Location: Indianapolis, Indiana on one of the first beautiful days of spring weather this year, 8 March, 2015, at 3:42.
Start the watch.
I haven’t managed to blog since Thanksgiving. I miss it; some of you miss it. So I am going to write at least a bit. When the watch stops, so will I!
Life is good, and I wish I knew how to word it in such a way to challenge you to the next step of greatness in your own life. In fact, life is so good, that I never get to blog! I was just telling someone recently that I got to a point in my travels where I took fewer pictures because I wanted to truly experience the journey, instead of always living my trips through the viewfinder of a camera, only to go back and reminisce later about experiences that I never really experienced!
That’s how life is right now. People ask me if I’m writing down all the amazing things our children say and do. I have a lot of other things I would like to blog about, and even my prayer journal does not get as much journaling as it used to. Why? Because life is too rich right now to cheapen it by confining it to words! When we were married more than three years ago now, we had a lot of zeros–zero children, zero money, zero homes, zero cars, zero good health, etc. Now, by the grace of God, our Lord has ushered us into a time of abundance! Though our “To Do” list always remains too abundant, we have so much for which to be thankful!
We always trusted God to provide, and He certainly did! We have beautiful children, a little money in the bank, a place to live, a car to drive, quite good health, fewer sleepless nights, and much more! Now we are praying to trust our God just as much . . . don’t we humans always have the temptation of trying to do things ourselves? With our own power? With our own wisdom? So we ask the Lord to not let us forget Him and His sovereignty in the easier times (isn’t it easy to turn to God when things get tough?). We also know that this “abundance” could transform into challenge or need tomorrow, and so we pray that we can steward this season and the resources we have now to be fruitful and prepared for whatever may come next. Our one goal is that God will be glorified!
After all, we have so many brothers and sisters in other parts of the world whose faith and faithfulness makes ours look like life in a dollhouse! People are loosing their lives, their families, their homes, their sanity . . . these are such difficult days we live in! So what does it look like for us to be faithful here, in the neighborhood in which we live, which is relatively safe, but with just as much desparate need, especially spiritual need!
We have an opportunity to visit Romania again in a few weeks! How we hope we can use our brief time there well! May we use our brief time on this earth well, too, that others might know our wonderful Father! Yesterday, M. and I drafted a will, because we want people–especially our children–to know we love them and prepare for their best, even if something happens to us. That is our prayer in life, too, that we might live so intentionally and beautifully that you would be blessed by us, that you might see through us to the Father who loves us and offered us–and you!–abundant life through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus!
Ok, dirty bathrooms, a grocery list, a sink full of dishes, and life in general awaits! Off I go, back into reality! But may the reality of my heart bleed through these words and point you to the God who has been faithful in my need, faithful in my abundance, faithful in my desparate times, and faithful in the wee hours of my most sleepless weeks! He is good, no matter what our mainstream news or Main Street morals publish in the press! We bless you in the Name of Jesus!