Our VBS week

Our VBS week

IMG_2756Last week we had planned to participate in a local VBS.  Ruthie and I were to be crew leader and helper since she is officially too old for attending VBS (cue the tears).

Earlier in June, Ruthie and I attended two training meetings, got our matching crew leader t-shirts, and began praying for the crew that would be assigned to us.

Monday morning we met the seven sweetest children who were in our crew!  Ruthie manned the clipboard taking attendance and giving out name tags as I met each child.

We learned the new VBS songs complete with movements and we had the greatest Monday!  Ruthie and I went home praying for our crew and looking forward to the next few days.

Then Monday afternoon, Ruthie laid down on the couch and almost fell asleep. When she woke up, I knew something was not right.  Feeling her forehead, I began to realize that our week’s plans might be changing.

By Friday afternoon, she was feeling back to normal, but VBS ended on Thursday evening.  Ruthie missed the last three days of it!

Thankfully, the VBS directors had volunteers ready to be substitute crew leaders in case a crew leader had to miss unexpectedly.  VBS went on without us, much to our dismay.

But on the second day of being home, Ruthie looked at me and asked me, “Why would God allow me to miss this?  Why would He allow me to get sick when all I wanted to do is help these little children understand how much Jesus loves them?”

That is a hard question to answer.

Why would God want us to miss an opportunity to share God’s love?

I held Ruthie close as the tears streamed down her face.

I explained to her that sometimes God allows things that we don’t think are best, but we have to trust that He is at work even when we do not understand what is happening.

There are several situations in my life like that right now.  Maybe you can relate – you cannot understand what God is doing or why a situation is as it is.  But we can take our frustrations and our desire for wisdom and understanding to Him and ask Him to fill our cups.  And He will.

Maybe not as quickly as we would like.  But He is always there working and our job is to acknowledge Him and to trust Him…that is what faith is, right?

This week I have asked for wisdom and understanding in the midst of situations I cannot explain.  I may not understand (or like what is going on), but I know God is with me and He will make my path straight.

For that I am eternally grateful!

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

Friday

Friday

So this Friday I had planned to post about the little lady who turned six this week or possibly even about the little ladies because I really like them a lot…that’s what I tell them.

“I sure do like you a lot.”  

They have started responding to that with, “I love you, too, Mom.”  

But here is where I have to confess to you that all day Thursday I thought it was Friday.  Then on Friday, I knew it was Friday because we had a heap of things to do.  But never to worry because the books weren’t coming on Friday because I had not gotten my little phone call 24 hours before delivery to tell me they were coming.  So it was okay to have a good number of things planned for the day of Fri.

However, after my quiet time on Friday I had decided to e-mail the printing company to see if they could get a tracking number for me because next week there were certain days that I could not be available for book pick up at this point.  If I could find out the expected delivery date, then I could re-arrange whatever was on the schedule.

So when she e-mailed me back at 1pm and said, “They are out for delivery today,” I nearly quit breathing…where was my 24 hour notice???!?

So I called the loading dock where they were to be delivered and gave everyone the heads up and went onto the public library for the summer reading program kick off.  And as soon as I walked into the library, my phone started ringing with an odd number.

I answered to a man’s voice telling me that he was fifteen minutes away with a delivery for me.  Was I at the delivery location?

In fifteen minutes I was!image

And so today’s post is just a rambling to say, “I have the books!”  But I have not set up my online purchasing option yet.  I am going to work on that this weekend.  I do have three (and possibly a fourth) local venders who I will deliver books to later today or Monday.

Thanks to everyone who is walking this journey with me…I am in awe of what God has done so far with this book project and I cannot wait to see what He does next!

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21

Thank You, Lord!

Thank You, Lord!

I apologize for the length of this post…but I had to share this story…Matthew 77Today for Wonderful Wednesday, I want to just thank the Lord!  Along each step of this self-publishing journey He has opened (and closed) doors and provided just what I needed when I needed it.  I want to share with you one example of this amazing provision from the Lord and hope it encourages you as much as it has encouraged me!

As I have taken each next step for this self-publishing journey, I have asked the Lord to direct my footsteps and to show me what to do.  One part of this journey was having the money to be able to print the books.  After much counsel and prayer, it was decided that we would need $3,600 to print the books.

Last fall when I was looking at needing that amount of money, Dustin and I decided that we would borrow the money,but rather that I would use money I earned from directing weddings to pay for the book expenses.  And the Lord provided four weddings to do in 2016 – two in March and two in the summer.  I assumed that I would begin the printing process after the summer weddings.

But in early March, I was encouraged by several people to get these books here – to get them on their way.  As I looked at the accounts, I realized that we lacked $1,200 from being able to print these books.  I also felt an urgency to get this process started.

One morning as I was reading through the book of Matthew, I came upon these familiar verses:  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8

I was convicted big time that I had planned for the book’s printing, but I had not asked the Lord – I had not sought Him like I should have for this provision.  I just assumed His provision was the upcoming wedding work.

So on that Friday morning, I prayed, “Lord, I feel like you want me to get this book process started ASAP…but I also know that we still need $1,200 to start this process.  So I am giving this financial need to you and if you want us to go ahead and print them, then I am asking you to provide $1,200.  And if not, that is fine too…I just want to be in Your will.”

And I left it at that.  I knew I had given it to the Lord and He could do what He wanted to…I honestly expected that to be the end of that.

But two days later on Sunday morning, a young man in our congregation came up to Dustin and said, “I have been praying about your book process and the Lord laid it on my heart to give you some money to support this project.”  And he handed Dustin a white envelope with cash in it.  $505 American dollars to be exact. Read more

Everybody’s Named Daniel!

Everybody’s Named Daniel!

I have been a little busy these last few weeks with two weddings that I helped to plan and direct.  My hope was that the proceeds from these events would fund the printing process of self-publishing this book, but God had other plans which I will share soon.

Anyway, so as I was directing these weddings, I started to see a common theme, the name Daniel.

Father of the Bride:  Daniel

Sound Tech (for BOTH weddings):  Daniel

Groomsman:  Daniel

And if it wasn’t their first name, then some people even had it for their last name!
I was surrounded with Daniels all these last few weeks.

And I really think there were a few more, but I realized two things as I kept having to interact with all these Daniels.

Number One Lesson Learned:  Daniel is a much more popular name than I realized when we chose the name for our son.

Number Two Lesson Learned:  While I was surrounded with living Daniels, I was constantly reminded of my Daniel in heaven.  Partially because I am have been amazed at God’s provision to fund my book project in ways I had not anticipated (again, more later).  But because in the midst of getting all the “T’s” crossed and the “I’s” dotted for these weddings, I was going over I Have a Brother with a fine tooth comb and making sure I had done everything needed to be ready to send it off…

And obviously reading the story over and over again, reminds me of the days when it really happened…and I am so thankful to be on this side of the journey, but I am so thankful for the Lord’s goodness to me throughout this journey…He has been so good and I am so thankful!

So that is where we have been these last few weeks.  I hope to blog a few times each week and share where we are on the self-publishing journey and also to share more about God’s goodness to us through life.  God is good – even when we cannot see what He is doing.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

 

 

The Book

The Book

Last year the Lord gave me a story.  Actually He gave it to me a few years ago.

And I pretty much responded to the Lord with, “What a novel idea!”  (Pun intended)

Fast forward to December 2014.   I had to have a little outpatient operation to remove a growth that was supposed to be non-cancerous, but “let’s just remove it to be sure.”

The book idea came back to mind and I made a deal with the Lord.
Let’s just press the pause button on the story for a brief second while I tell you, “It is not only bad idea to make deals with the Lord, but it is also wrong.  Just obey the Lord and trust Him.”  (And sing the hymn if it will help you remember…”Trust and obey, for there is no other way….”)

Unpause. 

So the deal was this, “If the growth is not cancerous, I will set about writing out the story you have given to me.”  Read more