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NOTES FROM US

Back to the basics

In our journey we never know what we may experience.  Yesterday was truly an experience that will forever be imprinted in our minds and on our heart.  One simple phone call from an aunt and our journey encountered a piece of the past.   As we traveled the backroads of Virginia, northwest of Lynchburg, we found ourselves winding down around and through narrow paved roads, crossing small bridges, and in some cases, dodging the limbs of small trees.   Some of the leaves were still embracing to the fall colors while others had given up and let go of the trees to give way to winters call.

It's Raining

Here we are on the east coast in what continues to be rainy weather. The forecast continues to show us that there is more in sight. The weather continues to bring in not just rain, but cold, potential freezing rain and even snow. As we have listened to the forecast, we actually have enjoyed the continual rainfall. As we seek the Lord each morning, it has been so neat to sit inside our camper and hear that pouring rain as it falls atop the roof. The rain continues to pour, sometimes slowly, and other times at a steady, even pace.

Who Defines It?

How do you define what ministry is? How do you decide to whom you will minister? Do you choose someone by their race, their hair color, or even shape or size? Do you only minister someone(s) only when they are in a major crisis? How is someone to decide what real ministry is? Is ministry only in the church? Do we only minister to the sick and ailing or sing carols at Christmas to shut-ins and those who are lonely? So how should we really define what ministry should like to others or even to ourselves?

Ending Well and Starting Fresh

Well, we were so blessed to end the year 2012 with family and friends in Texas.  What a delight it was to travel back to Texas and share the holiday season there.  The blog suffered a bit through the holiday season as we entered the Texas scene.  We hit the ground running though.  We did not spend much computer time as we were spending a great deal of “people time”.  So, how do we sum up the first trip out to the Northeast and our return?  We sum it up asking God to make the foundation SURE, STRONG, and SECURE in Him.

Just Breathe

Have you ever had one of those scary moments when you are eating something or take a drink of something and you just can’t seem to catch a breath? Perhaps you are someone who has suffered with asthma and you completely understand the impact of what it feels like to have what seems like no air in the lungs. Maybe you have had a heart attack and you feel those things leading up to it and the sense of that elephant sitting on your chest. It’s a scary thought and an even worse feeling when it happens to you personally and you just can’t catch your breath.

Down At Your Feet

I have found myself in such an awkward place this week and realized some things about myself. I have realized that I not only come to Christ each day with all my "stuff" and lay it at His feet, but I realize that when I do, I bring all of my ""dirty laundry" so to speak, to Him to clean it up again. Or, as the story in the bible goes, I find that often times I come to Him like Mary did and offer Him the best I have to give to Him. I only come to realize that even in my most human heart, the best I have to give to Him is still not always clean.

Ouch That Hurt!

Have you ever had one of those times you pound your finger with a hammer, or slam it in a door, or scrape your knee from a fall? Both Tim and I have about beaten our hands to pieces while working on this particular house. We have both yelled at one time or another, "Ouch that hurt!" Once, while we working in the yard on the flowerbed, we were pulling out these old stumps and weeds, etc. It just so happens we had gloves on because it had been full of all sorts of prickly things. Poor Tim, just so happened to find the prickly thing that involved a cactus!

Clean it up

As I mentioned previously, we have had the opportunity to spend some time cleaning up someone’s home of dust and clutter and just a bunch of "stuff".
 
As most of you know that have followed us from the beginning, you know we have believed the Lord led us to empty our lives of the "things" in our lives like our belongings, and to either sell them or get rid of them. We did. We emptied ourselves of so many things in our lives. We have found that even when we go to Wal-mart, or walk through the stores, we find that we are not as drawn to certain things as we were before…at least not for the same reasons.

A busy journey

Well, it has been a little bit since I last logged a note for our journey, but we have been none the less, quite busy!
 
This journey to date, has included meeting some of the neatest people, traveling to some of the most amazing and beautiful places, and ministering and sharing God’s word in music, testimony, and Tim preaching some as well. Whether we have encountered people one on one, or several in a crowd or a service, God has continued to bless us and to enrich our lives with these kind people.

Different faces, same family

A note from Tim for each ofyou:
 
It is an amazing experience to cross paths with our kinship in Christ.   Everywhere we have been, we have stumbled on to fellow believers.
 
I am often amazed how the Lord uses his people to encourage each other.  People like Molly.  She came up to us after a meeting in a senior assisted living home and said "I could tell you were Christians before you started.". She then continued to spur us on and encourage us as well.   What a joy and a delight.