We are also fighting colds and poor Celina has had a fever and cough for nearly a week. I have a drs. appointment made for her before we leave as well. She has not been sleeping well at all...and I'll stop whining now. A week from today I'll be eating supper at a taco stand. mmm..happy.
If you think of us could you please pray that we can make it to the highway?
I have hardly had time to feel excited lately. I know once we hit the road the reality that we're going back to Mexico after nearly 2 years of being away will sink in. Right now I'm just trying to keep our heads above water long enough to pull out of the driveway.
I really should be hitting my long to-do list but my ambition has waned.
The distraction factor for me has been high this week (which is why my to-do list is so neglected). We've had all kinds of family (the one I married into) situations swirling around us for the last several days....and for the first time ever it's actually good drama. Progress. God is doing an unbelievable work in the brokenness. Healing what has been broken for nearly 4 decades, and can be traced back generations. The devastation is finally being dealt with. It's so freeing. God is faithful and has answered so many specific agonizing prayers for reconciliation and restoration. It's been a long hard road to get to this point! I can't go into details obviously, but the last 3 years of our life have been filled with a lot of grief and division. God has taught us so much through it all though and has been SO faithful. I haven't talked about any of it here but it has inspired a lot of "when life gets ugly" , "grace", and "forgiveness" musings that I've written about over the past years. We are just so thankful that God sees the oppressed, that he frees those who are enslaved to darkness, and that nothing is beyond his redemption and grace.
This family tree filled with generations of depravity and wickedness can have a new legacy in Christ. We are being rooted up and made something new. God has not abandoned us. I think I've linked this song before but it really is a good reminder to us. We can't cover our own wretched condition with pretty masks and religious moralism. It may fool people for a while but it isn't regeneration. It's like stapling fruit onto a dead tree...it may look real for a moment but eventually that will just fall of and die too. Until we're pulled up at the roots, until we come in repentance before God realizing that we cannot make ourselves ,by sheer force of will ....good, or new, or righteous, or holy we will be that dead tree. We can't pridefully hold onto our sin. We need to kill it. Only Jesus has the power to smash those chains. We need to be dug up and grafted onto the one who gives life. Abide in Him.
This band leads the worship at my sister in law's church in Seattle. What an amazing story God is writing in her life. He has turned mourning into dancing. Devastation into victory. Beauty out of suffering. All I can do is stand back and watch in awe.