Friday, September 21, 2012

Leaving on a jet plane... you know the rest.

Today marks our last day in Hawaii. Please pray for our travels as we head back to the mainland. We are planning a slight detour on Saturday due to some bad news we received on the trip. Please pray that where we go, we will bring His brightness with us to lighten up the place.

Hawaii has been a wonderful host to us. Kauai was amazing and Maui had some fun for us as well. It's hard for my heart to grasp that I'm married. It's difficult because I imagined it would be harder, but it's actually easier for us to be married than to be just friends or dating. Part of the ease is due to the release of boundaries. We are free to get close to each other in a way we weren't before. We don't have to be careful anymore of getting too close and that is a burden off my heart. Another thing I love about being married is that I don't have to take her home at the end of the night. We can stay together all night long!

She is a morningish person and I'm a night person, so I get some time at night once she goes to sleep to read and reflect and write a little and she gets that same time in the morning. Today we were talking about how good time alone with the Lord is. Even though I love spending every moment with her, it's difficult to quietly listen to the Lord when we're together.

I love my ring. It's not because it's jewelry or gold, but it means that I'm married and I love that. I love feeling the ring on her finger when we hold hands. Everyone guesses that we're honeymooners and I don't blame them. We talk a lot about what life will be like when we're done from our honeymoon. We speculate about how God is going to provide for us and what it will look like for us to trust Him. We talk about what it will be like to have kids and to raise up our teen group into adulthood. We talk about things that we are going to do, or would like to do, together. From now on, it's us. I love that. We got to lay hands on and pray for a young man last Sunday that God would lead him in his studies and let him be a light to his classmates and his teachers. We got chatted up by a 3 year old at dinner who was very polite, but very very talkative. Her dad (where she gets it from) was showing me pictures on his phone and talking about how wonderful his daughter is. It was sweet to see a man love his daughter so much.

We are having a great time, but we miss our town, our ministry, our friends and even our jobs. We talked about how great it would be to live someplace like this, but honestly, the best place to live is where God puts you. He put us in Oroville, and we excited to start that part of our lives.

But first, just one more week of honeymoon...

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