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Monday, August 13, 2007

Life on the road

(Photo courtesy of cardreamer.com)



Here we are at the track. It has been HOT lately! This summer we've been to southern Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and lots of local races here in Michigan.

This is such a change for us to be gone traveling so much, but we love it. I was so conflicted when we felt the Lord moving us out of church ministry and into this, but now I see His hand all over it and feel like I am growing so much closer to Him in the process.

We have met so many wonderful people, it has been quite an experience.

This was not what I had planned for our life. I was comfortable in home church ministry and all the workings of the local church, but God had different plans.

Prov 19:21
21 Many are the plans in a man's heart,but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. NIV


I'm so glad that God doesn't leave me comfortable, I would have missed so many blessings along the way!

Prov 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make your paths straight. NIV

I knew this was true, and now I have once again experienced the joy of leaning not on my own understanding. My little brain can't wrap around God's paths, but I have learned to trust Him even when life doesn't seem to make sense.

I love this verse, and the Lord continues to make it alive to me:

Rom 15:13
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,

so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. NIV


He is hope to the hopeless,
strengh to the weak,
comfort to the weary,
rest and peace to those who are anxious,
love to the lonely,
light to the darkness.


The verse has lifted me out of some really deep pits in my life including my confusion and fear when the Lord was leading us into a new direction:

Matt 11:28-12:1
28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
NIV


Life on the road has been a blessing because it's right where God wants us. We are off to Branson, MO and Florida and lots of stops in between in the next few months!

Let the Lord do with your life whatever He wants...don't fight change if He's bringing it.
There is joy in the journey!

23 comments:

Monkey Giggles said...

Enjoy and embrace everything the Lord brings your way. Travel safe.

Kim said...

The best place to be is right in the center of God's will, and I'm so tickled to hear that that..is right where you are.

Praying for you as you travel.

Sharon said...

Wow-how awesome!
How incredible is our God. I pray that God continues to grow you and your ministry on the road.

Ruth said...

amen sweet sister. amen with all my heart. my hubby is in the process of leaving a job he has had for over 12 years....and what you shared in this post resonated in my heart in a very deep way!

Thanks for being you!!!!! the joy IS in the journey. that is TRUE, sighes Roo.

Janet said...

I am so glad that God has not called me to be on the road. I LOVE LOVE LOVE being a homebody. But you never know.....:-)

Safe journey!!

Penless Thoughts said...

Amen! Amen! Perfect peace is always in His perfect will. Too bad it takes us so long to learn that one sometimes!!!!
Susan

Steffie B. said...

let me know what your Fall schedule is. Sophia is going to preschool at the church on Tues and Thurs. Mon/Wed we can play! (hint hint) ;)

Kimmie said...

Sue;

I whole heartedly agree, I choose joy-anything else just falls short!
Enjoy your travels and all the adventures that He has in store for you (and yours).

Be blessed
Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted
* Hey I posted that we have a # on the waiting list...come see

Jen said...

Sue

I love that you have discovered God's purposes for you as a family and that you are OK with His purposes not being in a traditional ministry setting!

Enjoy life on the road!

Elise said...

I always love your posts they are so encouraging....I need a reminder to be joyful in the changes of life!

Leigh said...

Sue,

I really need to read this today. Thank you so much!

-Leigh

nikki said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying life at the center of God's will...I love coming here for a good word!

toni in the midst said...

There's a part of me that lives vicariously through you. I love the verses that bring you strength and peace and contentment in your circumstances. And the family photo looks great.
Blessings,
~Toni~

Tammy said...

A wonderful testimony! I so enjoyed reading this!
I'm new to your blog, so not sure exactly all that your traveling entails, but I'll be back to read more!

(And love your new little puppy in the post below!)

Peach said...

Wow! Sue, this was an incredible post. God is doing the same thing in our lives right now.

I love when you said, "this is not what I had planned for our life. I was comfortable . . . "

It is so like God to place us in a path that takes us out of that which is comfortable.

I would covet your prayers as we follow God down that path we did not "plan" for ourselves. Being inside of His will is far preferable to me, too.

So excited to read of your adventures following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus. We will continue to pray as you travel.

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

Toni- you crack me up!!!
:)

Peach-I will be praying, change is scary and wonderful all at the same time.

Dionna said...

I love it when you stop by my blog. You're so good for my soul! :)
I missed something somewhere - just what kind of endeavor/adventure has God taken you on instead of your church ministry?

Susan said...

Hi Sue. Just checkin' in on ya and letting you know I miss you! Blessings and hugs...

Susan

Ruth said...

hello my friend.
shalom. just to let you know my bloggie is feeling better now. fixed, infact! i have a new addy too. just so you know for future reference.

thinking about you....

Monkey Giggles said...

Hi Sue,

Just checking in with you. I trust all is going well in your travels.

Thinking of you today

Jackie said...

hey sue- jumped over to catch up on your life and am always thankful for your blogs- so refreshing. God is good, all the time. take care!

Shelly said...

Oh girl...receiving this word today! Thank you for the post. You always minister to my heart.

And I LOVE the picture :)

Tamatha said...

Hey..do your travels ever bring you into Canada?

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