Today I would meet her. The new pastor's wife.
I have prayed for her for the past 7 months.
I have wondered:
...who she was.
... where she lived.
... what she looked like.
I prayed that God would give her:
... grace for the unexpected.
...faith for the unknowns.
... peace for the future.
Today we met. Today we embraced. Today God showed me the answer to my prayers. I stand amazed by God.
Our lives are changing as we speak, a new ministry to start and a current ministry to become a closed chapter in the book of our lives. All changes bring happiness and sadness. We are excited about what God has in store for us and also acutely aware that life is starting to bring us a lot of things that we will be doing here for the last time.
We needed time away - to pray and plan for our future. God graciously allowed us to be able to go to a bed and breakfast in Door County. It is completely and totally romantic, secluded and a perfect spot to 'get away.' We checked in early, and went right up to our rooms placed our suitcase on the chair, took a few pictures.
After about 2 hours of planning, it was time for a break. My husband had phone calls to make, and some appointments to plan - I needed a cup of coffee. I walked to the main house and got a cup enjoying my saunter back with my camera. The garden was not as beautiful as it is in summer; however, it was lovely because in it's silence it spoke of promise. Promise of things to come - just like our future is with God.
With phone calls made, meetings planned and a hot cup of coffee accompanying me in my nook - we took some time of personal Bible reading and prayer time. It was wonderful. I read in I Timothy 6. Somehow verse six blessed my heart.
"But godliness with contentment is great gain."
Later that evening, we started a fire in fireplace and the room took on a beautiful glow. We talked and planned and prayed as we enjoyed the warmth of the fireplace. Throughout the night it burned.
Breakfast was taken at the main house. What a breakfast it was! I will not even talk about the breakfast with you - for the pictures seemed to say it better than words could.
Before heading out for home we took some time to go to the bay. It was beautiful but windy. Here are some shots from the water. Water always makes me feel calm and reflective.
So, we are back. What a profitable time we had! Trust you are able to find time to come away and meet with God. He has the directions -we need but follow.
Today was a busy one. Zak had lab work this morning at the hospital. We were there for quite awhile. He came home with a little less blood - and a couple of cool band aids!
While I did my Bible Study, Dad surprised the kids and took them to a baseball game - they could not have been happier! Their arrival home greeted me with giggles and exciting chatter as they told of the evening out with Dad. To make everything just a little bit more exciting, foul balls were able captured by two of my kids - and memories were made that will last a long time.
So we finish up today - Blood work - Bible Studies - and Baseball - and in that order too.
Trust you are able to be making memories with those you love. Thanks for stopping by. I am so glad you did.
Pizza was ordered, paper products brought to the counter, and ice cream purchased on the way home from church. It was much nicer enjoying the fellowship than stressing out about a meal and washing dishes. I left for church with a smile in my heart - what a wonderful afternoon!
This Friday, I wanted to share a "Weighted Vest" I made for our son Zak who is challenged with autism. It is a theory that has held up in a lot of studies that children who are challenged with autism have a hard time feeling the pressure of things ( this explains why sometimes when they go to touch something they push too hard, or pull to forcefully). It is like they do not feel the chair upon which they are sitting - or the ground upon which they are standing.
The weather was so nice today. Sun shinning - gentle wind blowing through the trees.
Spring is coming - Spring is almost here.
The mud is drying out - and the grass will soon bring a quilt of green blanketing the ground around the house.
Spring is coming - spring is almost here!
Along with the warmer weather comes the reality that packing and moving are just a few short months ahead. Excitement and anticipation fill the air with talk of our up and coming changes; along with the realization that there are so many things that are now to be our lasts here at this house.
Spring is coming - spring is almost here!