Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Birthdafatherversary

For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19 NLT)

We are moving to central Illinois in a little over a week. The past week was filled with fun and family (instead of packing...). Madeline celebrated her 7th birthday on June 14, Todd and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary on June 15, and of course, Father's Day was June 16. Every year it's a crazy-busy week, and every year it's wonderful. OK, it's a bit stressful, too.

Birthdays and anniversaries are new beginnings. This year we'll add a move and new ministry to the list. It could all be a bit overwhelming if we weren't focused on one thing: God.

The verse above comes from Isaiah, where the nation of Israel is in the midst of the Babylonian captivity. The author is reminding the people of God's marvelous works when bringing the people out of their bondage in Egypt. He also reminds them of how the people have turned away from and angered God.

I'd really love to complain about packing. It's especially frustrating since its only been 14 months since our last move. But God has provided for my family time and time again, and I am choosing instead to recognize the new thing that God is doing in our lives. He has blessed us with two beautiful girls and a strong marriage. He has led us to ministry. He has led us to Tiskilwa and Sheffield. And He will lead me through the next week.

I will show my love for God through joyful obedience. And by faithfully following.

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