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Thursday, April 26, 2012


"17 In the same way God wanted to demonstrate more clearly to the heirs of the promise that his purpose was unchangeable,t and so he intervened with an oath,18 so that we who have found refuge in him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie.19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since he became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."
--Hebrews 6:17-20

The past couple weeks, I have been feeling discouraged because I have seen no progress in the things that I know that God has promised.  Who knows?  Maybe it will take years, decades even, before I see those promises fulfilled.  Yet this Scripture gives me hope: " is impossible for God to lie."  Of course I know this.  I mean, come on, He's God.  He's perfect.  Incapable of lying because that's a sin and God doesn't sin.  But the reality of it is, when all of life seems to be contradicting what God has said, it does seem like He is a liar.

He gave Joseph some dreams, too.  Those dreams didn't come into fruition for 17 years!  Slavery and prison were the opposite of the rule and reign that Joseph was promised.  And yet, through it all, He remained faithful.  Because God is not a liar.  Remember that next time you feel that God is taking too long.  He will fulfill what He promised, even if it's not in our time frame.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

One year.

One year ago almost exactly, Brian and I were getting ready to go to England.  God had already spoken that our time in England would be significant, and I was making moves to change before we even went.  Little did I know, they weren't for the same reasons I thought.

The whole time we were there, I felt God speaking to us about moving there, so, a little haphazardly, we talked to the people around us about what they thought about the entire thing.  We researched how much rent was, how much telephone service was, how much heat and electricity was, how much food and groceries were...  Basically, we wanted to know how much it would cost to live in England vs. living in the US.  With the exception of things like gas and entertainment, it is almost the same if not cheaper to live there.  I was so focused on us moving over there, that we were very careless in how we presented ourselves and how we lived.  We had no money going over there, and foolishly, we let people pay for us without offering to pay them back and without much thanks, mainly because we were embarrassed to go over without much money.

It all came crashing down when Jason Pyle, a guy that we were staying with, gave us a really strong word about maturing, organization, and being aware of those around us.  It came as we were leaving England, and we saw no one else besides Glyn Hammond, another guy that we had stayed with, before leaving.  It was very harsh and was given partially out of anger, but he is a man who hears from God and we made immediate changes as a result.  We came home, cleaned up our house, reorganized things, invited people over and showed them hospitality, and basically just started trying to be more aware of those around us.  God was doing a maturing work in both Brian and I, and it was amazing.

Another major thing that happened was that we started meeting together with Dan and Selena, our homegroup leaders, about every other week.  They started working with us on all different aspects of life, from home organization to marriage to business decisions that needed to be made.  Through meeting with them, God started changing us in an amazing way.  We were maturing in a way that people started taking notice and asking what was different.  God was, slowly but surely, bringing Brian and I closer together, and it was amazing.

This last year definitely hasn't been without its challenges.  Because of a lack of organization on our part, we accidentally double booked some weddings and made other not so smart business decisions.  There were many times when we wanted to just give up, but God wouldn't allow that.  We pushed through and God has both blessed us and matured us through the whole thing.  I feel like we have a better head on our shoulders now.

I feel like if you look at where we were this time a year ago and where we are now, there is a drastic difference.  We are more organized, more put together, our interactions with people are completely different, and we hear from God on a regular basis.  I am happy and content where we are now.  It is a good thing.