The love and support we have felt from friends and family, in the last few days, has been overwhelming. It has blessed me (Callie) to wake up in the morning, check my facebook, to find comment after comment assuring us that we are being prayed for. I believe in the power of prayer, and trust that the Lord is protecting us, and not just our family, but our nation as well.
Many friends have offered encouragement from Psalm 91 in the last few days. It has been my place of meditation this week, and the deep truths of finding safety in the Lord are being revealed to me in new ways.
God is our shelter.
When I wake up in the morning I wonder whether or not its better for us to stay in or go out. Part of Israeli coping and even attack against these issues is to move forward with as much normalcy as possible. Maybe that's easy for so many of the citizens who have gone through this before, but nothing about life is "normal" for me at the moment!
Yesterday, we carried out our normal weekly activities. We went the shuk and did our grocery shopping, and I got a hair cut. Honestly, keeping the normal routine helps! At home, I sit around analyzing every sound I hear from the street. When motor cycles pass by on Hebron Road, they sound oddly like the beginnings of the sirens. My heart stops every time. If I'm not pre occupied with sounds, then I'm spending too much time reading about the war online.
Getting out of the house helps. Not only does it help, but over the last few days, I have felt the presence and Holiness of God when I've been outside. He is here with this nation, dwelling amongst the people in His covenant Land. I have a sense of safety when we are out because I know God is our shelter. His word makes that promise.
Last night, while walking home from dropping something off at a friend's house, I had a sense that I was in a glory cloud, walking on holy ground. I entered into spontaneous praise and worship the whole way home. His presence is so real. We're part of a great move of God over here, as He proves the Holiness of His name.
“It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land." Ezekiel 36:22-24
Again, thank you for all of your prayers and support. It has blessed me and I hope you all will be blessed to hear about our adventures as we walk with God through this time of conflict. I plan to do some more creative writing about what we're experiencing, but I wanted to use Aviel's nap to share my heart quickly and openly!
Love you all!
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