Blogaversary Musings

A year ago, I launched out into the deep and began “Walking in the Way.” I’m not sure it has completely met my expectations or yours, but I’m experimenting and learning, and that counts for something, at least. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” So, I began, and I’m happy with completing this first year.

I also decided on a key phrase for last year. Truthfully, it has helped to ground my thinking through the year. 2019’s phrase was “Trusting God through the labyrinth.” At the time I decided on it, I had no idea how convoluted a path we would travel. 2019 was a good year, but we were faced with some unanticipated turns and changes in our lives, some real challenges, and different jobs. We also had many blessings. Indeed, God proved Himself faithful every single day.

This New Year 2020, I am thinking about a new theme for the year. It’s one word:

Worship.

I need to keep first things first—spending more time, energy, and prioritizing worship—praising, adoring, and keeping a correct perspective. My focus needs tweaking: more Bible, more getting to know my Lord, and definitely more true worship.

How about yours? I’m guessing we can all use a spiritual retuning in some area.

My husband and I are in one of the most uncertain phases of our lives: an overseas transition. We’ve had our house in Spain on the market since July, and exactly one person has come to see it. So, we have no idea when our house will sell and when we will be making our move. It might be in 2020—and maybe not. God knows, and we will rest in His best plan for us.

Also, we’ve faced some health challenges we didn’t expect. (Who does?) No one knows what the future holds. Thankfully, the Lord is sovereign, and He allows what He wills in our lives.

In the Bible, we read about invitations to worship Christ.* At Jesus’ birth, angels, shepherds, and wise men were called to worship Jesus. Simeon and Anna worshiped Him.

True believers are called to worship Jesus. Sinners are called to repentance and worship. Every nation will be gathered before the King of kings—and every knee will bow before Him.

Jesus said, But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).

I want to worship in spirit and truth.

Do you have a theme word or phrase for 2020? Please consider sharing.

Being a Child of the World

When people ask me where I’m from, I usually have to think three things:

1. Where I am at the moment

2. In which language the question is asked

3. What should I say?

The first part of my life story is similar to many. I was born in one place, moved to a few others, moved to a new state, moved to another state, moved back to my second state, got married and moved to yet another state, living in several different houses….

And that’s where the story changes completely. My husband, baby, and I moved to another country and became “foreigners.” We couldn’t even say “hi” when we arrived. In some senses, we went back to first grade—learning the alphabet, how to say simple phrases, the use of verbs, learning to count. We began the process of being strangers in a strange land.

Where am I from?

Birth—West Virginia

Growing up—Virginia, New Jersey, and Virginia

Married life—South Carolina and Spain

I’ve lived in Spain most of my life—eight years longer than in America.

So, where am I from?

Our children have it easy. They grew up in Spain.

My husband and I grew up in Spain, too—in a different sense. We’ve learned so much since we came: a new language, culture, lifestyle, and lots of history. We love it. What a fantastic place in which to live, work, and bring up our family.

So, we’ve lived in Spain more, yet our passport is from America, and our roots and families are across the ocean. We’ve been away so long that when we visit the States, we feel like foreigners, which we aren’t. We don’t here—but we are.

Where am I from?

I can’t tell you. The words don’t come.

Ask me, rather, about my life experiences, how God has proved Himself good through every day.

Ask me what I’ve learned.

Ask me how I think being an MK (missionary kid) profited our children.

Ask me hard questions.

I’m just a human being, a child of the world, a redeemed person with the calling to share my Redeemer with the rest of the world.

Yet, I’m not of this world. I am a pilgrim on this earth. And, I have the wonderful assurance that the world ahead of me is so much better than this one that I can’t even compare the two.

These (people named before) all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city (Hebrews 11:13-16, emphasis mine).

Where are you from?

More importantly, where are you going?