Before and After
My Brother is Engaged!

We're leaving on a jet plane!

In 33 hours, Matt and I will hop on a plane for vacation!  After his sister's wedding, we'll strike out on our own and we're so ready for a getaway!  Two and a half years of a masters program; months of 90 hour work weeks; no vacation to really let down in nearly two years...well, we're more than ready.  Honestly, I don't want it to sound like I'm complaining.  We have SO much to be thankful for and we are incredibly blessed!  We are just counting down the hours till we get to be alone, just the two of us, away from the hustle bustle, and the tons of other things that vie for our attention.  We need to regroup.  We need to love on each other.  We need to build each other up.  We need the Spirit of God to renew us.  We need to really listen to each other.  We need to laugh and cry together.  We need rest. 

Personally, I really need Jesus the next two weeks.  There are things I'm apprehensive about.  There are things that are uncertain and confusing.  There is pain I don't understand completely.  There is a feeling of lostness.  There is a temptation to forget who I am in Him.  I am so grateful for a community of my close friends that know this.  Over the past month, there have been such special, perfectly timed divine appointments that I've had with my dear girlfriends, who have called me out of the blue to check on me; to keep me from hiding like a turtle in its shell; to tell me they love me; to speak truth in my life; to let me know they're praying for me.  So yes, the next two weeks are filled with mixed emotions.  But just like those timely blessings from my girlfriends, I'm sure there will be other ways the Lord will show me His goodness and beauty, keeping true His promise that nothing can separate me from His love (Romans 8:39) and that His power is at work in me (Ephesians 3:20)! 

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