What a difference one year will make. In my case, a three thousand-mile difference!
Oh, to time travel...I was just recently going through my older posts, from last year actually, to see what I had written. Re-reading them stirred emotions in me that I had not experienced for some time. Though the intensity of those emotions are not as they were when those articles were written, I remember them very well. It has, after all, only been a year.
Last year, I dwelled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest; but, was in a spiritual desert. This year, I am in the humid Bayou Country, and feel like I am blossoming again! Yes, differences indeed.
Part of this "adventure," will be/is evangelistic. There are so many opportunities to reach folks, in ways in which we but tasted previously. Dear is quite excited to be back into the battlefield, as an active duty soldier for Jesus Christ!
Another part of this "adventure," will be/is fellowship with other believers...Regularly. After being in a situation that greatly hindered our abilities in this area, save for small snippets, we are experiencing a flood of fellowship! We have been able to spend much time with our brethren in this new congregation, within and without services.
Another part of this "adventure" is life. I know that seems obvious, but after living as we did last year, you would understand. Unless the Lord changes things, we shall be getting our first Bayou duck soon. :) It will be a Muscovy, I believe. We had two of them, two years ago; for a few months. We absolutely enjoyed the ducks! So, we are greatly anticipating getting back to being "duck farmers." :P
We also have more room in our new home, than we have ever experienced in any abode prior to this one! So, we are happily looking to be opening it up for visits. Already, we have had a few!
Speaking of the double-portioned home, we are experiencing the pleasures of filling it with the necessary, as well as beautifying, items. God has seen fit to bless us in so many different ways in this regard. I look forward to seeing how He has me make this house a home.
We also are learning how to live with all the different creatures, geography, and weather out here. Quite different from Washington state! Yet, there are a few similarities to my homeland of Buckeye country...So, I have some help!
Dear is learning a whole new trade. He has never worked harder in his life. He has never felt more accomplished in a job. There are so many opportunities for him there, and he is grateful every day for them. God has seen fit to give him a Christian boss: who is also a fellow church member, neighbor, and quickly becoming a dear brother!
I am enjoying getting back into the swing of things as mistress of the home. I am learning how to keep a better schedule, though I do admit I still struggle in this area. However, I get to sweep my floors; I get to clean our laundry in our machines; I get to cook in my kitchen, (**ALL GIVEN BY GOD--HE CAN GIVE, AND HE CAN TAKE AWAY--I AM GRATEFUL THAT HE IS ALLOWING ME TO HAVE "MY" OWN THINGS, AGAIN!**). I may end up visiting Miss Candy's site to download the Homemaker's Binder printouts, to assist me in my new abode.
I feel like I have some wind beneath my wings. I feel like God has revived our battered hearts, restored our spirits...And, we are truly grateful. We learned much last year, and pray we ne'er forget the lessons He taught us.
I look forward to seeing what this year may hold. Being where the Lord wants us, is peaceful. It is comforting. It is invigorating. It is exciting! It is joyful. Knowing that we are walking in the path He has set for us, brings happiness to our souls.
All these peripheral things, are blessings. Yet, they cannot come close to the joys of being in a sweet fellowship with the Saviour. Even in the midst of our turbulent year, we were seeking to stay close to Him, by HIS grace. Though broken, bruised, and downtrodden, I had sweet peace with Christ. I think one of the best things I came out of that time with was "a closer walk with Thee."
So, let us come see what He has in store for us! He is faithful and good. May we keep our sights upon Him. May He be well-pleased with our earthly behaviour!