Friday, August 12, 2011

Newsy Bits . . . on England

My mind, heart and emotions are all over the place today. For two and a half years, our daughter, Christy, has been working to be ready for her move, her life and her ministry in Bicester, England.

All the packing and weighing of bags is done and tomorrow, off she will go. Or as Christy would say, "Let's roll."

I am full of gratitude:

1. for Christy. She is godly, smart and funny. She has faithfully listened, worked and followed the Lord to be ready for this day.

2. for the nine months that we have had together as a family, because of our work move to Chicago, where the girls already lived.

Someone asked me at church on Sunday if we had anything special planned for Christy's last week. My response was, "We have been doing special for nine months." It has been delightful.

3. for Jenny. It has been ages since we have been able to spend extended time with Jenny. She moved to Chicago six years ago for college and has been here since then. Jenny and I already have several fun dates on our Fall calendars. Jenny is so cool and is also one of my best friends.

4. for Dave. My husband is an adventuresome guy, who also enjoys quiet evenings at home with a cup of tea. We have been missing each other a bit in the hub
bub of our own cross country move, new job and enjoying the four of us hanging out. Where do you want to go exploring next week, Dave?

5. for skype. When we were in our little lake house in Seattle, we had many skype dates with the girls. We would all make cups of tea and settle in for a long (and free!) chat. Skyping from Chicago to Bicester will be awesome and we can see Christy's flat.

6. for the team in England. Christy's ministry leaders (and bosses) are dear friends. Several of them cut their ministry teeth during summers in Europe with us, when they were in college. We love and trust them and adore their hearts for reaching youth and training youth leaders in the UK.

7. for the truth of God's Word. One of Christy's teammates sent her this verse today.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 139:10

The truth of God's presence on all sides of the pond, brings great comfort to me (and made me tear up this morning.)

Of course, our hearts and prayers have been with England this week with the riots in and around London. I am grateful that Christy is working with Reign Ministries,  making a difference in the spiritual lives of students in the UK.

My friend (and blogging neighbor) Sarah, of Modern Country Style, (who will soon be real neighbors with Christy), wrote a great post that brings some encouraging perspective.

Some of you have asked about charitable donations to support Christy in her ministry in Bicester through Reign Ministries. If you are interested, e.mail me at dvs3girls(at)aol(dot)com and I will send you information. Also send me your address if you would like to receive Christy's updates.

And thanks, blogging friends for your sweet words and prayers.

Here are Christy's thoughts on the day.


  1. I'm so looking forward to meeting Christy. ISn't it lovely how things work out? How funny that we should have 'met' through our blogs at such a time as this. Perfect in His timing!!

    And thank you so much for the link. It was such a hard subject to write about. I in no way wanted to dismiss the pain and suffering caused by the riots and I'm so glad my post struck a chord with you.

    Big hug, *squeeze*


  2. Dear Glenda,

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. I will continue praying for you and your family. God is good and as Sarah said, His timing is perfect!


  3. Oh dear Glenda, you have been on my heart all week and will continue to be in my prayers. Even though you KNOW Christy is going just where God wants her to go and doing just what God wants her to do, it's still hard knowing she'll be so far away. I'm praying for all of you.

    And besides, she's got Sarah, so there's nothing to worry about! :)

  4. Glenda,
    What a wonderful post -- so full of joy, vitality and love. Thank you for sharing your overflowing list of blessings. They've blessed me too!

    How exciting that the day has finally come. I know God is going to continue to do great things through and with your family. I'll pray for safe travels for Christy and a solid start to her new ministry.


  5. Oh Glenda, this put a little lump in my throat! Praying that the transition is a smooth one. We have dear missionary friends across the globe and skype is invaluable. It's a great way to stay connected. Prayers for you ...

  6. ...oh a mother's heart....and I hope your knee is healing well...

  7. God bless you and keep you,
    God smile on you and gift you,
    God look you full in the face and make you prosper.

    Love the picture of God looking you full in the face and smiling.
    You are very dear to him and to me.

  8. I am so excited for Christy, she is a special young woman. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.


  9. So excited for your daughter...great post, Mom!

  10. I know that you are going to miss her like crazy but just look at the opportunities and adventures she will have while whe is there. Thank heavens for Skype!

  11. Glenda,

    I will be praying for you tomorrow as you say "see you later" to your daughter.

    Hopefully you'll soon be making plans to visit. England is a wonderful place to visit.


    PS Reading your blog posts for so many months makes me feel like I know you... honestly, I wish you were my neighbor!

  12. I love this little snapshot of your precious family, Glenda. Thinking of you in this transition time...

  13. Thinking of you, Glenda, and praying for you through your good-byes tomorrow. So wonderful you could have these nine months together there in Chicago. And so thankful for God's promises as we say good-bye to those we love.

  14. Ah, Glenda - such sweet sadness, such sad sweetness. May God bless you with courage and deep joy as she flies away on this grand adventure with God. Many, many blessings for all of you as you move through this transition. And what a GREAT place to go visit. Lots of love to you across these cyber miles, friend.

  15. So everyone has the people he loves. Beautiful pictures. You are blessed with children and a husband. How annoying sometimes the miles that separate family from family. But Skype is a beautiful thing! I wish you lots of love and much good contact with everybody.

  16. Bittersweet endings and beginnings for all of you. You've been wise to take advantage of special for the months you've had eye to eye.
    Love the Bible verse, it's framed and hanging in the half bath where it can be read and, hopefully, embraced by all who read it.

  17. I'm trying to catch up on blog reading.....a vacation seems to cause such a situation!

    Just know that you are in my prayers these days. I cannot imagine sending my child overseas...But I know our big God knows and understands your Mother heart. And He will be all to you during this separation.

    Thank God for skype =)

    Doris (fahnmamma)

  18. What an exciting time! And what a time to really have to let go and let God. I know you know this, but from one mama's heart to the other...praying abundantly for this time and transition!

  19. You are such a loving mother! I'll pray for your adjustment. :)

  20. LOVE love that
    Psalm....And love
    how much YOU love
    your sweet girls
    and hubby. What a
    gift, especially
    because you know
    that is it so precious!
    xx Suzanne

  21. I am thankful for adult daughters who are my best friends. One of the sweetest gifts of our children growing up. So thankful you get to skype with her and praying that His comfort is yours today Glenda...and that it wraps its presence around you..big:)

  22. Glenda,
    I was very nice to meet you and Jenny this evening!
    Fantastic blog! and your calling card is adorable,



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