Saturday, February 5, 2011

Treasure, Week 5.5: Prayer

You might want to start from the beginning. Or at least last week

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. 

Out loud.    

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!

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