I've been going to an incredible Mom's Group here in South Africa. I absolutely love it, and to be honest, it's been "church" to me in so many ways since coming here. The teacher, Sara is an older woman whose SIX!! kids are adults now. She basically just pours into us for a couple hours every other week and opens it up for some great discussion. The group is for mom's of all ages, and I've learned so much from being in the same group with moms of teenagers and babies alike!
I went to my last group today, and the leader asked me to share a little about what my husband and I have been doing here in South Africa, and also about what we plan to do when we return to the States. I was honestly surprised by the fluidness of my own words as I spoke them. As I shared with that group of moms what I feel God has for us back "home", I felt moved in my heart! I truly do believe that God is opening up a path for us that is even more a fulfillment of my calling than being here was/is. I shared with the women how Bryan and I truly believe that God desires us to have a big family. I shared how Bryan has always been grieved by the state of fathers in general in our world today, and how he sees the best way to reverse that problem is to be a godly father and also to raise a generation of godly parents. I shared my heart, and then each woman in the group individually prayed over me! It was so encouraging, and really showed me that this indeed is from God.
After we prayed, Sara (the teacher) looked at me and said, "You know, Claire, I have often had seasons in my life that came and went so quickly that I thought they were a waste. Only now as I look back do I see that nothing is wasted. When you think of a spice cupboard, there are so many spices you might think some of them aren't useful--but in the end they all get used. What you have done here, and the lives you have touched are not wasted." I can't even tell you how life-giving that was to me!!!
We have had so many people encourage us through this process.. THANK YOU! We are so blessed.