Tuesday Talk: Confessions

Last week was tough. There was no “Big Thing” that happened, but we had lots of little things happen… things that complicated our plans and forced us to regroup throughout the week. It’s nice to be on this side of things, having made it through mostly unscathed.

I’ll be honest: already this week, we have been battling anxiety. As we think about all the things coming up in the next 7 months, it can feel overwhelming and scary…

… much like how Clara felt that one time Hudson touched her while eating donuts:

Additionally, we are coming face-to-face with our inadequacies and inabilities. God has called our family to Togo, but we know there’s no way we can do it without Him.

We have lots of questions and no answers. When our girls don’t have carpet in their bedroom (because all the floors are tile or cement), will their room still feel cozy? When they have less than half the toys they own now, will their imaginations still feel challenged? How will we know what “boy toys” to bring for Hudson when all he does now is chew on things? What blankets do we pack? Which measuring cups? What about new socks and underwear for mid-way through our term? What size sandals will Clara wear in three years?

And on and on and on our minds race as we look around our first house and consider the task before us.

It’s a big task.

But our God is bigger.

I love that God exists outside of time. He sees everything all at once. He sees us packing our container and graduating from language school at the same time. He sees our arrival in Togo and the end of our first term simultaneously. He sees it all, with perfect vision and clarity. I’m so thankful for that, especially now, when all I can see is the little piece in front of me.

Anyway.

All that to say, you can pray for these things:

  • Wisdom in each of the next steps (including language school applications, exploring shipping options, diving into our packing list, etc.).
  • For God to open and close the right doors at the right time.
  • For peace and rest as we follow His (exciting and terrifying) leading in our lives.
  • For Allen’s semester as it wraps up this month.
  • For the women’s retreat Melissa is helping at this weekend.

But as you may remember, we are now teaching a Sunday School class at our church and loving it. Our class is diverse and full of love for God and His word. It is so much fun spending an hour-ish with our little group and diving into Scripture. We have been challenged and can see already how God is using this ministry in our lives to make us more like Him.

Friends, we cannot thank you enough for your encouragement and support.

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