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When I'm Invisible


Recently I had the opportunity to visit with a young mother who was sharing her heart with me.  She shared the struggles of being a new mom, the struggles of having to keep the house, and finding a balance between who she is as an individual, a wife, a mother, and friend.  It struck me when she said: “I think I’m invisible…even with the people I know.”  Now, this is not just a very shy and quiet mother who just sits in the pews.  This is a woman who has been actively involved in her local church, in the lives of individuals, and in the community.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Sometimes the call can be difficult.  The phone rings and you hear those dreadful words that someone dear to you has died.  Our first response is sadness.  But for those who believe, there is comfort and assurance in knowing they are a child of God.  There is a peace that passes all understanding.  Immediately, we realize we have been called to duty and hesitation isn't an option.  Within 24 hours, we were on the journey of over 1200 miles to seek the family and friends who now grieve the loss of such a precious loved one.

He made a change...now what?

I have been looking back over our journey and began thinking of how much God has done in our life.  I look at not only how much He has changed who I am in knowing Him through the salvation experience I made many years ago, but more so how He has changed me as an individual, a wife, a friend, and even a servant for Him.  In the last blog, I pointed out the importance of how Knowing Him seems to make a change on us not only inwardly, but outwardly as well.  I was reminded of a the old song entitled, “He made a change”.

1-31-13 - KNOW THE LORD

I once heard, “you don’t throw something away just because it’s a little broken”.  I see how applicable this is when it comes to our lives as well.  This week has been no exception.
 
This week, I have encountered stories from other women who are struggling with areas in their lives.  One young lady came to me and discussed some areas in her life where she has begun to see she needs something more.  She has lived a life of drugs and alcohol, of immorality, and great sin.  She had even been told by someone that she was not worthy of the Christian life and God couldn’t forgive her.

When the church is gone

As we have been able to go from place to place and view the beautiful sights of this country, we seen astonishing things.  We have described some of the most precious places to you.   We have given you images of secluded places, natural beauty, sights that were unimaginable and so many that were breathtaking.  It has been so exciting to see what new and beautiful sight the Lord would bless us with each day.   However, we have also shared with you things like forgotten faces of those we have encountered.

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.