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Thursday, September 20, 2007

WHO is the helpmeet???

I had my first day at work at Teen Mania two weeks ago on Wednesday, Sept. 5th. All day I was thinking about Dave and wondering if he was keeping busy at home and how he was doing. I came home to a VERY excited husband who had 3 things to tell me...what order did I want them in? The most scary, the most exciting, or the most suprising. Knowing that he does scary things like crawling around on the roof and almost cutting off his fingers with chain saws and the like- and worrying about what might happen if he got in trouble with me gone- especially with no vehicle at home and no near neighbors...I was almost afraid to ask! I chose the scary one first just to get the pain over with! He proceeded to tell me about coming around the side of the house and seeing a 5 ft. snake! Neither of us likes snakes~! I could have done without that information. I chose interestesting 2nd since he told me I'd have to wait with the most exciting until we went out to eat.... So he went to the back door and opened it and this is what awaited me.
Oh yeah! Seems this little dog just came out of no where and sat by the hot tub in the morning while Dave sat their alone and cried out for him! At this point- we are trying to figure out that IF we want a dog at we keep him or get a "real dog"??? Only problem...he has named him Jake and I think they have already bonded and he is to be the helpmeet while I am gone to work 2 days a week.
The big surprise...and this is really kind of sad...Dave caught the BIGGEST BASS of his lifetime...and no one was here to see it or even take a picture!~ He caught a 7 lb. bass off the pier- also a 5 # and 2# so he was QUITE pumped! He had a very exciting day...and I missed it all...but absolutely LOVED my first day and work and every day since!
We had a very bittersweet moment last week as we said goodbye to our 5th wheel. I remember how absolutely ecstatic we were when we bought it and had all the days ahead planned and anticipated...visiting our kids in Florida, Texas, and Montana- going to Canada with Family and friends, camping in the mountains of for almost a year our 5th wheel has sat in our front yard as we have our own "resort" out back with possibly the best BASS fishing lake in the country right out there! So..we decided it was time to sell the 5th wheel and close the chapter on that season of our life. We both stood and watched it drive off with tears in our eyes and a kind of empty place in our hearts.
Dave has had some great days of fishing in the last couple of weeks. God is good!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

O Lord, let me proclaim your power to this new generation

In this season of life I have been seeking the Lord and asking Him what He would have me to be doing? I have felt restless and useless at times....even though I have the job of being a Creative Helpmeet to Dave...sometimes I don't feel AT ALL creative..and being a mom to my 8 children- (including the 4 in-love's) and a grammy to my 16 grandchildren...which I love! You would think this would be plenty! But...believe it or not...sometimes I feel really bored and feel like I can't play one more Free Cell or watch one more Law and Order! (Although- now that we have high speed- I don't have to play Free Cell QUITE so often!) Several months a go...I read Psalm 71:9 and wrote "2007" in the column...I wish I would have written the date! It reads:
"Now, in my old age, don't set me aside." I was crying out to the Lord for direction in my life.
This morning, while looking for "healing" verses for a friend in Psalms, I ran across this Psalm and then was SO very Excited about the verses I found here which explain to me so clearly what I want to be doing. Next week, I will begin a part time position at Teen Mania and I believe these are the words the Lord is saying are my job description.
"I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I willl proclaim your saving power for I am overwhelmed by how much you have done for me. I will praise your mighty deeds O Sovereign Lord, I will tell everyone that you alone are just and good. O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood and I have constantly told others about the wonderful things you do. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me. O LOrd, Let me proclaim your power to this new generation-your mighty miracles to all who come after me." Psalm 71 15-18.
Isn't God good? I will be in a position of being available as a mentor to the girls who are in leadership there...the Core Advisors and Resident Directors...these are usually girls who are about 21-23 years old. THey have been through at least one year of the Honor Academy- generally right after high school- and are now over a group of girls in the Internship of the HOnor Academy at Teen Mania. I am SO excited that God has opened this door for me and I pray that I will be worthy in His sight to walk through it and be the Titus 2 woman for some of the women there.
I ask all my praying friends to keep me in your prayers in this new venture.