Two or three weeks ago, Dana and I invited a Chinese graduate student couple to dinner. They are finishing school and moving away in a few months. Because of wanting to show hospitality, my Chinese background tells me cooking five or six dishes is appropriate. However, on a regular weekday, homeschooling three children from 2nd to 6th grade and taking care of a 4 year old are my top priorities during the day.
I felt I was in a dilemma. I knew I couldn’t tell my friends that they could come back for a meal in the summer after they had moved away. Well, God’s plan for me magnifies His love.
Mitti Wilson, who is a servant wearing many hats in ministry around Kossuth, e-mailed me two weeks ago offering me a break from schooling. Here is what she wrote:
This offer is one that I hope you'll take advantage of. :-) As a homeschooling mother I know that there are times that you just want some time home alone. I'd like to offer to have your kids over one day so that you can have some 'down time' at home.
I was dumbfounded for the first 10 seconds, wondering if I misread the message. Then I felt greatly refreshed. Isn’t God great to send me fresh air when I most needed a deep breath? I took hold of the offer and received over 5 hours on a recent Thursday doing things that I cannot normally do, I also worked on the meal, and even laid down for a half hour just for relaxation. I was recharged, and my family had a great time with the student couple that evening. God has used His love in Mitti to show He abides in us.
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