Josh and I tend to live life at a breakneck pace. We like to go, go, go and work, work, work. I am easily bored and Josh's mind never stops thinking. So we plan and produce and then we plan and produce some more.
This past December however, nearly drove us both into the ground. Josh, in his passionate desire to be productive and fruitful, booked a schedule that was just plain TOO FULL! And I, in my stubborn determination to also do everything I wanted to do (i.e. visit friends, make Christmas cookies, Christmas shop downtown, etc...) filled every extra minute with more "to do"s!
The results were . . . less than ideal.
Praise God that He delights in showing Himself strong when we are weak and in doing mighty things in spite of our failures! We still saw God work in big ways in and through our ministry AND we enjoyed lots of wonderful time with friends and family.
This month, though, has been completely different. For the first time in . . . well, EVER, we planned for an extended period of rest. In contrast to our 20+ ministry events in December, this month we had 7! When we weren't doing one of those services, we mostly stayed at home. We have done some homeschooling, booking and practicing. But we've also done a lot of playing in the snow with our new "puppy", making new friends, helping with the goats, reading, coloring, cooking, playing games, and watching netflix! :)
Who knew resting could be so . . . RESTFUL!? :)
Because of our slower pace, I have found myself often sitting in silence (Can I get a "HALLELUJAH!") while the boys play outside or in another room, looking out over God's amazing creation and just thinking.
Sometimes I think about how breathtakingly beautiful this place is and how insanely blessed I feel to call this home.
Sometimes I think that I NEVER ever want to leave.
Sometimes I think about how privileged I feel to be on this great ministry adventure with my kids and husband.
Sometimes I think about how BIG God is and how small I am.
Sometimes I think about how incapable I feel, how short I fall, how much mercy I need, and how unconditional God's love is.
And sometimes I just think about how cold it is outside! ;)
Next week, we will head back out on the road. We will spend two months in California before coming home for Easter. It will be hard to leave home. It will be hard to say goodbye to our landlords (who have become family), our house, and our dog! It will be hard to trade the comforts of our own kitchen and bathroom for our little trailer and RV park showers. But, we are READY! We are committed to following God wherever He leads and we are excited to see what He has in store for the upcoming months.
He never ceases to amaze us! :)
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“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
(Jeremiah 33:2-3 NIV)
Leviticus & Mark
(the Bible in a year)
Five Children and It
(family read aloud by E. Nesbit)
Middle School: The Inside Story
(by Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuna)
All Things Gardening, Soil, & Chickens
(not a title, just a list of my current library search topics)