I wanted to first just give a word of love and joy and encouragement in the Spirit to all of you 🙂 I hope you are blessed in your relationship with Jesus, your families are blessed and hope to hear you are having a wonderful and fun summer!!
So it’s been a little while since I’ve posted. A long while. I want to apologize for the break. Honestly, if I’m really honest, I feel God calling me off WP as a regular contributor. Which is why I’ve been MIA and probably still will be (for now at least). But I wanted to touch base, say hello and give encouragement in Christ. It’s been kinda crazy on my end. The biggest news is we started fostering a couple months ago! We have 5 kiddos total in our house (3 bio + 2 foster). And are bringing in another one of the siblings in the next couple weeks. My book has kinda been shelved for the time being, but it’s for the best. God kinda needs me in action now. I made it to chapter 4, about 13,000 words in.
Since we started fostering I am
- Sleeping less than ever (we have two kiddos 1 year old and under now)
- I’m tired, worn, exhausted, sleeping like 5-6 hours most nights
- Poured out. I am giving out the love God has given me to these children who have nobody without the expectation of getting anything in return or that they will stay in our home for a long amount of time (or forever)
- Yet, honestly I haven’t felt this good spiritually with how I am with others in a long time. My wife told me the other night that through the fire of being poured out I’ve become more patient, more gentle, more thoughtful. I listen better. Which was a total surprise to me! Haha! And I feel like I’m barely hanging on over here!! Hahaha!!
I’m literally in the fire and somehow results are being had and fruit is being born. I’m just happy to be able to love and serve God by being a daddy (even if it’s just for a season) to some kiddos who have no one to call daddy.
Another thing…God really put me under the microscope for things that I have struggled with Him over for years. He really forced me to search out some resolution with Him. But that’s a whole other blog post so let’s leave it at that today…
Other than that…not much else is going on. I’m drinking more coffee than ever. Which isn’t a bad thing, right? 😉 Instead of getting a lunch coffee at Starbucks I’ve started getting redeyes. For our non-coffee connoisseur readers, a redeye is a cup of coffee with a shot of espresso in the center. And they are YUM! And then about 10 minutes after drinking it down, you get that espresso buzz that really revs you up. I’m needing it these days! Haha!
We’re about to start home school! Eeek! So excited! I’m teaching the kiddos an intro Hebrew class after work. I’m getting some neat flashcards and textbooks off Amazon that I think will really jive with my kiddos 🙂 I’m still learning Greek too. I’m wading through non-finite verbs (eg infinitives, participles). I’m going to aim to teach a Koine Greek class to my kiddos in a couple years (at least).
I started rereading Beowulf last weekend. Planning on finishing it up this weekend because next weekend we’re hitting the road for a short trip and I’m starting Lord of the Rings – I have a tradition where I read LOTR every Fall, usually finishing right before Christmas. I LOOOOVVVEE reading Tolkien by a warm fire in the fireplace and snow falling outside with a hot cup of coffee (lol because when you have 5 kiddos, those moments don’t come every day!!)
Did any of my American friends watch the eclipse?! We had a solar eclipse watch party at our work. If you watched it through solar glasses, wasn’t see the Sun such an amazing sight? It’s a beautiful, amazing creation of God!! In solar glasses, it looks like a beautiful orange ball in the sky.
God is so good, oh sooooo good. I’m so in love with Him. I hope you are in a place in your walk with Him in this season that you feel the same way, because there’s nothing sweeter than being unconditionally carried away in His love for you.
Blessings and hope your summer is wonderful!!