The next step in the vision of Grace Valley begins this weekend. We will be housing our first ministry couple (along with their two children). The Lord, in His kindness, is allowing this couple to be our own flesh and blood- our daughter and her husband. They have been through a year of constant demands, pressure, wounding, financial pressure, health challenges, and a work situation that was unhealthy. They need a time of healing, rest, and time to reconnect as a couple. We want to just love on them the way Jesus would. This is true whether they were family or not.. This is what God called us to do here. To be a place of healing, safety and restoration for people especially those in ministry.
The other day I was shopping for all the items that you need to furnish an apartment. I was in Target, since that is where we created a ‘gift list’ for those who would also want to help furnish this apartment, since it is ‘first phase’ of the Grace Valley desire to house ministry couples. I enjoyed choosing things that were good quality and value for the price. We want this to communicate to others that they are loved and treasured.
I picked things of course that I would like in my own house. It brought me to some memories of when Phil and I married 40 years ago. The things we received as wedding gifts were so essential since we had nothing and were going to Bible college. I remembered the melmac daisy plates, and how I became the ‘contact paper’ queen on our cabinets in the tattered apt we could afford for about 80dollars a month!
Anyway, each item for this apt is hand picked with a purpose and intent. I started thinking of all the people who will stay there, what there hands will touch, what their needs might be, and try to go above and beyond what they would expect. I thought of how excited I am to show different ones the apartment and I anticipate the looks on faces when we tell them they can stay there and just rest.
Then, it hit me- I am so excited about preparing this place with just the right touches. But God is preparing a place for me in heaven with this same excitement, attention to detail and with His purpose and love in mind.
John 14:1-3 NLT ” Dont let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
Isn’t that amazing??? God is preparing a place that will be hand crafted for us to enjoy with Him for all eternity. The same care that I am taking for detail in this apartment, He has even more attention to detail in my heavenly dwelling. Just as He ‘knit me together in my mothers womb’ He is crafting a masterpiece of living space for me. Wow!
I pray today, as you see the news of all the debt crisis, wars, and weather conditions- that you will not fear. God is preparing a place for us. I pray that you will keep us in prayer as we minister to the broken and wounded, or those that simply need some quiet and rest.
May you trust fully in Him to supply your needs, and know that what may be lacking here on earth, will be abundantly supplied in heaven. Eternity is much longer to enjoy those pleasures than the seeming ‘speck’ of time we have on earth. God in His goodness, is allowing us, at Grace Valley, to love on His kids one by one, this side of heaven.
So may this apartment be a true picture of the love and care He has for us!
There are still many needs that if you pray and would desire to meet some of them , then you can either look at the Target List under Grace Valley, or you can contact us. We could still use outdoor chairs and tables for the deck, a nice grill, landscaping and landscape planning, or just dollars that would go to off set the costs of this ongoing ministry.
Thanks most of all for your prayers and love. We feel so blessed. Thanks to many of you who have already given! It’s been fun to come home and see a package on the front porch and open up the gifts you are sending for the apartment! You will ‘be there’ in each thing you donate. Thanks for partnering with us in this great task to minister to the tired , broken and weary.