challenge day 17: future.

today's post is supposed to be something i'm looking forward to.

the MAIN thing i am looking forward to is home.  being home with my Jesus.  i hope that you don't take that lightly, because it's true.  all the stuff i'm looking forward to on earth have pros, but they also have cons.  even the sweet things like bringing home a new life.  going home to my ABBA is the only joy that comes without strings.  i cannot WAIT to leave this world behind, with all its hurt, disappointment, and sickness.  but for now, he has me here, so i will enjoy it! :)
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
Phil 1:20-26

so while i'm here, i gotta say, the main thing i'm looking forward to right now is bringing a new life into this world.  it's exciting to think about, but it's also scary.  will i do well?  will he or she be healthy?  i know i can't keep them from pain or failure, but will they return to the Lord in the end?  whew!  that's tough to think about.  but i believe strongly that there is nothing like being a parent.  i mean, i have no frame of reference for that haha... but i've heard that it's true.

i just hope she's not like me as a teenager.

no..  never that.

i also can't wait for the holidays. we are sharing Thanksgiving with our friends on base (which will be amazing) and going home for Christmas! john and i have been stationed here in California for almost a year, and we miss our families! we also get to celebrate one (blissful) year of marriage. it will be awesome to see all our buddies, too. i love Christmas time, but this year will be extra special.
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  1. I long to go 'home', too. If this world has so much beauty, I just imagine what our REAL home will look like! It's breathtaking, really.
    And I also long to be a Mommy. I can't wait to bring a new life into this world so i can raise it in the love and admonition of the Lord :)
    ((hugs to you, aleasa!))

  2. I wonder a lot about Heaven. The differences between the way you think of Heaven as a child and the way you think of it now is crazy.

    Big hugs to a good mama :)

  3. you'll be a fantastic momma. PLUS your kids will have Auntie Jodie! :) can't wait to see you at Christmas! i miss you more than i thought i could ever miss a friend.

  4. I can't believe you guys have been gone a year! This year flew by... but congrats on your first year, don't they say that one is the hardest? So, it's only gonna get better, right? And I agree with everyone else, you'll make an awesome mama someday (and their daddy won't be too bad either).