Friday, 11 July 2014

Another update (yep, we're still not home...)

It's been a great week. Sure, we still can't go home and we still have no indication about when we may, but it's been good anyway. 

Today I'm linking up with Kate at the Lotus Creative for Daily diaries

We've been living in the home of our friends who are away, with another couple from our building. It's been fun and convenient and I'm so glad we had this opportunity. More good things that have come out of this situation in this last week:

- my nails are looking better; both houses we've lived in so far have had dishwashers and it's been just what my nails want!

- our German has been improving; we usually speak English at home, but the last 2 weeks the language in the lounge has been German.

- We've had an incredible view; looking over the little marktplatz and over at our building in the distance.

- We've learned to appreciate new tastes; I had no idea that I love Frischkase. Call me converted because this will become a regular!

- Our plants which we moved to another location are doing beautifully! I pictured seeing them on our veranda this Summer, but at least they're flowering somewhere!
- we've been back in Richtsberg this last week, and it's been so good to be back in the area and see people more often. We also had another dinner where everybody from our building was invited, and that made my heart very happy!

Furthermore, some verses have been on my mind this week... 

'Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.' (Hebrews 13:2) 

'Then the righteous will answer Him, "Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?" The King will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me."' (Matthew 25:37-40) 

"For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward." (Mark 9:41) 

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " (Acts 20:35) 

We've been so well looked after these last two weeks, and tomorrow we're moving into our next temporary home until the end of July (assuming our building won't be ready til some time in August or September). 
Studentenwerk has been able to provide everybody with accommodation, but their options are pretty limited. We've been so incredibly blessed by having people let us live in their homes while they're away, easing the burden on Studentenwerk a tiny bit, and making our lives more comfortable.

The thing is, we feel incredibly blessed and overwhelmed by how kind people have been to us, and yet, the verse says that it's more blessed to give than to receive... which means that our hosts are even more blessed than we are!
I said it last week, and I'm a broken record on this, so here it goes again... It's good to be a part of God's family in Marburg!


  1. I'm so glad you have good friends taking care of you! It's always a blessing to know that people want to (and can) help :)

  2. I'm so jealous of your abroad life! And that's amazing to be able to pick up German and speak it amongst yourselves.

  3. i think that's the first time i've seen your lovely ring - so pretty! and speaking german on a more-regular basis? how awesome is that?

  4. Hospitality is such an awesome way to bless others--because of our weird lifestyle, my family has lived with others more than once, and oh man, I'm sure anyone who takes a family of 9 into their home must definitely have blessing coming their way! :)
    (And yes, not doing dishes is awesome for the fingernails--my poor nails never grow long!)

  5. what a sweet and different season you're in. The Lord is surely blessing you where you are! Your heart about it all is so huge too, your faith is so encouraging.

  6. Your nails look lovely, I wish I could grow mine like that!

  7. So glad you've had friends who have been so hospitable toward you during this time! You nails and flowers look great...and how great is that opportunity that you've gotten to be closer to friends and improve your German so much in such little time. Sometimes not how we'd wish or expect it, but it looks like things are working out for your good. :)

  8. It really is great how things can be both bad and good at the same time! :)

  9. I definitely have a new appreciation of the power of hospitality!!

  10. Hmm, not always sunshine and roses, no matter where one is... always vulnerable to life!

  11. Absolutely!! They are God-sent!