Thursday, June 13, 2013

Friday Thoughts

We are committed to living our last weeks in Misawa intentionally. I worked on a few more house things in the a.m.

Arielle and I went to Mandy's at 1230. Arielle plays with Reba and watches Samson sleep....Mandy and I enjoy the onsen. These life-enhancing visits have been a joy. We may be able to fit one more in before Mandy's plane day.

Eventually I ended up with a few quiet hours at the chapel while Michael worked on sermon prep for Sunday. The sanctuary of an empty church is a great place for silence.  "Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted in the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Ps 46:10.   God spoke, God comforted, God reminded...and I cried, I sang, I prayed, I listened, I remembered. Mostly I simply sat in silence.  As I sat in the sanctuary (in Ruthie and Scott's old pew) faces of beloved people paraded through
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my heart...and I prayed and thanked God. This has been an incredible four years of growth in ministry, leadership and our personal lives. We've walked through some tough things here...but we've had very few truly negative experiences.   We've danced with God...He's led, we've followed...not always perfectly...but focused...and He's led, He's sustained, He's comforted, He's grown us.

I've been spending a lot of time with Elijah in the past month. There's a LOT there about the value of silence and solitude, about burned out leaders, about God's restoration....and last night I saw in 2 Kings 1 Elijah, once again, years later, calling down fire from heaven....but those thoughts are for another blog post.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

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