Thursday, September 10, 2009

Changes

Life seems non-stop lately. It’s joyous, exciting, exhausting, emotionally draining, and an amazing journey that God has guided. This year has brought a lot of changes. Sometimes we feel a little shell shocked and sit back just watching as our lives transform. We have been learning about the phrase, “Stepping out in faith.” It’s not always easy to do. There are times where we can’t see the ground before we place our feet and we have this fear that it won’t be there…though it always is, for God has showed us this path.

As we proclaim the goodness of our creator, we thank Him for opening our minds to blessings beyond our imagination, the adoption of our Ethiopian twins. Our dossier (paperwork) is now out of our hands, as many of you are aware. The paperwork can feel so overwhelming when in the midst of it, yet now we just wait. Our adoption is progressing with astounding blessings. Though sometimes not knowing what the future holds is a little scary, we have found it amazingly exciting as well. Oh, we are human at times, but God sees us through…He’s always seen us through. We now wait for the “official” word that we are on the waiting list.

This is a new year for us with home school as well. God has brought us on a journey to schooling our five children. We are already learning the tricks to keeping going during parental illness. I have had some weird virus of which my mom and husband have enjoyed saying repeatedly, “Maybe your pregnant?!”. We’ve been enjoying our time with each other, field trips, and our local home school association, and of course learning. The kids are already learning at an alarming rate. Even Bekah has started pre-school this year and loving it! We now home school five separate grades….. a 9th grader, 7th grader, 3rd grader, 1st grader, and preschooler. I AM NOT a supermom, but a mom whom God led to do this. As the Bible says, we can do all things through God who strengthens us. It’s cool, it’s fun, it’s crazy.

Again, this is a time of change in our lives. Thomas and I have remained in prayer that God leads us where we can bring Him the most glory. Most recently He has allowed us to see that our ministry is expanding to another congregation. It has been so tough, but He has led us out of the congregation we have been long time members of. So many there are our extended family, close friends, and those we just adore. It has NOT been easy, but we follow God, not man. We are at a time where so much is changing, but we remain so thankful that God is leading us. We don’t expect life to be comfortable. We will follow Him to areas that are not comfortable, are different, and are more than we can imagine. Tough? Yes. Easy? No. Guided by God? Yes. The right answers, but there is a lot of both sadness, excitement, and loneliness at moving. A little of the feeling of being disconnected remains…not from God, but from a physical place of worship. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are still the same, but where we worship is changing.

As you can see our lives are transforming this year. God is shaping this family and we can’t wait to see the results! He is chiseling, molding, and forming an amazing future for us. God is so good and we feel so honored and humbled to see Him work.

If stepping out is what it takes, then we’re ready for a wonderful free fall into the arms of our Savior.

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