Friday, August 12, 2016

The Beginning of Year 7

It is hard to think that we have been here going into 7 years now.  When we came we were a family of six, after two graduations - Reba is now headed into her senior year.  I wasn't ready for Andrew to graduate and now he is 23, I wasn't ready for Tori to graduate and she is entering her sophomore year, and I am certainly not ready for Reba to graduate.
The college applications have begun anyway - whether I am ready or not.  Parents often say that raising toddlers is difficult - but now that we are parents of adult children - we realize this is a tough time to be a parent.  The illusions of control or gone.  We cannot check on them each night, tucking them in, and giving them a kiss.  They are under a different roof, in a different city - 10+ thousand miles away.

This was our group seven years ago.  We met in Southaven, MS as we prepared for our journeys to Indonesia.  So much has changed since then - our families have grown and changed.  As followers of Christ we have been molded differently - with new perspectives and a different and deeper understanding of who God is and what He calls us to.     
The amount of growth and changes our family has experienced has been life altering and stretching.  What an absolute reminder to praise our Father who loves us so deeply - who moves us around the world to grow us so deeply - who continually pricks our hearts to desire Him more deeply.
Here is to year 7.  Praising Him for what has been and what is to come!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8

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