Monday, July 26, 2010

from Vnam to a New Land


I fell in love with the most precious woman in Vnam. Lien is in her early 20s and is engaged to a minister here in the states. Whenever we talked about him, she lit up!

Mr. Lien, her soon to be husband, sent me a friend request on Facebook so we could get to know one another.


I knew that Lien was having trouble getting her VISA to come to the states. I asked Mr. Lien why that was. Turns out that he did not make enough money to be her sponsor and he needed a co-sponsor. I gave Mr. Lien My Dear's phone number and we were in business! During the process, I realized I did not know Mr. Lien. But God reminded me I needed to trust Him to take care of Lien.


Mr. Lien had asked me to help prepare Lien for being a pastor's wife. I had no idea what to tell her because I did not know what it was like to be a pastor's wife in Vnam. I did know that those wives (in rural churches) prepared lunch for their entire church prior to service-yeah....no kidding! I am good to feed our tribe of 5 and sometimes Pizza Hut does it for me!


I began to become fearful for Lien. She is coming to a new place to live, new people, new roles, and to be a wife-WOW what transitions. I wondered who would be there to hold her hand, to be her friend? Did God want me to go and help her transition? Oh, even the changes her body will make when she comes....I feel for her already!


Last week, on my Facebook feed a status showed of someone who is not my friend but the spouse of a friend. I knew the state they lived in but not the city. The feed showed the name of the city. I quickly posted a message and learned that God not only heard my prayers but he supplied the scoop of ice cream on top. B. tells us she loves us more than oxygen with a scoop of ice cream on top-Dolly added the ice cream part but God scooped it out on this one!


This sweet young woman lives in the same city my Lien will be moving to. My friend Brooke is not only close to Lien's age, she is a pastor's wife! Not only is she a pastor's wife, she is passionate about her relationship with Christ. This chic is no pew sitter!!! Just like my Lien! It is a God of details that both young women are beautiful and oh so precious!


Brooke is so excited about meeting Lien and loving on her! Here, we live in this small town. I get to know this young women for a few years before God calls her to serve Him elsewhere. In the mean time, I am on another continent and meet a young woman who will need my little town friend. The prayers of my heart have been in His will and planning all along. He just blesses my socks off! AND that is just one of the things He showed me this weekend! So, when Lien arrives...ROAD TRIP and I will get to see 2 precious women!




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

So Long....


Dear nap time,

Thank you for the precious couple of hours each school day that I could focus my attention on 2 sweet students. Thank you for the opportunity to hide away in the tiny classroom away from the phone, computer, door, and the dishes. Thank you for all of the exploring and discussions we had as we dove into books, charts, and maps. Thank you for the "pin drop" silence as we read through the wanderings of Moses and the battles of Joshua.


Thank you for summer when school was eased to reading and relaxing on the couch. Thanks for the 2 days that I actually took a nap myself! Oh, thank you nap time! I saw what I was missing! I did not care to miss out on the free movie at the theater or the school aged activities at the library because nap time was well worth it.


Thank you for allowing me some one-on-one time with a sweet little blond and instructions in Legos from our Man Cub. Thank you for the clean floor that I was able to find within those sweet hours. Thank you for the yummy dinner I was able to prepare all while the little darling rest.


But I see now that my prayers are being answered. Our little B. is growing. In the growing, the nap disappears. There will no longer be a squeaky rocking chair after lunch, a weary toddler requesting "Amazing Grace" or a momma plopping in a computer chair in search of some contact from the adult world. Looks like my employer has just adjusted my hours!


Thanks nap time for the sanity you brought but we no longer need you. I think I can handle it from here.


Parting with sweet sorrows,

Melanie

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pierced

This Friday Nana (who was visiting from the Sunshine state) and I took a pink haired Dolly to get her ears pierced. Seemed like the perfect time to do it since another BIG event was to happen in her life. This piercing was to remind her of this.......

Isaiah 53:5
But He was PIERCED for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.



Dolly was baptized on Sunday. Daddy was in the water but Dolly asked "Mami" to baptize her. Since we have no family around, Mami and Dolly kinda adopted one another while Dolly was in the nursery.

I could not help but thing of Mami'a past year. The word cancer leaked into Dolly's vocabulary and came out in prayers and then celebration! Thank you God! We told Dolly as little as possible so that her hugs and behavior toward Mami would not change but be medicine to her. This celebration of one life became the celebration of 2 lives and a testimony of ministry even to a baby!
Look at that smile! There were 2 more of those smiles right behind her! She picked a favorite shirt to wear. My sister says this shirt is a direct reflection of Dolly's personality, I think she is right!




My Dear then baptized Dolly's buddy. Dolly immediately applauded when her friend went under the water! Precious stuff! Those little darlings were giddy with excitement! Dolly wanted everyone to be there! She wanted everyone to know! I think we adults could learn a thing or 2 from Dolly and her little friend.
Do you know what Dolly knows? Are you giddy about your salvation? If not, leave me an email address in the comments and it will be my pleasure to get in touch with you! Otherwise, get giddy!!!