Saturday, August 16, 2008

don't stop 'til you get enough

everywhere i go, everyone i meet, every situation i encounter, there seems to be a lesson to be learned. life lessons just don’t ever stop. as i go through life and things are revealed to me, i seem to bask in the sovereignty of God. all things that i see and learn and experience and love are all from God. God creates it, God brings it to me and God teaches my heart.

you know what brings me an incredible joy? we are all human. different colors, different places, different languages, but what it boils down to is that each one of us is a human and each one of us were created in the image of Someone much greater than ourselves.

last week at our main Suubi meeting, there was a situation that brought this issue of being the same to the front of my mind and heart. i know that cultures are different and the way issues are addressed are different but this situation reminded me that despite cultural differences, we are all human. we all feel. we all hurt. we all cry. we all are confused. we all laugh. we all smile. you can see the frail humanity in the eyes of each person.

somehow all of that led me to thinking of the worth and value of each person. there is so much significance in treating each of these Suubi women like they are worth far more than rubies. to live my days’ showing them the importance of their life is something that is worth far more than my effort.

all of these thoughts led my mind to remember how gentle the revolution is. the Kingdom of God is not spread through power or fame. it’s not spread by doing what’s right and wrong. it’s not spread by being good or bad. it’s not spread my morals. it’s not spread by wealth. it’s spread by the unexplainable strength of loving a person. Jesus made it quite clear that it’s not a forced power that brings the people to His love. it’s a simple and gentle love. it’s the yeast in the bread that starts small and slowly but surely invades the entire loaf. it is like the tiny tiny tiny mustard seed that will eventually take over the entire garden.

there is a time for a holy rage [eg – Jesus upsetting tables] but even in that, it’s a gentle and loving transformation. oh that in all we do we would seek the good.

what would it look like if we spent all of our days seeking the good?
imagine it for a minute.

as john and i visit different women and spend time in walukuba and danida, my heart is overwhelmed with a deep love for these people. to not be here in Uganda right now isn’t an option. as i sit in the ladies homes and roll beads or string necklaces or talk about whatever, i literally can’t help but to just look at them and be amazed. my words will never describe how freaking amazing they are.

can i please speak of their beauty real quick? for real. they are stunning. americas next top model has nothing on these women. there is no make up. there are no fancy clothes. there is no expensive jewelry. there is nothing but a pure and honest beauty. and not only do these women have it going onnnnn on the outside but their hearts are so beautiful as well. i could go on forever.

exciting news! someone in the States donated a large sum of money to Light Gives Heat so that they can have a kiosk in a mall in Colorado in November and December! that’s huge! we all know how crazy most Americans get around the holidays…they can never buy enough. so while i don’t encourage buying a lot, it is super great for the Suubi ladies. their necklaces and stories will be everywhere! it gets me so excited. they deserve it all.

these women are not a ‘cause’ to support. they are not a ‘charity’ to support. they are humans. they live. they breathe. they are my friends. they work hard on these necklaces and they pray hard for ‘market’ in the States. these women are real and dang…they are amazing.

thanks for listening to my words. leave a comment. let me know who you are. i say it all the time but i would really love to know how you’re doing. send me an email sometime, it’d brighten my day!

love.julie

9 comments:

Amber said...

Hi Julie...
I know I know...I never have anything new to say. "your words are powerful, they completely spoke to me" blah blah blah...haha...but seriously, every time, that is so true. I just wanted to make sure that you knew I was the Amber that talks to you via myspace, and I think a few emails too (Jinja1226@aol.com). We share a passion for peace a nd love for Uganda and it's stunning people.

As always, I live vicariously through your posts...thank you so much for sharing!

Sarah. said...

miss julie.

i love you so much. it is wonderful to read your updates. i have been back in the states for almost two weeks now and it is hard.. your words bring back beautiful images and memories. im still praying for you and those ladies in jinja. it was truly good to see you while i was there.

love.
sarah.

Jessica said...

Julie,

You have a beautiful heart! I am so glad to see how the Lord is using you, and how you really allow the Lord to speak to you, and into your life. It is evident in every word you speak(type). I love it! Bless you!!

Jess Weast

dschulz said...

Julie,
Just finished reading your blog and the portion that jumped out at me was your assertion that we're all the same--humans that is. We hurt, cry, laugh, love, learn. Exactly. It's such a simple truth, but so very profound and totally connecting.
Carry on...
(oh, and give my boy a big hug from his lonesome momma...)

Hoser said...

Julie,
It is great to read your blog and see how well you are doing. Thank you so much for the work that you are doing. I miss being there, and reading your stories brings me back and makes me smile. God bless
Josey (Doctor)

RachelStroud said...

Wow, Jules I'm so jealous of you right now. This blog made me really really miss the Suubi women and I totally felt all you were saying. I'm so proud of you and all you're doing for those women and children and allowing yourself to be used by God in such amazing and stretching ways. We're praying for you! I truly appreciate your blogs, they're amazing and for a moment place me back there in Jinja.

Becky said...

hi julie! ventured here from kirstin. wanted to say hi! nice to meet you!

Courtney said...

i've spent months trying to put my feelings into words, and you did it perfectly...and there really aren't any words for the women. like rach and josey said, reading your blogs just makes me miss it all over again. thanks so much for everything you're doing!

D. Hansow said...

Your rock my socks off! you guys seriously are my heroes... thanks for letting me be a part of this story!