Hello my friends! Welcome to another addition of His Encouragement, our weekly post to share the Word, and hopefully provide a glimmer of hope in a dreary world.
First, I want to thank all of you who prayed for my daughter last week. She made it safely back to the States late Saturday night, and I was so grateful to have her back with me again. It has been so neat to listen to all of her stories and see how the Lord has made a difference in her life. Caitlin misses Mexico, almost like it was her home already in the short time she was there. She made so many memories and wonderful friendships. Caitlin is itching to go back, as in right away, today, tomorrow, whenever she can hop on a plane! Unfortunately she still has two years left of high school, so I told her that limited things a little bit. But her heart is there with her friends and the people of the town.
Now that may seem a little strange to some. The culture is different, the language is different, and Caitlin should have been an outsider. Want to know a secret? She is more an outsider in the community we live in then she was in Mexico. How you ask? Well, we live in a VERY diverse town, and when I say diverse, I mean diverse in all the wrong ways. She does not have a lot of friends at school because most of the kids are involved in things she does not want to be associated with. Our town is all about “acceptance” and very vocal in sharing those opinions. In Mexico she was surrounded by people who love the Lord and share the same values. Sure, there was a little language barrier, but fortunately there were some teens who could speak English that helped her out. She was not an outsider there, she was part of the family.
This verse really stood out to me in thinking about Caitlin’s situation. No matter where in the world you are, you can find family. Those who are saved are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Caitlin found brothers and sisters in Mexico, and it was such a joy for her to be around like minded people. Who can blame her for wanting to go back to that? I certainly can’t. I guess my point this week is that no matter where you go, on vacation, moving to a new town, a missions trip, or even a short day trip, you can find people who are family. Trust me, they are out there. I challenge you to look for them the next time you travel. And when you find them, share an encouraging word. I bet it’ll not only make their day, but make yours as well!
What has God shown you this week? Make sure you stop by the blogs below to get some more encouraging words!!
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn