Monthly Archives: June 2012

How will you serve?

So, I was sweeping the rugs and dusting the hardwood floors a few days ago, thinking about how much I DON’T like the vacuum.  As the grumbling started, I remembered how thankful I was to be home for these couple of months.  If running the vacuum is a part of me being a blessing here, then I’ll run the vacuum with a joyful heart.

Anybody else following the parallel?  How many times are we called to serve in a way that makes us uncomfortable or feel incompetent.  We might obey, but do we obey joyfully?  Some times (possibly more than I want to admit) I try to call the shots, determine how I will serve, and when I will stop.  What really needs to happen is a shift in my focus.  Because of the privilege of belong to Christ and the blessing of His fellowship, I want to joyfully obey whatever task my God gives.  I want to complete the task WITH Him, not just for Him.  As a sweet friend reminds her granddaughter, we need to obey “all the way, right away, and with a happy heart.”  May that be my prayer all my life!

My two lives

I can’t keep my lives apart from each other, although they happen on two separate continents.  In one, I’m an independent, responsible, hard-working missionary teacher who loves kids from all over the world.  In the other, I’m the youngest of three “kids,” blessed to love and be loved, and making the most of the time I have with my fam.  Typically I’m only home for about 2 weeks at Christmas, but this year, my second life was able to take precedence over the “summer” months. 

This summer, I’ve come home to walk with my sister through her cancer journey.  She was diagnosed in February and has already undergone most of her chemotherapy.  I’ve been blessed to take her to the last two chemo treatments.  Both times I’ve seen how much she cares about those who are caring for her.  She’s interested in their lives and does her best to make their time together full of kindness and warmth.

As I watch my sister, both aware of her illness and how God uses it to point people to Himself, I know how blessed I am to be with her at this time, in this place.

I’m also able to spend time with some of my supporters this summer.  I have to make good use of the time when we’re on the same continent, right?  So, if you are around Indiana and would like to get together, please let me know!  Since I’m traveling, email is the best way to contact me: emilybarlow@mac.com or emily.barlow@wgm.org

 

Hello world!

I’ve tried blogging for years and have never done well.  Sometimes I think my life just isn’t interesting enough; other times I’m so tired that I just don’t have the energy to tell the world about it.  But, I’d like to make a habit of blogging weekly (at least) to show how God is working in my life and through my life.  Hopefully this will encourage those of you who support me to see how God is using you as well!