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Worry and Anxiety January 19, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Gretchen @ 11:12 am

As I write this my husband is in Haiti.  He is there with a team to bring aid to the devastated churches there.  The only news I get is by following the guys he is with on Twitter or Facebook.  I see the pictures and soon will see the video of all he is experiencing.  We were so heartbroken over the pictures we saw and when the opportunity came for him to go we both without question said yes.  Lukas has been to Pakistan after the earthquake caused major damage there to build shelters, he has traveled to Venezuela, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Germany, Russia, Italy, and England.  This is the most worry I have ever had for his safety and mental condition.  I am so thankful he could go and bring some sort of aid to people who are completely devastated.  When word got out that they had seen a teen boy shot dead in the streets a knot began to grow deep within me.  No amount of security can protect from stray bullets.  No one will ever be able to erase the mental picture of this horrific event.  No one will ever be able to erase the memory of the smells he is facing.  This is where my faith in a good and sovereign God is put to the test with my husbands life.  I believe we are called to go to the needy and take care of the poor and defend injustice, but really Lord my husband??  The answer is yes.  And so caring for my sick children alone in a warm house that is intact has caused my heart to be thankful.  Holding my girls as they sob because they are afraid for and miss their daddy is not discouraging.  Dealing with the mean jury duty lady who did not really believe that my husband was in Haiti and that my kids were sick is a small thing.  But yes this is a continual battle for my heart and in the meantime we are all still in our jammies and the house is a mess but my heart is continually strengthened as I seek to believe.  May relief come for the people of Haiti and may God be seen as mighty.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1

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2 Responses to “Worry and Anxiety”

  1. Debbie Peabody Says:

    Grethchen,
    Just want to let you know Joel and I have been praying for Lukas and the team and all the aid workers in Haiti for God to protect them and sustain them and to give them many opportunities to share Christ’s love in this time of devastating need. I am really praying for you, since as women, we tend to easily fall in the areas of worry and fear and you have very legitimate concerns. I am praying that you will experience that peace that passes all understanding as Christ guards and keeps your mind (phil 4:6-8) that you will have His perfect peace as you keep your mind focused on God (Is 26:3) and that God will enable you to take those thought captives(2 Cor 10:4-5) – all the “what-ifs” and scenarios satan likes to whisper in our ears. I rmember when Joel was in USAF training calling me to tell how the guy in front of him died instantly from a coral snake bite or the time he was on a business trip and called to tell me he never had been so scared flying because a tornado on the end of the landing strip in Denver. It was really easy to let my mind travel to all the worse-case scenarios and dwell in fear OR I could choose to take those thoughts captive moment by moment as they came.
    Thank you Gretchen for being willing to let your husband serve in this way and for being real and vulnerable to us. It is a restimony and a blessing.
    Keep us posted so we can know how to pray.
    Love & Prayers,
    Debbie

  2. Jane Says:

    Gretchen,
    Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I didn’t know your husband was there and I will be praying for his protection. I think this is a very real issue that wives face–the protection of their husbands as they fight for their family on a regular basis, no matter what work they do. Our husbands need us to be their prayer warriors whether they are in distinct danger like Lukas is or they are just up against spiritual warfare. You are an encouragement to me as you share your heart about your husband and family. May God give you peace as you lift your cares to Him and as your heart is stayed on Him. Surely Faith is more than something we can see or grasp–and sometimes that is the hardest part!
    I’ll be praying for your protection as well as you are home with sick children and apart from your husband. Keep us updated!

    Jane


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