So much has happened within this past month.
We had a lot of people from the states come to visit and encourage the church here in Madrid. All together we’ve had about seven people stay for at least two weeks, some even longer. When everyone was able to come together, all seven it was a blast! We would start our mornings together with a class and then just have fun in España. We shared our faith with people, ate together and played together. One of my favorite moments was going to the Parque de Retiro (Retiro Park) We just threw an american football and a fútbol (soccer ball) around. While doing that we had some young boys join us and geesh could those kids kick a ball (I think it’s in their blood =D). We’ve had many more experiences similar to that one!
MADRID MISSES YOU GUYS SO MUCH!
The only thing is, sometimes you don’t know how exhausted you are until you stop. Pat and I have been recovering ever since the majority of our visitors left. As well as after that, for me, I’ve had to have some serious conversations, in various forms with the people I love. From talking to my brother about not being able to make it to his wedding, to a time I was feeling hurt and needing to express it to them. I’m really emotionally exhausted to say the least. I’m here in Spain and it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I’m missing a lot back home for the gospel. Mark 10:29-30, is a scripture that’s really come to light now more than ever before. It says,
“Truly I tell you”, Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children of fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields-along with persecutions-and in the age to come eternal life”.
You know, I need to know that this is worth it. That leaving it all behind for God will somehow pay off. All the tears, discomfort, exhaustion will one day pay off in this life and even in the life to come. That’s the hope I have to hold on to.
God is already coming through really, the scripture is already ringing true. We are going on vacation tomorrow (Saturday) to Valencia and coming back on Wednesday. I’ve been dying to go to Valencia. I’m hoping that this trip will sort of be a reset button for me. When we first moved here everything was just so awesome and new! I want that feeling again. I want to appreciate Spain as I did before and see it through different eyes. I want to see the adventure again and be grateful for my life. I’m living in Europe for goodness sakes! God has allowed me to come back to Europe a different person than who I was before and for his purpose. I didn’t deserve to come back here but I am here because God is so awesome and so gracious!! So that’s it, Valencia here we come. I’ll let you know how it goes 😉