|2 weeks before turning 20 years old; |
Helping at the Women's Shelter
My twenties were all about me....getting to know myself through new adventures, reaching for my dreams, and trying to evaluate and decide things based on my twenty some years of experience being sheltered. I started my twenties focused on missions but that door wasn't opening. My disability scared foreign mission groups and for the first time my disability really scared me. I looked around the university at lots of folks with disabilities with degrees and coming back for more degrees and more classes because they couldn't find employers to give them a chance. Then a small volunteer job at a rescue mission in Springfield turned into a bigger volunteer job and ultimately into a real job. I was relieved. Not only was I doing the mission work that I had felt called to,but I was getting job experience.
The mission was an experience that couldn't be replicated. I learned so much about the complexities of life issues and the simplicity of trusting Jesus to fix the complex. I had asked Christ to be Lord of my life and to let me serve His purposes as a very young child, but the mission is where I found the power that God has to transform lives, if we ask Him to help us. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I realized my own need to rely of His power yet because like most twenty somethings I had lots of energy, ideas, ideals and plans. (Yep, I was "that" annoying.)
|Our family right after Hannah home. I probably|
should have worked on her smiling for the camera
before we got this taken.
The rest of my thirties are rather obvious in our family picture. We went from 2 daughters to 4 daughters and 6 sons! Not bad for one decade! However, all joking aside. The Lord let me be a part of the most miraculous kids lives. Each one building my understanding of and reliance on God's power. I can remember praying for so many of the kids to learn to trust us as their new parents. I can remember praying at night for Nate to take another breath when he was so sick an there was often long pauses between his noisy deep gasping breaths. So many prayers and so many amazing answers.
|My favorite crew in my favorite vehicle.|