Debra Allison and Family

To Czech Republic and Back Again

Family letter by Debra

March 20, 2014

Dear ladies,

Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and re-growth. So it must be springtime here in the Czech Republic? Not really, but when one looks at the side of my flower garden, one can only proclaim that it is spring. It is obvious that the sun has been brightly shining on the soil giving it warmth and causing the bulbs to start growing. This winter has been the warmest winter that we can remember while living here. Even the pansies that I planted late autumn are still as beautiful as the day I planted them. They have been exposed to the sun daily, which has made all the difference.

And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon. Deuteronomy 33:14

I pray daily that the Son would shine on my heart to produce in me the precious fruit of the spirit that through the Word, I may be able to reflect His warmth into the hearts of others.

The children at church are like sunshine sent by God from heaven, okay, not always, but if you could hear Maty try to sing the songs in Sunday school and church services, you would agree with me. Also my heart was so warmed this Sunday as Michael brought to me his new Sunday and church service notebook. He was so excited about it and I saw him taking notes during the lessons.

News about and from our grand children warm our hearts in a much greater way, especially when we are so far from them. A call from Lydia after she lost her first tooth, a thank you from lilibeth for pink socks, to hear Eliana speak a few new words to us on Skype, and a video of Elijah laughing and laughing.

The sunshine coming in the windows continues to be a distraction the boys. It is always a problem this time of the year because the warm fresh air seems to call our names. We are ending our third quarter and headed to the finish line. Amen.

As for me, I am always busy. I started spring cleaning this week. I am dying to get out into the gardens. My spring flowers bring hope of a new day, a day when we will have no sorrow and no tears. For the last few months, my heart has been greatly burdened, but each day I learn more and more what it means to truly trust in the Lord. He never fails to direct and care for my life and the life of my family and friends.

I want to say THANK YOU to all those who added a little more sunshine to my birthday. Your cards, e-cards, notes and gifts are always such an encouragement to me. Thank you again for remembering me and especially for praying for my family and me.

Love and prayers,