“God makes His people strong. God gives His people peace.” Psalm 29:11
“Pride makes us artificial, humility makes us real.” Thomas Merton
“It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler.” Teresa of Avila
“We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have….for their usefulness.” Thomas Merton
The summer has been one in which in any spare moments I find I have felt the Lord calling me to be in a place of listening to Him. I have felt His spirit asking me to slow down and hear Him in the stillness. The world is constantly calling me to listen to their value system, to want more, to buy more, to do more. I am weary of its call. I hate its teasing, unfulfilling temptations. Henri Nouwen said, ” … The identity that makes you free is anchored beyond all human praise and blame. You belong to God, and it is as a child of God that you are sent into the world.” Freedom is found and anchored in the realization that no human praise and no human blame can touch the deepest part of me where I am truly loved by Him. What a freeing place this is. My prayer is that you can find this time, this space in the deep place in your soul to be with Him. It is a remarkable place to bring all your burdens, failures, sins, and hurts as well as your joys and praises!
What is this journey He has called us on? What is the journey you are called on? It seems all around me people have hard times, difficult paths, thorny roads to travel. “Think about Jesus, He made His journey and asked his disciples to follow him even where they would rather not go. The journey you are choosing is Jesus’ journey. Your journey is made not just for yourself, but for all who belong to the body.”–Henri Nouwen Matthew 26:56 states, “Then all the disciples abandoned Him and ran away.” Again, we see ourselves in the disciples. We fear our own call, what will it mean? Some days we don’t know what His call on our life means. We must simply trust and obey each day in that which He has given us for that day. We rely and depend on outward approval from others, instead of His approval and love. We look to things to fill a place that only He can. We look to experiences and comforts to be the answer that we can only find in Him.
The summer has brought many new memories and has united our family in many ways. Going up north was a great blessing as we stayed at my Grandpa’s cabin and enjoyed the beach, sand, kayaks, ice cream, movies and just a pleasant get away from the daily routine. Ricardo asked if we could live at the cabin! The boys attended a 2 and 1/1 hour per day summer school which was great for them and gave us a small break. The summer came at the perfect time for me personally to have time to regroup and have Ron around to help with the daily work load of meals, laundry and errands. Eleven people are a lot of needs to meet each day and so I have had to withdraw from facebook for the most part to focus on the real people in my day.
Here are some pictures that help capture our summer!
We surely continue to covet your prayers and appreciate each one of you!
Michelle and gang