Now, before you think our family is leaving the mission field, or I'm throwing in the towel on homeschooling or cooking or laundry (all three of the latter things I have seriously considered being done with on bad days (I must confess!), but thankfully God's mercies are new every morning!)... I better explain...
I am officially DONE my first semester in my Masters Program!!!! I can't even begin to explain how great it feels to have completed my first 3 courses. It has been a TON of work, required lots of grace from my husband and kids, filled my mind with an overwhelming amount of information... but it has been WELL worth it! (Now... just 6 more semesters to go!)
Thankful to all of you who have been praying for me and for our family through this busy time these last 8 weeks of school. I have felt it! (keep 'em coming!)
Today we can also say that we are DONE our first semester of the 2014-2015 school year here at Emmaus!! It has been an awesome year so far. I am getting more and more excited about teaching next semester and having the opportunity to get to know our third year class more intimately!
(You can be praying for that too, please!)
The next couple weeks we are going to TRY to rest and catch up on house stuff and family time... very much looking forward to that!
On to our advent journey...
Today, we moved from the story of Rahab and her family in Jericho, to the story of Ruth. If you have never read Ruth, I really encourage you to sit down and read it. It is a short but powerful book! It foreshadows the coming Redeemer in a beautiful narrative.
This story highlights Ruth's faithfulness to her mother-in-law Naomi, and to God, and includes the famous words, "Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God." Ruth 1:16
God miraculously leads Ruth, a Moabite women, into a situation where Naomi's family is redeemed and their land restored. He places Ruth in a wheat field to glean... and this is where she meets Boaz, the man who would be her kinsman-redeemer.
It is a love story that reminds all of us of the love story God is writing in our lives. HE desires to be our Redeemer!
When Naomi thought that all hope was lost... when she was in her darkest times... God brought light. And that light redeemed.
Just like in our lives. When He sent His Son Jesus, He was a light in a dark place...
And He redeemed us.
Today we were reminded of how the darkness makes the light seem so much brighter. If there is any season that is more filled with lights in the darkness, that is more able to reveal this truth to us...
We should thank God each day for being our Light!