Today I am traveling with my students. We are heading north for a week long tour of churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania with a pit stop in Delaware. I look forward to traveling with this group of students and I look forward to meeting with the churches.
As I shared earlier in the week, I was feeling rather low in regards to leaving my family for a week. By Thursday morning I was a nervous wreck. I had to head back over to school for a special dinner honoring our graduates and was dreading spending yet another night away from home right before leaving for the week. I was sitting on the couch and sobbing with Lily in my lap. I was missing my family already and I knew this was going to be one tough week with a full day's worth of packing and preparations in front of me. I didn't want to go, I didn't want to pack, I didn't want to miss out on one minute of family time. I was praying but couldn't stop feeling so out of control.
I was one pitiful mess.
Once Chris was out of the shower and ready to head for work, I went to our room and I cried on his shoulder. He was so kind and supportive and reminded me that this was the only part of my job that I "hated" and it actually had nothing to do with the job itself, just the separation from my family. He reminded me that I love what I do and this was the one trade off for working three days a week, getting my summers off, and being able to do what I love.
Lily came into the room and asked why I was crying. Chris explained that I was just going to miss being with her while I was away.
I asked Chris to pray for me.
And in a huddled party of three, my husband, my love and my rock, prayed a sweet prayer over us. I felt the warmth from him and from Above. It took the burden off of my shoulders as my husband carried my load for a little while.
So, while I know I will miss being at home this coming week, I know that I am covered in prayers. I know that I am doing what I'm supposed to be doing.
And I know my spouse has been and will be praying for me.
We'll complete this series next Saturday morning (when I'm back at home!) I have been so encouraged to hear from so many of you and your stories since we started this series!
Thank you for your comments and support! See you next week!