As Jon and I have been discussing the future it amazes me to think of how fast our three girls really will grow up.
While on our ATS outreach 9 years ago Jon felt God call him to the Army chaplaincy - lets just say it took me a little longer but I am so thankful that Jon did not give into my whining and anger at the time. I thought we would be missionaries with AMI and I had my mind set on that - nothing else. God had different plans - the Army. It took 3 years of seminary, a few marriage counseling sessions and summers apart but once we got in I couldn't see us doing anything else. The Army is a great place to share the gospel and show the love of God. While serving their country families are told to move all over the world, some having never left their state before joining and they find themselves in an unfamiliar land with no extended family or friends. Throw in the fact that soldiers are constantly training or leaving for deployments and that leaves some frazzled wives and kids. And that is where I get to see God move through coffee groups, FRG and PWOC. Yes those are lots of acronyms but basically the Army has support groups set up and I get to interact with tons of ladies and their kids. I have the chance to point them to God when they think life is hard and they can't handle all the pressures of life. I get to hear them out and know how to pray for them. I get to be in community with these ladies - not quite what I thought life would look like 9 years ago but so much better.
It will be amazing to see where God has us in 9 years.