By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 1 John 5:2
The assumption in this passage is that we desire to love the children of God, and the sign of whether or not we do is found in our love for our God and our faithfulness in keeping His commandments. Reading these words I am convicted of two things: first, how little my mind and heart are concerned with whether I truly love the children of God; second, how imperfect my love is compared to the perfect love of God and how difficult I find it to keep His commandments. One thing I know for sure is that God is faithful, and it is in that faithfulness that I rest, today and every day, seeking forgiveness and grace in my weakness.
For Cassie and me, these past few days have been days of rest mingled with work, and God’s love and provision has shown throughout, sometimes in very unexpected ways (I guess I should start to expect the unexpected with our God!). In our busy lives, even a bit of rest seems a gift indeed (and a gift it is!). Cassie has been recovering from a virus that pretty much wiped her out for the better part of two weeks. She is now much better, and has been able to be up and about and doing the things around the house that she so loves to do–including whipping up culinary masterpieces in the kitchen, from which I benefit immensely. She is now 14 weeks pregnant, and requires several naps a day in order to conserve all of that energy she spends in taking care of the little one. While I was in Peru, Cassie’s mother came down from Illinois to nurse her back to health (thank you Mom Doolittle!) and Cassie also spent an extended weekend with my family in Crestview (thank you Mom Sutton!). We are so thankful for our families and for their sacrificial love for us.
In fund-raising news, we are happy to announce that we have passed the 10% mark, a true milestone at the beginning of our fund-raising journey. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has sent in a check or committed to future donations. Those of you who have raised support before will know what a daunting experience it can be, but you will also know what a rich and encouraging and rewarding experience it is, also. There is a picture of the love of Christ in the coming together of His body to give selflessly toward the kingdom work throughout the world. We have discovered that God has placed in people’s hearts a true desire to give toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission, and many are merely waiting for an opportunity to do so. So, thank you, to all our supporters. We are overwhelmed by your love and generosity and look forward to keeping in touch with you over the years ahead.