Thursday, June 11, 2009

Four Days to Take Off

The boys are both sleeping so I thought I would update you...we are FOUR DAYS from our departure to Paraguay!

What I'm doing: Emptying cupboards and closets, cleaning as I go. Confirmed today that we get 70 pound suitcases. YES!

What I have left to do: Target run, scan pictures, sort some paperwork, love up on my hubby and kiddos, write thank you notes (that might have to wait until we get to Paraguay...wouldn't people love to get a Paraguayan stamp? I might console myself with the thought!)

What I'm feeling: At the moment, I'm excited to get there and get settled. I'm not going to think about the fact that we will be in the country for a month before we can actually get settled.

What I'm learning: Last week my honey said something in his message which really cut to my heart, "Anything you put above God in your life is an idol". The Spirit convicted me that I have been putting my desire for permanent housing situation and a life without moves above my desire for Him.

Then yesterday, I read this verse, "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs." Now, I don't have a ton of time to delve into the context at the moment, but to me it was a WOW moment. When I allow my desires to occupy more of my mental energy than my desire for God, I miss out on the grace that He longs to give me. I can take that idol and give it to Him and trust Him to give me the grace to deal with my life at the moment. If it will bless Him to give me a more permanent home on this earth...awesome...but until then, I choose to lay those desires at His feet and be met by Him in my moments of longing. After all, He's my REAL HOME!

How you can pray for me: A wise use of time, energy, and a Spirit filled heart (kindness, patience, joy in the midst of it all).

10 comments:

Ryan and Rachel Cote said...

Thanks for the specific prayer requests. It's so much easier to pray when I know what specifically to pray for!!! Happy trip to you all!

Betty said...

I hope your move over here goes well! Pack your warm clothes at the top of the suitcase....

Tim and Susan said...

I sure understand those desires to be settled and have a stable-permanent home. I feel God has asked me to lay that "idol" before Him so many times.

I also understand about the unending missionary thank you notes...there is a pile on my desk beckoning me too.

Susan

Tim and Susan said...

Hey, I tried to comment on your "pay forward" post, but couldn't. Am I too late?? I want to play!

Becky Aguirre said...

I missed your Pay it Forward post, too! Oh well...congrats to the winner...PTL for 70 lbs in each suitcase! How awesome is that?! That 50 lb limit is for the birds...praying for you as you are on the countdown...

Stephanie said...

I am 19 days away from departure and have the same list... target run, grocery run... pack, weigh, measure. Discuss with kids what we really need to take and what we can store...
May you know His peace, His wisdom and His kindness as you move on.

Ashley L (Missionary Moms) said...

I'm praying for you, Shilo! Let the adventure begin! And 70lb suitcases? What airline is that?! That is awesome! God bless you and your family in this exciting move!

Ken, Christie, Camille, Caroline said...

I'm pretty hyped about the 70# limit, too! WOW! I think half of what we brought was books (which make the suitacases heavy REAL quick!) and I still wish I'd brought more...

By now, you're packed and rolling, so we're praying for safe travel and easy adjusting. Hope to meet you sometime here!

Julie said...

Yes, I am praying for you today. May God protect and unite you as a family.

Josie said...

Hey girl! I can identify with the stable home thing - going home in a few weeks for 11 months, planning to live in 2 different houses during the time we're NOT traveling - and feeling a bit overwhelmed with the details - both here and there. Good thing our REAL home will not have luggage limits or good-byes - only HELLOS!

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