Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Temporary Home: Summer Edition

I moved in with my youth pastor's family over a week ago, where I will be living for this next little stretch, until about mid-July. Our youth pastor is leading the outreach team to Slovenia in partnership with Josiah Venture, so I am helping out at home with their four kids for these two weeks.

The two older kids, ages 6 and 4, have been the embodiment of childhood in the summer, which is beautiful. The simple things bring them the most joy - like reading books borrowed from the library, walking to the evening tailgate on Sundays together, eating popsicles on the driveway, waving flags for Fourth of July, and imagining shapes in the clouds.

They have made me smile with their curiosity, their wonder, their joy and spontaneity.

I think the world of this family, and I feel so blessed through this time of jumping into everyday family life together with them. I came into this time unsure of how to adapt and serve this family, since I had only ever talked with them a couple of times at church before this. But the Lord has answered your many prayers since I moved in. These weeks have been incredibly sweet, and I have learned so much from these kids and their mom!

What has the Lord surprised YOU with lately? What trial has he turned into rejoicing? Or what did you fear, which ended up being a gift from the Lord? How has he been near to you in this last week? 


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