Track 03…

Listed in my iTunes files…Track 03 Jill Philips…

“In the secret of His presence, how my soul delights to hide. Oh how precious are the lessons, which I learn at Jesus’ side. Earthly cares forever vex me, all my trials lay me low. But when Satan comes to tempt me, to that secret place I go. To that secret place I go.

When my soul is faint and thirsty, neath the shadow of Your wings. There is cool and pleasant shelter and a fresh and crystal spring. And my Savior rests beside me, as we hold communion sweet. If I tried, I could not utter what He says when thus we meet, what He says when thus we meet.

Only this I know, I’ll tell you. All my doubts, my griefs, my fears. Oh how patiently He listens and my sorrow slowly cheers. Do you think He n’er approves me? What a false friend He would be, if He never never told me of the sin which He must see. Of the sin which He must see.

Would you like to know the sweetness of the secret of the Lord? Go and hide beneath His shadow, and this shall then be your reward. And when have you leave the silence of that happy meeting place, you will surely bare the image of the Master in your face. Of the Master in your face.”

Hope this was a blessing…

Oh Sweet Retreat…

Well, I was blessed to get to go “away” for one day. I was hungry for the Word and for the Father and I felt…”Ok, I’m gonna go take advantage of one of these nice resorts and just go for one night…and just be with the Father…that’s all.” So, I looked up some places online, found one that was not too expensive and close enough to the city to get there quickly but far enough away so that I was not smack in the middle of tourist traffic and noise.

Kao Mai Lanna Resort is where I ended up and it was such a sweet time. There was literally two other guests there which I only saw one time…I slept great, I had tons of quiet time, read a great book about the Holy Spirit, and just worshipped Him. I highly recommend “getting away” frequently…He speaks, we can listen unhindered, and with it comes a certain kind of renewal. Sigh…a very sweet retreat.

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Where I stayed…

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Sunrise through the trees…

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I kind of had a nice time….(take note of the sarcasm) ๐Ÿ™‚

Blessings!

Four Parties, One Vacation, A Mountain Hike, New Year’s, and One Cold Later…I Am Alive!

Yep, it’s true…I’m alive! Some of you have not hear from me in…well…weeks. Some…only a few days, yet you miss me just as much (Mom and Daddy). ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a busy busy holiday season. A great one…a different one…but a great one. Christmas was wonderful…I had friends to be with nearly the entire time. It was very hard when I was by myself…but luckily that was only for about 2 hours…the rest of the time I had friends and “family” with me…SUCH a blessing.

My teacher, Khruu Panida, is just simply the best. She’s so sweet, and now, she calls me her little sister and herself, big sister. In the past…although she loved me…culturally she couldn’t be anything more than a teacher. I think now, we are past the point of cultural boundaries. She spent Christmas night at my house, we watched a movie, played Uno (A LOT…that’s her favorite game) and then went to a Christmas dinner party together. What a blessing.

The day after Christmas I headed to Penang, Malaysia for a little vacation. Two friends from the east of Thailand met up with me there and one other girl that lives and serves there now. It was GREAT! We went to the beach, we went to little India, and China, the church the girl goes to there in Penang, shopping, TGIFriday’s (yummy) and many other things. Really fun! Too short though.

When I got back (sun burnt and quite tired) I headed out with 6 Thai friends to climb up Doi Chaang. It was a long and tiring hike up the mountain, but worth it. So fun…tons of picture opportunities (soon to come) and fun times with friends. We watched the sun set on 2009 on the top of a mountain and took a truck with 13 other people in the back of the truck back down the mountain to the campground where we stayed. Played lots of Phase 10 and actually had the chance to use my scarf, gloves, and hat in Thailand! WOO HOO! It was freezing ย up there! Well…not really freezing…but it was coooooooold! YAY!

Oh I had the most ground breaking thing happen on the mountain trip. For the first ย time…my brain worked in two languages. I no longer have to process what language I’m hearing and translate…the words simply come in and I understand. WOW! My friend told a story in Thai to the others, and then began to translate for me…but I already knew the story and had no idea she was just speaking in Thai! And…later I was talking in English to one person, and Thai words came out in the middle of my sentence! YAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAY! Praise GOD!

That’s all for now…just wanted to say…I’m alive. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pictures to come….

Blessings…