We Are Not Home Yet

On their way to the land of God’s promise, the children ofIsrael wandered in the desert, whining, grumbling and yearning  to go back home to Egypt.  We all have our deserts, when we travelthrough them, do we trust God and follow his lead, or are we like the childrenof Israel, short-sighted and easily wearied?

They had the cloud by day and the fire by night, they hadHis presence, leading them through their desert, and they could not trust him,they complained and thought slavery in Egypt was better than what they wereexperiencing in the desert.
We had a house, land, animals, friends, we had the lifestylewe thought God wanted us to live, homeschooling, gardening, simplicity…we hadit all, (leeks and onions included)  andyet, we felt unmistakable leading from the Lord to leave it all, give it allup, for something new that He was to show us. We did as He asked, risking our credit rating, our reputation, and ourmaterial accumulations.  We turned ourfamily unit upside down; kids went to school, I returned to the workforce, andnow,  seven years later, we still, likeAbraham sense God leading us to “a place that I will show you” …and the valleyis long, dark and lonely, through it, I’ve said “goodbye” both my parents, andmy husband’s mother.  We’ve made across-continental move to my husband’s childhood home and found it to beunfriendly and unwelcoming.  There is nowork here, and we are forced to look back to where we came for deliverance.   Ican’t help but wonder, “What next?”  …andsome days, like the children of Israel, I complain, compare and create in mymind the kind of life “I” selfishly think is the Lord’s will for my life,instead of doing what He told me, and it sounds so simple, all I have to do istrust Him.
“I will lead the blind by a way they do not know”
“Don’t think on the former things, doing a new thing”
“…a way through the wilderness, rivers in the desert”
I have to believe this is part of His plan; that He isworking on the front side of the quilt that is my life, while all I see are theknots and tangles on the backside.  Iknow the biblical truth that in this life, we will have tribulations, life isnot always easy, fair, or pleasant; Lately, the Lord is bringing home in a veryreal way, lyrics that we sang in our carefree days, but never really apprehendeduntil lately.  “This world is not myhome, I’m just a-passin’ through”. 
I don’t usually make new year’s resolutions, but this year,I’d like to reach the point that I can automatically “know” this, that in timesof temptation, or doubt, my spirit can recall this, and encourage myself, andbuild myself up with God’s truth.  He isGod, I’m not.  He is good, all thetime.  He is in control.  He has a plan, and He is hard at work.  I will follow.  I will think His thoughts, I will trust Hisleading.

Happy New Year!

 Written by 90 year old, Regina Brett.  This is a post we should all read at least once a week!!!!!  I thought the New Year would be a good time to start.  The ones I plan to focus on and implement this year are in bold italics.  Happy reading!
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Change the way you think.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month..
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. Release your children when they become adults, it’s their life now
9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.
16 Take a deep breath It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Just because you believe you are right, doesn’t mean you are. Keep an open mind.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. Your job is to love your children, not choose who they should love.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield..
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Friends are the family that we choose.