Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The end of the summer!

I have pretty much taken an unintended hiatus from my blog over the last couple months, mostly because I needed a break from constantly being on the computer. Between full time school work (I begin my senior year this year) to blogging and Facebooking, I was spending too much time on here. There are many times I have attempted to think about posts I would like to write, but there was absolutely no motivation to do so until today. That being said, during my time away I went to Arequipa, Peru, Kyle went to teen camp, we went on a family vacation, both older boys started school, I started school, and today Braden starts preschool. Whew! Who said summers are relaxing? Not in this house, anyway.

My time in Peru was amazing. There is just so much to tell, that I feel a little overwhelmed to begin the process. It was truly a transformational experience, not only being able to minister the Gospel to people there, but them ministering to me as well. Although I have always known Christianity existed outside my bubble, for some reason my heart was not where my head should have been. Interacting and being with people like Ellie, Brenda, and the many Extreme 40/40’s (long term volunteers) that were in Arequipa changed me in a way that is almost indescribable. Their passion, love and grace for and to the people of Arequipa grew my faith in a way I did not think possible. Yet, I have come to realize that we can never stop growing as Christians. We can never stop learning, living, and gaining new revelations from God each and every day. We all just have to have our eyes and hearts open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Gracen and Payton have had a good first week of school, but it seems as though they are making few friends. This is hard to hear for this mama, because I see how wonderful and incredible they are each day. It is difficult for me to fathom why anyone would not want to be there friends, but again, I am their mom. I am slightly biased about this.

The church here in Hermiston is going through some difficult transitions and growth, and Kyle and I have been in continual prayer about this. We are unsure of what God is doing, but we are excited to see what will happen. We continue to pray and seek God’s insight and wisdom in this.

As this post comes to a close, I want each of you to remember something today. God reveals himself in new ways each and every day, yet there are times we cannot see that revelation until we have gone through it. His mercies are new every morning. We must remember this, and look to Him to guide and sustain us in every situation. When we are happy, we praise Him. When we are sad, we praise Him. I am glad to worship the God who gives so much to His Creation. Are you glad?