Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Change is Good, Change Has Its Emotions....

How can it be the end of August already? This month has flown by so fast. As I look around my home, I see:

boxes, taped and ready to be taped

laundry to still do

some things for the Goodwill

more things to pack

walls to wash, oven to clean

groceries to still eat

It has all happened so fast. Change is good. To get out of the "rut" and take the leap of faith and be obedient to what the Lord is asking of you. It doesn't come without emotions though.

The hardest part of leaving Oregon will be saying goodbye to those I love. So many wonderful people who have entered my life since moving here 13 years ago. So many who have invested into my heart and loved me. So many who have been wonderful examples to me. Plus all my coworkers at Horizon Air. Oh, how my heart loves them and they have been the most amazing team I have ever worked with. I love them to pieces and wish I could take them all with me!

I can't imagine hugging my three precious grandchildren goodbye. My heart aches and weeps just thinking about it. Maybe just maybe someday the Lord will move them to Alaska too.

As for this change we are about to embark on: We have been born for this! The Lord has been preparing us and preparing Alaska for us and we are thrilled!!!!!!

So as I look towards the next few weeks, it will fly by fast. It will be full of last minute packing, cleaning, hugging, and tears of saying goodbyes....I am going to try to savor each moment.

This is what life is made up of, making memories to cherish.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Like A Child At Christmas

The seasons of life are many and filled with such an array of emotions.

For so long, I have waited for "this season", doubting it would ever come. In my waiting (impatiently at times, well a lot of times) the Lord was working deeply behind the scenes. Not only in the lives of the people He is sending us to, but more importantly in our own lives.

The chisel is hard. It is painful. It hurts. It is filled with tears and doubts. It is lonely. When we find ourselves in those seasons, the only thing we can hold on to, is the fact that He is in control, and knows exactly what He is doing. He is preparing and molding us to be more effective for Him.

My dear friends, please hold on to your dream. Even though you cannot see any tangible evidence for your dream fulfilled, He knows and is working. He is faithful, has always been and will remain.

I feel like a child at Christmas. The dream I have had in my heart for years, is being fulfilled. He has gone before us and prepared each step and it is fun and exciting to see them come to fruition.

We get the privilege to move back to Alaska, shepherd and love a flock, and at the same time I will be working for Alaska Airlines. It is all so good.

I feel like it is Christmas Eve and I can hardly sleep for Santa will come in the morning. That is the kind of excitement I carry in my heart this season.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lifelong Process....

"We often want to be called of God, then ushered painlessly into a position of service and honor, miraculously possessing the character our callings require. God doesn't work that way. Our appointments are not about glamor. They are about glory. God's glory". Author: Beth Moore

It is a lifelong process possessing the character the Lord longs to work into us. Today, I had another reminder of that.

I am thankful for a faithful God in my life, who will not settle for anything less than my complete obedience to Him. I never want to lose the Holy Spirit's conviction in my life.

His mercies are new every morning!