When you Walk Along the Way

Just a place to share my thoughts as I seek to serve my husband, raise my children and Glorify my God!

GudDay from England March 30, 2009

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I have been living in England for 5 whole days now. I thought I would update everyone on the trip and our new country.

The Fight:  As most of you know, I have never flown.  If I had it to do over again, I may have opted for a shorter flight to kind of cushion the blow.  It was a very long flight.  About 8 hrs and some change.  It was during the night but Logan (3) barely slept at all.  The tv in front of the seat could have been a blessing but turned out to be something to play with and was too intriguing to sleep and miss for this 3 year old.  The food was absolutely terrible and I do not know that my stomach lining has yet healed from the damage it caused. LOL  I managed about an hour or so of sleep in an awkward position but somehow it all worked out.

London Heathrow Airport:  So we landed on Wednesday morning.  We were told there was a shuttle that would take us to the base about 2 hours away.  As we arrived in baggage claim it soon became apparent that we were not going to be able to push 4 carts of suitcases and hold on the the two kids.  We opted to hire a porter to haul our luggage and then realized we had no idea where he was to take this luggage.  So off we set looking for info.  The porter then informs us that he only takes pounds (British currency).  We begin searching for currency exchange and the place to catch the shuttle.  After a lot of hussle and bussle, we found an information booth which steered us in an approximate location to catch our shuttle.  I found an ATM machine and got some pounds.  We paid the porter and he unloaded our 8 large suitcases and 4 carryons onto 4 push carts.  We sat down and I decided after all that I NEEDED a Dr Pepper.  So I go to the nearest drink machine and even that was difficult.  The drink machine took only British change.  So at this point, I am talking aloud to myself.  “I just figured out how to get pounds and now I need loose change in British money.”  I walked around the airport until I found one of those little convenience stores and purchased drinks in dollars.  Crisis overted.

God intervenes:  At this point we are exhausted, not to mention confused and nervous about what is going on.  We bump into another couple who are apparently hauling a similar amount of luggage and must be military.  We speak with them and find out they are indeed another family moving to our base.  We had a nice conversation until John was paged over the airport intercom.  Apparently, our sponsor(helps incoming families get settled) had decided to pick us up.  Wow, God know how to remind me of his presence in my life.  Then as he is introducing himself another couple arrive, whom it already knows, and offer to take our luggage on the shuttle back to base and then we can ride in our sponsors minivan which would be more comfortable for the kids.  This couple seemed incredibly nice and almost too good to be true until the gentleman turned around and we saw his jacket which read… Dallas Theological Seminary.  Again God rises to the occassion.  We begin our 70 mile journey to base  in the mini van.  We were very comfortable after such a long flight.  We arrived here on base and were given our room.

The Lodging Room:  Our room is larger than our first apartment.  It is 2 bedrooms with a full kitchen and dining room table for 6.  It is relatively new.

The first tour:  The next day, our sponsor took us on a little mini tour of the base and the nearby base.  It was difficult to really see anything.  It all seemed really fast paced and especially the driving on the other side of the road thing.

On Thursday we went to see a couple of houses:  If there were a word that made something smaller than tiny but not quite microscopic that would be an adequate description of houses in England.  A typical 4 bedroom house is about 1000 sq ft.  Hopefully that gives you an idea.  The first house we saw was awful.  The second not so bad.  And they have gotten better each day.

Driving alone:  On Saturday we decided to rent a car.  By the time John found the rental car place and picked up the car it was like 4:45 pm.  We wanted to drive to the nearby base as it has the bigger stores.  We left as the sun was setting and quickly realized that was not such a great idea.  John was driving in a strange road structure on the opposite side of the road on the opposite side of the car and we had no idea where we were going.  Lets just say it was our first great adventure.

House hunting:  This afternoon we felt sure enough in Johns driving ability to check out some more houses.  We set out, GPS in hand, and had a lovely day of afternoon driving.  Amazing old churches (saw one built in 1868), and amazing old homes.  I could easily have been like a blogging friend of mine (SM) and stopped for lots of pictures.  But I thought it best not to ask my nervous husband to pull over just yet.  We have found some really nice areas and really enjoyed the scenary.

What we have learned already:  driving is by time not miles because of the tractors.  This is a very rural area, very similar to my own hometown in South Louisiana.  Tractors pull out in front of you often and there is no way to pass them.  This slows driving to a crawl.  Next, people do not call one another in England, rather they “ring” one another.  And no one says goodbye but the salutation of the day is “Cheers.”

We have lots to learn and lots to do in the coming weeks.  I hope to keep everyone posted as often as possible.  Until I have another chance to write… Cheers from England.

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Mysterious things… March 13, 2009

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Its really amazing when you move out of a home all the discoveries that await you.  Those socks you were certain had been swallowed up by the clothes dryer or that one puzzle piece that alluded you for years.  But most intriguing to me is the mysterious liquid under my refridgerator drawers that is now sticky goo.  I never saw a leaky bowl or cup or pitcher, and the shelves are mysterious liquidless.  Somehow though, at the very bottom underneath, the goo resides.  Another great thing is the plethora of things I had once thought lost that have been found.  And upon recollection vaguely remember taking them from the mouth of a 2 year old and placing them out of his reach only to forget where I placed them.  Oh the joys of moving.  I wonder with the itty bitty tiny houses of England, “will their even be room for things to be lost?”

 

The countdown continues… March 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 7:46 am

Today is very frantic.  As I race against the clock to get it all accomplished, the battle wages on.  The accuser is trying to slow me with feelings and thoughts of worthlessness and inability to succeed.  I have often times said one of my favorite things in the bible is when a passage begins with “but God.”  In fact, right now, that is what I need.. A “but God” moment.  I can not But God can.  I am weak but God is strong!  I am stressed but God is the Prince of Peace.  I am tired but God is my fortress.

I found this poem on the internet when I was looking up some verses.  I thought I would share it because it really was what I needed right now.  Enjoy.. And remember.. But God!

True Rest

My dear child, I know you’re weary
With nothing left to give.
You’ve worked long and hard
Now you feel frayed and worn.

Come with Me to a quiet place
Away from all the noise and busyness.
Let Me wrap My arms around you,
Enfold you in My love.

Let Me whisper peace to your heart’s storm,
Soothe your troubled brow.
Listen to the love song
I composed just for you.

In Me is true contentment.
In Me you will find what you long for.
Come with Me to a quiet place
And receive rest, strength, and peace.

–Submitted by About.com member, Margie Casteel

 

Do Not Forget March 8, 2009

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Deuteronomy 4:9 (New Living Translation)

9 “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.

In the past couple of days as the tears are flowing and I am packing up our lives to take the long journey to England, this verse has been constantly on my mind.  In moments when I feel overwhelmed and basically freaked out, I feel the peace of God saying… Do not forget what I have already done!

With that said, I must be honest and admit my heartache.  I have had the honor of being friends with some of the most fantastic Christian women I have ever met.  These women have encouraged me, counseled me, held me to accountability, taught me, and inspired me.  Walking away will definitely be really hard.  Girls all of you have played a role into what God is trying to shape me into.  I have also had the privelege of sitting under the teachings of very wise men with sound doctrine and humble hearts who wish only to bring Glory to Christ.  These men have pushed me into knowing my Father more.  They have been willing vessels and allowed God to use them in a mighty way in my life.

Last night at a Ladies Conference, I was reminded of the “stone of remembrance”.  I pray that I will never forget what I have seen my God do here in the place.  I pray that as he continues this work he has begun in me, I will always see my time here as a time when the foundation was layed and where I fell in love with my Jesus.

So today I think on my Ebenezer.  My stone of help my Rock and I know that where my Savior leadeth he will indeed prepare.

Samuel took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer—”the stone of help”—for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!” —1 Samuel 7:12, NLT

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;ebenezer
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood. —Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing


 

Preparing for the big move March 3, 2009

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Well the time is quickly approaching.  This small town cajun gal is heading to England.  In just one week, the first group of movers will be here to begin packing up our things.  We have known about this move since October and somehow it all starting really happening only within the last couple of weeks.  Now, I feel as though there are not enough hours in a day.

The fleshly part of me wants to run home to momma screaming “I don’t want to go.”  But the Joy of the Lord is my Strength!  I am constantly battling my flesh in this situation but as always, God has given me Grace and Peace in each moment of weakness.  There are very small parts of me that are excited about what is ahead for us in England but the deceiver is constantly overrunning those thoughts with thoughts of fear and trepidation.

So for today I must remember that the Lord knit me together in my mothers womb.  He knew me before I was me.  Why would I place my trust in myself to get through all this.  “I” can not but “God” can!  He is rock and my stronghold!  He is my Strong Tower.   When I am afraid I will trust in him.  When I am weak I must rest in his faithfulness!  When I am worried I must swim in his peace!

These past 2 years, my God has become so real and so true to me.  I know him in a way that I never thought possible.  I am assured that what he has begun in me will be finished!  He is calling me to something and somewhere that I am unsure but because of it, I will be forced to depend on HIM!  He did not explain himself to Abraham when he told him to sacrifice his son and yet Abraham was willing.  Why do I feel the need to see what lies ahead… I do not need to see the plan, I need only to trust him and he will lead the way.

Well that is my rant for tonight.  I will try to keep everyone posted on what is going on.  Prayer request:  Some friends of ours are on a mission trip to Indonesia.  Also for my sanity as I get all this done.