Thursday, May 20, 2010

A New Way of Thinking

Let me introduce you to my daughter. This Is Caitlyn. She is a wonderful daughter. She is a girl though, and with raising girls comes DRAMA. One minute you think that you know what she is thinking, and the next, well you get my drift. But, even with all that drama I can't even imagine what our family would be without her. She gives excitement and a new way of thinking. Let me give you and example of that new way of thinking that has just recently happened.

We were packing up the house getting ready for the move. Caitlyn was being such a huge help. Wrapping the glass things is what she loved to do the best while telling me how I was doing it wrong like any preteen does. Anyway, she said to me "I am kind of excited about wrapping up my globes." (her globe collection is her treasured posessions)

I of course said "why?" thinking to myself I am not feeling the same way. Dear, this is going to be a good one.

She proceeded to answer " because then when we get to where we are moving and I get to unwrap all of them it will seem like I am getting these presents all over again.

Chad by that time was in the room helping us and we just started to laugh. We said to her "WOW Caitlyn, that is a great way to think about it." I did not tell her that in my mind I was thinking I am not thinking that way at all. By this time I was thinking I can't believe I have to pack all this up, we don't even know where we are even going. I would love to say at that moment I was thinking "whatever God, you from us that is fine." Instead at that moment, I was thinking something that was not based on truth. Caitlyn made me stop and think what am I doing to think on truth. The verse that came to my mind was Phil 4:8-9 "Finally, bretheren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things."

I could not just stop there, I had to go back to the verses before those 2 verses that say..." Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxios; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your reqest be make known unto God. And the peace of God which passed all understanding, shall gaurd hearts and your thought in Christ Jesus. Caitlyn made me realize that I was thinking a different way than these verses tell us to think in difficult situations. She was at that time rejoicing about something that was going to bring her joy.I am so thankful for my wonderful daughter and how God has given her a different way of thinking. Even when there is lots of DRAMA that comes along with it.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Beginning

Well here it goes, I am giving in to a new world, the world of blogging. A fad maybe but a way to share with people what is going on in our lives, our journey that God has put us on, memoirs of our life. I am so thankful for how God works in our lives, we want you to follow us on our journey with Him.
We are on an unbelievable journey right now. Not sure where the journey is even taking us but there is one thing that is for sure, our God never changes. He is the same God who is giving blessings when things in life seem to be going well. He is also the God who allows trial to stretch us and mold us into who we are to become and hopefully in becoming more like Him through each step.
Maybe I should explain a bit. You see just 7 months ago we were in a ministry that we thought we were going to be in for a long time. But God in His sovereignty had other plans. We resigned from that ministry just 5 months ago. Who would have thought that in just 2 months our lives would be turned up side down ( at least in our minds) and we would have no idea what we would be doing or where we were going to end up. We have relied on the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,"plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." you see I have had to remember that God is not going to allow us anything that He is not going to allow good in some way. Yes it is hard but we are so excited to see what God is going to do and see where he is going to take us.
No, it is not what we had planned. We did not plan to leave our home that we loved but God did. We did not plan to leave people whom we loved a great deal but God did. Why? For us to be able to see who He is even more. To see His sovereignty, to see Him as our provider and not us ourselves. To see Him as Father who loves His children more than anything else. Yes we are growing through this to become even more like our Loving Father. Allowing Him to work in our lives as He sees best.
We are excited to see what God has for us;the next step in our journey with Him. Why don't you come follow us as we keep walking through the doors. Some that will open some that will close but hopefully striving to be faithful as we walk through each one.