It's been 15 days since I posted on this blog. I thought it was time to say something.
I've had my reasons. It took a couple of weeks for the internet techs to get the internet hooked up. Time moves different in Eagle Butte, SD.
Yet, all is well and we love our new place. God is here (as He is with you). We have a great landlord. We have nice neighbors. We've needed help from others several times since we moved in, and we were always given it with kindness.
My two youngest children love their new school. In fact, my eighth grade son was elected to be vice president of his class. My seventh grade daughter seems to have a whole bushel of friends already. And both have convinced the staff and fellow students they are well behaved (and they are).
Shannon preached Sunday and the church was pretty full. We had to park on the side of the street even.
I've been so thankful. Our Father loves us so much. I think if we all truly grasped how much He loves us, how outlandish and zany His love is, we would never be discouraged again.
We still wait for our former home to sell. I know it will but of course I wanted it to sell in a couple of weeks. It often takes longer than that, I remind myself (and God reminds me and He also reminds me He has this).
My husband is working on the other place at night while working in Pierre. We still have stuff left in the garage and a bit in the house. He is overwhelmed but he knows it will end. And I am so thankful for his strength as the kids and I make our home in the new place. It is temporary. So often we humans need to remember our situations are temporary -- especially the tough or trying ones.
I thought I'd share a bit from the last two weeks of journal entries (just a line or so from the entries -- most of it you would find boring) hoping it will encourage someone.
Oh Lord God, You will get us through. You will get us through. Your peace is here.
Lord, You're getting through to me. I'm relaxing inside. "For the LORD will not abandon His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance." Psalm 94:14
Monday, August 17
Lord God, I feel inadequate and needy this morning . . . please help us get all we need to get done, done.
Tuesday, August 18
Praise you Lord. The new house is becoming a home.
"Anticipate coming face-to-face with impossibilities: situations totally beyond your ability to handle . . . It is precisely where I want you -- the best place to encounter Me in My Glory and Power . . . Allow me to fight for you. Watch me working on your behalf." Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
I remembered we are here for people -- people are never an interruption. They are why we are still on this earth. So when they halt our own plans, our plans can wait and God is changing our plans Himself.
"If I wonder if I am being of any use to God, I instantly lose the beauty and the freshness of the touch of the LORD."
"Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2
"Now the LORD said to Moses, 'Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered.'" Exodus 34:1
Moses didn't waste time in self-condemnation and God didn't waste time condemning Moses (for shattering the tablets). All He said was, "tablets which you shattered." God and Moses got past that quickly and made new tablets. Moses had to cut out the second pair and carry them up the mountain but it worked . . . This speaks to me . . . We have debt from when I panicked and tried to "Fix" things for us. My fixing made things worse (I used to condemn myself a lot for this -- what a waste of time and energy and totally not a God way to look at things).
That's all I will share -- living is a daily thing. Faith is a daily thing. Oh wait -- I've got one quote I want to share from a John MacArthur Prodigal Son Study: "Although the father was a loving, generous, kindly man who provided abundant gifts for his two sons, both of his sons cared more for the father's wealth than they did for the father himself."
So, the question is: do we care more for God's gifts or for God Himself?