Thursday, October 9, 2008

Walking the path before us

We have great news - Steve has been formally accepted into the Bachelor of Christian Ministry program at Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and we have a townhouse available for us to rent for the time we are there. The next thing is to sell the house and actually move to Cochrane. We take posession of the townhouse on the first of December, and will begin at that time to move things in, but we will officially move the second weekend of December. We want both Julia and Daniel to be able to finish the first term of school and then move.

It's an amzing feeling to begin walking down the path that God has designed for us. We have known for some time that this was the direction He was leading us in, but to actually head down the path is incredibly exciting. That being said, I'm sure once the "For Sale" sign has been placed in front of our house, it will really hit me and I will probably shed a few tears. This has been our home for 9 1/2 years and Steve and I have put a lot of work into it. We have brought two beautiful children home to this house and have watched them begin to grow up here, and that's about to change. Steve once remarked that it seems as though we are going backwards - selling our house, going back to school and starting basically a new career, all because God has asked us to. It's really crazy! I have to remind myself to take it all one step at a time instead of trying to figure things out too far down the road or else it becomes absolutely overwhelming! I also have to remind myself that this is all in God's hands and he is the potter and we are the clay being shaped in whatever way He sees fit.

Please continue to pray for us as we follow where God is leading!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Waiting and Learning

Well, we are back to waiting one more time. We received an email from the Seminary saying that they have received all of Steve's documentation, and now everything has to be given to the Applications Committee for review and approval. That will take another week or two, so the wait is on once again.

I am trying to remember that all of this is God's timing and not ours, and I was reminded of this during my devotions this week. I was reading "Experiencing God" and two sentances leaped out at me - "When God gives directions, you accept it and understand it clearly, then give God all the time He needs to make you the kind of person that He can trust with that assignment. Do not assume that the moment He calls, you are ready for the assignment."

Wow, that spoke tons to me. This desire for missions has been placed in both mine and Steve's hearts by God, but the culmination of it will occur in God's time, not ours.

I need to remember that God is shaping not only Steve and I, but Julia and Daniel as well, into the vessels that He can use and that He is also preparing the hearts of the people that He has chosen for us to minister to.