It’s been awhile.
I won’t make up excuses for my absence since we all have a million for our very busy lives. I’ll just tell you that I am living a life of loose ends at the moment, facing a son graduating from high school and several other major things at once that leaves me (how do I say this politely?) emotionally stretched. When it comes to words, I’ve found in times like this they either provide refuge for me or I refuge from them: sometimes I have them and sometimes I don’t…and for my sanity, that oft-overlooked aspect of respite from writing must be honored. Over time I’ve learned not to force words I don’t have because eventually they start to sound made up, and you and I both deserve better. My friends who pump out words like a sport are amazing creatures in which I greatly admire but cannot relate. For me, sometimes I must share and other times I must focus on living and keep the few words I do have to myself.
But I have been silently collecting some words as of late and have a few things I want to tell you very soon: a few things for you writers, a few things for you parents, a few things for you married people and a few things for the Church. I’ll let you know when, but shortly. I think some of them may be important to you, so be on the lookout for this upcoming short blog series.
But for today…just this.
I think a lot of us are doing the ok things with our lives. We are doing the acceptable, normal things and our life feels fine. I just want to use this blog post to say to us: let’s do the important things with our lives. I think we will be happier.
This message in my inbox last week, from Stacey, reminded me that it’s possible to leave what we know to find what we love. I share it with you now, with her permission…
In case you need to know God still moves and works in everyday people.
In case you need to see and hear a tangible yes to God story to inspire you like it inspired me.
May we all, the everyday people, want God most and in turn, do the important things with our lives.
[An aside: Make sure you check out the picture of Stacey and Robert at the end of her email. I can’t help but notice the happy on their faces. This is joy. This is the Jesus life. Yes, please, always, to some of this.]
My name is Stacey. I came to your conference in Kearney, Nebraska, in October on an invitation from my stepdaughter.
In the past, I would usually attend a conference with the intention of repairing some brokenness. However, at that point in my life everything was wonderful! So I went to enjoy the fellowship. By the end of Saturday God had smacked me right between the eyes about how much I was hanging onto my comfort zone. I wanted my comfort zone more than what God wanted for me. That day I laid down my comfortable pain-free life and said I want God more! Within 3 weeks this happened:
My husband Robert and I, who have become increasingly aware of the amount of pain people are experiencing in the world today and we wanted to do more to make a difference, decided to open our hearts and minds to whatever direction God would lead us. I came across a story late one night, posted by friends in Virginia, about this center in Iowa called the “Dream Center” where they meet the needs of hurting people. ( spencerdreamcenter.org) We called, drove 6 hours the next day to take a tour, and discovered the director/Pastor was good friends with my Mom 29 years ago in California, and we have several mutual friends but didn’t know each other. We drove home the next day after telling them we would move there, live in a single room, and volunteer for at least a year.
We realized sometimes you just have to take a step and the path will appear in front of you. We would appreciate your prayers as we embark on this journey!
p.s. We have been here a month now in Spencer Iowa at the “Dream Center” and are amazed and humbled at how God is using us as an answer to prayer. Thank you for your ministry and your willingness to share the hard stuff! Blessings!