New Journey


Hello, my friends…I’m back…

Since I last wrote this blog, quite a bit has changed, most of it for the good like having major surgery and discovering no cancer but still healing…praise the Lord.  This taught me that God is in control no matter how scary life gets…

Then, in the midst of recovering, I learned that I would be finishing school earlier than planned.  Yep, I’m done…my last two classes were on care ministries where I learned to counsel, shepherd, and care for people; then, Small Groups, where I learned how to set up and maintain small groups.  Both classes were amazing and I learned a lot but then as quickly as they started, they ended and now no more classes for me…except eventually to take a few for credentials.  My last class wasn’t done up to the standards I was used; however, I did pass and learned that I do not always need to be perfect and life still goes on…

Then in the midst of finishing my classes, I also had to complete paperwork and a portfolio required to graduate…that was a major project itself since it took me back through looking through three years’ worth of final papers as well as collecting information and figuring out where to find this information.  The exercise taught me to be a bit more organized in the future…

So, now I’m done…my portfolio was approved and one of the next steps is to walk in December so now I need to make travel plans to California, which should be fun as I decide to drive, fly or train?  While making the trip fun…

So, now that I’m done, I need to find a ministry Care that comes with many questions since I don’t know what’s around the next river bend…but I am learning to seek God and His desire for me and my husband.

After all, according to Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “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.”

Questions:

  1. Are you struggling with your own future or next journey in life?
  2. What fears do you need to overcome?
  3. If you’re not sure of which direction to go, have you prayed and read scripture?

So, what’s next? Well, I hope to continue writing a blog about the journey including following God’s lead on deciding our future so that I am able to use the degree that I’ve worked so hard for, with God’s and my husband’s strength, while fulfilling His purpose for our lives…

 

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Stepping Back in the Journey and Forging On


Hi everyone, I think I’m back…

Since it has been a while since I posted a blog, I thought I would give an update and let you know about my next round of blogs, which may be sporadic but I hope to keep them going once I get started again.  So, the last few months have been hectic with hubby in and out of the hospital with everything from strokes, infections, pneumonia, you name it.  Along with that, I was diagnosed with diabetes and so I have been working on controlling that as well as focusing on school and my husband’s health.

Thus, my husband’s care became more than I can handle so our journey has taken a step backwards…for the good.  We packed up our belongings and moved back home to Marysville to be closer for the family support as well as help in caring for my husband.  Praying he lasts a few more years especially with this round of hospital visits.  Even as I write this blog, we had another visit to the hospital due to an infection.

Even with what seems like a setback, we are still forging on with our dreams as we focus on my husband, our “new” home and my master degree.  Yet, even the master degree has taken another journey as I returned to Hope International for various reasons; however, I will be completed about this time next year with four more required classes to take plus two extra…

As for the blog, well, after a few more blogs about this latest path of the journey, I will be writing about a spiritual journey that is creative and fun as I take you, my readers, on a journey that will help all of us develop a deeper relationship with God.

In conclusion, you may be wondering – did we misunderstand God when we went to the Spokane area?  Or even with school?  We still have the dream to someday open up a community style coffee shop; however, we are not sure about the location yet.  Thus, look to the future and know that God is in control and He will help us figure out our next step in the journey.

After all, according to Jeremiah 29:11:  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.

So have you ever followed through on plans only to have a setback?  How did you overcome these setbacks?

Creative and Renewed Vision with the Heart of a Warrior


Well, as the end of one year approaches and another is about to start, I have been reflecting on my life especially as I spent the last few days going through photos and reading a book about Chazown, or God’s Vision for Your Life, for my next class.  This book is about taking your life’s experiences, gifts, and even values to determine your chosen path in life.

That is one thing that I struggle with as I ask – am I on the right path with my master degree?  In just 18 months, I will hopefully be graduating and hope to be in a ministry or even starting my own.  Though I feel God is calling me to be involved before He puts me into my own ministry…so involved I will be.

Yet, in the meantime, a few interesting things have happened in the last few days that have given me a sense of what I am called to do…almost like a renewed vision for my life.

First, as I examined the pictures, I came across a few cool ones including scenic photography and even my own paintings…I never really had the dream to paint yet as I study my art and even the photographs, I have a continued dream to use my gift of creativity for God’s glory.  Yet I wonder how will I make the time with husband’s care, school, and maybe a job, hopefully soon.  Yet, I must continue to trust God to work His Ways to help me fulfill this desire to use my creative gift of writing, artwork, and even love to create things with Legos.  Therefore, I hope to start a writing project that includes writing a devotional about God’s path in life so stay tuned…and pray that I can accomplish this dream.  Perhaps I even need to make time for my creative side before it goes away…

Second, I often wondered if I would ever fulfill a vision that was spoken over me years ago as I was commissioned as a leader at a local church.  It was about doing great and mighty things for God.  Yet, I’m shy and I don’t know if I can ever speak to a crowd of people to preach or even lead them to the Lord.  Then, yesterday, as I went forward to have my husband prayed for, an acquaintance – who I would to become friends with – prayed over me and she told me that she was given a Word about me.  It was almost similar to the vision as she reminded me to be a warrior and be bold as I would be reaching a great multitude of people!!!  I was like wow and all I could say was – thank you and that was the second time I have heard that message in my life!  Now, it is time to be bold and become that warrior for Christ.

Third, our pastor spoke about boldness and walking with God to fulfill His purpose in our lives.  That we need to wake up from our slumber and speak up in His Name and proclaim the Gospel.  that we need to grow in Christ and develop a lasting relationship with God as we continue to be bold.

Therefore, in conclusion, instead of a New Year’s Resolution, I will take one step at a time in this coming year to hopefully become a warrior in the Name of Jesus, standing up boldly for Him, praying for this nation, and bringing people into His Kingdom.  This includes building/rebuilding relationships with God, family and friends, spending more time with God and focusing on Him as I strive to serve Him more and become more obedient to His will.

What are your steps to becoming a better you in the coming year?  Is there a vision that you have put on hold or forgotten?  Is there something standing in your way?

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.

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.