that they can achieve greater success. They need help to develop alternative sources of income, as the tin reserves are being depleted and mining it has taken a toll on the environment.

(Source: Joshua Project)

Would you spend just 5 minutes today asking God to lead in prayer for them?>

Mini Crop With Scrapping Everyday Miracles

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Hey all… today I am up at Scrapping Everyday Miracles for their Mini Crop Challenge today. This mini crop as a kick off to relaunch SEM Challenge Blog! Each Design Team member will post their challenge every 15 minutes starting 8 A.M. EST.

My challenge is Color Inspiration, Mini Crop Challenge #5. Visit SEM Blog here to read the full post about this challenge, and to link up your project/s. While you are there, check out the other Mini Crop Challenges and the team inspirations :)

Here’s my first take on this challenge using Bev’s Sketch, I tweak a little bit from the sketch:

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I used Pathfinding WOTG Scrapbook Kit to make this card. I used Woodgrain Embossing Folder to emboss the background:

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And one more… I created a digital scrapbook layout using Jen C Designs new collection kit, My Story September and Memory Makers Template Vol.11

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So what does come in your mind the first time you see this color palate?

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I cannot wait to see your projects. With you playing with us, this Mini Crop is SUPER FUN! :) Thank You for visiting and joining our Mini Crop Challenge!

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Thankful Thursday

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Counting God’s blessings in our lives is one way to remind us what God has done and who He is to us. Every gift He gives to us is too wonderful for word.

Though in the midst of uncertainty and so many changes have been happening in our family, all I see how God has been so faithful in my life.

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Every single moment I am thanking God for giving them in or life and for giving me this privilege to be their mom.

I am thankful today for being a mother of daughters!

What are you thanking God for today?