Sunday, April 27, 2008




Day 3:

Whenever people go away on a big trip or adventure there is always a part of me that wants to go, to be where all the exciting action is, but being the homebody that I am there is always another side of it that I am so thankful for. Today, I was thankful for the fact that not only has Jamie been given a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus in Germany, but I have been given an equally great opportunity right where I am. Today I took a walk with the girls and stopped to talk to an elderly man walking a dog, who said he used to have 3 little girls running around his house before they all grew up and moved away....Today I had a conversation with one of my girls about a 17 year old that died in our community last week and how as she put it "17 is not very old"...Today I made tissue paper trees and flowers (so fun!)and interacted with 5 great kids about who made the trees and why Jesus was so great that people wanted to share Him with others...Today I sat with friends who have become family, sharing pizza and talking about life. It was a good day (well, except for when Isabelle got a sliver--we're not talking about that--let's just say if you live in a 25 mile radius of my house you probably heard her screaming as I tried to get it out). But anyway, I love the fact that the same God who ministered to my heart today, ministered to hearts in Germany, and in every other corner of the world for that matter. So, I hope you have great adventures in your life--near and far. And I hope you are inspired by the adventures of others as they carry out their God given callings. But I mostly hope that you have found great joy in your own calling and that this post finds you blooming with the love of Jesus wherever you have been planted.

On a side note, last night had 1 girl screaming with a nightmare, 1 girl claiming to be "lightheaded", and 1 girl demanding a drink which added up to a not-so-great night of sleep for me. Let us hope that 3 little munchkins sleep soundly this evening or they will have 1 grumpy mama in the morning.

Sweet Dreams!

3 comments:

Tara said...

Lightheaded? Seriously, gretchen, they kill me.

And thanks for always reminding me that I am CALLED to what I'm doing right now. You are always the one who reminds me...

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and inspirational post! I especially loved that you talked to the old man who used to have three little girls running and playing. Older people have so many neat stories to tell. The other day I was in the grocery store rushing to get our supper supplies when a sweet old lady asked me a question about eggs. I quickly answered and as I was about to rush away she reached out and touched my arm. I felt her loneliness. So I stopped and talked. She had so much to say... (she talked for about an hour.) I didn't get ANY work done that afternoon and I certainly didn't get our supper on the table in time, but I don't think that really mattered. PS LOVE your paper tissue tree! Love your pretty girls. Love your pretty smile! Happy Monday!

Chaz & Kari Dull said...

What a wonderful blog, Gretchen!! You truly have a great perspective of your role and that makes all the difference in how you go about it!! I have loved seeing what you have been doing with the girls while Jamie is gone!!