I haven’t forgotten this little corner of the internet. You are all in my heart! As Jen shared, this blog started as a quick idea… It took off into a passion, a drive, a bit of an obsession (for me), a community. I was honored to get to share my motherhood journey with each of you. I loved hearing your stories, and knowing that a word I shared could help or encourage, or at least let you know you weren’t alone. In turn, I received more encouragement then I could have imagined!
In 2012, my husband and I joined Wyliffe Bible Translators, with the goal of moving our family to Papua New Guinea to support Bible translation through IT. At the time, letting go of Sisters ‘N Cloth seemed absolutely ridiculous. Of course I could keep blogging while being trained as a missionary, homeschooling, speaking at churches, cooking, cleaning, and having meetings. Of course I could keep blogging about motherhood and cloth diapers from Papua New Guinea!
Slow learner. Right here. I like to hold onto things. Control them. Just ask Jen But gradually, God started to move me to release my hold on Sisters ‘N Cloth. Blog less. Worry about deadlines less.
Finally this fall, Jeniffer and I talked, and realized that if we were both to walk in obedience to God, it was time to let go of this space. He was asking different things of us both. But even after that conversation, I couldn’t bring myself to come here and say farewell. Even after Jeniffer wrote her post.
In January, my family moved out of our home of three years. We packed our family of seven into our seven passenger van and drove from Mississippi to North Carolina for an Intercultural Communications Course at JAARS, Inc. The purpose of the course is to teach missionaries how to engage effectively with another culture, and to communicate respect and honor for that culture – something that is harder to do than I ever realized. It was an amazing experience. One of the major things God revealed to me was my need to let go of the things I find my identity in outside of Him. I am Melissa, child of God. I don’t have to be Melissa, mom of 5. Melissa, homeschool mom. Melissa, stay-at-home mom. Melissa, breastfeeding advocate. Melissa, cloth diapering advocate.
Today He prompted me to come here and let go. You will continue to be in my heart.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:14-21
If you would like to keep up with how God is leading our family, I’d love for you to check out our family blog, Smiths on a Mission. Thank you all!