when i started this blog, not so long ago, it was my intent that maybe i could have this be a place where i could share some thoughts, and then also get some thoughts from all of you as well.
you know, i would say something i like or dislike, and then you might be able to comment and say,"yeah me too", or "oh yeah, i can't stand that"
that has happened for the most part, but what i am asking, (pretty please) is that if you read this blog, post a comment when you read this and tell me who you are. tell me how you got to reading this blog, or tell me how you like to spend your Sundays, or tell me what is about this new apple tablet thing that is so fascinating...
whatever it is, just let me know who you are, i'd like that, very very much.
and maybe, just maybe, if we aren't already.... we can become friends :)
its been about a week now that we've been back in the states after our trip to Mexico.
and i think i do have culture shock in a way. now that i think about it, rodeo drive might not have been a good place to make a stop right after mexico :)
it can be hard to re-enter into a society in which it's people almost feel entitled to things. And i speak of myself as well on this, so i'm not exempt.
i just think that i was really, really blessed to be with people that, even though they don't know what is going to be on their table to eat, they still rely upon and thank God for what they do receive. I think I forget and take for granted a lot of things...my health, my bed, warmth, water, light. there are so.many.things. if you see me, please remind me to be thankful of those things.
well. countless tortillas and beans later, we are on our way home.
in a way these kind of trips feel forever long, and in a way it feels as though it was last night that i was giving our sweet little cat a kiss goodbye.
what i didn't know was that it would be even harder to leave Mexico. As we said our goodbyes yesterday, we had tears rolling down all of our cheeks.
We stood there in a dusty bakery, and held hands and hearts as we prayed for God to enter into our lives even more and that we would understand His love and provision, and just how big He really is.
I feel like that prayer has been answered... I don't know to what measure, and really not until I get back to the states will I really be able to grasp it, but Nate and I have grown on so many levels. I realized one night as we laid in our beds, both with a tide of sickness swelling in our stomachs, that we are YOUNG (sorry to any oldies out there that I disrespect with that remark). But we are, I remember thinking to myself, in 9 years I will only be 35 and that's still considered young to some. We have some much to be grateful for already, and there is so much more to come.and whatever is to come, i know that i want to be thankful. I want to look to God for things first and not myself. I want to be yoked with Nate and pursue God's will for our lives together.
this trip could not have come at a better time, with the new year and all.
please keep us in your prayers, as we continue to try to serve God with all we do.
and also pray for the people in Vicente Guerrero, who have a reliance upon God pretty well nailed down :)
the woman above walking with me and the ninos :) is nothing short of amazing.
Her name is Elia and she is so devoted to Christ and His word that she spends every hour of the day helping others in her town, and i mean every. hour. If she isn't feeding one family, she's sharing the gospel to another, all the while giving work to those who need it, and housing people in her own home.
it's been a true blessing to work with her here, her devotion is contagious.
and she would be the first to say that she owes it all to God. I mean where else would a 50 something year old find all of this energy?
ps- sorry to your eyes, for having to see such a gangly picture of me.