Falling asleep to crickets instead of careening vehicles is certainly one of the blessings of growing up on (and visiting) the family farm. Summertime brings an abundance of sweet corn, watermelon and as many tomatoes and cucumbers as your heart desires (while also being entertained by silly cows)! But a belly full of home-grown goodness pales in comparison to a soul full of love, wise counsel, and passionate discourse on many topics. Sprinkle in lots of belly laughs, practical jokes, hard work, and board games, and you get a small picture of what we enjoyed as kids. Going home provides a good body-mind-soul reset!
It's been a full couple of weeks for Paul and I, visiting churches and praying about where God might have us next. But the support of family and friends along the way has been invaluable. As my sister jokingly reminded me, we have enough family stops to keep us going for a while. It has been a blessing to stay in numerous homes and find the encouragement we need for the journey ahead, especially considering this road trip won't be over for at least another two weeks! :)
Being on the road makes it harder to squeeze in exercise time, but it's certainly not impossible. Taking walks with Paul and using whatever floor space I can find to do a yoga routine has been a fun challenge. Though it's been an adjustment to shift my focus from my wellness ministry goals to the greater goal of finding a church to serve in as a ministry team, it is well worth it. I'm reminded of 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 : " Our passion for Gospel ministry is greater than my desire to encourage women in body-mind-soul wellness, but that God-given passion is still important. I want to sit with women and encourage them in their marriages, visit them in the hospital, help them set up their homes, pour over Scripture, and hold hearts and hands as we laugh, pray, and weep through life together. But I also want to encourage them to care for their bodies as well as their mind and soul. Caring for our bodies may not seem to have lasting eternal value, but I know from my own experience, that when I have NOT properly cared for my body, I am limited in my ability to serve God and others. It is certainly very important to remember as well that caring for myself physically honors God because I am His daughter and worthy of that effort and personal sacrifice of time and energy.
This time on the road is also giving me a good opportunity to pray and consider how I'd like this wellness ministry to take shape. Shifting this blog to more of a wellness focus is easy enough to work on away from home. But again, the overall direction of my future ministry depends on where we end up, and what God is calling us to there. God (and my sweet husband) are reminding me to take things one. day. at. a. time. Isn't that always the battle? But a battle worth fighting.