Move…Moving…Move…A Husband’s Perspective

To get a perspective of  the upcoming move, I’ve asked my husband to write the following blog:

Howdy everyone this is Ann’s husband again.

Oh, the joy of moving.

I bet anyone whom has moved will call it anything but a joy.

Pack it all up and truck it across state.

Then unload everything in our new apartment and start unpacking.

Why during the packing does unexpected sidetracks show up.

Even my health took a down turn; don’t need these problems showing up now.

I am fifty years old and during all those years not one move has ever gone smoothly

So what in your life is not going smoothly?

Then lift up praise to our Lord and Savior

You will find things falling together unexpectedly

Which direction are you going?

Since I want to make sure everything goes smoothly, I have a personality type that likes to plan, organize, and analyze different angles on the steps we need to take to get to southern Nevada.

To stick with my personality type, the last couple of days, I have started mapping out the direction we will take on the great move so we can plan for hotel stays and the correct roads to take since I’ll be leading the caravan of minivan and moving truck.  My wonderful dad will be driving the truck so since he just turned 70, I want to make sure it won’t be too hard on him and my mother, his truck companion.

Yeah, our plans may get off track with the unexpected; however, we will need to keep God in these plans as He helps direct us back to the right track.

Yeah, if you’re like me, you’re afraid that if you go in the “wrong” direction, you’ll never recover.  After all, not every way is easy and yet there will be difficult ways as well which is why we are praying for the right direction on this journey.

Yeah, we may get several tips and may hear different voices telling us which direction to go so we’re consulting the experts like our friend who has been down that way quite a bit in the last 20 some years.

Therefore, when you get many voices telling you what to do, you usually  listen to advice from the person who knows more about the topic or the one who wants the best for you.

The voice that wants the best for you is God; after all, Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) reads:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

With this promise in mind, we are listening to that voice who knows the plans even as I carefully map out the directions and plan for the great move.

After all, according to Psalms 19:7-9 (MSG):

The revelation of God is whole

    and pulls our lives together.

The signposts of God are clear

    and point out the right road.

The life-maps of God are right,

    showing the way to joy.

The directions of God are plain

    and easy on the eyes.

God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,

    with a lifetime guarantee.

The decisions of God are accurate

    down to the nth degree.

I am learning in my latest class, that it is drawing close to God and knowing Him in order to discern His voice from the other voices.

After all, according to Psalms 25:9-10 (NIV):

He guides the humble in what is right

    and teaches them his way.

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful

    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

What voice are you listening to?  Do you know how to discern the voice of God from all the others?  Which map are you reading as you plan out your life?  Who are you letting guide your steps?

Please feel free to comment with what you think.

Where two or three or more are gathered in prayer…

Today will be a simple quick blog about praying for people.

As we prepare for the journey, we are learning that someone has been diagnosed with cancer.  That another woman is struggling with Alzheimer’s as her husband struggles to understand the situation.  There is a need to pray for a young child whose parents are trying to understand the sudden and mysterious illness that is causing discomfort and pain for the child.

After all, Eph 6:18 (NIV) reads, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Finally, remember, that God does not always answer prayer the way we want Him to answer but He does answer them the way He wants to answer them for our benefit and His purpose as He walks alongside us during the tough times.

Moreover, we need to be praying for other people and asking God what we can do for Him.

So, what is your prayer request or need?

To lift up people in prayer and be supportive of one another, I have created a prayer group on Facebook called Vision 63 Prayer Chain.  The requests in this group will receive continued prayer and we ask that if you are a part of this group, please respect the privacy of those submitting a prayer request and the integrity of the group.

If you want to remain private about your prayer requests, please do not hesitate to private message my personal Facebook page Ann Stenbak Cole.