Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Aaron and I have been at Harvest House for just over four years now. (I know this because our twins just turned four and I was very, VERY pregnant when we moved!) Over the past four years I have learned so much about myself, God and what faith in action is all about. Every day is a step closer to knowing Him better.
We have gotten a lot of responses to Harvest House over the years as we have had opportunities to present to groups and talk to individuals. One of the most common responses is, ‘I could never do that’. Me either…but God. I worry, pray, and plan for these young women just like I do my own children. I care about their lives from the small details to the great big feelings. We navigate some messy, uncomfortable waters together as we work out hurts and issues from the past. I want to know if they got enough sleep, enough to eat, were they warm enough, do they need anything – just like my own children.
For every young woman that steps into this house, we make a commitment: love them like we would our own children. It isn’t always easy. Some days I’m tired, frustrated, or overwhelmed by all the things that need to be done. Sometimes I just want quiet or space or to not share my chocolate stash. But God is good and ALWAYS provides a timely Word, a text from a friend, a glimmer of hope in these ladies’ eyes that reminds me WHY and HOW we do this life.
I will be imperfect until the day I die. It’s sad, but true. Fortunately, God who created all things knows all the needs of this ministry (even the ones on my secret prayers I’m praying to see how God provides list). He knows the needs of my heart and mind. He knows the needs of the young women here. He knows our hopes and dreams for the future.
Thanks for joining us for these four years. Join us in prayer as we continue to answer “What’s next?”!