Monday, June 11, 2012

Sometimes, I wonder if living faithfully pays off. If the time we spend pouring into others’ lives is worth it. It sometimes feels as if what we’re doing doesn’t matter. We don’t see the results. We see what looks like ‘failure’.

Then, I have a weekend like this past one, where we not only benefitted from others pouring into our own lives, but I received several reminders that the love that we have sown into others’ lives does not go unacknowledged. It does return a harvest, even if we don’t see it for a long time. I am just so grateful to have been a small part of God’s work over the years, and I am immensely thankful to see the harvest of some of that effort and time and love that we put it into it. Changed lives. Open hearts.
God is still working.
He is faithful.


As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11


1079. a week of basketball camp
1080. the promise of help for our daughter’s needs
1081. evenings at the ball park
1082. fresh vegetables, farm to table
1083. hearty kale enchiladas
1084. honey wheat shortcakes with picked-fresh strawberries piled on top
1085. eating a whole bag of sugar snap peas – they’re like vegetable crack to me
1086. clean and healthy children’s teeth
1087. good spacing for adult teeth, hopes of fewer orthodontic bills in our future
1088. the last visit with our current caseworker
1089. finding shared musical tastes
1090. a little shred of hope for a quick(er) resolution
1091. renewing working relationships
1092. the power of one child to change my entire life
1093. the beginning of a big home repair project
1094. pounding on the roof
1095. my sister-in-law, graciously offering her time and effort to help us
1096. friends and family gathered for work and dinner, helping us out when we need it most
1097. a very late wake-up call for my sleepy, exhausted children
1098. a weekend full of reminders that we have been faithful to God’s call, that it pays off in changed lives, even if we don’t see the fruit immediately
1099. knowing Jesus is the only One who fills all the empty spaces, learning to lean into His grace day after day after day

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