Ok, so I must be missing something...I am being constantly reminded to 'be still.' I've been asking God what is He specifically talking about?! I can't literally 'be still,' I have 6 kiddos under this roof you know. Oh yea, and 6 animals and a gazillion boxes. But, I guess God knows that- I don't need to remind him. I know He's talking about my spirit because I AM NOT still or quieted there. And it's creating lots of havoc. So, I do suppose He knows I need constant reminding... BE STILL!
After this big move I'm also constantly reminded how important family really is. Our immediate family as well as all of the extended family. That's the major reason we came 'back home' after all. But, with that comes floods of different issues, emotions and situations. All part of life, but it's a transition, I tell ya!
I do wonder how we made it 5 years living so far away though. Grandmas and Grandpas have been such a huge part of our coming home the last 2 months. It's really evident that everyone really missed being together. It's also evident to me how nice it is to actually have help with things. Maybe it's so apparent now because things are so turned upside down. I really don't know how larger families do this and survive! It feels like such an impossible feat and that we'll never get everything back together again. I just did a lapbook with Princess this last week on Humpty Dumpty- man, that's how things feel right now. In about a million pieces...but I'm remembering to have PEACE AND BE STILL...
So, in the midst of the chaos and my craziness, here's what He had to say to me the other day in reference to our valley:
'Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to concils and scourage you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.' Matthew 10:16-20
Ok, if that didn't already happen- it would be PROPHETIC! Man, talk about calling that one out. But, in this section of scripture I can see that as we walked forward in faith, He was faithful...again. And He went before us.
He also said: 'But he who endures to the end will be saved (vs. 22b). Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known'(vs.26). THAT HAPPENED TOO! Man, God, do you know what you're talking about! Shouldn't be a surprise to me... This verse also tells me that no matter what, no matter what someone says or does, God is a just God and he will make sure there is justice. Praise Him for that!
'Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops (vs. 27). Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows' (vs. 31). This can be a tough one, it was for us. But, now that we've come out on the other side we can see, again, that everything is better to be brought out in 'the light'. He also told us over and over again 'DO NOT FEAR.' Another tough one in the midst of the lion's den and the firey furnace! But, as I tell our kiddos, God is like the biggest super hero, ever! He's bigger and more powerful than anything and not a thing can overcome Him! So, with God on our side, no matter how scared we are- we really shouldn't fear. Even with knees shaking and heads spinning...
'Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; nor tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is he who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.' Deuteronomy 20: 3b-4
AMEN FOR THAT!