Jesus loves me (this I know)…He loves surprising me. He loves showing off His creation.
We spent a day at the headwaters of the Nile River.
I was in awe the entire day. The fact that I (Andrea, mother of 5, homemaker, wife-who-tends-to-stand-in-the-background…THAT I) was standing on the banks of the River Nile, the river Moses floated on…and the fact that I didn’t even KNOW I was going until a month before…well, it all just blows my mind.
Even when we’re struggling. Even when things like poverty and war and heartache happen. He loves us and He is with us. And there is JOY and PEACE to be found even in these strong, courageous people (children!) who have experienced these things first hand.
I want to be a good mom.
Farida told me that she’s never known the love of a mother. And she hasn’t. I feel there are many children who know their mother and still don’t know the LOVE of a mother. I want to be present and loving and giving. I don’t want to only provide for the needs of my children. I want to live each day, as their mother, to the full. I want them to grow and KNOW that they are loved and wanted and cherished.
I want to be a good steward of what I have. There are many days when I begrudgingly do my housework. I loathe scrubbing toilets and mopping. The women that I met in Uganda work hard (and mop with a rag!). They don’t have many belongings, but they take pride in what little they do have. Instead of grumbling as I work, may I be thankful for my blessings…and be thankful for a toilet to sit on!
Life with Jesus is exciting! And adventurous! If I’ve learned anything, it’s that anything can happen at any time. I can have my plans, but God is the One who directs my steps. May I be pliable and flexible enough to allow for His plan over mine. He really does know me best and He knows what’s best for me. There is freedom and peace in surrendering to His plan.
I have fallen in love with Uganda (just thought I’d say it…as if the bazillion posts about it didn’t let you know) and the wonderful people I met while there. I pray that I can go back someday. I would love to go with Brad and with my kids. But, as I’m learning…only God knows if and when and how…