I've always had a love-hate relationship with routine. I love it because it feels secure and I know what to expect. On the other hand, I despise it because it feels stale and boring after a short amount of time. I keep striving for routine in our new location. For kids, it's important, but with ministry, it's nearly impossible. Flexibility is a character trait we've been learning about this past week as a family. The definition from the study says that Flexibility is "cheerfully being willing to change my plans when circumstances beyond my control require it."(Kids of Character Bible Study). Tucker likes to adapt the definition to include " eating rubber bands." This is a phrase we heard nearly a decade ago when we fîrst moved to Poland and the concept is eating enough rubber bands will make someone really flexible! This week has required lots of flexibility. I'm grateful that when God desires His children to learn something, He is quite faithful to provide ample opportunities for hands on learning! I'm also grateful for kids who have been willing to stretch...even when it means sacrifice on their parts.
So, with exhaustion and sickness again, stacks of residence paperwork requirements and sermons to preach on unexpected Sundays, we will continue to ride the waves as cheerfully as possible...by the power of His Spirit! We are so grateful for your continued prayers and encouragement.
We are enjoying getting to know people in the congregation here. we shared a wonerful "mexican" meal with a Polish family a few weeks ago. The mother speaks wonderful Polish, but the husband and daughter (Paisley's age) don't know as much. In spite of what could be considered a barrier, we had a wonderful meal and an even more blessed time teaching each other songs in one another's language and even singing a song in Hebrew togther!
This past Saturday we enjoyed celebrating God's blessings and had about 20 people over. Ansel and Amelia helped me make homemade donuts and we mulled hot apple cider in the crockpot for about 20 hours. Mmmmm...it was a truly blessed time.