Monday, May 17, 2004

Grace on the plane to Boston
I have never put one of my little ones on a big yellow bus, and I have no regrets about not participating in that part of American culture. Today, I put my daughter Grace on a plane from Baltimore to Boston. She is almost 15 and it seems the days with her in our home are flying by....(punn totally intended)
Grace is growing into a beautiful young lady. She was hoping I would be able to go with her but I could not, so we trusted that she would be well. Her 2 aunties (Shosh & Ellen) will be picking her up and she is going to have a whirlwind of a week with visiting and Teenpact. I can't wait to see her again. Katie, Michael and I will be driving up to MA in a few days. I am looking forward to returning to MA.
Part of my spiritual journey this year has been to write a devotional instead of reading one that someone else has written. This goes along with what seems to be the theme of our family life, learning to listen. It is Spirit led, no formula, no overall view of the year laid out before me, just reading His Word and doing my best to hear what the Lord is trying to say to me. In fact the proverb from which I was reading today says, "There is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death."
Today I will share mine online here with all of you.

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD .

21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
and pleasant words promote instruction. Proverbs 16

To take instruction is still hard for me. I am strongwilled and hardheaded, which is not all together a bad thing. It just makes it difficult sometimes to listen. Humility does not come easily. Having been humble in many situations, I have learned that being humble enables me to be teachable and it is in this place I am ready to receive instruction. I want the Lord to continue to train me and instruct me in His ways. It is exciting and at times difficult, but it is fruitful. Each time we have to pack up and go, I am seeing how there are things we don't need. I came to the conclusion yesterday, that as much as I love books, we need to not have soooo many on hand. We will have to do something about that once we get to MD. If we lighten our load, traveling will become easier not just in the physical sense, but in the spiritual sense as well. Lord, continue to give me a teachable heart today.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Time to finish packing and cleaning. I will let you all know when we have arrived safely on the eastern shore of Maryland. Lord bless all our fellow pilgrims and an extra blessing for those settlers who welcome us in from the road.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

On the Road Again
I really have not defined my blog, nor do I really intend is what it is. Although, as I sit down to write this afternoon, the thought has been going thru my head all day. "Now, this is a rugged faith" We are leaving Ft. Myers, FL next week and headed for Easton, Maryland with no address just needing to trust in the fact that our Heavenly Father is preparing a place for us. Are we crazy? Well, let's just say we are out of our minds for Jesus. Different things come up, unexpected things. Each move has been different and I have had this expectation that we will settle into a routine of some sort. The light is dawning that settlers do the settling, while pilgrims keep moving and routinely do not keep the same type of routines as their counterparts. My expectation is being smashed as I find myself learning to live one day at a time in a new way.
Believe me, we love those who are settled and have a place that they call home. It is where we often find refuge and we are blessed beyond words for those of you who have opened both your hearts and homes to us.
As the time draws near to pack up our gear and hit the road once more, I can't tell you how much it means to us to have people along the way to love and care for us. The Lord continues to smooth over those jagged edges in me by calling me to be on this journey. It is definitely a faith building process that we as a family find ourselves in the midst of.