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Weekend in Illinois

Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Janelle with 4 Comments

We had a great weekend visiting family & friends back in Illinois.  Spent Friday evening with some of Matt’s family, rode in the combine Saturday, Jaelah visited her best friend from school, had supper with my family Saturday night, and on Sunday Sierra did pig chores with Daddy and then we went to church–so it was a full weekend.  This was the first time we’d been back to visit since we moved up here and although it made me sad from time to time, thinking about the people and the place that we’d left behind, I was hit over and over with how incredibly blessed we are–that someone wants us to come back and visit, and how loved I felt. In church, the minister gave a challenge of sorts, to be engaged in our spiritual life, and to be glorifying God in the MIDDLE of whatever circumstance/trial/situation we’re in–not to wait until the end of the experience to do so.  When the Israelites were carried away as captives to Babylon, God didn’t want them to ‘waste’ their time there–and He already had plans for them after their 70 years there were over.  He sees the big picture, while so many times, I am so short-sighted. ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jer. 29:11  Reminded me again of what I’ve learned (slowly) over the past few years–that my true purpose here on earth is to bring glory to God–and if that means giving up ‘living my dream’ to go live on the Amazon river because that will bring Him the most glory, well, that’s why I’m occupying space on this planet.

I wanted to include some recent pictures of our kids also…




Matt on October 18, 2011

I love my wife!!

Marie on October 18, 2011

So good to see you! And love these picture updates! Will keep you in our prayers always!!

Jen on October 19, 2011

I love you, J! And I miss you and want you to come back and visit :) But more importantly, I'm so happy and excited for you guys for the amazing things God is preparing you for and has planned for you! You are such an encouragement and inspiration to me. So proud to call you my sister! Love you guys!

Megan on October 22, 2011

Loved seeing you in church last Sunday!! Love your heart too. :)

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