My answer to that is: we stay busy, busy, and busier.
To be honest, as much as I would like to really sit down and reminisce, I realize that I cannot afford to, either practically/logistically or emotionally. It's just not healthy. And that's how I've kept the kids from sinking backward into "I wish..." mode. We simply move forward, taking one day at a time, learning to embrace everything life has to offer us today...yet never forgetting yesterday.
So our days are filled with school and play.
|Stringing beads are still a hit with Z.|
|We write letters to family and friends back home.|
Because hubby and I are keeping this tone in our home, it frees us up to enjoy our lives here, which is something the Lord has been helping me to see.
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|Rock climbing at one of our local parks. She didn't get too far but it was a fun try!|
But He is also showing us some things about freedom.
Freedom is being able to enjoy the small things in life. The smallest pleasures can be our treasures when we are not cluttered with fear. I am finding that just a walk to the park with my girls has become an enormously deep pleasure imprinted in the depths of my heart- moments I will never forget and that I will always treasure for life.
You might say, "but it's just the park"...but to me, it's so much more. In this new phase of my life I think I am becoming awakened to the art of appreciation in a new and profound way.
|sitting on a whale in front of a local museum|
|It's probably obvious that these are pics that mean something to her. Her idea wheels were spinning as she's mapping out some potential opportunites in her own life. I love to see my kids feel inspired, empowered, and motivated!|
|Again, another art studio. Do you see a pattern here?|
|I think Ny took some pretty good shots.|
He must surely have created us to feel that way because, after all, so does He. The fact that no matter how far away we feel we are from Him, that He is never far away. He is always nearby, in our very hearts and lives, in fact. He promised that He would never leave nor forsake us. How much closer can He possibly be? He is with us all the time, wherever we go. Every step we take, God is there. If we ask for His direction, not only will He be there, but He will direct us so that we take the right steps as well. I don't know how much clearer He can possibly be to us that we are never alone. Ever.
So as His kids- all of us- we are never to fear.
Eventually the sky darkens- seasons change- people come and go- things happen that don't always make sense.
But it's in those moments that I am reminded of something very, very important.
Jesus alone-- He is our rock.
Everything else will change, but He never will.
As long as we find refuge in Him, we can never, ever be alone.