The days have started early and the nights have gone late.
and coughing kiddos
and a growing belly
and school starting up again
have left his mama feeling like she doesn't have much left to give.
The happy heights of a new baby being born into the church
have been pushed down by the grief of losing a three-year-old Sunday School boy too quickly.
Sitting with a joyful mama and papa who've walked their own road of grief and can now rejoice in a blessing from Heaven one week,
and then sitting with a mourning mother and father whose only son died in a tragic accident the next week.
Talking with five- and six-year-olds who are afraid to sleep at night lest the ghost of their friend come to haunt them.
Telling them that fear is not of God, but straight from the Father of Lies.
Comforting my own sweet babes who cough and wheeze the whole night through
and have to take the nasty medicine......again....
because it's good for them.
Finishing up the mother's day presents that should have been mailed weeks ago
because we've just run out of time
Facing the constant battle with the flesh when the electricity-cuts-out-one-more-time and wondering how long it will stay off this time?
And I think, is this what I signed up for?
Is this what missions is really supposed to look like?
And then my Father reminds me...
If I think about it that way....Yes, my child. I've called you not just to give the gospel, but also to live the gospel. You are to live it daily in front of your little ones when they are sick and you are tired. You are to live a life of thankfulness when there seems little to be thankful for. You are to live a life of victory over the flesh and model My grace working in your life. You are to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. You are to comfort the weak and speak Truth. You are to fill up today with whatever it is I've given you to do. You are to give and live and speak and breathe the gospel every moment of every day.....and yet know that I'm the One doing it in you.
then yes, *this*
is what missions looks like....
For those who chose to comment, I thoroughly enjoyed each one of them!
Our winner is Sarah in Costa Rica!
Sarah, if you could just let me know your snail mail address, I'll get this package on its way ASAP!
And for those who didn't comment?
Read through them. There are some beautiful words there!