Last night I watched the American Idol gives back show...we taped it because we do a Bible study in our home on Wed. nights. I have found that I am addicted to that show, however pointless it may be.
However, last night I was so moved by the stories told about the children in Africa. I have thought on many occasions that I would like to go to Africa and do a missions trip, but then I quickly discard it and move on with my comfy American life, figuring I couldn't make a difference anyway. But last night was different. I was trying so hard to think of a way that I could help these kids who are parentless, foodless and without medical help. It's not possible for me to send money because we have a hard enough time paying our bills, let alone having any extra to send somewhere else. The thought of actually going to Africa is pretty impossible right now too...Jake just got a full-time position in ministry, I'm doing full-time school soon, and we're juggling all of this with a 1-year old on our hips.
Then, I heard someone say, "Pray".
I know, I know, that's what I always supposed to do...pray. But is that ALL? Isn't there anything ELSE?
"Megan, what else can you do if God isn't allowing you to do it in the first place? PRAY!"
My faith was tested in that small moment in my bedroom...I wish God would open up another door except praying. It seems so trivial to do "only" that when every 30 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS and every 3 seconds a child dies in extreme poverty. But I have to know and I have to trust that God is working...it doesn't matter if I'm working, although I might feel better about what I'm doing then...But God is working....and is there anything else more powerful than that? No! So I'll keep praying. And I'll keep leaning. And I'll keep trusting that the Almighty has a much richer, much more powerful dream for this world than anything we can ever imagine. We are so blessed to have a Father Who cares, aren't we?
I am no longer computer free as we had to get the Internet at home so I could do my school easily come this fall. We thought it would be a nice and easy way to connect and stay in touch, so now I'm doing what I never thought I would...even could...blogging!! We are doing well here in Indiana...still adjusting to the realities of full-time ministry, but learning a lot in the process. Cole is 13 months old now and I swear he has grown every time he goes down for a nap! He is babbling a lot and says "this", "a-ga" (again), and "no"...our least favorite of the three! This is a picture from his first birthday...we went to the park for the afternoon and then went and bought his birthday present...his very own wagon! We went for a walk and got ice cream that evening. It was such a relaxing, joyous day that we spent as a family. We can't wait for the weather to stay warm so we can enjoy times like these every day!
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