BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Detours of Life


So many times, you are driving along and up ahead, you see road signs that say “road construction” and “detour.”  Like roads, life is like that sometimes as you prepare for a journey as you encounter signs that say timing is not right and detour is necessary.

That has happened to us as we prepare for our journey to Nevada with some issues regarding my husband’s health and trying to focus on my master.

If we were to go anywhere right now, I would be completely alone without family support to help with my husband.  Currently he is facing a crisis on his finger and if it becomes infected, he will lose one more finger on his left hand.  He has already lost two and if he loses another one, it will be difficult for him to take care of himself for a while.  This would put more strain on me especially if I find a job along with school and other typical household stuff.

Therefore,to allow more time to finish my master degree and to ensure that I have family support close by, we are taking a detour for a couple of years.

So, the announcement is that this detour is leading us to the Spokane – Coeur d’Alene area for the time being.

It has not been an easy decision especially since I’ve had my doubts over the last few weeks about Nevada.  With this change of plans, I may wonder if I’m not trusting God enough to take care of us.  Now, we must trust Him to take care of us as we make this detour.

Above all, we must remember that God knows what He is doing and that His ways are different than our ways per Is 55:8-9 (MSG):

I don’t think the way you think.

The way you work isn’t the way I work.”

God’s Decree.

“For as the sky soars high above earth,

so the way I work surpasses the way you work,

and the way I think is beyond the way you think.

Therefore, as we change our plans, we must continue to remember the ways of the Lord are different.

As for my blog, I will eventually be changing it to something new about our adventures with the move and how we fare on our own.  Therefore, my blogs will be sporadic for the next few weeks as we prepare for this journey and as I make some changes to the blog.  I will do my best to post at least once a week and ask that all of my loyal followers – which is you guys and gals – to continue to follow as we work through this transition.

Do you feel as if the Lord wants you to take a different route in your journey?  If so, feel free to comment as well as comment on this blog with your thoughts.

And, who knows?  Perhaps, during this time, God will take us in a different direction or He may just preparing the way for us to finish the journey to the deserts of Nevada.

Blessings to all of you and may the Lord direct your paths to the right one, even if there is a detour, as He prepares you for a journey.

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Knocked on my Noggin to get Focused


Well, we have approximately 7 weeks before we make the move and it is coming up quick. Today was spent organizing some stuff we have stored at my in-law’s garage, where during this process I managed to bang my head on a ladder. Ouch! That hurt but I’ll live.

After bumping my head, I realized we need to slow down a bit even in the midst of this rush to get things ready, we still need to remember what the mission is all about. Recently, I wrote the following for the vision that has been cast on our hearts.

Introductory

My name is Ann Cole. We – my husband Dene and I – share the vision of opening up a community-style coffee shop called Vision 63. We are being called to open this place because we want to make a change in society by reaching out to the lost and those who are considered misfits in this world. These people are hurting, lonely, and they are searching for a safe place to know and be known and to find Jesus.

 When did this vision start?

For me, this dream started when I was a kid watching my dad preach at a local church. My heart and soul has always been to minister to the lost within the community. After all, I was the kid who made friends with the least popular kids, was somewhat respected by the popular kids and enjoyed nurturing animals. Therefore, it was no surprise when I spent a weekend in a neighborhood that was known for its daily shootings during a mission trip in the mid 90s.

This trip would include cleaning up a community center house, evangelizing, and interacting with the kids. I even spoke at a local church and was given the nickname of evangelist as the dream for a community center began to take hold.

The journey towards fulfilling this calling started about seven years ago. During that time, God took me on an interesting journey when I visited the church that sponsored that ministry. As I stood in the lobby, I was reminded of my calling to minister to people within a community. Even more amazing was this church “grandfathered” the church where I was commissioned as a leader, called an evangelist once again while developing the faith to start my educational journey towards ministry.

Currently, I am pursuing a Master in Pastoral Care as it prepares me to reach out to those who are hurting in both the church and the community. I have also been involved with volunteer, and ministry opportunities for different organizations.

Finally, I am highly skilled in technology, administration, supervision, accounting, and analyzing data that will be valuable in setting up a community style coffee shop that will have the following services and programs:

• Coffee and Fellowship for people who may not go to church or anyone else who wants to be involved with the ministry

• Community-style classes such as art, writing, computer, Bible, skill training, etc.

• Meeting the needs of the community through giving of resources such as providing food, training, clothing, and possibly shelter

We are learning that Nevada is one of the least religious states in this country. They need people like my husband and I to reach out to them.

Therefore, with this in mind, what is our next step? Well, stay tuned as we fill in more information with our statements, how we plan to fill in this gap, and more stories behind the mission.

So, what is your vision or purpose for life? Are you rushing to get it done but not looking at the picture of what needs to be done? Maybe slowing down and remember that God is in control of the vision and He will help you get what needs to be done finished.

ANNOUNCEMENT COMING UP – My husband will be releasing his own blog called PrayingMan63 so stay tuned for its launch.