Wednesday, October 24, 2012

In sickness and in health

At Calvary ABQ, we are currently going through a serious about marriage. It's been awesome so far, and this past Saturday was one that God spoke volumes to so many people. The message title was "In sickness and in health" dealing with what happens when one spouse gets sick. I honestly couldn't believe it considering what my family has been going through for so long now.

I've said this before and I will definitely say it again... I have learned so much from my parents about what love and marriage are all about. The first and foremost most important thing I've learned is that marriage is not about you... it's actually the total opposite. It's about dying to yourself each and every day putting that other person's needs above your own... even when it's not easy. Love is a commitment, it's about hanging in there even when you have reasons not to and other people have split up for much less.

My parents have been married for almost 30 years and they've had to deal with a laundry list of trials, especially in the health arena. It's amazing what sickness can do and the toll it can take to all involved. My mom is sweet and kind and hands down the strongest woman I know! My dad, in the midst of his sickness and pain continues to love my mom and wake up early in the morning to make her breakfast and miss her like crazy when she's at work. Marriage isn't going to be perfect, but it's about how you deal with the curve balls and choose to deal with them together.

I praise God that I have parents who I can look at their relationship as an awesome example of living out those vows promising to love one another "in sickness and in health".

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A quick trip to the States

So for those of you who don't know, I'm currently in the States right now... Some of you may be responding right now with the thought "ummm... what is she doing back, wasn't she JUST here!?" You would be right, I was back here just a few months ago, but well... life happens.

I came in about two and a half weeks ago because my dad was having severe complications with his diabetes and it got to the point that my mom was really needing me to come home in order to try and revive some life in him and really the rest of our family as it has been a really long past few months. I praise God for Jess and Bev and Neil, Trudy, and Servy who helped me get on a plane less than 24 hours after my mom asked for me to come back.

My mom and I were so proud of ourselves that we were able to keep a secret and didn't tell anyone here that I was coming. I don't think I will ever forget the look of surprise on my different family members faces as they saw me, and then when I went to the hospital to see my dad, he just couldn't believe that I came back. I am here only another week and a half as I leave bright and early on the 21st, just enough time to help my family get back to "normal" now that my dad is doing amazingly and is out of the hospital. Like seriously... It's a full on miracle how well he's doing.

I apologize for not getting to spend time with really anyone except for family, but they have truly been my sole reason for coming back and the focus of this trip. Even though I may not have been able to meet up with you, I thank you for your prayers and encouragement and know that you continue to be in my heart and you can look forward to continued updates for when I return back to my usual ministry.

I miss life and ministry back in Uganda terribly but I do know that it's right for me to be here now for this month. God has just shown that He had numerous reasons for me coming back right now, it really was the perfect time.


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