Thursday, June 5, 2008

My Sis

I just want to write about how proud I am of my sister. She amazes me more and more! Not only is she caring for her infant daughter as a single mom while her husband is deployed to Iraq, she is growing and maturing in her walk with the Lord, and what a blessing and encouragement to me it is to witness this growth.

She has been attending a church near her home for a couple of weeks now. The church is similar to mine in doctrine and beliefs, and they have very similar programs for the youth. This past Sunday, she not only attended the morning service, but she braved a horrible thunderstorm in order to go back for the evening service. Not only that, but she doesn't know anyone in the church yet so she goes alone. Why is she doing this? Because she has learned the importance of "training up a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6).

TJ and I have been praying for her, as well as other family members, for so long. It is easy to get discouraged, especially when we have been praying for such a long time. Not that we thought our prayers were useless or that God didn't hear them, but still, waiting on the Lord is difficult. However, He has allowed us to see the fruits of our labor, and it cheers my heart immensely. Besides just going to church, she is in a GOOD church, and that makes all the difference in the world. She has met some people, and the pastor personally thanked her for coming last Sunday evening despite the storm, saying she was an encouragement to him. My heart is just a little lighter these days as God continues to work in her life. Finding a church is difficult, but going all alone is even more difficult, and I commend her for doing what is right rather than what is comfortable. Too bad more people in this world don't do the same!

*I am thankful that my sister is attending church, attempting to raise her daughter in the fear and admonition of the Lord.*