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Jul 13

Indescribable Joy

....I am going to be extremely honest with you all for a minute.....getting real, as some of you might say.......because as I share my heart..and my challenges....and my disappointments, I pray you will see how truly amazing our God is..........and see how He is still in the business of changing lives supernaturally!!...serving God on this farm has been joyous and exciting....but it has been all consuming..physically and emotionally.....I wonder sometimes how long I will be able to keep this pace up....how long I will be able to do the physical work.....how many more times mHy heart can break for these kids.......how will I continue to keep the vision of Gods work on the farm sharp for my precious, dedicated team....and especially on days like today......turned down for a grant that we thought we would get...losing a family because we are committed to praying with our kids..struggling daily to have enough volunteers for each session....facing another week of 100+ degree temps....taking the failures of a couple of our kids personally.......it was a true Monday today.................

UNTIL an older red sedan pulled up at our gate.......and a grandpa got out and walked toward my husband with a picture in his hand.........."just wanted to let you know how good our grandson is doing......in the Marines now and finished his boot camp.....doing great.........just wanted to let you guys know.......this place and all of the people here......impacted his life many times....turned him completely around.........and you are why he is where he is.."

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.......wow...I remember when this young man first came out.......remember him speaking out his dream of being a Marine.......remember our precious men pouring into him.....praying for his dream...mentoring him to do what he needed to do to get in.........I remember these same men praying over him at our BBQ......speaking a future over him that only God could accomplish......I remember watching him grow as a horseman............and as a young man.......a remember seeing less and less of his pain.......and I remember seeing more and more of the hope he hung onto......

...and suddenly I am tearful...overwhelmed that the God Lord would allow me.....and every single one of my frailties.........to be a part of His miraculous work in this young man's life...and that the good Lord would use my precious team and farm to change this boy forever....that rather than succumbing to his pain and bitterness... he had become more than a conqueror over his circumstances....and is now serving you ..and me....and our incredible nation....as a US Marine!!!!

There are truly no words to describe the fullness of my heart.....so incredibly proud of this young man..........but I am so so thankful to my Jesus that He would bring this blessed encouragement to my heart TODAY........every heartache..every struggle.....every disappointment........every bit of fatigue...and muscle ache......and every drop of sweat this summer......is NOTHING.....compared to the indescribable joy of seeing hearts healed and set on a new course because of Jesus Christ! There is nothing else in life....nothing else we will do.........that will have this eternal significance..........once again....I am so crazy blessed......and God is so very, very good!

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