Today is also the "4 Week" point for Bethany and I as in only four more Tuesdays we'll go through the whole process again (minus a banjo). For the first time traveling to the other side of the world.
As we have been preparing, praying, and seeking the Lord for His best in the upcoming weeks, I have been encouraged by thoughts in Psalm 51, most especially verses 11-13...
And renew a steadfast spirit within me...
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You."
It is as we are humbly leaning on HIS strength and purifying hand that He is able to make us into usable vessels for the furtherance of His kingdom. This is a challenge whether I am at home in my comfort zone or thousands of miles away in an unfamiliar culture. [smile]
Thank you for your prayers as we treasure this last week filled with a multitude of family projects having next Tuesday as the big 'deadline' -- and also for our hearts as we prepare for a summer of new adventures in trusting the Lord!
On the practical side, we have also seen God provide in such an amazing way for many of our practical needs this past month. Strange as it may seem -- with as much travel as we do, our family realized that we didn't own any decent luggage! None! And with all the airline travel upcoming this is quite a complication! [smile]
So you can imagine our excitement to discover that a very high quality brand luggage was recently on such a huge sale locally that we couldn't even find a comparable deal online. And they even had the colors we were hoping for! What a blessing!
Even to the smallest of details.
Our God cares.
And so we treasure this special week as we know many changes are on the horizon.
"O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise." Ps.51:15