Saturday, May 31, 2014

Busy Days, Blogging Break

So good news... We are moving!!! We haven't sold our house yet, but God has made a way for us to rent the new place and be able to make our mortgage payment on this house. What an unbelievable story this has been. I can't wait to see what God is going to do next. After crying out to God, "Move us, already!",  ;) He finally did it. We are still praying we can sell quickly since we have to pay some utilities and maintain both properties at the same time. At least we can move forward. I will take it one step at a time and try not to run ahead or get discouraged and bogged down by disappointments. We have had a lot of interest in the house this time around and shown it several times.


We have been busy, busy, busy as we are packing up our large family and cleaning and clearing out stuff. Stuff, ugh! I still don't understand as much as I faithfully purge, how we end up with all of these boxes. I can't believe how blessed we have been. What a great time to evaluate, "Do I really need this? Have I used this in two years?". It feels so good to give load after load to The Salvation Army. I could have had about three yard sales, but I would rather not deal with it and know that it is helping someone else.

We will be painting, moving this next week and then I will be speaking in Idaho on Father's Day weekend. I am excited to be able to see my precious friend Catherine, and speak to anyone in the Church that will listen about the dangers of the technological world and to better equip parents and spouses to deal with this issue in their homes. Can't wait to see what God is going to do. I do have a prayer request. Our car has been acting up and has been repeatedly in the shop. Please pray it will get me to Idaho (a six hour trip) and back. I don't really have any other option, so I am trusting the Lord with this.

The kids are just about out of school! I can't wait to have them home for the summer. I have a few goals in mind. I will be giving each of them a night to cook once a week and I will walk them through it. Shopping, prep, and some kind of a dessert. I really want to give them some life-skills. Josh is 15 1/2 already and he doesn't have a clue other than to make a sandwich, and Top Ramon. Also, they will be helping out in the yard and I am going to teach them how to put in and care for a garden.

That's all for now folks! Hope to be sharing pictures of the new house soon! I will be back when life settles down a bit.

Please continue to pray for our family in this time of adjustment. And pray that God will sell our house in His way and His time (not mine). Oh, that is a hard prayer for me ;)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

One Wild Ride


"If your every plan and calculation has miscarried, if, one by one, human props have been knocked out, and doors have shut in your face, take heart. God is trying to get a message through to you, and the message is: "Stop depending on inadequate human resources. Let me handle the matter." -Catherine Wood Marshall

I can't believe how God is moving in our lives. This is such a wild ride! Our house is on the market. Our seller is willing to wait. God is taking away stress and worry and giving me such peace.

Every day I am able to speak about what God is doing and wondering what he will do next. He can be trusted!

"The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him." -Lamentations 3:25

I was listening to Family Talk Radio and they had a wonderful program on Protecting families from pornography. So exciting to know that there is a coalition out there called "Morality in Media". Their website was fantastic! Pornharms.com had so many resources that I could print off when I go speak at churches. I am getting geared up to speak again in a month in Idaho. I can't wait to see what God is going to do! I called the number on the website and just told the lady who answered the phone how much I appreciated that people are willing to mobilize and fight this scourge in our society! The Lord showed me that I am not alone. I needed that so bad. This fight feels like it is an uphill battle. Knowing that only 5% of Americans choose to protect their families from pornography is so discouraging. I realize much of it is awareness and lack of understanding of the true dangers of pornography addiction, especially in children's whose brains are still developing.

I beg you, please don't wait to get a filter. This website gives lots of reviews and recommendations if you just don't where to start. Don't wait! Be aware and be prepared!

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Lord of Change: Dealing With Spiritual Whiplash




Wow, what a week this has been! After waiting since January for our buyer to buy our house, he couldn't get financing. We were stunned. After waiting for months, 29 days before closing it all fell through. The miraculous thing is I had such peace. I had foolishly entered into a contract without reading the fine print. It gave the buyer way too many cards. I saw my mistake two weeks ago and prayed to God, "Lord, I have been a dumb sheep! I need you to protect us. We need a miracle. I am running to You, my Shepherd. I am seeking You and asking you to rescue us." Boy, did He. I felt instant relief when our neighbor said he couldn't come up with the money. I should have been spitting nails. I should have been so angry. Instead, the knot in my stomach went away and I knew I could trust the Lord. That "peace that passes all understanding" that I had been craving for two weeks finally came. I would rather have peace than a sale! I was even able to tell our buyer "No worries and no hard feelings. It is all good. God has a plan." Oh, how God has changed me!


So now what? This time we did not lose our house that we want to buy. We are so grateful that our seller is willing to wait on the Lord. Before the seller and I prayed together, we agreed we would do absolutely NOTHING to manipulate this situation and try to figure out a way to make this happen. We want the Lord to make it obvious and we want to see His hand in it. This has been such an exciting ride! People are watching and waiting to see what the Lord is going to do. I LOVE working with a Christian. It is so different to have all your cards on the table and to be praying in one accord.


So today we are putting our house up on the market. I was trying to avoid having to show our house. It is no fun trying to keep everything clean with all these precious children. So my goal now is to trust that God is going to sell my house. It won't sell because it is perfectly clean and polished. I want to continue to have peace. I don't want to stress out. I have lived without stress for four months now and I didn't like how my body and mind were feeling for the past two weeks. It really is amazing what stress does to your body.


Please continue to pray for our family. Pray that we do not grow discouraged and we do not run ahead and make foolish mistakes. Pray we quietly trust and keep the faith. Not everyone's faith is strong. My children are really upset and wondering why God isn't answering our prayers. I am praying that God will show Himself to them. I want them to see He is good and there is no darkness in Him.

I read this devotion this morning and I just thought I would share it.

The Lord of Change

"Not all change is by choice. A marriage dissolves. Cherished friendships change in character or another person's choice cuts directly across our own. Bringing us where we never wanted to be. A career change, voluntary or involuntary, may disrupt our lives. Financial losses sweep away our props. Even geographic change can be disorienting.

For the believer, then, the question is vital: Is our God the Lord of change? Will he be with us in change, especially when it strains our trust to its limit? Ironically, while we trust him with our eternal fate, we may find it difficult to trust him for next month's car payment, a new relationship, or an unexpected turn in our lives.

In the kaleidoscopic whirl of our life patterns, it can be enormously reassuring to remind ourselves that God is unchanging; 'I the LORD do not change' -Malachi 3:6"

 -Gini Andrews

Monday, May 5, 2014

Confession

According to my last post, I stated that I didn't have a faith problem, but a waiting problem. The Lord did not allow me to get away with that statement. Faith and waiting go hand and hand. He has shown this to me this weekend and I am so grateful for Him to lovingly point it out to me.

Instead I cry out to God as Job did, "I know you can do all things, your plans cannot be thwarted." Oh Lord, help me believe and wait to see what you will do. 

Pastor Dale O'Shields said something profound that I will never forget. "If God knows about it, you don't have to worry about it." It sums Matthew 6 up in one sentence. I want to live free and the only way I can do that is to get a handle on my fear and worries.

I repent to God and ask your forgiveness for that very prideful statement. Trusting God and not in man IS a faith issue. Because we cannot see God, our flesh will always want to trust in what we can see first. (I have gone back and changed my previous post.)

"I come boldly before you, Lord. Not on my own merit, or by my own righteousness (my own is like filthy rags) but by the saving knowledge of Jesus's sacrifice for my sins. I plead the blood of Jesus over all my difficult circumstances right now and pray that Your will be done and not mine.

Let your unfailing love surround me, because I trust in You. Let me rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous, sing, all you who are upright in heart."

Give me humility and keep me humble, Lord. "
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