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Our Journey to E91: July 23

Today I'm sitting at the Hearthstone Cafe off of 116th St. in Fishers waiting for the movers to arrive. Everyone at our new E91 family has been so gracious and hospitable. We greatly appreciate your offers to help, your kind words of welcome, and your genuine concern for our family and well-being. We are already beginning to feel at "home," even though we're still not moved in yet. We're going to take the rest of this week to get settled, and I'll get set up in the office so that next week I can jump in with both feet.

In my devotions this morning, I was reminded once again of the oft-quoted Scripture from Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will keep your paths straight." Have you ever wondered how that first fits with your known reality? I have. My paths don't always seem straight, and yet I do my best to trust in the Lord. I also know that my understanding is often skewed. I even try to acknowledge the lordship of Jesus Christ in everything in my life, and yet, are my paths always straight? I guess the answer depends on what we mean by "straight." If we're expecting God to wave a magic wand so that the road ahead of us is perfectly paved with no potholes or bumps, we will be sorely disappointed. But "straightness" implies direction. It conveys the idea that God will always work things out according to HIS plan, not ours (cf. Romans 8:28).

I guess this is where trust comes into play. When I see another bend in the road, and I can't see what's around the corner, I start getting nervous. Trust is where I acknowledge the presence and power of Jesus Christ in my life regardless of the turns in the road, knowing that He will keep my path straight according to His direction and plan.  

Laura, the kids and I have had a lot of turns in our road lately, and maybe you have, too. If so, just remember that when you trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding, and when you acknowledge Him regardless of those turns in your life, He will make your path align with His and grant you the peace the surpasses all understanding (cf. Philippians 4:7). I pray you have a Christ-filled week, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Our Journey to E91: July 19

We have arrived! At least, I should say that we have arrived in Indy, closed on a house, and I am now sitting on the floor of our new home while I write this blog. We have arrived, but our "stuff" doesn't arrive until Monday. For those of you who have experienced the "joys" of moving, you know how it feels to finally get through all the details of getting utilities set up, insurance taken care of, and then signing your life away at closing. And once you get through all of those steps, you have a huge sigh of relief and a prayer of gratitude for the Lord's provision.

I've gotten great feedback from the question I asked a few days ago in my last blog. If you'd still like to respond, read my posting from this past Monday, and you can see what I'm asking and how to respond. 

People have asked me what I am most excited about in coming to E91 and what are my biggest concerns. I've thought a lot about that over the past few weeks, and I've come to the conclusion that my answers are two sides of the same coin. On the one side, there is a peace that comes when you really believe you are following the Lord's lead. It doesn't mean your path will always be laid with smooth stones and that there will be no pot-holes or detours. But whatever obstacles you face, you know the Lord is with you. That's what I'm most excited about in coming to E91. I know the Lord is leading us here, and there is a peace in that knowledge. The other side of the coin, however, is my "human side" of knowing the rich heritage of E91 and not wanting to make major missteps as we all move forward together. Bottom line? It's the "fear of failure."

Just for the record, I will make some missteps without question. I just pray they won't be of the gargantuan size. I'm reminded of what the Apostle Paul wrote, "God's grace is sufficient." So, the next time you're feeling a tad bit overwhelmed, and you hold back out of fear of making mistakes, trust that the very grace that saved you is the same grace that will sustain you. Remember that "perfect love casts out all fear," and His love is always, always perfect.

For those who are at E91 this coming Sunday, I hope to see you!  Be sure to come up and introduce yourself to me, Laura and the kids.  See you soon!