Whitestown is still reviewing the remodel plans that we submitted on May 3rd. I don’t understand why each step in this process has taken so long. But as I pray and ask why, I remember that So Big is the handiwork of God. He is the one with the 10,000-foot view on this project. So, I continue to listen for His guidance and keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.
In Psalm 27:14 God reminds me to “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” As I read the verse, I wince a little inside as He repeats the phrase “wait patiently.” Patience is something that doesn’t come easily for me. When I look more closely at this verse though, I see that God has compassionately inserted the words “ Be brave and courageous” between the commands to wait. God knows that it is hard for me to be patient. He encourages me to take heart and lean into Him as I do the difficult work of waiting.
At our most recent board meeting, Cade Stockwell led our opening devotion which centered on the verse Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” As we let those words wash over us, Cade pointed out that we are told to rejoice, not once but twice. He went on to share that the Apostle Paul is challenging us in this statement to rejoice in the Lord at all times, not just when things are going well or when the Mountain House is ready to open. Instead our joy is found in the strength of the Lord. So as we wait, “the joy of the Lord is our strength” and we remember that we have a lot to be thankful for as we take steps on this journey to open the Mountain House.
This last month So Big took part in two events at New Hope Christian Church. On May 6th, I spoke at the Mother-Daughter Brunch. It was day full of love, fellowship, and delicious food. Many of the women at New Hope have a passion to serve the women and children that will be living at the Mountain House. Some women are already making baby blankets and praying over each one while participating in the church ministry Wonderfully Made. Others are making burp cloths and comforters that the women will be able to keep when they leave the house to live on their own.
On May 20th, So Big volunteered at Justin’s Run 4 Hope and participated in the Hope Fest following the race. We had a great time helping out at the run as well as connecting with other organizations that offer hope in the Indianapolis region. As we prepared for the day, we decided to create So Big shirts for our group to wear during the event. Blue Ribbon Designs in Zionsville did a wonderful job putting together the t-shirts for us. We are now selling the shirts to help support the Mountain House. They are $15 for the adult sizes and $10 for the youth sizes. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in placing an order.
As I reflect on all that has been accomplished, I realize that even though the process seems slow, God is busy putting together the pieces for So Big. And, I am encouraged to remain joyfully patient in Him.
Please pray that Whitestown will soon grant us the work permit to begin remodeling the Mountain House Maternity Home for the women and children that will be living there this summer.