Okay today marks the first entry since June and the dry spell is over. I sense the words gushing out of me!!
Our journey has been one of hills and valleys, triumphs and failures. Since the first moment we viewed our new home I knew we had started something. Well, let's call it passing through the waters! Our family theme verse comes from Isaiah, (when you pass through the waters I will be with you) . Moving is wonderfully stressful and proves exciting. Just when you think you have moved it all, or when you have found all the quirks of the new home, suddenly it is there. You become acutely aware of moving pains again.
We have learned even more about one another through this time. Each one of us being created very uniquely reacts differently indeed. We have become acquainted with a trait called patience. I thought we knew relatively well and turns out we needed to be reintroduced and quickly. Talk about extra grace, heaping spoonfuls of love and loaded with patience. We have had to dig deep to find time with God as a family and on our own. Our routine has been challenged and so has our time alone to truly hear what God is saying.
I just read my friends blog about listening to God. Am I listening? I fear I have not heard all I needed to hear and am anxiously sitting now when I take the moment to recapture my lost moments. What perfect timing to read that I am not alone, we all struggle with truly listening and hearing and therefore doing.
Read, pray and serve. These three words are key to me right now in so many ways because when I do sit down to read the bible, pray on what I have read and used my journal, instead of it collecting unwanted dust, I therefore am prepared to serve with a heart more like Christ. I am committing to a readiness to pray, read and serve in ways I have never done before. I don't know what it looks like, but that is a conviction I am prepared to act on.
I just read Bryn's blog about the stark contrast where he and he family now reside (Bahamas) and how you can be walking among the poorest of the poor and turn a corner and brush shoulders with the exact opposite all within such a close proximity! He eloquently reminds us that we all need Christ no matter what our lifestyle may be. We are all sinners and in need of a Saviour. We all need to hear the message of the gospel. We have hope, we need to tell others of this gift of salvation. So, I am prompted even more to live for Christ and serve where and when He calls me.
Right now I look around at our four children (almost five - halfway there!! Hard to believe) and know that this is my first place of ministry, the home. My husband and children. As I am called I desire to be involved in ways outside of our home that only God can lead me to. Some of our most wonderful family moments happen when we are serving and going beyond our home. That is what I want my children to learn. We need to be out there for Christ. He empowers us through the Holy Spirit in ways that are beyond our comprehension. I pray that God will give me all I need to be Christ to my children so they in turn will be Christ to someone else. Could be a sibling or someone on Young St, The Compass in Port Credit or a teen mom in need. I want them acutely aware of needs around them so they are quick to act. I can only pray this will happen in their lives. So, ultimately they will see it in us (parents) first and who we surround ourselves with. It all comes back to the title, on our way and the three words that are so impressed on my heart: Read, Pray, Serve. We are on our way in a direction I trust is God's plan. I look to the future days with a more ready heart than I have in months.
Glad to be back in the blog world!!