Matt and Harold are off for Russia (though they won't be getting there for a bit still)! Thank you so much in advance for praying for their trip and for the Moscow Seminary graduation. (Click the link if you'd like for some pictures...but it is all in Russian :)
I'm not really sure what's going on the with the girls, but I would greatly appreciate extra prayers for them...they are struggling with his leaving like I've never seen. The day was entirely overwhelmed by tears, bawling, hysterics and concern, and then repeat...repeat...repeat...Lily's school even called and we had to go pick her up because she couldn't stop crying. Very unlike her.
I'm still not feeling well at all, and Nora isn't either...
Please pray for strength and patience and joy, for peace for Lily and Sofie, for restored health for Nora and I, and that this would be a special time of growth for us Ayars ladies as we rely on Him and share His joy and good courage with one another.
O. Chambers knocked it out of the ballpark for me again this weary morning:
If you are going through a time of isolation, seemingly all alone, read John 17--because Jesus has prayed that you "may be one" with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or do you have some other goal for your life?
God is not concerned about our plans; He doesn't ask, "Do you want to go through this loss of a loved one, this difficulty, or this defeat?" No. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, more insistent on our own way.
The things that happen either make us evil, or they make us more saintly, depending entirely on our relationship with God and its level of intimacy.
So pray with me, that I might draw close and intimate with the Father during this time, and that I would patiently shepherd Lily, Sofie, and Nora's heart towards our loving Father these days. Pray that in each moment I might emerge a sweeter daughter of God and shepherd the girls to be the same...that we may be One with our ever-present Father, filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19
What's God drawing you into "oneness" with Him lately?