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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Paint


Crazy how you get into a painting project-- your entire house-- and all of a sudden a week blows by and the blog I was so excited about staying on top of gets shoved down the priority list. It didn't help that we haven't had internet here at the house until just a few day ago. The house is really looking great and I am rounding third in getting the painting completed and good thing because my arms and shoulders are in a constant ache.
I really do love to paint though. I enjoy the entire process- prepping the walls, choosing the color, getting the right brushes, and then opening the can and getting the first glimpse of color. I even like the smell. Sounds weird and maybe it is but there is something about the process of creating a new space (as I like to call it) that not only gets me excited but is therapeutic as well. With each roll of the roller the new room takes on a fresh identity. Still the same room, just better, more alive.
As I have gone from room to room, color to color, I have prayed, sang, reminisced, and let my mind wonder. I have breathed in this new Oregon air and allowed my thoughts to dream again. Sweet time. Now as I meander throughout my new home, I see how it is becoming more mine and as I gaze at the new colors, I am smiling as I think about each prayer and each dream..........and just like I have created new space, God is creating in me a new me, a new normal......a new dream.
He does that kind of thing, if we allow it. He will paint new colors....we may however, have to go through some prepping, a little sanding perhaps. It is so worth it. I have been afraid for a long time to try on some new colors.
I am not afraid anymore.
Thank you God for a new normal, a new dream, second chances-- better days.

I have been taking before pictures, once the rooms are completed, I am going to show off my hard work! :)

Enjoy your day. Need some new color? God has some great ideas for you!

Friday, June 17, 2011

"You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done" (Psalm 92:4).
I am looking out my window at the gorgeous blue sky and fluffy clouds......God is so good and I am so thankful today! We have been here in Corvallis, Oregon for roughly 5 days. If I look at all that needs to be done - I panic! But I am choosing to focus on just today, relax and do what is needed for this day.......and sing for joy.

I have a hilarious video I am going to post, as soon as we can get it set up, of our trip here of our fun times and amazing scenery.....and thoughts along the way.

New Beginnings.....

This was originally written May 3, 2011. I thought it would be a great way to start off from where I left off over a year ago.....

Last month Dale and I boarded a plane and took a risk. We had already participated in a Skype interview and felt led to pursue the options of ministry at Life Community Church in Corvallis, Oregon. The weekend interview positively impacted us in its relatively short time of 48 hours. Our hearts had previously come to the conclusion that we could easily connect with the people, we had investigated the area as much as we could to be comfortable with it being a place to call home and most decidedly we knew God was prompting our spirit that we were coming to the end of our healing time and that it was time to get back in the game. Now we just needed to be on the ground and see it for real.

Oregon is beautiful, we thought immediately. Despite rumors of a lot of rain, we were greeted with blue skies and sunshine. Each individual we came in contact with that was connected with the church met us with great warmth and a sense of anticipation. God was doing something here and we knew it. It didn’t hurt that we got a chance to have coffee with the District Superintendent and his wife who also are our friends (Stan and Janet Reeder) or the fact that Kevin and Charity Creech (who are some of the very best friends in the whole world) came from Bend, OR to see us on Sunday. The formalities of interviews and votes are now completed. Last weekend, the church voted as the final stamp of approval on Dale taking the Senior Pastor role and bringing our family to minister to this community. And last night Dale made the call to the Stan to accept the offer that was made for us to come.

We are moving to Oregon. Wow……Didn’t see that one coming at all. God is faithful and has given us some incredible time to take a step back and evaluate. To rest and receive and most of all heal. We weren’t sure back in August if we would ever want to possibly get back to ministry even if God brought the opportunity. All doors that we had tried to look into that would hopefully allow us to be closer to our family just didn’t work out. Even though we are moving actually farther away that what we were in Colorado, we just know that this is the clear direction we have been praying for. Not that there are a lot of unknowns……….kids going to yet another school and starting over again. We (including Austin, Caleb and Hannah) all feel confident that God is leading us. I am so proud of my kids- they have handled this quite well. Since we have only been here in my hometown of Ashland, KY for 8 months, we haven’t really attached. We never unpacked and have been living here at my parent’s house. However, we have gotten more attached to my parents and my brother, his wife and 3 awesome kids, not to mention the rest of our family mostly live just hours away, so that is the hard part.

Our departure date for Oregon is June 6th. So many of you have prayed for us and we are so grateful. I am overwhelmed and truly humbled by God’s love and grace and can hardly begin to express what it feels to be whole again. We will continue to need your prayers- there is so much more to come! I am going to write about our journey through a blog that I have had but not written in for over a year. Sometimes it is just too hard to write it- the hurts and disappointments. I am ready now and will post on Facebook when I start. I am planning on staying connected to Facebook but will be focusing more on the blog and sharing more in depth about the journey we have been on and are about to leap into.

That is the update. So, what is your latest??

<3 Michelle