The beginning of my dad's email this week: "It was a very frustrating week but somehow I do feel accomplished because I worked hard." (I hope you don't mind me sharing that Dad.)
I think that sentence sums up how I feel just about every week. haha. No, this week was a good one and I LOVE RAIN! There was a tropical depression/storm in the Gulf of Mexico this week so we got a lot of rain on the east coast. (Notice the pictures.) A quote from Sister Abad: "You Americans don't like umbrellas." haha.
We serve at Flamingo Gardens every week, which feels like a mini-tropical rain forest and because of the rain it was pretty empty this week. One of the ways I feel closest to God is being outside and working. And being outside and working in silence with nothing but the pouring rain to listen to? Greatest feeling ever. Also, there is a Boa Constricter there that I've never noticed. Those things are HUGE!
On Friday we went to dinner with Jose and there are a few quotes from that experience as well. One of which happened when we were walking out to our cars. Jose shouts "Hey! Redneck! Would you like some bread?" I'm not sure when I became a redneck, but the bread was enjoyed by our house. haha.
This week I thought a lot about prayer and my inability to truly express how I feel in English...or any language. Words have become difficult for me as of late. But I found a scripture in Romans 8:26 that showed God was aware.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
I have a testimony that God hears our prayers....even the ones that sit as unorganized and inexpressible thoughts and feelings in our hearts and minds. He appreciates our love even when it cannot be portrayed. I also know that He answers every prayer in His time. Keep pleading and keep knocking. I love you all so much! Have a good week!
-Sister Bren Scadden