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Moved!

It started to feel there for a while like we would never get moved but it has indeed happened!  It was a crazy experience with lots of pouring rain and general mishaps but we are all moved into our temporary home in Texas.  We are renting a double-wide trailer in a mobile home park that is just down the street from Patrick’s base.  He has started classes already and is enjoying them.  I have started back with homeschooling too.  It’s nice to be back to a routine.  I really like the small town atmosphere and everything is green and beautiful this time of year.  I’m told that it will get very hot soon, it’s already warm and after a Utah winter, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

So glad to be in Texas!

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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Boxes

The house is filling up with boxes.  We have just over 2 weeks till the move.  I’ve been too busy to write much but wanted to give an update.  We are also taking a break from school so I can focus on packing, painting, and cleaning.

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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Still Full

Thanksgiving was a fantastic time!  We had my brother and his wife and kids for a whole week.  There were 5 small children and two teenage girls along with the 4 of us adults.  It was a bit crazy around the house but we all took it in stride.  We watched all the latest action movies and ate WAY too much food.  Far too many video games were played, much to the delight of all the children.  The best part was being able to fellowship around the word of God and march together for a short while. 

We are now getting into the Christmas season, I’ve been decorating the house which is one of my favorite parts of the holidays.  We are working on getting some school work in and getting back to the normal routines.  Knowing that The AZ Bible conference is just around the corner in January is very exciting, I consider it the main Christmas present of the year and I can hardly wait! 

That is all for now,

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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The Lego Analogy

I’ve embarked on a near impossible task.  I have about 7 gallons worth of mixed up Lego toys(thousands of pieces) and I’d like to put the sets back together and keep them apart from the miscellaneous Legos.  It’s rather daunting but will be worth it in the end(I think).  I was struck by the similarity between this task and learning doctrine.  Legos don’t come in big mostly assembled parts, they come in small individual mixed up parts.  In the same way, when we learn Bible doctrine, we learn one small thing at a time and before long as we put the small pieces together we see larger and larger portions of the bigger picture.  Whole doctrines become clear one small piece at a time.  Legos also come with instruction booklets which could be like the Pastor Teacher giving you each days set of  instructions “put parts a,b, and c with the previously constructed x,y, and z”.   It’s a loose analogy but a fun one just the same. 

We shouldn’t get discouraged by the slow growth or the small thing learned each day.  That is how we are supposed to grow. 

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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Out with the Old

I’ve been focusing a lot lately on getting ready for our upcoming move in April.  It’s the perfect time to clean out all the clutter that we’ve been hanging on to over the last 11 years.  I’m not a pack-rat, so this process is relatively easy for me.  I’m just surprised at the amount of things that we’ve held onto.  It feels very freeing letting go of old junk that contained just a hint of sentimental value but had no real purpose or beauty .  Or the old pot that I’ve been swearing I was going to need someday but never have.  It’s amazing what you don’t realize you have been keeping in boxes that never get opened.  It’s funny to think that I’ve been moving trash from house to house for years and years when I could have just lightened the load a long time ago.  All this was a very visual reminder of the secret rooms we hide in our souls that God must go through looking for the trash we don’t want to part with in our minds, and how the word of God carefully sorts through each and every dusty “box” slowly over time as we take in the mind of Christ day by day.  It’s nice to know the Holy Spirit is doing all the heavy lifting of renewing our minds!  This also makes me think of “Buy truth and sell it not” How much of my time and money was spent on things that were ultimately useless and needed to be thrown out?  In the same way, we do that with our thinking as we go through the day.  We pick up mental trash with our time in the cosmic system and each day in Bible class the word of God pinpoints it and throws it back out.

Another aspect I see is how we get rid of the stuff that weighs us down so that we can make room for valuable useful items that will be needed in the future.  That makes a great analogy too.  We need spiritual capacity for spiritual treasure.

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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Moving Part 2

I mentioned a while back that we would be moving sometime in the future.  Well, my husband was accepted for his new Air Force job and we will be moving in April next year to go to Texas for his training.  We will be there 6 months and then on to where-ever they send us. 

It’s nice to know I have a while to enjoy being here some more and to go through the school year before moving. 

I’m looking forward to it.

Keep Sailing!

Mary

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Moving?

It appears that another military move may be on the horizon.  This knowledge of impending change brought about a very familiar cycle of thoughts and feelings.  Where will we go?  How long will this take?  What does the future hold?  After the questions, in come the secret hopes and desires.  Since we get to list our most desired places to be stationed I get very fixated on hoping for those destinations and fantasizing about what it would be like to live ____ or ____.  Then shortly after that first brush of excitement.  The fear starts nagging, the feelings of uncertainty and worry that we won’t get what we want that we won’t be happy.  And thus starts a cycle of stress and distress.  I’ve decided this isn’t necessary.  Really, Go figure!

While listening to my lesson tonight.  Pastor was talking about laying aside our will for God’s.  It sort of hit me right there that my main source of stress in each of our moving experiences was my desire to have things the way I want.  If I laid aside the desire for any specific outcome and instead focused on being excited for what God has already chosen, I might go into this whole thing with stability instead of fear.  I’ve decided I don’t “want” any particular outcome no dream destinations or care over when it happens.  I “want” to ride this one out with the Lord.  I’ve seen enough to know that He has carefully planned everything and never left me or failed me.  I don’t want my plan this time.  I want His. 

So, I’m VERY excited!  I’m going to be where the Lord sends me.  It’s never where I expect and always full of challenges.  All my roads lead to eternity with God anyway. 

I’ll keep you posted,

Mary

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