What do we depend on to keep our spiritual life fresh? This 3-day-old bread reminded me that I can become dependent on preservatives such as tradition, others’ faith journeys, or my own understanding instead of the One who is real. Lord, may you be the one who renews us each day.
A couple of days ago I stood on my balcony and looked out upon the landscape. It was dark but the ambiance of the city revealed its form and the hills and mountains framed its beauty. As I stood there enjoying the view some clouds began to roll in. The scene first became partially shrouded in fog and cloud. Eventually it was completed engulfed in the fog and darkness.
We are living in a city that is set upon a hill. But while the lights of its buildings shine brightly in the physical night its spiritual lights are dim and covered by the veils of hurt, tradition, and pride.
Please pray for Green Mountains and for its beautiful sons and daughters, whom are loved dearly by our Heavenly Father.
Fall has come to our city. You can feel it in the crisp morning air, you can see it in the change from sandals to boots, and you can see it in the leaves as they are just beginning to turn to a beautiful golden yellow. We are excited for the changes that are occurring and the ones that will come of which we are not yet aware.
A few changes have happened already for our children and for Steve and I. The kids have settled into their school and are making friends with other students from, literally, all over the world. There have been challenges, but there have also been encouraging signs along the way. Steve and I have completed four weeks of language instruction. This has also come with challenging and encouraging moments. We have learned some verbs and quite a few phrases. The ladies that work at our corner grocery store are so patient and encouraging as we attempt to try our new language.
Too often my tendency is to shy away from change, but God continues to bring us to the place where He wants us to see that He is indeed enough for… (fill in the blank)… Whatever the situation, problem, or challenge: He is enough. Thankfully He is patient with us as we learn to trust Him more and more. May the changes He brings this next week bring us back to Him.