With everything that we have going on...it's very difficult to always remember to say thank you to those who have gone above & beyond. This past year has been a tough one for us. Emotionally & financially...it has been a rollercoaster of a year. I even hate to call it a struggle because I know so many people go through things much worse than this...but for us, this has been our struggle & it has not been an easy year.
Today, our message at church was about suffering. It was a really good message & was a wonderful reminder of God's faithfulness to us in the midst of our struggles. We have learned so much about ourselves, others around us & how we can be a blessing to others. We've really learned who our true friends are & have been so thankful to our friends & family who have encouraged us, taken the time to be a part of our lives, allowed us to be in theirs & have gone out of their way to let us know that they care. In the message today, the pastor spoke about our hardtimes & during our times of suffering & hardships, we need others around us...and sometimes we just need others around us to know that they care...that they are willing to just be there for you...a phone call, a dinner invite, anything to make you feel a part of the real world to keep life going & a means to get through our hardships. And in return, we can be a blessing to others & be a source of friendship for those who struggle or need us. I'm so grateful to those friends & family of ours who haven't allowed the busyness of life to interfere with them taking the time to let us know they are thinking about us. I'm grateful to those friends & family who have taken the time to be a listening ear when we've needed it. I'm grateful to those who have made us feel a part of things...even when we have struggled to initiate getting in touch with them. When we struggle, sometimes we can feel very alone, hence re-tracting from people, experiences and many other things in life. Thank you to those of you who were sensitive to the times when we have been refraining & have reached out to us above & beyond to help us get free from that mindset of sometimes refraining from things, people & activities when we're hurting. Some people give up on others or pull away during times of others difficulties & our situation has not been exempt from those types of people. However, in the reality of life, it's more times than not a blessing in disguise when people do pull away because you can truly know who God needs you to have in your life & you can feel confident in those friendships & people who are in your life...and know those who are in it for the longhaul. :-)
We are so blessed & are looking forward to all that God has for us as we move our lives & family to Wisconsin. We pray that we can be a blessing to others around us & we pray that all that has been done for us...we'll be able to bless others in their times of need. There always is a light at the end of the tunnel. We're beginning to see ours. So blessed.