I’ve struggled with the past few months to write. Sometimes blogging is wonderful because you can instantly publish your thoughts and feelings, and sometimes it seems the worst possible format when you are processing a lot, when you want to be alone with your own thoughts and feelings. I am taking time off for a while. I may post here and there, but it will not be weekly. When I started writing, I determined in my heart that I didn’t want to just write for God, I want to live for God. I never want writing to necessarily be the focus, but just a part of serving the Lord.
Some of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram want to know more about our refugee family that we are helping. This is a mom and two kids fleeing from a very painful and violent situation. In a way, I so desire to share her story, but I’m still processing everything. I also don’t feel free yet to share her story until she learns more English and understands what sharing it entails. But I’ll share some of my part. A few months ago, my husband and I realized that we wanted to help those that were in great need. God’s Spirit just took ahold of our hearts and gave us a vision for something that we never would have done on our own, without God prompting us to do it. You can read about those early moments here. We partnered with World Relief to be a “good neighbor” to a refugee family. As we finally got assigned to a family many months later we had no idea what to expect. Ron and I were nervous. Seriously it felt like jumping off a cliff into the unknown. But that’s often where faith take us. Where God takes us. “By faith Abraham, when called to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8) As I met our family, our hearts -all of our hearts-our children, mine, Ron’s-flooded with love for them. It was God’s love placed in our hearts. “God has poured out His love into our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5b)
Journeying with this family is one of the most wonderful and joyous things I’ve ever done. But it is also takes time, and my writing has to take a rest. I also have a few other commitments in these coming months that must take priority.
And so with that, I will close with a prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that we will see ourselves through your eyes, how very loved we are. May we always remember that we are children of the most-high God. May we keep our eyes on you. And when we know how loved we are, may we love those that are suffering. Help us to care for those who are in need. Thank you for your death on the cross, for rising again, and giving us freedom. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Will miss writing to you, my friends. But I will be back, Lord willing! I’m praying that you will experience God’s great love in a new and wonder-filled way.