Location: Indianapolis, 23 May 2015, 9:24pm.
How thankful I am that my God measures my success, rather than my virtual life, including blog posts and email inbox tidiness!
In April, during our three weeks in Romania, we told many of our friends that life was at the best it had been for us since we got married more than three years ago. Our marriage continues to be wonderful, we began sleeping more as our fantastic children grow and mature, my job is less stressful, and everything began coming together.
That said, we had a great visit in Romania, but nothing is easy with toddlers, and the only thing worse than jet-lag is jet-lag with toddlers! Needless to say, we paid dearly for our terrific trip to Romania. Our family returned with three colds and plenty of exhaustion, and another round of colds hit a couple weeks later. We have had emotional, physical, and other struggles, but I am happy to say that after several weeks, we think we have arrived again on top of the world!
After all, do we not have an amazing Father? I finished scanning through a book given to me: Sonship: the Word Made Flesh by Jim McNally. I sure hope I have time to read it; it looks like it presents ideas that could really put practical “feet” on the love the Church preaches and often fails to live.
Anyway, we are blessed beyond measure! For a variety of reasons, we have a trying year before us, fraught with life-changing decisions. We are going to have to move out of our apartment, probably obtain a new vehicle, consider preschool for H., pray about my job, our relationship with Romania, re-evaluate our church involvement and many other things. Yet the Lord keeps reminding us how faithful He is! He even tends to provide little things that we did not really need, but that needed attention, just to say that He is watching over us. Thank you, Lord!
We were very blessed right after our Romania trip to host three young ladies from Uganda as part of a traveling children’s choir. That was an excellent experience, and our children were thrilled, too! We have also had some meaningful visits with local believers, both with the opportunity to encourage and be encouraged, which we love!
M. and I participated in the 500 Festival 5K race downtown Indianapolis a few weeks ago, as part of a work initiative I helped coordinate, and we had a great time. We also finally started back up with our German folk-dancing, after a hiatus of too many weeks!
Here is the real question, though. What is God doing in your life? What is He doing in our lives?
The Holy Spirit is trying to teach me how to sit peacefully and joyfully at His feet, no matter what situation or challenge faces me on the surface. He is trying to teach me to be a great man in my family, as a husband and father, rather than letting me strive to be a great man in the world’s eyes. He is teaching me to move with excellence in the gifts He gave me, instead of trying to be something I am not. He is re-igniting my personal devotional life, after it suffered for a time due to our efforts to establish a healthy couple-devotional life.
The Lord is also beginning (in my eyes) to reconnect us with other parts of the world. Not only with Romania, but with Pakistan, Syria, Nigeria, other places. He is wowwing me once more with the beauty of His creation. I have begun singing again, realizing that I had almost stopped, inadvertantly. I have begun stealing away every moment I can to spend time in Scripture or praying, seizing that 4:00am moment that I wake up, or those few minutes on a lunch break. He is also giving me new eyes for my relationship with my children, which will hopefully aid them in their flourishing.
I want to encourage you. How can I? I used to try through this blog. That, I’m afraid, has fallen by the wayside. Most likely, I am praying for you. I hope that encourages you! If there are other ways I can encourage you, please let me know. I want to build you up. I want to see the Church beautiful as She awaits her coming Bridegroom.
I hope you have a beautiful day! I hope you are not disappointed that my thoughts could not go deeper this time. I am simply thrilled that I managed to post on this blog. I hope you remembered at least once today how precious you are to your Father! If not, may this post serve that purpose:
You are precious to your Father!