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After the Rain
Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. Psalm 16:1 NLT
Well I should have taken Mercy Me's song a little more seriously. Not only did we have "rain" last week, we had ice and snow. Being alone all week with the kids, juggling a whirlwind of a schedule, a stubborn husband who refused a prescription to lower his blood pressure-then sending him off to a sales show three hours away, and ice storm...it was a long week. Then Sunday morning, we awoke to sun, and glistening trees that looked like they had been adorned in silver. Top that with a great time of worship at Mount Hermon. Suddenly the stress of the week melted away as I gave my all in song and praise. As I listened to "How Great is Our God", I realized he is quite amazing. My husband traveled home safely Saturday, and I had an evening to vegetate...a rare happening. Within five minutes our our first power outage during the ice storm, I had a neighbor who called to check on me and the kids and to invite us to stay. All five outages were taken care of by an amazing crew within an hour each time. And...Troy's blood pressure is down significantly. Not enough to say normal, but much better. And, he had a blessed show of sales, doing in one day more than he expected for the week.
Rain...it makes the trees and flowers grow and refreshes the earth. I believe it might possibly do the same for us too! Have a great day!
In January 2016, I claimed Ephesians 3:20 for our family. We knew as we walked through this desert time in our lives that there was something greater waiting on the other side. A few weeks ago, God began to show us the steps he has orchestrated for our family. We have been praying for a long time for God to give Troy a career move that he really needed financially and emotionally. The door has been opened, and Troy started his new position two weeks ago. What a blessing!
The job change, however, is just the start of some changes for the Jones family. The position is a Middle Tennessee territory. While his company is being very flexible with the time frame, our house will go on the market later this week. We are beginning to accept that a new chapter is coming for us.
I'm excited about the opportunity, but for the planner and organizer who likes a path I can see and prepare for, it is a scary ride. We have lived in Savannah 21 years. We have raised two children here. W…
When I started this blog I was writing about taking care of my little kids and pouring Jesus into them where I could. Now I am looking at a high school graduate and a soon to be high schooler who can look me in the eye. He's actually taller than me now.
How did that happen? It seems like yesterday we were taking summers to color and play in the garden. This summer, I've shuttled Noah to countless music gigs and helped Taylor get ready for college.
When school ended this year, we took a very much needed trip to the beach as the kids Christmas/graduation present. I'm so thankful for that week away. Between activities and work, our family of four rarely gets to sit together anymore, and I know in a few short weeks that time will get even harder to make happen. That week, we laughed together, and we played together. We had meals together. Nighttime fishing on the dock and feeding the resident herron Henry won't be soon forgotten. Neither will the walks on the be…
Every now and then, I get to substitute teach for our ladies at church. In the end, God always gives me a lesson that is for me than it is for them. Wednesday night I shared with them from Judges 7, the story of Gideon. The Israelites were outnumbered 4 to 1 against the Midianites. Judges 8 talks about how they looked innumerable, like a swarm of locusts.
God promises Gideon he will hand over the Midianites to Israel. He cuts Gideon's army from 32,000 to 10,000, telling Gideon that if he gives the Midianites over at this point, the Israelites might just think they had a hand in the win. He cuts the army again from 10,000 down to 300. Outnumbered 450:1 God tells Gideon they are now ready for battle.
We also talked about the space Priscilla Shirer refers to as "God Margin," the space between God's plan for our lives and what seems to be our resources to accomplish this plan. God Margin is a very uncomfortable place for us. We don't like God Margin, we l…