Tender Goodbyes and Sweet Encouragement

This past week has been full of tender goodbyes.  Our sweet neighbors invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner, along with other sweet friends.  It was lovely to share one last meal together before we depart.  Our kids adore theirs and will miss them dearly.

The next day we shared a yummy Korean dinner with our special friends from Korea, the Laues.  They made delicious bulgogi and I tried my hand at chopchae.  It was quite a process, but so nutritious!  I have never cut up so many vegetables before!  It was all so good and we all reminisced about our favorite things about Korea…one thing being the incredibly good food!  We miss so much about Korea…but we all hope to be reunited there again someday.  That morning, while I was chopping up the veges…I sat down to take a little break, and a song played in the background…one of my favorites.  The words penetrated my heart…I knew it was just for me in that moment.  Tears flowed from my eyes, as I knew the Lord was continuing to encourage me in so many things right now.  Perhaps, soon, I can post that song here.

The next few days were filled with nausea, exhaustion, headaches, and a bit of a head cold.  It was a struggle to get through, but I have had two good days now and I am SOO thankful for my good health!  It is always so apparent to me when I am sick how much I take my health for granted.  It is simply an amazing blessing to be in good health each day!

I am able to pour into my family once again and that always brings me much joy.  Each day, I am prayerfully seeking what really needs to be done that day, and the Lord is so graciously helping me.  Everything is getting done, by God’s grace.  And things that usually are really difficult are made so easy.  I really am amazed at how well things are going, having moved quite a few times as a former Army officer myself and Army child.  So many things can go wrong!  Especially given that we had our orders just 3 weeks out from our move.  So, we are truly thankful.  And amazed at how He is providing in so many ways to make this a smooth move for us.

This is a verse God gave me this morning…He is continuing to encourage me and provide; He is making our paths straight, filling in our valleys, bringing down the hills and mountains for us, making crooked roads straight, and rough ways smooth.  He is the Great God of Salvation and our ready Help.

Luke 3: 4-6

“A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.  And all mankind will see God’s salvation.'”

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