First off, I apologize for the delay in posting. No one could have predicted the chain of events that would come at the end of the Europe tour. Many of you know that I woke up with a terrible stomach flu on 4am the day of departure. We left our hosts in the Netherlands at 6:30am and arrived home to our husbands just before 5pm on Monday the 1st. I wouldn’t wish traveling with a stomach flu on anyone, but if it must happen, I hope you have someone as understanding and loving as Amy by your side. I’m so thankful for her strength and care for me. So I spent my first week back in bed with the stomach flu, but had an incredible husband to make sure the saltines, pedialyte and applesauce were always there when I needed them. I was finally feeling better on Thursday night, just in time for surgery on Friday to have a heart monitor implanted. I spent last week recovering from surgery and catching up on work, and then reconnected with my family at a mini-vacation at the lake this weekend. I know Casey is thankful to finally have his wife back instead of a patient!
One good thing about being sick is that I had a whole week in bed to process all that God did and is doing in Europe. Many of you that I’ve had the chance to talk to have asked me what I learned and saw during my time in Europe. Thankfully, Amy interviewed me the other day so I can share some of my thoughts with all of you. It’s a 20 minute video, which I know is long, but you can listen to it while you work. 🙂
Although it has taken us some time, the blog (http://amyjfields.com/blog/) has been updated with photos and video from the trip. There’s a short video update for almost every day that we were there. We will be filling in the gaps over the next week or so. We are so thankful to have the ability to share with you all as much as we have, but as someone that’s been there, I can tell you that I’ll never be able to fully communicate how powerful this trip was for us and those we had the pleasure of spending time with. If I could only take away 2 things from this trip it would be these…
1) Our God is AWESOME and is doing a mighty work in hearts and cities across the world. I am BEYOND THANKFUL to get to be a part of that work. I can be a part of that work every day if I allow myself to have eyes open to those around me and a heart and mind that are sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s (God’s) guidance.
2) My focus should always be Jesus, and my time alone with the Lord is precious and needed. The more I seek Him, the more of Himself He will reveal to me. I want to have an unquenchable thirst for God’s presence and His Word. I am blessed to know God and have His Word at my fingertips. Maybe that’s more than one, but when you go without quiet time for a while and see how passionate some folks are about Jesus and how little others know about Him, you can’t help but want more of Him, in every way.
I can’t thank you all enough for your support and prayers that made this trip possible. You’ll never know all the lives you’ve impacted, but I hope the blogs helps you feel more a part of all that went on. Please continue praying for our military and for the amazing, everyday missionaries that are in the midst of a spiritual battle to share the love of Christ and his transcending peace with all they encounter.
I look forward to getting back to posting more regularly!