We move one foot in front of the other. We call our praying friends, we continue to be honest with our words, we don't argue or yell or throw a temper tantrum, we move one foot in front of the other and we keep trusting. We read God's word, claiming his promises like in Jeremiah where we read "I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:9-11" and then we laugh as we see how God really is in control and does know what He is doing and knows what is good for us.
And as we step forward some times the fear/worry creeps in we wonder how are we going to make it, how are we going to ever find another job much less get there ~ remember our home on wheels needs gas to get us down the road. And then the Lord surprises us with a couple gifts of money that were totally unexpected and lovingly accepted. And we follow God's leading, stepping out in faith that the doors that are opening are really his leading.
So we continue to see his way. Asking for prayer, getting encouragement in phone calls, emails and Facebook comments. And we step out, load up everything we have and drive 800 miles to a place we have never been and what a beautiful place it is ~ Branson, MO. And we continue to trust for full-time employment and thank God for the part-time work I have. We take advantage of Ron not working as he gets some much needed personal business taken care of. And we meet new people and make new friends.
We talk about needing to find a local congregation so we can worship our heavenly Father with other believers. And out of the world of Facebook he leads a gal to comment on a comment of mine and now today I am getting ready to go to a Ladies luncheon at the Friendly Baptist Church (that really is the name of the church). I am so excited to fellowship with other women who love the Lord as I do. We get invited to another church service that starts at 9 a.m. ~ which works great for our schedule as we need to open the campground office at noon on Sunday's.
And we continue to pray, trust, and yes even have a little melt down so you send out a panic email, continue to trust and seek full-time employment. We know what we would like to see happen but is it what God wants? Is it what will happen in the real world? We send out more prayer requests and then have a great interview and are offered full-time employment as managers of the campground where God has led us for part-time work.
And then this morning I am pleasantly surprised by a reminder from God in my devotion that even though we didn't know what was going to happen or even why certain things were happening God knew. This morning's devotion started with a reading in Ruth where Ruth tells Naomi she will go wherever she goes. I claimed that verse when Ron and I moved to Blaine in 1989. I would go wherever Ron wanted to go and I would keep the advice I received from Col. Nutt in 1978 that my job was to make our home a happy and welcoming home wherever we were living (we were in the Air Force at the time and stationed in Holland and I was wanting to go home!!) because if Ron had a happy home he could do his job wherever it took him. And that has been one of my goals ~ to always have a happy home for our family no matter where we were living.
And then the devotion moved to Prov. 20:18 "Every purpose is established by counsel (the LORD)." And reading 'We all go through tough times. It is how we deal with them and what we learn from them that defines who we are. The Lord has a purpose for them all." and "It was as if God had been working in ways known only to Him, to bring us together." and then closes with this prayer: "Father, your purpose is our good. Let us be aware of the ways you work in our lives." (By Brock Kidd in Daily Guideposts 2012)
And I think about a comment a friend made: You come across so calm in all of this. So you are an encouragement to me. :) And I think if you only knew about my mini-melt down the other morning and then I think, okay it was only a mini-melt down, not a full blown anxiety attack where I feel paralyzed and freak out and fall apart and make matters worse than they are (remembering some of my behaviors when I was worried sick when Jamie was in Iraq or totally panicking because we didn't have any money for groceries and feeling like I needed to beg any and everyone to help us). And then I say "Thank you Lord for your love and grace and mercy in my life. For loving me through the tough times and helping me to grow and trust in You even more."
And I will never forget the morning of April 4, 2012 as we were being fired and thinking about God's promise from Jeremiah 29:11 "OK Lord, I think you need to share with us now what those plans are because this is not making any sense to me at this moment."
And we are now employed at a small campground, in a beautiful part of this country. We are nestled in among some beautiful shade trees, have a swimming pool and exercise room to use whenever we want. We have an opportunity to find the church where we know God will use us and we will feel like we are home. And we feel a peace and calmness surrounding us that is a blessing all of its own.
So today I give thanks for how the Lord works in our lives even when we don't understand! He does know the plans he has for us. Sometimes we just have to be open to follow where He leads.
|And this is view that we see each morning from our new home where the Lord led us!!|