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.
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.