The Tension of Faith

Its been an exciting and difficult week. Emotions come at unexpected times, packing and sorting through 11 1/2 years of life. I’ve made a pact with myself not to be sentimental about every drawing from the kids or every wedding present I’ve had in storage, never used. But still the emotions surface. For me, its my entire house. For my husband, its his office. The kids are wondering what special things they can and cannot bring with to the mission field. I’m having dreams about finding a home for our dog. Hoping she can be re-united Lucy.

We know God has called us to go. No doubt about it. We have a very specific vision he’s given us. The thing is, we don’t yet know where we are going! Here the tension comes in. Faith is being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see. When God said the righteous will live by faith, not by sight, he wasn’t kidding.

We are waiting for an opportunity to open up in South Africa, believing this is the place for us. At the same time, two other opportunities lay before us in Israel and Nepal. With a family of soon-to-be 7, support-raising in full swing, and expecting an offer on our house any day, we certainly feel pressure to have a plan clearly laid out.

But God must be enjoying himself, surprising us with unexpected turns and twists in the path. Our ‘plans’ change on a weekly basis. I’ve had to pick my jaw up off the floor at least three times this week at astounding surprises from my Father. Many are the plans in a mans heart, but the Lord determines his steps. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and he will direct your path. Proverbs.

We are on our way to Blue Grass, Iowa and then on to Cleveland, Ohio to visit dear friends. One who we haven’t seen since our wedding 11 years ago! We met in OM, each have 4 kids now and I cannot WAIT to catch up and laugh together. Thanks for your prayers and sweet emails, texts, and phone calls. I love you!

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