A couple of months ago I wrote about the life of a nomad and how we're in transition. Well, the nomadic life continues to this day. We have been so blessed by friends and family that have been very hospitable and opened up their homes to us. Since we've gotten to Brazil, we've been staying with Renato's parents. It has been such a huge blessing, but yet challenging at times. I came across this Proverb today during my reading:
Proverbs 14:1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
My heart cried out to God when I read that, "Lord, I would LOVE to build up my own house. I pray for a place to call our own.....SOON!"
The past 2 months I've really missed a place of my own. My own space. My own home. I've even envied people here who live in the tiniest of houses, because they have their own home. In the U.S., it's all about BIG houses and BIG cars and BIG everything. Here, I've been learning a lot about being content where God has me.
So I'm learning how to "build up my own house" in other ways. I'm building not a physical house right now, but a spiritual house. I'm building up a house of faith, contentment, peace, patience, and love. God is working on all of these areas in my life right now and building me up a spiritual mansion.
The hardest and most challenging of these is patience for me. I'm in the right country to learn patience. EVERYTHING here takes 3 times as long as it would in the U.S. But what I'm really missing and having a hard time being patient for is my house. So on continues the process of building up my patience while I add a "spiritual brick" to my mansion with every day I learn more about God. What a beautiful mansion it will be!!!