I have not written in almost 2 months! How time flies :) A LOT has happened in the last two months. After the door finally closed for the military, I had the opportunity to go spend a month with my sister. Meanwhile, the hubby had the opportunity to help out his old boss for a few weeks in Florida, too! A kidney stone, covid, and a call...
So, I’ve heard that the military is known for two things; “Hurry up and wait” and “Things never happen when they say they will”. I know now that they are both true. After a year of going through the hoops of the military process for the National Guard, the Army, and then the Navy, saying things like “It should only be a week before you hear back” and “you should be getting a call tomorrow” - we finally got the official call! Dustin...
Many of you have gone through a lot this past year. For many, it was hard BEFORE Covid came along. God never changes, like we do. We change based on how we are feeling. What we have gone through. What people have done to us. Etc. Etc. But God never changes. He is always good. He is always faithful and just. His mercies, however, change with every new morning because of our depravity (the evil in and around us). I don't know about you, but I need his mercy and grace every single day!
Today, I want to talk about depression. Last month one of the questions that I brought up to my small group at church was "Why was David so emotional? In one chapter he's praising God, and the next he's depressed." It happens over and over. I know he didn't write all of the Psalms and that it's not necessarily in order. But read the book, you get that it happened repeatedly. One of the reasons I brought it up was because I'm actually the same way. And I can't stand it!!! Not only can I not stand it, but...
You are, You are, You are
The reason that I breathe.
You are, You are, You are
The voice inside of me.
If it weren't for you,
I don't know what I'd do.
The battle raging within,
Would surely win.
There once was a man named Dustin,
A reliable fella who you could trust in.
He met himself a wife,
Who changed his way of life,
And now he walks around half smitten.
But that's not all to this rhyme you see,
A couple more fellows came to be.
It's a scary feeling when you're running low on funds, if you're putting your faith in what you can see. God keeps reminding me to put my faith in what I cannot see. HIM. He has never failed me before. Am I putting my trust in Him or my bank account?
When you don't know what to do, do what you know to do. Put my trust in Him. In small group lately we've been talking about faith. How much do you have? Where does it come from? When do you get it? "If we are faithless, He remains faithful..." 2 Timothy 2:13 I think your faith increases when you practice it.
Still no news from the Navy....
Still no news from the Navy. Do you ever wonder what God’s will is? In times like these, when there are two major paths ahead of me, it is hard to know what his will is. Is everything predestined or do we have free will in the choices we make? I do not think that it is completely one way or the other. But a mix of both. According to my studies, there are many verses to back up both points of view. So, in my mind, some things are predestined to happen, but I have free will to choose the rest of the story.
I pray for doors to be opened or to be shut in order to stay on the path that he wants me to be on. This gives me peace, because....
It's January 10th and still no word from the Navy. The waiting game is the worst! Did he get in? Did he not get in? For those of you who do not know, my husband was going to apply to the National Guard. Then, we decided the full time route through the Army might be a better option for us. After going to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) he discovered 3 things. #1, his hearing wasn't up to par. I could have told him that, lol. Or maybe....
Today I woke up to the start of a new year. I love January 1st because it's the ultimate reset button for ending the previous year. The good, the bad, and the ugly. And 2020 was one of those years where there was plenty of all three.
The good. I got to spend the last 6 months with my husband, 2 boys, and my parents. We did some RV living for a bit; traveling around Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We settled in a little town and found a fixer upper to call home and a good church family.
I have been able to spend LOTS of time....