God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
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After I get all of the mutating missionary blogs from the past re-posted here, I will continue writing fresh ones. Enjoy the review...
This blog was the first one I wrote after arriving in Germany as a 49 year old teacher, single mother alone without her adult kids and pretty confused.
Robyn Rochelle Cox
Loving God in the Moment
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
January being the last time I posted, I believe I have a lot of catching up to do.
I entered Germany on January 15, 2006. Staying in Kandern with my co-workers for two weeks was a good entry into the country. Moving into another co-workers home, while they are on leave to the United States, the culture shock that many talk about began to slip into my existence. It is probably good that I could not blog during this period of my life. I struggled with many things.
After five months of living in Germany, I can honestly say I am not over culture shock. The way things are done is still confusing to me. I was listening to a CD of a speaker I heard before I came in November. Jill Briscoe and her husband have a world-wide ministry to missionaries and pastors. They are from England, but moved to the United States many years ago. There children were young teens and she commented on the struggles that she went through, "Was it safe to ride their bicycles through the park, what about driving a car, they would never have had to deal with their children driving a car at this early age..." the list goes on. She said that she just didn't know what was safe and what wasn't, what was good and what was bad. She struggled, as does anyone that picks up and moves into a new culture. It is easier if you understand each other's language, but even moving from the east-coast to the west-coast is a culture shock. Just watch Legally Blonde. :-)
I say this repeatedly, and I believe that I will continue. It is a phrase that says it all. I live in a picture puzzle. The flowers are incredible, the Black Forest enchanting, my little town quaint.
God blessed me with a car that I am thankful for daily. I live in a wonderful flat overlooking a castle from one view and the French mountains from the other. I live in the Black Forest.
By the way, Black Forest Chocolate Cake is not really understood, until you eat it IN the Black Forest! Then you know why it is famous.
I should be having my washer and dryer delivered today.
Language is interesting and I am beginning to get the hang of it. But, it will be a long investment of time and energy. My furniture arrived on Tuesday, a week and a-half ago. Needless to say I am still unpacking.
I finally got hooked up the internet from my flat, yesterday. I hope to keep the blog updated more often since that hoop has been jumped through. :-)
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Wednesday, May 10, 2006
A little about me
I am in the world almost every day. Okay, daily.