First up, Mommy here. My dear husband wrote this blog a few days ago. He told me what he was doing and spent a lot of time preparing his thoughts and clicking away on the laptop. I told him….that this wasn’t the place for this. Our blog had a different purpose than this. Now, a few days later, I stand corrected. God is a huge part of our lives. He has blessed us immensely and our purpose in LIFE is to talk about Him and things concerning Him and share the good news. Shame on me for saying what I did. If it causes people not to be happy with our blog, then so be it. All we should care about is what God thinks.
Our header says “our life, the stuff we love, and the deals to make life easier.” Okay, God is a part of our life. God is the stuff we love, so yeah, this DOES fit here. We can have fun giveaways and reviews and talk about cute stuff our son says, but God can be a part of that, too. And he is. So here you go! Read what my husband has to say, and take it to heart! Hopefully he’ll contribute more in the future, too.
What a blessing I’ve had this weekend. I got to see most of my family from both sides! We had such a great time. In the midst of the insane weather we’ve been having here in west, Texas, God gave us two days of perfect weather. The toddler cousins (4 in all), as well as baby D, soaked up being outside. The adults did, too. I pray that your weekend has been a blessing, and if it wasn’t, I pray your week will get better. Just remember, no matter how bad this life is, we are just here a short time, and we can choose to have an eternal life in paradise. Interested in knowing how? Just ask.
The title of this blog is “4 months in.” The idea behind it is, we are only 4 months into 2011, and I’ve already experienced what seems like a decades worth of unexpected events. I’ve never been one to believe in present day curses, especially a cursed year. I want to share, simply because this year seems to be cursed in some ways. Let me explain. Jan. 17, my wife and I lost our boss, a father-like figure, Danny, in a freak basketball accident that I was just feet away from. This rocked my world. Then on Feb. 2nd, we quit our job at the childrens’ home in an effort to do some family recuperation. Then, I was planning to go back into youth ministry immediately and had some great, seemingly-promising, interviews that ended in disappointment. As everyone knows, the huge earthquakes in Japan that caused tsunamis, really caught everyone off guard. Then the month of March and April brought some very dry and windy weather that led to over a million acres of land in Texas being burned up by wildfires. Some of these fires were just 10 miles away from our home here. Then, at the beginning of April, another influencial man in my life died suddenly due to a heart attack. He and I weren’t close, but his work in the Christian acappella industry has played a huge role in my life, and my extended family’s life. Now, this past week we’ve been seeing some relief from the dry weather, but are experiencing the crazy storms that bring hail and tornados with them. Then I got the news from my old church and workplace that one of the long-time members, and volunteers died after a very short-known battle with cancer. It took all of us by surprise. Maybe this type of life is normalcy for many of you. And I realize that the more places I live, and the older I am, the better chance I have at grief and unexpected events. But, I think more than anything, I have learned in just four short months that I should be more God-fearing.
God is in control of everything that happens, and that terrifies me because it means that I am not in control. Some people might ask, how do you love a God who strikes fear in his children? Or, you might ask, how does God love us, when he causes so much grief? I usually don’t know what to say to these questions. Right now, I am more confused than I’ve ever been. But there’s a peace that I have that I can’t explain. It’s the peace that no matter what happens to me, my family, or my friends on this earth, there is something so much greater waiting for us. I know this because I believe it wholeheartedly, and am convinced that it is absolutely true. I will continue to fear God and try to live my life anxiously awaiting the day I get to go home, where we all belong.