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Five minute Friday

Lisa-Jo Baker hosts a Five Minute Friday writing challenge at her site...the topic today is CHANGE (of which I found no experience to draw from...lol!) CHANGE Boxes packed, stacked around me. Paperwork signed, sealed & delivered. In the mail. Checks and deposits. Reservations. House selling done too fast. Bought new one in a weekend. Saying good byes each time I walk into church. Tears. Joy. Sadness. Confusion. Can’t fathom saying good bye to kids and grands that have shared our roof, our table, our memories. Bright eyes to see me melt my heart and crush my spirit. Good bye? New church aWaits, memories to be made. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. To be in its doors. To put down roots. New neighborhood to be walked. Prayer walked. Prayed for friendships to venture outside their closed doors and hearts. Evangelism in the rawest and most vulnerable form. Hard to remain me, in a material world. No fake nails…they are too fake for me on this journey. I want to be me. Who He made me to be. Ami

5 Minute Friday Challenge on "Join"

Join When I was little I always wanted to be a part of something bigger. The neighborhood kids playing ANYTHING on the street. The clubs at school. The arts and crafts group over the summer. I just wanted to BELONG to something, because I never felt I belonged at home. It wasn't until getting into all sorts of bad groups, that i realized that the longing was deeper than a group of people that i wanted to belong to. Even after marriage it was sometimes really lonely, especially with my husband traveling and times i was home with 3 kids under 3 (or within 3 years) and no adult voices to pat me on the back and say it's ok. you're doing a good job. a few years ago i began to ask God to help be content with the alone-ness. and He showed my my greater desire to "join" in community. i needed assurances that I belonged to Him. I mattered there, and that's all that mattered. now I LOVE fellowship- don't get me wrong, but it's frosting on the cake. my c

A prayer request beyond myself...

Every now and again I get an emailed prayer request for a situation or circumstance that is completely beyond what I can imagine. The following one came from the ICOM newsletter, and demand prayerful attention! Pray for the Smith Family L. Smith, a 2008 Johnson Bible College graduate, was one of the first people shot in the  Denver, Colorado theatre shooting that happened not too long ago. L took a shotgun hit in the leg while protecting his new bride. Needless to say, the whole experience has been traumatic. They were also burned out of his job (literally) with the Colorado Springs fires. His parents attend the North Syracuse Christian Church in New York and work with Canadian Evangelism Ministries/Strategic World Partnerships. L and his new wife have been married 3 months. They are in New York recuperating from these events. Please pray for them! The 2nd request is fOr a friend, Mrs D who has left to take a teaching job in another country in Africa. Her husband will join her

The House Hunt begins, and ends!!

Last week was a marathon in taking baby steps towards our move from Kentucky to Arkansas. I was able to fly out to the area, and since Mark was out of town for work, I managed to navigate getting the rental car, my luggage, and contact a friend for dinner (actually, an old school mate of my son's - so a much younger friend!!) and then get to the apartment that Mark's living in while we're apart. I didn't get lost, but had several "deja vu" moments along the way!! The next day, I had an appt. to meet with the realtor early, to see the homes that Mark and I were wanting to see. It was a hoot! The first home she took me to we felt certain was meant to be ours. One of Mark's qualifiers was a basement - and this listing said "1000 sq ft of unfinished basement space" - so BINGO!! We were expecting to see a 1800 sq ft home with 1000 ft of unfinished basement space, we'd even talked about how much fun it would be to have space to store boxes, have

In response to Crystal's post on Allume...

At Allume.com on 8/21 Crystal wrote about "Handing Over Control" (original post is HERE ) - and in response to her post, I wrote this: Great, timely article Crystal! In my 28 years of marriage, I've been physically moved, on average, every 3 years! Even when we had nearly free company housing! Even when my husband worked for the same company for 18 years! Now we are in the midst of another season of move! Same company, new job title, farther away from grandkids and a wonderful church family where He placed me in a cocoon of friends, fellowship, and ministry. I had work to do here! It's not finished, but He's moving us anyways; proving His will by selling our home in less than a month. Finding us purchasing a new one, new neighbors, new church, new routine... I have NO idea what I will do! No one has said "we've prayed for 2 years for someone like you to come and fill this space...". I feel lost! Just as the change here was new, God confirmed

What I wish every person knew before buying a home...

I've been thinking about this for some time, and just need to get it out here: 1. KNOW your budget. This seems like a no-brainer, but too many people expect the bank to tell them how much money they can afford to pay for a house. That's only half true. The bank is going to tell you how much they think you can afford to pay monthly, but there are things that they won't consider, like tithing, vacations, how much you like to spend at Christmas or on birthdays. If you want to have kids. Eat out. Go to movies every week, or every month, or never. So make your budget first. Track your spending. Track your saving! Decide how much you want to spend on your house payment, then include taxes, insurance or other impounds if needed. Throw in estimated utilities. Then tell the bank how much you want to spend monthly, and let them work out to see if you can afford to buy, or what you can buy for your money. 2. Don't forget closing costs. If you are saving money for a down paym

The Skinny....on the move...

I am not skinny...but I've always liked that term to refer to "what's going on?" Our house has sold, and is in the process of inspections. By mid-week we should know if we're on schedule to close by the buyers requested date of 9/14 (of course, it's a little different, since we are a company move, and they close with us, then sell to the buyer on the close date...or something like that!). So, not a termite was found...now there's the home inspection on Monday morning...and I think then they respond if they find anything wrong that we need to fix (I have NO idea what they could find, but we'll see!), and get it fixed. I'm excited that it sold so quickly (less than a month on the market! - God's SO good!!) and I trust Him to find a place for us to buy just as quickly! My prayer is that by Oct. 1st we'll be settled in SOMEWHERE :) I'm also excited that Mark loves his job!! So much fun to hear him talk, with excitement, about how ea

Five Minute Friday - Connect

For those of you wanting/needing an update on my life - I PROMISE I'll write more this evening (or tomorrow). But for now, I only had 5 minutes to spare.... Here's my post for my Five Minute Friday: Connect is such an important word to me…such a valuable concept to live in. Communication is a huge part of what i am, what i do, and if i don’t have others to connect with, well, i’m a duck out of water! Mark is always great to connect with me – even too much sometimes! he’ll call on a break, or when he’s driving to say hello and see how my day is, just to touch base. In this season of living apart (he’s at a new job, I’m with the “old” house) we have to connect on several levels – personally, house stuff here, house stuff there…but we don’t get to connect deeper – and I miss that. I’m at a conference this week on Global Leadership – and it’s all about connecting with each other. I’m attending with our church – at a neighboring church – so we stand out – this large group,