Have you ever been in a situation that you hoped and prayed was really a nightmare that you would wake up from? This is how I have felt about my family’s situation the over the last few months.
Up to this point I have not shared ANY details of our struggle. However, I feel led to share a small glimpse today of a giant mess and humbly ask for your help and prayers. Towards the end of the 40 Day Perspective Project that I recently finished I wrote a post on the word: Share. I knew even as I wrote the words that this post must be the first thing that I published when that project was finished.
I have shared my hurting heart with you these last few months which has been shattered by broken people and a broken system. While I still am not at liberty to share the details with you I can tell you that our struggle has involved the fact that our three precious children are not at home where they belong.
I rest in the fact that I know where they are, who they are with, and what they are being protected from; however my heart longs for restoration of all that is broken… especially our family.
They have been gone since January 20th and we anticipate that we will not have resolution to this situation until the end of June. It breaks my heart as a mother to have empty beds and empty places at the table.
I challenged all of us as believers in previous posts to be willing to be open with others even when it is not pretty. I encouraged you to be transparent even when it shows where your life is messy and ugly. So I am practicing what I preach today and showing what I can of my mess… in hopes that it helps explain the hurt behind my previous 40 posts about perspectives through pain and gets more people to join us in Praying the kids Home!
I am also writing this today because there is something that as a mother breaks my heart worse than the emptiness and the circumstances. The other day as I was talking to one of my children they said to me, “I guess our prayers are not working because nothing is changing.”
This was a painful moment for me because I realized that while my perspective has been transformed over the last few months and I can see God at work… they in their childlike faith – are struggling to.
I have been praying for a way to creatively use this blog to share what little I can about our story and more importantly find a way to encourage the faith of endurance of my children.
This is where I need your help… if you will commit to be praying for the kids would you simply leave them a comment on this post with where you are from and a simple message of encouragement? I want to be able to read these notes to the kids and show them on a map just how many people around the world are lifting them up and how much God really is moving!
Blessings to all of you and thank you in advance for helping me show the love of God’s people to my children in a real way. I will keep you updated when I can on our situation but until then will rest in your prayers and love.
At the end of every Perspective Project Post I would share a song with you that went with the theme of the post… there is no better song to end today’s post with than this one: