It is so wonderful spending time with these women and I truly believe that God is arranging these friendships so that we will be more accustomed to relationships in China! I am just in awe of what He does! We are eating alot of Chinese food in our house these days. Xiangdong and Xue Ni have both cooked for us and Lijuan is so gracious to have us in her home for meals. We also frequent the Lotus Market to stock up on Chinese food that we can cook. All in all, I see the preparation that God is doing and I bow my head in complete thankfulness.
How tenderly does He overpower us with the splendor of His goodness, soothing where He might confound! In Grace and love, who is like You, O Lord? Among the gods who is like You? Understanding faints in attempting to ascend to You! Imagination, to which You have given a half-creative faculty, cannot beget a thought of equal height to Your thoughts, nor conceive a way which may bear comparison with Your ways! What better can we do, great God, than bow our heads and reverently adore? (Spurgeon)
Beginning this journey with God "anticipating China" is truly humbling and an encouragement to my soul! I never dreamed that I would be SO blessed to see SO MUCH of God while still being earthbound! What a privilege, what an honor, WHAT A JOY!
Next step: Beginning to downsize and asking for God's guidance in that, of course!