What a week! Two of my girlfriends from Indiana visited me and we hit up a bunch of different beaches and drove around the island like tourists–so much fun. Although I am not one to spend more than and hour or so at a beach, I do love the relaxing vibe that the cool water, blue skies and soft sand put out….ahhh…so peaceful. It was just what I needed!
My husband and I have gotten a lot done in preparation for our trip to Michigan and then our move from there to Korea. The best part of the whole process has been how much God has been stretching me. Turns out, being stretched as thin as a piece of paper doesn’t feel so good. And there are some days when you wonder why you even woke up. haha But to use a word I heard today that summed everything up…it’s been sanctifying. To sanctify means to “make holy”, to “set apart”, or “consecrate”. Funny thing, but my name (Beth) actually means “pledged (or) consecrated to God”. Mind blown! What an amazing reminder in the middle of our busy lives, whether they are chaotic, fast-paced, or both, that we belong to the King of Kings and that He is working on us to set us apart and make us more holy through our trials. It’s important not to miss that. We can choose to be made stronger through them, or bitter and weak.
I am thankful for this time in my life right now. This time of change, of stretching, of challenges…it only serves to make me stronger and to help me grow. I ask God to make me more like him and a woman after his own heart, and He gives me challenges to strengthen me. It’s funny how we forget that and assume that challenges must not be from God because they are hard and difficult and sometimes we suffer during them. God knows what is best for us and He will never walk away when we need Him. Just something to remember as you PCS this summer, or as you are going through your own challenges and changes this year.