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Our On-Going Adventure
I’ve told you before about the time when I was a young bride, maybe 21 years old, that my DH looked at me and said, “My life with you will be one full of adventure.” I thought at the time, “Sure, we can’t even afford a Coke.” And I soon forgot about it. Well, let me tell you that we have had an incredible life chock full of adventure. And, we are starting on a new one at 70 years of age. It goes on and on. I think that I should tell you right off that we have had a special ingredient in our marriage that you can share, but few do. I will tell you about it and you will be saying, like I did, “Sure, we can’t even afford a Coke.” Then you will forget about it too, as so many do.
When we were first married, we drifted away from the Lord. So it took a few years for our adventure to begin. I thought I was a mature Christian, but definitely was not. We got to be friends with some non-Christians, that were pretty decent people, but they introduced us to alcohol, and for a while we experimented. But we had two baby girls, and then God began us on our adventure. We moved away from our friends, and God began to convict me that my babies were growing up without the Lord. So we set out to find a good church. Then one day, God led an old friend back into our life and she invited us to her new church. We went and soon God had our hearts again and we were on track for our adventure.
I’m telling you all of this because our adventure is going on right now. We have sold our house and we are in the middle of packing. We will leave Texas on July 28. That ingredient in our lives is the Lord. He took two self-centered people, who were bent on establishing a great, fun life for ourselves, and turned our hearts towards Him. He told us to trust Him and He would give us the desires of our hearts. (Psalms 37:4-5) By that time I had to ask God to teach me how to love my husband, and He even did that. Now we have an incredible love. When I was a little girl, I would dream about the love I would have some day, and now I have it abundantly more than I ever dreamed.
He sent us to Bible College and prepared us to be missionaries to the land of New Zealand. That alone was a real adventure, but along the way we got to visit mainland China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Samoa and several other places. He provided for us well, giving us beautiful houses, and nice cars, and many, many friends around the world. All of that seasoned with a love of each other, family and friends. We have had a beautiful ride which I like to call our E Ticket ride. Hope you know what that is.
We have been in the states now for nine years, and now we are being led back to New Zealand to start a Bible College which my husband has been asked to head up by a few churches. This seems to be perfect for him. The pastorate is a very hard position, especially when you are as caring and loving of his people as my DH is. This to me is a great adventure. It is thrilling to me that my Lord has not decided that we are too old to minister any more. I had always prayed that I would be a Caleb. Remember Caleb asked for his biggest adventure when he was old. He got it.
So, I am saying good-bye for a little while. I will be so busy, packing, moving, visiting family and friends, and getting settled in overseas. However, please don’t go away, as I will be back on and energized. Besides, don’t you want to know how our new adventure is progressing? Check in on my site every week or so, and I promise to be back. Then too, I want you to challenge God to give you an adventure. Make sure that you know Him personally and then set back and watch Him work. Give Him everything you’ve got and expect great things from God. After all, He is a great, big, wonderful God. Until then, attitude check, Angels. Have a good one.