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Relocation

Since September 2015 my life has been a roller coaster of change.  Not to bore you with the blow by blow details, but the bottom-line is that last fall my home and ministry moved from a quiet little mountain town southwest of Denver, Colorado to the beautiful green countryside near Nashville, Tennessee.

Not sure if any of you have ever picked up and moved across the United States.  It is not anything I would recommend if you are faint at heart.  Imagine handling every little piece, every box, every drawer, every shelf, every closet in your entire house.  After touching that item you have one of four decisions:

1). Is it important enough to put it in the 10 x 12 pod?

2). Should I “re-home” it at a very reduced price via the online garage sale?

3). Is it valuable enough to take it to the local goodwill?

4). Does it just need to be shared with the Waste Management folks?

Once here in Tennessee I began the process of finding all the new places that would be part of my daily routine like groceries and gas and such.  Then there was the Driver’s License and Car Registration ordeal.  It actually took three trips to the Car Registration office to get that done.  It has literally taken my husband and I an entire year to feel “settled” in to our new life here in Tennessee.

Change is always hard for me.  I’ve never liked change.  This is why God has to make it VERY CLEAR to me when it is time to move on.  Otherwise, I will hang around until the last dog dies and there is no air to breathe.

The one verse that got me through the entire ordeal was Colossians 1:17.  “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  I just kept repeating to myself, “He is before all things that touch me.”  This gave me so much comfort to know that letting go of my Colorado life was something God already had gone before me in.  It was no surprise to Him.  He went to Tennessee and prepared a place for me before I even knew the plan.  He held me together through all the transition.

Looking back, I am amazed…as Paul would say, “sorely amazed” at what a good job God did in preparing my new ministry home in Tennessee.  It truly was “more than I could ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 came to life and I’m living in it today.  He has truly done “more than I ever asked or could have dreamed of.”

It seems trite to say, but “God is good.”  God truly is good all the time.

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Take Courage…So You Must…

“But on the night immediately following, The Lord stood at his side and said, ‘Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My Cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness to Rome also.” Acts 23:11

I am trying to picture Paul receiving this direct order from His Lord. He had just had the day from – you know where- much like my day yesterday. There are some days that the enemy just seems to bear down and not let up…from the beginning to the end he relentlessly attacks. I don’t know why, but when that happens on a MONDAY it even seems that much worse. Maybe that is just my quirky pet peeve…enemy chooses a Monday for the day to hit me hard.

So imagine Paul. He had just spent the entire day being attacked by the Pharisees and the Sadducees in the Jewish court. The day began with him being “struck in the mouth.” Seems things went downhill from there, ending with him being taken away to the “barracks,” aka prison.

He settles into his new digs…probably a cold and dirty cell and there appears The Lord with the simple orders of his next mission. “Take courage…so you must…” Must what? Go on to another city and experience something ten times worse than what he’d just been through? “Lord, please tell me you are kidding,” must have been going through Paul’s mind.

Paul obeyed. Not knowing the details of how things would play out.

Drilling down we see how the Lord worked behind the scenes for him. Paul obeyed. He took courage and he went. What did the Lord do?

He used random people behind the scenes to help Paul with his next “impossible assignment.”

-Paul’s nephew “overheard” a plot to kill Paul
-The nephew went to a Roman centurion.
-The Roman centurion went to his Roman commander to ask for help for Paul.
-The Roman commander did the following:
He enlisted 2 centurions, 200 soldiers (at 3:00am by the way), 70 horsemen, 200 spearmen, mounts to put Paul on, wrote a personal letter to Felix on Paul’s behalf. After doing all this he then whispers to the nephew (just a young boy) and trusts him to keep the secret of Paul’s escape.

We’ve heard so many times before…”He won’t ask us to do something and leave us unequipped for the task.”

When The Lord asks us to do something we must always “take courage.” That first step on our part seems to be the catalyst for Him working behind the scenes to take care of the details.

Is the Lord asking you to “take courage” this week? If so, “so you must.” Believe on Him for the details. He is “before all things that touch you.”