Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Old Friends and New Vision
I bless the Lord for this wonderful last week in Illinois. We are having our triennial missions conference at our church, and there are an abundance of blessings through this for me. Last week, with a touch of flu and a load of emotions, I began to realize how much and who all I am going to achingly miss at our church. I want to bless the Lord here on my blog for being "my Glory and the Lifter of my head."
1. The precious blessing of having our friends James and Christen stay with us! Our fun friends are staying at our house for a whole week which is like "One last hurrah" (according to Mandy), and a huge encouragement to me. Not only is Christen helping me pack, she and James have always been and continue to be a living example of the words "let goods and kindred go. . . this mortal life also". Through passing comments, and in depth conversations, Christen and James have refreshed me with new vision for this new step in our lives. The Lord knew how much I would need that, especially at this time! One specific thing Christen said to me the other night that I will remember the rest of my life is "The Lord is my Home." Even now, that sweetly profound thought brings tears to my eyes. I think I will have a painting made with that phrase on it.
2. Lots of extra nights with my darling kids at church! It's like 3 extra Wednesday nights downstairs! We have each missionary set up to speak to the kids at least once, and they collect stamps from each missionary in their "passports" as if they visited those countries. What a blessing to see them responding to the missionaries in such a positive way. I really have the best kids in the world to teach! If you didn't know I felt that way, you can read my post "Wise Little Children". :) This has refreshed my vision as well, because I am renewing my hopes to work in children's ministry in the future.
Praise You, Father of my heart, for meeting needs through old friends and new vision!