There is nothing like sweet fellowship to fill my cup. We have had a few days to be in meetings with some people that are like us and I've known them for a few years, but been separated and not involved in their daily life. They've had babies, adopted babies, had moves in houses as well as jobs, death and illness in the family, emotional struggles, language struggles, business struggles, other-culture struggles, and so much more. One thing remains the same. Faith. Not just any faith. I can have faith in a monkey, but where will that get me? Faith in the one true God. The redeemer of our souls. The King of Kings. The Comforter. The Counselor. The Prince of Peace. I can go on, but I think you get the picture.
It has been so sweet to be with people who know me so well and love me in spite of it even in the short time we've known each other. People who know my kids in this season of their lives, because let's face it, there aren't many who will be able to tell them in years to come, "I remember when you were 10 and always wore your Mountain Dew cap cockeyed," or "I loved seeing you in the lead role of Bye Bye Birdie."
I remember when my husband and I were getting married and my brother (who was the minister that married us) encouraged us to find "like-minded couples" to build friendships with. That has been some good advice for us through the years. That doesn't necessarily apply to people in your same job or neighborhood or with kids your kids' age. It comes from a heart (and head) connection. So, we've been so blessed to have those friends in every season of our lives. Some of them we have lost track of or keep track via another person, but they are still in a cherished place in our hearts.
Anyway, the point is that God uses them to fill my cup. It is so important to me to be with them and keep up with their lives.
One of my dearest friends in the world stopped blogging over the last few months...I felt like a part of me was amputated. That's my number one way to keep up with her. I can call, but it's never the right time, etc. And in a Face*book world, I have only email or blogging. Needless to say, I am looking forward to our return to the states in a few months...the first of August is right around the corner. so much to do on this side of the world to get ready. But getting ready, I definitely am. And my friend is back to blogging. YEA!
I'm missing my son so much these days. Just thought I say...in case he reads this. I need him to know that boarding school is wonderful for him and for me...not so much. :)
Well, I guess that's about it for now.