“You make known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence…” Psalm 16:11

homesick, blessed, and passion

My family just finished a very unique and exciting week.  It left me with many mixed emotions.  I feel so blessed to have experienced what we did and am truly humbled, grateful and joyful that God would allow us to be a part of this.  At the same time, it makes me homesick.

Let me explain…..

I’ve mentioned before that our two youngest children are adopted.  We maintain close contact with our youngest son’s birth parents  who live in Russia.  Last year, his mom and aunt came to stay with us for a week to visit him.  Last week, they came back and his dad got to come with them.  It was the first time he’s been able to see him in almost two years, since placement day.

We had the most wonderful time with them and they will be returning later this year.  We hope to take a trip to visit them in Russia as well and let our son meet his grandparents.  That would be amazing!  They are wonderful people and we are happy that they are able to keep contact with our son and us.  They are truly part of our family now.  Our lives are forever intertwined and it all started with a special little boy.

We feel so blessed that God would choose us to be his adoptive parents and that He would allow us to have such a special relationship with his family.  My soul is full of joy and I am so humbled by this gift from God.

For me personally, the only hard part of the visit was how it reminded me of our time as career missionaries.  I have always loved other cultures, learning other languages and meeting people from around the world.  It made me homesick for that.  I guess that sounds crazy.  I really miss living in other countries  and being immersed in other cultures.  My husband and I absolutely love it!  Actually, our children do too and even they were reminded of how much they loved their experiences of living in other countries.

I feel so comfortable around people from other cultures.  Honestly, sometimes I feel more comfortable with them than I do in my own culture.  I mean, I don’t have any problems here or anything like that, but something about it just makes me feel that it’s a perfect fit.  I know that is one of the passions God has given me and He has gifted me in being able to learn languages and relate well in other cultures.  We’ve actually been places before for the first time and felt like we were coming hom” just because it was such a peaceful feeling of knowing we were living out how we were designed and created to be.

So, what about you?  What is something that you absolutely love to do?  What do you feel God has gifted you with?  What passion has he imprinted on your heart?  What do you do that makes you feel at home no matter where you are, as long as you are doing it?  What were you created to do?  Who were you created to be?

What one thing makes your heart sing in such a way that you feel so peaceful and content, knowing  you are in your sweet spot?    Do you have anything like that?

If money, time, education, etc. were not an issue, what is one thing in life that you would do?   I know that one of mine would be travel.  I would go all over the world and make friends and experience different cultures.  Do you have a dream or a passion that you have let die or that you have never really tried to do?  What is holding you back from trying?  What is stopping you from living in your “sweet spot”?

I would like to be more intentional this year in making opportunities to spend more time doing the things that make me feel peaceful and content.  What will you be intentional about this year?

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