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Come Away to a Quiet Place and Rest Awhile ~ Christian Retreats with Intensive Counseling



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.

Sanctuary near Buena Vista, Colorado

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“God is Before All Things That Touch Me…”

The most powerful Truth I encountered in 2014 was the concept of “God is before all things that touch me” taken from the verse in Colossians 1:17 that says, “He is before all things and in Him all things hold together (NIV).”

Reflecting on all the “Life-stories” I’ve heard this year it is hard to imagine that God could actually be “in those things and even ahead of those things” that touched my clients. Deaths of babies, deaths of children, cruel and unusual suicides, horrible abuses by fathers and mothers to their own children and horrible transgressions and betrayals by husbands and wives to each other.

If one is not careful to stay close to and in constant touch with the Truth, a helper in my field of counseling could easily lose their way. All I can do is hold on to the attributes and character of God. It is necessary for me everyday to keep on reminding myself of God’s goodness, of His plans, His purposes and His ways.

I reflect back on the year and hang tight. The God of the Universe makes no mistakes. He has ultimate plans and purposes that are beyond our wildest ability to imagine. Even in the nitty gritty ugliness of the ways of the world and what it deals humanity, God is sovereign and He is able.

I rest in the assurance that no matter what touches me, it is no surprise to Him. He’s already walked ahead of me and removed absolutely anything that would have the ability to destroy me. In His love He leaves the rest of the obstacles. The ones that will make my trust level stronger, the ones that will draw me closer to Him.

There is solace in knowing He’s cleared the way for the most terrible of things. All others He knows about and He brings me comfort in the midst of the trial. I carry this hope for those who are hurting over what last year has dealt them. I hope that they can receive comfort in This Truth. God allows in His wisdom what by His power He could prevent. Yes we are a few hours into this new year, and already He has gone before us.