Monday, November 24, 2008

Moved In

Thanks to all who helped move us this last week. It was an incredible testament to those around. We went around to meet our n eighbors and many of them commented on how amazing it was to see the amount of help you guys blessed us with. It brought to mind John 13:35

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

We are now officially living in San Diego, California. We love it and are so grateful to God for His faithfulness and provision. We are mostly unpacked, but are lacking some furniture. Some dressers, and bookcases. But everything else is pretty much in order. I LOVE our place, it's so cute! Our guest bedroom has just a few boxes in the corner, but plenty of room for a bed if people want to visit anytime. Just give us a call. We'd love to see any of you.

We've been on campus already, and I forgot how much I love it. Even though the semester is winding down, I'm so excited to see what God will do.

Please pray that God will provide us with friends here in San Diego. Some heart friends that we can share our lives with and encourage one another. For me, I know that's a huge prayer.

Well, call or write anytime. We are at:
4372 56th St.
92115 San Diego, CA

We'll continue to keep everyone posted through this blog and emails! Miss you all.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

His Ways, His Acts

YAY! Our cute little pink/peach house. God is the great provider!

In training yesterday God gave me a quick kick in the behind. We were talking about the Israelites and Moses in the books of Exodus and Numbers. As many of you know, it is full of God's provision and the Isrealities ungratefulness. I don't know about you, but I use to roll my eyes at the Isrealites and guffaw at their constant lack of faith. However, God has really humbled me during these last, almost six months.

We didn't know where we would live, how we would pay our bills or when we would be fully funded, if ever. Some days God gave me the strength to trust. Other days, not so much. Our teacher made a good point though.

Psalm 103: 7
He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:

Moses praised God for His ways, the Isrealites praised God for just His acts.

Moses was constantly praying to know God better in both the good times and the hard times. Though he would get frustrated with the people, his faith in God did not waver. Though he was in charge of over 2 million people INCLUDING his wife and two sons, he still made time to be with God. Moses faithfully followed God and His ways.

In contrast, the people were not concererend with God's ways, but rather with His provision. The would rejoice when things were good and grumble when things were difficult. They would frustrate GOd with their lack of faith and grumbling attidudes. In comparsion to Moses, their responsibilites were simingly small, yet not many of them sought to really know God.

Moses followed for the long run. The Isrealites only followed when things were going well.

So what if it's a long, difficult path for us to be fully funded? So what if this new rental house falls through like the last one? So what if we have to change a tire as we travel to California? So what if the students at SDSU are not responive? There are many things, hard things that God may still have planned for us. Because He loves me, because he wants to grow me. The question is, will I be an Isrealite or a Moses? Will I continue to seek his face during even the hard times? Will I continue being in the Word even when it's hard, or confusing, or seeminingly not encouraging? Will I continue to pray even it feels like He's not listening? Will I continue sharing the truth even when people scoff or ignore me?

Do I rejoice over his ways...or just his acts?