But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
—2 Corinthians 12:9
We’ve been quiet. We know.
There was an unexpected occurrence that we needed to wrap our heads around for awhile. We needed to take the time to seek the Lord, let Him speak His truth over us about who we are and where our worth comes from. We needed to gain perspective.
With time, came perspective. God’s perspective.
At the end of our Unit 2 evaluations at language school it was suggested that Jack take a month of a special class to help solidify his language before moving on to Unit 3. This was not the plan that we had in our head. Our plan was to study together. Our plan was to be able to help each other. Our plan was to be in Salatiga studying language for the least amount of time possible.
So, here’s us being vulnerable because we want others to know how real the thoughts from the enemy can seem and how if left unchecked and not filtered through God’s word and wise Biblical counsel, those thoughts can ruin you.
Jack’s initial thoughts (his own words shared with his permission)
My initial (and mostly selfish) thoughts:
Taking time to be quiet and seek the Lord brought us these thoughts:
Thank you for supporting us in this journey with your kind words and prayers. Thank you for allowing us to be vulnerable and honest.
Please pray against the spirit of discouragement that comes and goes as we walk through this new life, language, country and people. The highs are so high and the lows are so very low.
It’s only by God’s strength through prayer and supplication that we are able to see these situations through His eyes and with His perspective.
Thank you to my husband for being so brave to share this. He’s my hero and my heart. He hopes this encourages someone, somewhere.