Saturday, January 1, 2011

#4 Let the journey begin...

 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

We left in God's perfect timing on December 18th!
We sold what we could, gave away some, stored some, packed up the trunk and cab of our little car the best we could, utilizing every nook and cranny and were Montana bound! It's amazing what becomes "necessary" when every inch of space counts. A lot of what oringinally was supposed to come with us ended up not making the cut when I ran out of room and had to rearrange the car. It felt very much like "Love Come Softly" or "Little House On The Prairie", having to dump beloved non-essentials in order to close the trunk!
Weeks before we left, we were praying for a safe journey. The entire drive we were praying that the roads would be safe. There was snow on the sides of the road and I asked Eric if we should call to see how the pass is. He laughed and said, "this is the pass!" I looked around again and laughed myself! The roads were completely dry! The Lord had answered my prayer and made my fears and anxieties seem ridiculous!

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

We took the advice of a native Montanan not to make the drive from Spokane to Missoula in the dark, so we stayed the night where we could get the best deal and the Lord provided a wonderful hotel for us for only $40!
When we were in Spokane, we realized that, by God's grace, it was snowing behind us and ahead of us, but never where we were. It even snowed in Spokane while we were sleeping, but the roads were clear by the time we were on our way! What an amazing God we serve! He had provided.

Then we crossed into Montana.
The scenery was breathtaking! I was so overwhelmed by the beauty around me and the sense of freedom, of the shackles falling off, of breaking away from all the darkness that was trying to hold us down in Portland, that I couldn't help but cry. The Lord had delivered us. We were home.

6 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
   I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
   to be a covenant for the people
   and a light for the Gentiles,
7 to open eyes that are blind,
   to free captives from prison
   and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Isaiah 42:6-7

#1 - Going West
#2 - In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge
#3 - Take delight in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart
#4 - Let The Journey Begin
#5 - Yahweh-Yireh
#6 - for the love of money... and coffee.
#7 - Testing God
#8 - Billings, MT
#9 - who needs furniture?
#10 - The floodgates of heaven thrown open
#11 - Hardwood Floors, Terrible Neighbors, and God

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