strangely dim & glory and grace

Today is Easter Monday–Czech traditionally celebrates Easter on Monday. But, we’ve been celebrating all week. This Monday begins the sixth week of me staying with Martina. Though neither of us anticipated my stay to be this long, God knew. And He’s provided every step of the way. On my first night staying at Martina’s place we both decided we’d end our days by praying together. God knew that this would be a significant time to commit to pray.

This Monday is full of sunshine and rain, some of my favorite weather. The team I’m serving with now gave us Thursday through Monday off so I’m thankful for all the time to rest and recharge. It’s been a significant time for me to surrender my plans and thoughts to the Lord. In this awkward, in-between, “life on hold” season for all of us, it’s been incredibly easy for me to start planning in my head, thinking through the hundreds of scenarios, worrying, dreaming, etc. I’ve been reminded time and time again that the Lord has good plans for me and I can trust Him in all of these unknowns. He knows what’s up ahead. He goes before me and for that I am grateful.

I loved listening to Annie F. Downs Holy Week read throughs this week. Her reading of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection yesterday brought tears to my eyes. How Mary Magdalene must have felt when Jesus said her name and she realized it was Him… the joy, relief, shock and hope that must have flooded her as she ran to tell the disciples that He’s alive.

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I’ve missed my walking route back in Zagreb but it’s been kind of fun to discover new paths here in Cesky Tesin and not know where I’m going. Most days I take a different route and see where I end up.

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Cooking is such a joy for me. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease last month, I’ve had to make quite a few changes to my diet. At first, it was overwhelming but I quickly realized I already follow most of these dietary restrictions. It’s been so fun to make food that will nourish and heal my body. I loved making these chickpea oat crackers. I’ve also been loving making chicken shawarma…a little taste of Israel. Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with b1 preset

FaceTime bed time stories with sweet Phoebe continue to be a highlight of my day. I’m so grateful for this sweet girl. I’m so thankful for my friend’s beautiful kiddos. Fills me with joyful anticipation to have kids some day. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

I’m not quite sure what these are called but they are everywhere on my walks. I always think of the home I grew up in seeing these. These lined our house and were always such a happy sign of spring coming. Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

I’ve been diligently taking all of the medicine my doctor prescribed for the last month. Truthfully, I don’t notice a huge change yet but I’m expecting it to take some time. One of the things she’s having me take is iodine…apparently it’s extremely good for the thyroid. So I look a bit like a crazy person with yellow arms. I’ve recently started taking it orally which has been nice to not have crazy yellow arms all the time.Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

The day before all of the malls closed in Czech I managed to buy a french press…praise God because otherwise we’d be without coffee!! I’m thankful for my cozy mornings.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Is it strange that it feels a bit like Christmas when I get a new face mask? Martina’s friend made these homemade masks for us and they’re the best ones we’ve gotten.

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