Monday, September 3, 2012

New Direction

"Demonstrate your trust in Me by sitting quietly in My Presence ...
When you spend time with Me, I restore your sense of direction.
As you look to Me for guidance, 
I enable you to do less but accomplish more."
(Jesus Calling)

A holiday weekend, opening up a new month - one of my favorite months of the year, where the heat of summer begins to blend into the cooler, refreshing days of autumn. 

Thanking God for the memories of the season behind ...

The incredible gift of three months off
Celebrating 40 years of ministry
Relaxing days together, our "empty nest"
A change of pace
Times to be refreshed in body and soul

The precious gift of family
Backyard barbecues
Visits from our grown kids
Grandkids on the trampoline
Help with our veggie garden and yard

An amazing two-week trip to the New England states and into Canada
The Sea Urchin cottage on Campobello Island in New Brunswick
Beautiful hydrangeas in bloom by the peaceful Westport MA cottage
Fresh lobster meal at my brother and sister-in-law's home in NY
Photos to capture memories and hold close

Our return to work/ministry August 1st - and a new name "Cru"
Staff meetings filling the month 
Continuing with our Devo Outings as a couple
Watching God opening up new schools to Cru this fall
Being refreshed and motived in prayer

And thanking Him as we look ahead ...

Falling into the routine of another school year of ministry
Invigorated and refreshed by our Sabbatical/Time Off
A fresh call to prayer
And a renewed sense of God at work
Purposing to trust and follow, and rest

Another season of the blessing of family
Holidays to come
Delicious foods cooking
Warm memories made around the table
Desiring and trusting to deepen connections

All of God's promises - never changing
The greatest privilege of spending time, listening
Our place of safety, our source of strength
The Giver of peace, of direction
Always with us

"But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit."
(Jeremiah 17:7-8)

(Continuing the counting of 1000 Gifts in 2012 #682-716)

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