Packing Up….and Reflection

Packing Up

Well, since we’ve known for 6 weeks now that we’re moving, we started packing a couple of weeks ago….

We’ve moved 7 times (lived in 8 different places) in 8 years….we should get a medal or something!!

Paul packing books

Paul packing books

We’ve kept most of our boxes through the years. The benefit of keeping the boxes is you can use the exact same box for the next move, just change the date and the destination. 🙂

old box, new move...

old box, new move…

This was our “small” pile of boxes as of last week. It’s gotten bigger since then.

small stash of boxes.

small stash of boxes.

Fragile stuff takes the most time because it has to be wrapped! Uuuggghhh!!! I am NOT looking forward to packing the kitchen!

a day off of work last week meant an afternoon of packing a box or two

a day off of work last week meant an afternoon of packing a box or two

Uuuummm….I made a mistake and made it to heavy. So now we have an “end table” for the couch!

I packed it and now I can't lift it!

I packed it and now I can’t lift it!

About three weeks ago we were trying to decide what truck company to use for the move. But, more importantly, what size truck to get. So, Paul and I measured all the furniture and the appliances and he drew a model scale of the truck to see if it would all fit! 🙂

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measurements and a scale drawing of the truck

Here’s hoping we measured right, and it all fits! 🙂

And, because I’m so excited about being back with my friends, Shannon, and Ember, this is for them! (I’m coming back)!

IMG_20140918_115854Reflection

I have come to the conclusion that Paul and I are who we are; we are different. We don’t fit the mold of what a “normal” young, married couple is. (Whatever the definition of “normal” is). We will always go where the Lord leads.

IMG_20141003_205850It is a joy to be in His presence.

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Psalm 16:11

I know it’s hard for some people to to understand why we want to move back to Illinois and work at Great Oaks Camp again. I can’t really explain it, except to say it just feels right. Words can’t really explain it, but God is calling us home.

home-is-where-the-heart-isI know….Waco is my home(town), but, for the past three years, my heart has been living in Illinois. Even though we’ve been here in Texas, I knew we weren’t going to be here forever. We’ve had some difficult times over the last three years, but God has been faithful. Our ministry in Giddings is important and has led us to learn and grow in our faith, more than ever. But, now, we are ready to move on. We are ready and willing to follow God into a new chapter of our lives. Over the past year we have been looking for other places to serve, and nothing has worked out. God has blatantly shut those doors, perhaps knowing all along, where He wanted us to be. We just had to wait on His timing, not our own.

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Proverbs 19:21

I know being in ministry is sometimes a hard thing for people to understand. Ministry is so different than any other work field/career; it’s hard to explain unless you live it. Our ministry field is based on our faith and our desire to follow after Christ in everything we do. Paul and I both embraced that mission when we decided to go to seminary and have continued down that path through 8 years of marriage, 4 (now almost 5) ministry positions, and 7 moves. Nothing we do is ever flippantly decided or just done on a whim. Every decision and every choice we make is bathed in prayer and not taken lightly. We base our ministry and our life on God’s promises that He will remain faithful to us if we continue to seek His will (Hebrews 11:6 and Deuteronomy 7:9).

Ezra 10:4

Ezra 10:4

We remain faithful, knowing the Lord will bless us on the mission field. It IS a mission field. It may not be the jungles of Africa, the deserts of Saudia Arabia, or the seas of the Caribbean, but right smack in the middle of Illinois, there is a mission field. In a small town called Lacon. At a camp called Great Oaks. It is our mission field.

Jesus says in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

What did He mean by “go”?

Many theologians says it means “as you go….”
So:
  • “as we go” about working at Great Oaks Camp, we will make disciples
  • “as we go” about living at Great Oaks Camp, we will make disciples
  • “as we go” about shopping/living in Lacon, we will make disciples
  • “as we go” about worshiping at CCC, we will make disciples
Disciple-making is so much more than making something, like a craft or a new recipe. Disciple-making isn’t a one-time thing that you create and then stand back and admire, as a masterpiece (as if you’ve created a new piece of pottery or baked and decorated a new bundt cake)….it’s a way of life.
As you go about life today, make disciples.

And, to conclude. Paul and I are on this journey….together. Whatever comes our way, we can do it. Together.

“Side by side they visit God’s church and partake God’s banquet, side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations….. They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. …Seeing this Christ rejoices. To such as these He gives His peace. Where there are two together, there also He is present.”
-Tertullian

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