Thursday, November 1, 2012

unpacked suitcases



When Brandon and I were planning our wedding we felt it was important to have a time set aside during our ceremony to invite our mentors up to pray over us and our future ministry together. I remember in the order of service this section was called "The Commissioning." By far, that moment was my favorite part of the whole day because God showed up. It was powerful and extremely meaningful to our future together. I still remember very specifically what each person prayed over us, for example I remember Archie, one of Brandon's mentors, got a vision while he was praying about what our life and ministry together would look like and he said he saw our house with mess everywhere, full of happy children and unpacked suitcases. I remember in the moment thinking that sounded odd and not something that I would ever wish for my life because it sounded...well... chaotic! Well I have to say his vision must have been prophetic (although I won't own up to the mess part) since leaving our church job in August and starting this journey with Chi Alpha I cannot begin to tell you how many suitcases I have packed and unpacked. In fact, right now as I eat my freshly baked pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins we carved tonight, I am staring at a pile of suitcases that have not been unpacked from last weekend and in just three short days they will need to be repacked for yet again another weekend trip!

 God is good! Isn't he? 

I would say our life right now is a bit chaotic but I can tell you that we have happy children and a God who is faithful to supply our every need; In the midst of the chaos he has given us peace.

Just for a quick update, we are in full-swing support raising mode! We plan to be gone every weekend from now until the end of December meeting with potential supporters. I have to say, for two extreme introverts we are holding up rather well under the circumstances. I wouldn't say meeting with five different groups of people in one day is our favorite or most comfortable thing to do, but God never said serving him would be comfortable, yet he is always faithful to equip us for the task at hand. I love this quote from one of my mentors “God does not call the equipped, he equips the called” So true, right? Not speaking for Brandon but for me personally, I leave each meeting feeling humbled, blessed and more positive than ever before that we are right were God wants us to be.

Our kids are holding up well too. This has been a special season for them of spending lots of time with both sets of grandparents and I trust that they will always hold these memories they are making with them close to their hearts. Both Peyton and Amber are doing well in their schools here in San Diego. In true "Peyton/Amber" fashion they are doing well in very different ways. Amber is flourishing socially at her school, making lots of friends and learning the meaning of being a good friend in terms of sharing and caring. Numbers and letters are not the least bit important to her at this time but I figure in preschool getting your social game in order may be just as important. Peyton, on the other hand, is flourishing academically and could care less about her social game. Just today I had a meeting with her teacher and she was telling me that they gave her a third grade reading comprehension test and she got 100% on it! They also gave her a STAR test (a test that includes all areas of learning, math, writing, reading, etc.) and she tested at a 2nd grade level. As I was telling Brandon this news I watched as his eyes welled up with tears and he choked, “She is just so precious…I am so proud of her.” As I caught him wiping a tear from his eye I knew that he was feeling emotional because his little girl is excelling in something that he cares greatly about…education. I had a thought in the midst of that cute little moment with my husband that God is just like that, looking down on us and saying "aren't they precious” unpacked suitcases and all I know he must be proud...how do I know this? Because we are embarking on an adventure that he cares greatly about.

A huge thank you to all of you that have said "yes" to being on our support team! A prayer request that you can join with me on is health for my family. There is a lot of sickness going around in my kid's school and I worry about the kids and us getting sick with our busy traveling schedule. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer! Love to you all!

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