Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Gift of Courage

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I KNOW that it is possible to give courage. I know because I've been blessed by the gift of courage over and over as we prepare to leave family and friends and move to Paraguay.

It was a tear streaked face and a hug so hard that it took my breath away.

It was a group of teenagers and children that surrounded us, laid on hands and prayed after they presented us with nearly $1500 (I know...AMAZING).

It was a group of women offering to bring meals, babysit while we pack, and scrub our floors so we can spend more time with our family the week before we leave.

It is their belief that we can do this. It is their empathy and encouragement.

And it is what has caused my dread to turn to courage and expectation. It is their gift to me. It is God's gift to me. Courage.

*I should clarify that my dread has nothing to do with our future in Paraguay, because I am very excited about that, but rather the whole process of moving and saying goodbyes.*

8 comments:

Julie said...

You will find that your most amazing support comes from the most unlikely sources.

Thank God for the faith and love of these little children. They believe in you and the God in you and they did indeed give you an incredible gift (beyond the money).

You guys are going to make an amazing impact in Paraguay. My favorite verse is about courage...it's from Joshua 1:9 and I cling to it on those less-than-courageous days :)

Belinda Chaplin said...

wow - how wonderful for everyone to be coming around you like this. Praise the Lord!
and well written blog entry...

Betty said...

I agree. Good bye´s are really very hard!

Glitter and Bliss said...

Bless your heart. You are such an inspiration to me. Picking up and leaving family and friends and moving FAR away is so hard. I know you will bless so many lives as you embark on this new journey. Big Gigantic Hugs....

jennykate77 said...

Yeah, saying goodbye is what would be hard. It's amazing how you can see God in so many faces! I'll be praying for you guys.

You'll still blog while in Paraguay, right?

Becky Aguirre said...

I so relate! So exciting to be moving again...and yet the dread of the acual moving part. And the goodbyes...they just wring you out, don't they? So awesome that you are getting the support and encouragement you need. :)

Tom and Connie said...

I just discovered your wonderful blog! Cutest little guys, be proud! I hope you will continue while in Paraguay. I'll be praying for you in the difficult transition and heart breaking good-byes.

Becky said...

you will be in my prayers! with courage comes comfort...Good byes are the hardest part!!

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