Monthly Archives: November 2011

Addicted to Blogs?

Oh, yea? me too!

Let me feed that addiction with a recommendation.

Through a different blog I follow, I learned of THIS family.

Their story is for a lack of better words incredible.

The author of the family blog (the mom and wife) has such a way of raw storytelling, and preaching the gospel through their stories.

They just lost their farmhouse to a fire, yet their attitudes and perspective are amazing.  This particular post really got me.

http://trinitywilbourn.blogspot.com/2011/09/farmhouse-kitchen-pantry-laundry-room.html

She is talking about community and how important it is:

So aware that this outpouring of love we are experiencing is the way it’s supposed to be all the time.
not just when someone’s house burns up, 
but for the people who barely make the mortgage payment, 
the single mom who wants to give her children so much more than she can afford to give, 
for the family in debt with no foreseeable way out,
for the person who has enough money, but longs for true companionship, for someone to call in the middle of the night when it all comes crashing down….
for all the situations that don’t seem dire enough to justify asking for help, 
 
and yet, 
we need each other.
All of our stories are stories of struggle and brokenness.
 
 
The bible says that the people of God will be known for their love.
 
And yet, we fall so short of that.
We’re known more for our judgment, our hypocrisy, our inadequacies…

Well, not this time.
We long for everyone we know to experience the joy we’ve felt this week, 
 
and we keep pledging to God, begging God, 
that we would, for the rest of our lives, be people who spread this joy to others, 
who live with the veil torn all the time, 
 
who help bring pieces of heaven to earth.
wow.  so true. so convicting. 
why does it often take crisis (deaths, funerals, etc) or absolute joy (weddings, births, etc) for us to remember to love each other well all the time?
 
Oh, did I mention she has three little ones, and is due with their fourth baby today?  Their house burned 9 days ago.
 
Select THIS to continue to shower them with God’s love.

Walking.

1 John 1:7-But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

This time last year we were getting ready to move to Newport News. 

I was working from the cabin (well really the little library at Bryce, where I would bundle up in layers, and watch airplanes take off). 

It’s bizarre to me that almost a whole year has passed. 

That a new home has been made. 

That a new church community is so loved, and so are we. 

That new fears I had last year are gone, and almost seem laughable (ex.  I used to hide our electronics when we would leave the apt).

Time is a funny thing, but there is one truth that the more time on earth I spend I realize. 

God really does plan our steps.

{Not only does He plan our steps but He is the faithful one to help us walk the path He lays before us}.

I didn’t really want to move.  Sure I wanted to give the Feldman’s back their cabin, and I wanted a job.  I had never heard of Newport News though.  When I started asking around I didn’t hear good things. 

I am so glad we followed where God called us.

So often I respond in questioning when I think there is a call. (“are you sure, cause this isn’t how I envisioned it?”, “really, me?”)

We are going through the book of Exodus at By Grace right now, and it is truly amazing.  Not just another kid version of the Exodus or Moses either. 

Moses, was tasked with an *unbelievable* command.  He tried to make excuses for why he wasn’t the right one for the job.  After his life had been saved so providentially, you would think he would just say, okay, I see why you let me live after all.  Only he didn’t know the amazing way Yahweh had preserved his life.  We can read Egypt’s & Moses’s history.  He didn’t know it at the time that the God of the entire universe had been carefully orchestrating his life in unfathomable ways since before he was born.  That He was going to be faithful to finish what He had started.  Moses just had to obey.  He had to walk in the truth God gave him.

We have to walk too.  No matter what path God has called us to, or what foreknowledge we have.

Take Peter for example, called to walk on water by Christ.  He did it, but then started to sink, because he didn’t have a lot of faith in Christ’s calling, a high one- for a mortal human to walk on water. 

He will be faithful to see us through, pick us up (like He did Peter), and shelter us under the shadow of His wing. 

Whatever your calling brother or sister, whether it’s a big move, a day-by-day situation, walk faithfully in it.  Remembering that not only are you walking towards Him, but that if you are in Him, He is with you, till the ends of the age.

2 John 1:4– It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

John 1:4– I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Deuteronomy 8:6– Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him.

Psalms 86:11– Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

1 John 2:6– Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

1 Thess. 2:12– we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

 Micah & I last year in our new apt complex, with our smitten mitten.  I love walking life with that man.