Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dear Readers,
Will you forgive me? I completely left you hanging somewhere back in October! I'll have to say life was a whirlwind of change and constant activity while in Cambodia and as much as I desired to keep up on my blog... well, we can all see that it just didn't happen. My limited time at the internet cafe was spent responding to emails.
I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported me financially to be able to do what I did these past five months. Family, friends, and lovely people from The Bridge. You sowed good seeds into my life and I pray the Lord blesses you in return!!! "Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap." Luke 6:38 And to everyone who prayed... I am humbled by your kindness and care. Thank you for thinking of me and heaping blessings over my life through your simple requests to our Father. I pray you can see the fruits of your prayers, because I know He heard them all.

So - I'm back. Back in the Tri-cities. Arrived on the 5th and have been adjusting ever since. Life was so different in Switzerland. And even more so in Cambodia. Both cultures so different from America. From the Tri-Cities. And both so extremely different from one another. To go from one of the wealthiest, cleanest and beautiful country - to one so in need of a massive clean up crew, medical team, moral government, parents... you name it. Shocking. To have God show you the beauty in people and relationships and the meaninglessness of all this other stuff we worry about daily. And to find such a peace and simplicity in the truth of just loving one another. Extending grace for weaknesses, failures and love for aching hearts. Why does it take being stripped away of everything you own, every false foundation you've built your life upon, everything we find our security in to realize that there is such a beauty in the people around us. Even in all their imperfections. To look at them with the eyes of God and really begin to understand. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Why? He has eyes that see past the filth, past the sin, and into the very heart of the man He created. And He deems it Worthy of Love. "The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love." That's Real. That's our Living God. He is full of grace. "God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him." 1 John 4:16

Coming back takes some adjusting. Life here doesn't have that same simplicity. We have all this stuff and it's just how we live. But it becomes our distractions... from the ones that matter most. God - and people.

Just a reminder to place value on the things that matter most.

We were ALL made in His image.
Take joy in those around you and try seeing them through His eyes.

Past the imperfections and straight into the man or woman that God sees when He looks at them. The very one He loves.