Wednesday, August 27, 2008

beginnings of fall

It has been a whirlwind the past two weeks. I am finally feeling better after 14+ days of a high fever and weird cough. All the while I was sick John was so busy on campus with the our new staff members and Ben. They put in countless hours meeting new students, getting to know new names and playing ultimate frisbee. John was incredible in how he worked long hours while taking care of me, feeding us, getting me medicine, sitting with me in doctors offices and fundraising on top of it all. What a man I married, and what a God that provides for us on a daily and detailed level.

Being back in Gainesville has been refreshing. There is nothing like seeing familiar faces, catching up and looking forward to all the opportunities we have together. John and I have felt so at home here among the staff, students and our church family as well.

The nature of our ministry, staff team and my capacity is going to look so different than it has. I am truly looking forward to spending more time with Jesus this semester as He teaches me how to love John well, how to lead women in the Word and how to embrace being His Beloved. My life is offering me so many opportunities and choices with my time, and it makes me feel free. I told one of my girls, "I am a free spirit this year" There is nothing like being set free from classes and deadlines and having time to bake bread, read my Bible on campus, meet with a girl or sew something new. I am truly a student in all of those activities, but I cannot wait to get started.


Whitney said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better! I will continue to pray for you and your hubby.

The Mangerchine's said...

Hi Melissa,

I love your blog! My husband, Jeremy Mangerchine, knows and grew up with your husband and somehow referred me to check your site out. I hope you don't mind me enjoying it. It has been a delight to read! I love your heart for the Lord and His people!


Sherry said...

Hey, so glad to find you on the blogger world. I'm finally getting with the times...I've been meaning to start a blog for about 3 years now! Yours is so hip I need some lessons. Gabe is looking at it with me and every picture says, "there's Jon and Melissa!" He says to tell you that he loves you! Ahhhh. He also likes the do I do that?

We miss you.



Sherry said...

Gabe added a ps....please come to my house!