So I decided to start making some posts ( ahead of time) for my blog while I am traveling across the Country …to another country far, far from home. I thought maybe I should just write a few things while I have some time, so my blog isn’t completely quiet. PLus I have also recruited some others to fill in and write some things in for me. Victoria, My friend and also my Pastor’s wife. They have a little baby boy….and they will be taking care of my house and kids while I am gone….well while Rob is on his business trip anyway. SO I also asked Victoria to contribute to my blog..since she will have plenty of adventures with my kids of course. :) Hopefully they are good.
Michael will also be contributing. He is my wonderful IT tech, has lots of quilting knowledge and he is super funny and personable.
I thought this picture I got off of FB was pretty true. HOw many people used in the bible were just like you and me? normal everyday , flawed people? We aren’t really flawed..we are perfectly flawed. Flawed would indicate there was something wrong….we aren’t wrong…we just need to emphasize our gifts. I know I will be traveling the day this is posted..wondering what is ahead of me…I will be excited to share everything when I get back. I am taking a journal to write down my experiences. I will also have many photos. I bought a small point and click camera that runs on regular batteries so that I could be sure to have enough batteries and what not…to take pics the whole time. Everything else I have is real bulky and has to be charged. Who knows if electricity will be available? So I had to make that little investment for the memories.
I can’t help but focus on all of my flaws ..and weaknesses. I don’t camp. I like to shower. I am not in the best of shape….yet I am flying miles and miles to work…to camp and to rough it and do labor. I can’t complain because I know I get to come back home in a couple of weeks and enjoy a hot shower on command, a nice comfy bed to sleep in….and all the yummy food I want. This is really the life. I have been blessed. I have my whole healthy family together…..no mass destruction. How can I not be thankful?
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
This is the time of year..Thanksgiving around the corner that we think about all we have and what we are grateful for….. and I just have to say if i break it down I am thankful for all the little things. Besides my family…my husband( those are the big things) I am thankful God trusts me to do his work everyday, He qualifies me. I am glad to be a vessel. The little things like fresh air, clean water, food in my belly…and I haven’t even arrived to Haiti yet. I am thankful for being a woman in America and being able to wear what I want. I am thankful to have an opinion and it being valuable…..in America. ( most days). I am thankful I get to proclaim who my God is and worship him in a full service every Sunday. Those are things are probably taken for granted everyday. But I think about them the closer I get to Haiti. I wouldn’t know what it is like not to have these things.
I love that God gives me all the tools to do what he needs me to do. He qualifies me. In all things.
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
I hope you can see this in your own life as well. I just want to ask for prayer…..that God’s will be done while I am gone. I know whatever shall be, shall be….and I won’t fear whatever his will may be.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.