Monday, October 27, 2008

Walking By Faith

Dewey was home over the weekend and while we didn't accomplish much in the way of practical things, it was great having Dad back home. We could have easily talked him into staying here and just quitting his job.

But, we have that goal in mind here. There are so many things I could list that would keep him home where he truly belongs, but honestly, we know The Lord brought all this into play as He did so we could accomplish that debt pay-off. I have spent more than enough time working to circumvent the plans of The Lord in my life. As much as we all want Dad back home where he belongs, we know what the plan is and we are remaining fixed on that goal.

Despite Bro Bud talking about trusting in The Lord and keeping the Faith when it comes to Him providing what is truly needful. He talked about how a certain family he knew left their long-time home and extended family to move where The Lord took them, how they lost nearly 2/3 their income to do so, and how they were blessed with a much better life than they had making the extra money in their previous home. It was about us.

We left our homestead 3 years ago to move here. We didn't have a home lined up, we didn't have a job prospect lined up. We decided, in a mere 8-day window, to purge a homestead, load up the remaining things and family and move, sight-unseen, without a plan in motion for survival. We had a single brother living here and that is where we landed upon arrival, then began searching out what The Lord had in mind here.

We left a higher paying job to move to an economically flat community with little in the way of jobs to offer. We left our extended families behind. We left everything we had known to be normal and be our lives for 20+ years to come to a place where we knew only 1 person.

But The Lord moved us here. We didn't have any idea what we were doing, really. We just knew that the thought of Mississippi came up and we were both flooded with a great peace of mind with the idea of packing up and trekking South. There were no worries or concerns involved.

Sure, there have been some trials since moving here, and satan likes to find toe-hold wherever he can. Being flesh, we tend to walk right into those ourselves, but we do remind ourselves that we didn't arrive here on our own and we certainly weren't left behind here. The Lord is just as present today as He was before we arrived and when we arrived. Some days we simply have to clear the mud from our eyes and remember to stop overlooking Him.

We will miss having Dewey home. I miss my husband and my children miss their Daddy. It's just going to be that way. We could talk him into staying when he comes to visit, and I know beyond a shadow of doubt that if I called him with a sincere heart of needing him back home, bills or not, he would be here by the weeks' end.

He may be working on a job and giving them 100% of his loyalty work-wise, but we both know where his heart is and we both know where his priorities are. This is just a job. Even down here where jobs are scarce, it is still only a job and it's temporary. Everything in this life is just temporary. We aren't laying up any stores here...things rust away and fade into the background in this life.

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Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

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