In re-capsuling the last few months–well, last few years, in fact, I see a definite pattern in a one-year-per-episode that the Lord has been making of my life. This last year, I did lots of travel…while trying to find my place on this mission field. It was hard to know how or where I could be most useful for the Lord…and I seemed to only find out, just when I stopped “trying” to look.
The year before that was full of activities with my hospital projects–securing sponsorships, getting the kids’ (with cancer) needs met, etc. Lots of production work there, as well as a lot of instability at home–which contributed to the balance, ha.
My “years” seem to start somewhere near the end of the actual year date, if that makes any sense–like, September, October. That’s when everything seems to kick in. So, as this cycle turned, it became apparent how the Lord was leading me and my not so little family.
We went through so many ups and downs, oh wow. I could write so much on that…but I think, for the sake of this blog, we’ll leave out the negative. Then the Lord did some miraculous things which could have only happened thru complete, Divine Intervention. These were changes of heart, of lifestyle, of the dedication of individuals and requiring me to yield even when it seemed impossible to my nature. And although we’re not nearly in the “perfect” spiritual state, we’ve come a long way in a year, and you can tell by the happiness we’re experiencing as a family.
The latest exciting thing is that the Lord has opened up the doors for a brand new prison ministry. This has been a dream of mine–not so much the prison itself as the actual work we are doing, through art. Going back to the topic of years in a life, it seemed that in each one of mine, the Lord was trying to say to me that destinies had a lot to do with the experiences and choices one made. And the way He is in constant control (for our own happiness) of our lives and surrounds us with people whom He knows will play important roles in our future, giving us experiences that will take us even further than we have dreamed before–that is so interesting.
The current Prison ministry is detailed and very challenging. But, exciting as life for the Lord always is. More and more, I see the intense Spiritual Warfare, the necessity of staying close to the Lord and following His guidance, the wisdom of His Love, and the Power of Prayer. I know this all sounds a bit vague at the moment, but I’ve been so delinquent on this blog that there’s too much to tell. I will though, as thinking back what’s ensued only puts my mind more at ease. So many stories!!!
…His Plan is perfect, and there certainly is “A Time For Every Purpose under Heaven”.