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His Way

Here is another poem from Streams in the Desert that spoke to me:

His Way

God bade me go when I would stay
(Twas cool within the wood);
I did not know the reason why
I heard a boulder crashing by
across the path where I stood.

He bade me stay when I would go;
"Thy will be done," I said. 
They found one day at early dawn,
across the way where I would have gone,
a serpent with a mangled head.

No more I ask the reason why,
Although I may not see
the path ahead, His way I go;
For though I know not, He doth know;
And He will choose the safest path for me.
              ~From the Sunday School Times

I am trusting that God's time, God's way is best - even though that may not be what I see or understand right now!  He will choose the safest path for me!  Amen!

road blocks

Tonight I left our church on Hoosick Street in Troy and began the drive home-my 5 minute drive.  My house is three miles away.  We have walked the distance before.  Yet tonight it took me two hours to get home.  Why, you ask?  Stupid road blocks!!
In a town about half an hour from here a propane truck tipped over and is burning.  They are worried about explosions and so they have blocked off the road since noon today.  I forgot about it coming home from the church and when I got to the road block I was tempted to try to sneak around it since I could see my house.  But I decided there was no way possible with all the policemen there and blocks on the road, so I followed the detour signs.  I didn't realize that this detour was going to take me on an adventure that lasted two hours until it was too late to turn around because I was almost out of gas!  (I always wait til last minute because I hate pumping gas!)  To make a long story short, I ended up almost in another state, ran out o…

Time flies when you're having fun!

When the kids were babies (and it felt like I had a lot of babies all together) people would say to me, "Cherish this time, it will go so quickly!"  HA!  I am NOT a baby person.  I like to hold them and ooh and ah, then give them back.  So that time never felt like it was flying by, I can tell you that!  It was more like a sleep deprived haze that I floated through for a few years!  But now...well, now is a different story.
I absolutely love, love, love the stage we are in as a family right now.  The kids are all old enough to dress, feed, and clean themselves; they can buckle themselves in the car; they love each other and enjoy playing together - entertainment is not usually an issue.  And yet they still like being with us.  We enjoy times as a family exploring new places, putting together legos, baking and cooking, watching movies that do not involve purple dinosaurs or colorful blobs that do not speak proper English, and doing all sorts of fun things.  We can also get u…

unplugged

We have set up some new media rules in our house and this is the result of less time on the computer/internet/netflix/video game:

Building forts and hanging out together as a family!  (insert HUGE sigh of contentment here!) :)

new opportunities

I don't know if it was the amazing weather, the fact that school went really well today, getting the 50 cent ice-cream cones today at Stewart's for wearing green, or just the Holy Spirit working (probably a combo of all those things) but today was simply a good day. 
As I was talking with Shawn about things in our future (which are still blurry, at best) I got really excited.  I started thinking about what an opportunity all this is.  Honestly, I often look at these times of uncertainty as a punishment of sorts.  But today God opened my eyes and made it so clear all of the opportunities he is giving me right now!  Opportunities to grow with him; to go deeper in my walk with him; to build upon relationships already formed and look forward to relationships that are to come; to dream about the future, reminisce about the past, and live in the here and now.  And I can honestly say that I am excited about walking through this life one day at a time with Him. 
I was listening on the…

Perspective

My heart has been heavy this week for many people.  For nation of Japan and the people who have been so severely affected by yet another natural disaster, then a man made disaster on top of it!  The people of Sudan who are facing unrest and lack of peace in this post referendum time.  The missionaries I know whose hearts are there (in both places) yet they cannot physically be there for the ones they love.  Friends who are overseas and dealing with personal times of uncertainty.  Family members making decisions and learning to rely on God in ways that are not always fun and comfortable.  Others I love who are not following the Lord - especially in these times of so many disasters. 
It makes my whining about a lack of clarity for our future seem pitiful. 
God had done something in my spirit in the last couple of weeks.  Isaiah 26:3 has come to mind, "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you."  I have read stories of people in di…

Geekiness and rest

OK, so here is the truth - I am a geek!  I get so excited when I sign on to FB or this blog and see I have new "followers!"  I know that probably most people don't read this, but it is still fun to see the people who are interested in our family and especially those of you that I know pray for us!  Thanks for making this geek's day!
That being said, since there are people that read this, I feel pressured to keep it up to date a little better!  I realized that it has been a couple weeks since my last post!  The thing is, not much has changed since then.  The whole "wait"  thing is still happening, and the "rest" thing is still being said to me daily.  However, I actually feel like some of it is starting to sink in!
I read this quote from Madame Guyon the other day, and it was the beginning of a deeper understanding for me."Rest.  Rest.  Rest in God's love.  The only work you are required to do now is to give your most intense attention to …