December 2001 Prayer Blog

Date: 12/28/2001

HAPPY NEW YEAR greeting from the Farhos to you!

We share the following from the book, 'When God Whispers Your Name', by Max Lucado for your New Year encouragement:

"It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next 12 hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose.

I CHOOSE LOVE....No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I CHOOSE JOY....I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to by cynical...the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I CHOOSE PEACE....I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I CHOOSE PATIENCE....I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I CHOOSE KINDNESS....I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I CHOOSE GOODNESS....I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I CHOOSE I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I CHOOSE GENTLENESS....Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL....I am a spiritual being...After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.

I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks.

If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest."

Date: 12/19/2001


Farho family photo November 2001. Click to see our Christmas 1999 Sleigh Ride

Our family name is spelled
Farah in Arabic,
which means JOY.
So with special Joy
we give you this
Bible verse:

"..I give to you good tidings of great joy,
which will be for all the people" Luke 2:10b

May you be filled with the Joy of God
which surpasses all understanding!
With all our love, Mike, Sue, John, and Joshua.

Click to see our African Sleigh Ride

Date: 12/12/2001

"It is amazing how fast 30 MPH seems when your 15 year old is driving." Mike, after taking a ride with John. He has even been driving us on the divided highway north of Abidjan. John is a good driver! In fact, he turns 16 years old today. Pray for him as he passes this important milestone. He will graduate from high school in 2004, the same year we finish our current term in Cote d'Ivoire. Pray for John as he considers what college to attend.

Date: 12/04/2001

"The elephant is coming by at night and knocking down our signs and knocking over trees. Pray him away." Al Boesenberg in Abengourou.

We are having considerable problems relative to the land for our FM radio station. Also, someone is contesting our right to the land that we have been given. Pray that God would remove this elephant from the area of our station and work out the land issue.

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"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes..." Romans 1:16