I’ve wanted to “blog” for some time. This is actually my fourth attempt. I seem to always get started, then it kind of falls by the wayside as life happens. But last week I was talking to my daughter, Katie, and she was asking some questions about our earlier years, times when we were preparing for missions, and then some of those first experiences. I realized that even my kids don’t have a really good picture of our life back then. How in the world did that happen?? Life has never been typical for Tim and I. I suppose if you look at how we got together: vicar meets daughter of the congregation during vicarage and they marry (see “Our Story”), life was fairly typical in those days. But that’s about where it ended. And somewhere along the line I must have just assumed that because my kids live with me, and even were around for a lot of those times, certainly they know what happened, despite the fact that they were 2 years old!
We were married less than a month when we boarded an airplane to fly to California to begin missionary training. In fact we boarded that plane on the night of Tim’s ordination into the ministry. So much of those early days are really kind of whirlwind like! They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I suppose you could say that for the life of a marriage as well. As we go through our ups and downs in life, there are certainly things that will kill a marriage. I’m thankful that didn’t happen for us. Here we are 30+ years later and still hanging in there, in love and working to keep it working.
So here I am attempting once again to share some of my thoughts and experiences in a blog. I hope to share some of what God shows me during prayer and scripture time, a lot of what God has shown me through life and those wild experiences some of you hear so much about, and maybe you’ll even get to hear from Tim now and then! Hopefully I can stick to it this time!
Be sure you check out some of our stories as well. A few are pretty well known and we’ll try to keep adding as we go along.
For today let me share a verse that came up during my study this morning on the Fruits of the Spirit: “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) There are so many days when I just ask the Lord, “Don’t you think today would be a good day to come back and get us?” Ha! Of course God has His perfect calendar and He knows what day will be best. But there are times when I just would love to see Jesus bust through those clouds and take us all home. (Don’t worry, I’m fine!) But this is a great reminder that it’s not about me and how I feel on any particular day. Just as God was patient during the days when Noah was building the ark, He is patient today, not wanting anyone to perish. It crossed my mind that had God NOT been patient and waited for Noah to finish, all of mankind would have been wiped out. Most of the people among whom we live are perishing. Were Jesus to come back tonight, a few in our town would go with Him, but most would head for an eternity without God, an eternity of suffering and pain. This is probably true of you also. Praise God that His patience is long lasting and that He has given us the time to reach more people for Him. May His Kingdom come, but in HIS time!