Ever feel like you're all alone in this word? I know I've struggled with this emotion quite a bit recently. Just when I thought my husband was finished with school/coaching... he signed up for another summer coaching position. And then... the day before THAT was suppose to be over, he was asked to coach an All-Star team. It doesn't sound that bad... but this is a BIG commitment (that's all voluntary, may I add). :) It wouldn't be as terrible if it was all local sports, but my hubby is driving 1-2 hours each way for each practice/game. And now there is out-of-state travel involved. And then, when he IS home, there are always LOTS of phone calls (his phone bill last month alone was over $300 if that tells you anything)... and strategising... and, and, and. It's been really hard. I understand the word "lonely" on many levels. My husband & I are such opposites and our 'needs' are TOTALLY different. He would be perfectly content being gone 99% the time... but I need the emotional support & physical support with raising two young boys.
So... Sunday at church, I look over and see a women who's husband is overseas. They were just married last October and he's from England. I guess he hasn't been able to obtain citizenship here in the US yet and was required to return to his home country. When I looked at this woman's face.... the loneliness was oozing out of her.
Have you ever noticed how much more you hurt for someone after experiencing hurt yourself? Even though our situations are not the same.... I understand that pain. I think that's probably one reason why we're allowed to go through trials and hard times. If we didn't, how would we ever be able to empathize with others?
As I was making this card, I was reminded that even when we feel lonely and deserted, there is always one who is there for us! Even though our eyes can't see Him, He's there watching over us! "I will NEVER leave you or forsake you..." It still isn't easy... but I hope it encourages her a little bit. And... I pray God makes a way for he husband to come back home soon.
This layout is based off of a sketch by Jen del Muro for her weekly SFYTT... and is also for the Ways to Use it Challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers (the challenge was to use birds on your cards).
- Pretty Birds (the Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
- Script Essential Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) by Cornish Heritage Farms
- Pitch Black & Espresso Adirondack inkpads by Ranger
- Herbal Garden Medium & Dark Prismatic Cardstock by Prism
- 29th Street Market (Fresh "Mother") by My Mind's Eye
- French Twist buttons by Autumn Leaves
- Waxy Flax by Scrapworks
- Silver Precious Metal Hardware by We R Memory Keepers
- Copic Markers
- Paper Piercing tools