My Mom said I don't update my blog very often....seeing it is March and this is the first post of 2013 she might be right. :)
Okay so mom this one is for you! Actually it is for me too...I love March! It is filled with reminders of things I hold very dear and significant markers of God's faithfulness.
Nine years ago today we made South Africa home. We pitched up with 2 kids, 9 suitcases, 4 carry- ons and a mind full of wonder!!
Our "luggage" has changed over the years, especially with our Tori in tow, and aspects of our wonder became reality but the dreams are still big and our time here far from complete.
Psalm 90:17 is a scripture I started praying pre-Africa and one I will continue to pray present- Africa!
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our."
We stand in awe and gratitude of all the Lord has done....He has established the work of our hands here. From one school to two and expansion in the plans, an internship, a Baby Rescue Center, precious staff laboring with us (American and African), a thriving family and growing community, life is far from simple or perfect but it seems to fit us and we are enjoying the ride!
Another March fav is the celebration of the love of my life!! March 12, Rich and I will be married 19 years. (I heard that gasp). I'm gasping too...when did we get so old? Again what a testimony of God's grace and mercy poured out on this strong-headed, independent, passionate duo. The road isn't always easy but my life is definitely "Richer" as we journey side by side!
"In His sovereign wisdom, God requires His children to exercise the will and action to deliberately take what he graciously gives. And in the "taking" we develop the muscles in us of what it is required to keep it!"
My prayer remains that we would have the courage to deliberately take all that He so longs to give us in our personal lives, marriage, family and ministry. Though the muscles seem weak and sore at times I know they are growing stronger as we journey on together, focused on the Gracious Giver!