Welcome Home…

Coming back to “real” life after a week in Honduras is difficult.  I feel guilty about living in such excess when I know so many have so much less.  I miss the twice a day worship services and total focus on Christ.  I’d move to Honduras in a minute if God called me there long-term, but He hasn’t.

However, my 12-year-old daughter, Hannah, made this homecoming particularly memorable.  She reminded me of perhaps why I’ve not been called to Honduras or another foreign land…

Because I have been called to the Farish family.  I have been called as a wife to Steve and a mom to Hannah and Owen.

The weightiness of this calling hit me more than ever when I walked in the front door of my house at 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning.  A carefully crafted “Welcome Home, Mom” sign, a beautiful bracelet, and three sleeping bodies squeezed on the couch awaiting my arrival.

While I was deeply touched by each, one gift reminded me that my work at home is as important if not more important than the work for which God sent me to Honduras.

A bracelet made by Hannah.

She wove yellow, blue, brown, and red threads together in a chevron shape and placed a white bead in the center.

Beside the bracelet was her official “Bracelet Color Code.” This is what it said…

Yellow is the hot Honduran sun. Blue is the clouds you flew through and the water you drank. Brown is the color of the house and the dirt paths. Red is all of the hearts you helped.

(No mention of the white bead.)

I was blown away by her thoughtfulness and love. My heart was full and thankful as I hugged her tight.


Late Sunday night my friend, Lisa, visited us.  After seeing the bracelet and code, Lisa asked Hannah, “What’s the white bead?”

I’d never thought to ask.

Hannah answered, “God.  He is the center of the bracelet because he is always the center.”


Hannah understood what I’ve prayed for her to understand since her birth: “Lord, help her to always see you as center.  Help her to see that all things point to You.”

God has entrusted me and my husband with two very precious lives.  In Proverbs 22 his Word says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

My call in this season is to my home, partnering with my husband to train our children in the way they should go.  Loving them, showing them grace, and pointing them to Jesus.

I am thankful for God’s gentle reminder through Hannah.  She teaches me  continually, and I pray I keep a teachable spirit.


  1. Julie Wagner says:

    BEAUTIFUL post Sarah! 🙂

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