Confession time: February is my favorite month. I’m not someone who is big on “favorites,” but if I had to pick February would be my favorite month. It’s not a special birthday month. It doesn’t hold a special anniversary for us. And for those who know me well, you might wonder why I pick February when March madness is right around the corner.
That’s just it…March madness is right around the corner. Once February is over, we are that much closer to spring, to new life, to hope. February is a short month, and that’s why I like it. Regardless of how the month went, good, bad or otherwise, it will soon be over. I feel accomplished during February because I did a lot in only 28 days (things it usually takes me 31 days to accomplish). Here’s what our short month looked like:
- Spent time with my parents. They visited us for the first time, and we were excited to have them in our home.
- Hosted our home church and had incredible, uplifting conversations throughout the week. Shout out to Pine Hills!
- Hosted a big Superbowl party, despite not being football fans
- Hosted two full weeks of surgical teams
- Made life-long friendships
- Tackled some fun baking projects (yes, baking is my favorite hobby these days)
- Spent five days at the beach, where we were able to relax and clear our minds after six weeks of hosting teams
- Focused on getting back into our gym routine
- Completed some housekeeping projects for the Guesthouse
- Celebrated Dominican Independence Day
- Cooked some of our favorite meals since we had two weeks off without teams
- Watched lots of basketball and soccer
- Connected with family and friends from the States
February was a good month for the Millers, but I’m not naïve to the fact that it came with challenges. Despite being only 28 days, sometimes February can feel like the LONGEST month. I can’t imagine the winter storms you’ve faced, the polar vortex, and the colds that won’t seem to go away. I remember how brutal MidWest winters can feel. I know some of you are facing emotional storms, including loss, sickness, loneliness, guilt, fear, and so much more. These struggles, coupled with cold, dreary days, can make situations feel hopeless. But, just like February, it will soon be over. God sees and knows what is happening in your life. It may seem endless, but God will bring you through this season. He won’t leave you out in the cold. He will be the shelter from the storm.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10, 16-18
“This all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal body….Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an enteral glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
“For what is seen is temporary” We only have a piece of the picture. Do not lose heart. God is creating something good, cling to that hope on these cold winter days. Hope is around the corner (*cough, cough* Easter is in a couple months!)
As I close, I ask for prayers as I’ve been facing my own struggle with loneliness. It sounds crazy because we are almost constantly surrounded by people. It is difficult, however, because great friendships are created throughout the week, then they are gone. Social media and technology are a great way to stay in touch, but it still leaves us feeling lonely and distant. I know the devil is trying to make me feel isolated, and that’s why I’m reaching out. I know I’m not alone. I know I have a wonderful family here who supports us. I know we have so many praying and loving us from the States. Thank you for that!
Stay warm, friends! Be encouraged! And let’s look together for what God has in store for us in the months to come!