faith, ministry, motherhood, prayer

Winter is Over

Winter is over.

Spring has sprung.

New life is coming forth.

These dry bones are up and walking.

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“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.”

Ezekiel 37:1

For many years parts of my life were like dry bones…dry bones down in a valley.

For many years it felt like winter was eternal and spring would never come.

For many years God drove me to my knees in the valley and told me to trust Him.

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In the valley…in the winter…surrounded by dry bones…I got to taste and see that the Lord is good, that He is faithful, that He loves me…time and time again He proved himself to me and tenderly gave me promises.

“He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’  And I answered, ‘Oh Lord God, You know.”

Ezekiel 37:3

Many times God has sweetly spoken to me about the dry bones in my life…He has challenged me to believe that they can live…He has challenged me to trust Him that winter will end and a new season will come…He has asked me to trust Him for new life in my life.

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Oh what AMAZING peace came to me, time and time again, when I said to the Lord “Oh Lord God, You know”!  God brought many treasures into my life during that long winter season.  He brought me closer to Him, He drew me in, and He loved me through the valley.  I can honestly say I am thankful for the valley of dry bones…I am thankful for the winter…I am thankful because without them I wouldn’t get so see the miracle of dry bones coming to life…I wouldn’t get to see the miracles of Springtime.

“So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together bone to bone.  And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them…”

Ezekiel 37:7-8

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My precious miracle girl has brought spring sunshine with her into our home…she may have come to us in the fall but with her came spring and new life!  Her smile literally lights up a room brighter than any lamp can.  She is so FULL OF JOY!  Life with Agnes is so much better!

God did a HUGE thing for me and Tim, bringing us Agnes.

He gave us the desire of our hearts…actually she is WAY MORE than we ever desired…WAY BETTER!

He restored joy and life in us that we longed for.

It can’t be said enough how OVERJOYED we are with our girl!

But God.

But God can also bring to life small dry bones in little valleys of our lives.

But God can also bring sping to us when winter seems so long.

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I love seeing Him work in the little things of life too!

I love getting to know my precious Savior on a deeper, more personal level each day.

I love that He brings Springtime for so many different winter situations.

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Infertility was a LONG winter for us…but this actual winter was cold…our mission’s team here in Budapest has been in a “winter”…adjusting to stay-at-home momness has been a little wintery please don’t confuse adjustment with ungratefulness and dissatisfaction …and today, TODAY SPRING had SPRUNG for us!  God is picking up dry bones and putting them together before our eyes…He is attaching sinews to them, and adding flesh and skin to cover them…He is bringing life to us in the valley.

While Agnes continues to be “most valuable player” in my Joy Journal, I have so many other things to be thankful for in this new season!

God has given me new friends…He has placed me in a lovely group of ladies (American, Hungarian, Chinese…) that I do Bible study with and lunch with weekly…thank God for Spring after a winter of loneliness.

God has given me little ways to minister…Our team here needs encouragement and He has revealed little ways that I can do that while being at home doing the mundane mom chores in the form baking and loving on peeps.

God has given me the desire of my heart to hold Bible studies in our home…For about a year and a half I have had lovely ladies in my home almost every week, and just last night we had our first Bible study with a group of peeps from our church…Thank YOU GOD for giving us this, oh how we have missed the home studies we had in America.

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Really God is doing AMAZING things in this Springtime we are in!  I could go on and on about it though this post is getting long, have I lost you already.  Today we went to Margit Island with the “young adults” group from church.  I got to spend the day with my gal pal Bea and her miracle baby boy!  It was so nice to be out in the SUNSHINE, in the green grass, with our CHILDREN, YES WE BOTH HAVE BABIES NOW (after both praying and desiring these babes for YEARS).  I got to play dress up with my girl and take fancy Spring photos of her.

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Being outdoors in the Spring air was such a visual, tangible reminder to me that God has brought a new season into our life…and He does this for us OVER AND OVER AGAIN.  Isn’t it AWESOME how He designed the earth to rotate on its axis so that we would have seasons?!?!  I think it is so cool.

I’m loving Spring.

I’m loving my girl.

I’m loving dressing her up in beautiful dresses (thanks cousin-aunt Annie and cousin London for passing them down).

I’m loving using my camera (thanks Jon for my sweet zoom lens).

How is Spring springing in your life?

Are you seeing God bring dry bones to life in your valley?

Keep trusting Him, He is doing a work, and He will bring Spring.

Thank you for praying with us/for us through our winter season.  Please continue to pray with us through the Springtime too, God is working here in Budapest, here in our little family of three.

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Winter is over.  Praise God.

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