There She is.
Me and She. I didn’t know until I left Haiti the first time, She was the reason I went. And She, is one reason I am going back.
Haiti is no joke. It was hard. And bringing an extremely large group of high schoolers there for a mission trip was a challenge. It was hard to lead students while I was experiencing and processing everything they were for the first time. The blind leading the blind, so to speak. Although I think I was learning more from them, then they learned from me.
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This piece is part three of a series of blog posts entitled, Confessions as I Anticipate Grief. You can check out part one or part two here.
“Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.”
I want to tell you I haven’t attended church much after I left my job there back in January. But that will make some of you nervous. It made me nervous. That is until I discovered why. I needed time to breathe. And now, my soul has never been more alive. There’s no scandal; no drama. I just spent nine years working at a church, trying to make it better for everyone else and lost myself in the process. As I created environments, experiences, and conversations that brought people closer to God, I forgot to participate.
We all can get lost in our jobs and forget why we are doing it, can’t we?
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A version of this post was published on TheMighty.com
As a parent of two children with special needs, and one typically developing child, I get asked a lot about this topic. And to be honest, even after building our special needs ministry at church, and being part of the special needs community for 7 years, I am still learning how to talk to my 3 year old and her friends about special needs. So, yay! We can navigate it together!
Thanks for stopping by today! Last Wednesday, we started talking about a few phrases that are gaining traction around our house. These little phrases are helping us navigate conversations with Ellie about her brother and sister with special needs. And my prayer, is that they help you navigate conversations with your children about their friends with special needs. If you want to get caught up, you can read PART ONE here.
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Our doors and hearts are open and ready to include children and love families touched by disability at Immanuel Church!
I am so thrilled to see another dream become a reality. It really is a dual blessing-our children, and the story God is writing through us, has forever changed our church family, and they have forever changed us.
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I have been MIA on my blog…story of 2012. Not because I have nothing to say, but because I never have the time to say it. I have been avoiding writing because I am holding out thinking I am going to catch up. The last post was from August. Since then, we have moved into our new home and time continues to push us into the next month. I wanted to get pictures up of September-January before I started writing in real time again but two computer crashes later…I haven’t. Oh well, right?!
2013 has been a good year so far. I think a theme in my life these last two months has been, “what now?” “The house is complete, God what do you want to do with our story, our life?” I catch myself thinking about my life mission. “God, what have you called me to do? Where do I invest my energy and time beyond the never-ending task of motherhood and housekeeping?” I miss the diagnosis days. I miss being overwhelmed with passion to write. Desperate for the Lord to meet me in every moment and every day. I don’t want to have the pain and sadness, but I want the peace that surpasses all understanding that came out of it.
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This week has been a bit of a ride emotionally for me. On Thursday, I celebrated my 29th birthday. Weird. I struggled to be “happy” that it was a day to celebrate me! In the past, I couldn’t think of anything better than a ME day! Now that everything happened…I just couldn’t fully get into celebrating me, and instead wanted to celebrate other people and God…weird, huh?
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