Sunday, February 07, 2010

St Petersburg, Florida

Posted by Dawn:

Linda and I had a wonderful week of sightseeing, time on the beach, a couple of long walks, and time in God's word. On a shopping trip we laughed heartily when we spotted a sign that said, "When I say the word exercise I wash my mouth out with chocolate." Linda needed to be back in Roanoke for work tomorrow and flew home Saturday afternoon. I am staying on in St. Petersburg and Paul will be flying down here next weekend for the remainder of our Florida vacation. The weather is unseasonably cool with daytime highs in the sixties. However, each time I call home, I find out that Florida weather is a whole lot better than that of my hometown.

I worshiped with Aunt Lil and Uncle Tony this morning at Cornerstone Church. The guest speaker this morning had just returned from Haiti. She spoke about her work in 29 countries around the world. She seeks out children in great need and finds sponsors for them in America. The pictures she had with her made me realize again how great the need is for churches to support widows and orphans. The speaker this morning asked the congregation why we should care for the children and then answered her own question by quoting Jesus. "whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me."

I held Qavah on my lap during the service. She was sleepy and nestled into my shoulder. And as I listened I thought about the presence of Jesus in our home. He is always near, and always covering us with peace and comfort. And I imagined what Paul and I would be like without Kathryn and Qavah added to our family. Receiving them gave us more of Jesus. It increased our capacity to love, and be loved by Him.

After church I spoke to Kathryn and Paul back home. Their church canceled services because of the snow so they went to church with Colin and Jennifer. They told me that they held Annelise and Nehemiah on their laps during the service and I could just imagine how sweet it was to listen to a sermon sniffing their sweet baby hair. These are precious days for our family. I love them all so much.