Tuesday, August 10, 2010

like the Israelites...

I've desperately wanted to post Part 2 of our weekend getaway, but the time for photo editing has been limited as the hours of each day have dwindled and left me exhausted to do any work at night. Now the baby naps and I am left with the opportunity, yet because so much weighs on my heart now, I can't move forward till I air it out and allow a moment to exhale.

I could write for hours, a dissertation of this season...but time permits only so much. I can say that we are going through a mighty transition in life (one that we have chosen through God's guidance and direction). Darcy has decided to leave his career in education to pursue a promising career that could provide a better life for our family. It is going to take a lot of sacrifice (which we are already tasting now), hard work and dedicated time before we experience any blessing (I shouldn't say "any" because he showers us with His blessings daily. But, for us to "see" that this is worth it and is surpassing his job in education, it will take time). Our eyes are on Him, the future, and the promising potential that lies before us.

It seems as if God has been coloring our world with His favor lately. He is evident and outspoken, direct and clear. Providing "yes's" when we are prepared for "no's." We have sought Him every step of the way through this decision and have never felt more like the Israelites wandering through the desert as we do now. He has been our pillar of cloud by day and our pillar of fire by night....calming the raging sea of fear and doubt that creeps it's way in from time to time, parting the sea before us and preparing a way for us through it all. His timing has been impeccable, clearly demonstrating that He has orchestrated every detail in our lives, our circumstance, to bring us to this place of opportunity.

We know that this has been of God because He has literally led us through the desert of decision. Not only has He opened doors, He has gone above and beyond...providing nothing but green lights down miles of dragway where we've been prepared to stop, almost making this "too easy" at times, yet identifiable as His hand and approval in it all.

Even so, we stand here now at a crossroads...leaving behind the stability, the known, and entering the unknown...hopeful and confident in Christ to lead us through to the promised land. We don't know what this promised land will look like. He doesn't owe us anything, we know there are no guarantees for this route we are taking, but we feel certain He has led us to this point and will continue to lead us through. There is a reason even if we can't see it now. I'm ashamed to admit that we feel a bit like the Israelites who even after witnessing wondrous signs of deliverance, still allowed their doubts and fears to quench their faith at times.

So during these moments of fear and hope, we cling to Him, we cling to His word and truth...we cling to what He has already done and what He is capable of doing. We ask Him to increase our faith, to smother our fears and anxieties and cover us in His favor and grace...for His peace and His presence to transcend all understanding and quiet our sleepless hearts.

Beseeching your prayers for us during this time of purposeful wandering.

*(this Kutless song has been speaking to my spirit lately...enjoy this old tune. A great message of hope)


  1. "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8

    It doesn't always look like what we think it's going to look like, but we're trusting God with you to provide all that you need.

  2. Amanda, you have a beautiful, strong family. You will prosper, no matter what. Sounds exciting! Can't wait to hear more. :)

    "We are called into a life of adventure. It is in our heritage and our call. Jesus uses adventure to confront who we are and make us who we are to be. Adventure may not come in a form you expect or at a time you anticipate. God's adventures are personal, purposeful, and productive. So come, step out into adventure this season. Experience life as He intended - a God-centered adventure."

    - Wanda Ventling and Allen Edeker, Life Beautiful magazine Summer 2010

  3. I am so proud to call you guys friends - I love the faith and witness that your family displays so abundantly! You are loved and being bathed in prayer!