No Panic and No Fear
Lately I have been thinking A LOT about God and I have come to the conclusion that my finite mind has not even made a teeney tiny scratch, never mind a dent, in comprehending the GREATNESS OF GOD! Yes, it is easy to say we serve an awesome God and praise God for His blessings when everything is going well and we don't have any problems. It is easy to praise God if we have a good job, healthy children, healthy bodies, nice homes to live in and money for vacations, nice clothes, eating out, hobbies, cars etc. etc. etc. Now don't get me wrong....I like nice things as much as the next guy and am very thankful for all of HIs blessings in our lives, but in my thinking about God and His greatness my mind didn't turn to think about all these nice things. My mind instead turned to thinking about miracles, God's grace, God's mercy, God's guidance, God's victory over death, God's gift of eternal life to those who believe and God's reigning in heaven over all the universe. We have a choice to accept God for who He is or deny Him but we cannot change or reduce Him...that is impossible. He is THE GREAT and MIGHTY GOD. He has control over EVERYTHING. He has unlimited POWER. He has ALWAYS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE. I am desperately searching for words to describe God and I am failing miserably. All I know is that I have made a choice to accept God and have committed my life to having a personal relationship with His son Jesus. This personal relationship with JESUS is an AMAZING THING and it requires that I give ALL of my life to Him and trust Him to guide us to where He wants us to be. As Ed and I are sorting, throwing out and packing our things for our move to Colorado we realize that only thing we know for sure is that we are leaving here on August 27th. Beyond that date we don't yet have concrete answers to where, when or how. Yes, we will be making our way out to Colorado and all of our things are being moved out there but that is all we know. Are we in a panic? Are we afraid? NO! We aren't afraid and we aren't in a panic because we know that God is AMAZING, God is POWERFUL, God is GREAT, God is MIGHTY and God GUIDES! Psalm 37: 23 & 24 says "If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand". How reassuring that if God is pleased with what we do He will make our steps firm. No need to panic or be afraid because we have committed our lives and Soaring Wings Ministries to God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our lives will definetely be changing but God does not change. The realization that God does not change gives me peace! I am so glad that I have a personal relationship with God who is TOO BIG and TOO GREAT for me to comprehend with my finite mind. Our prayer, as we head out to Colorado and begin to make a new life there, is that we will have the opportunity to share the LOVE and GREATNESS of our God with many, many people and that they will come to have a personal relationship with His son Jeus and that they will also be amazed and wonder at the greatness of our Lord and Savior!
AUGUST 7th!!!! No more planning, thinking, hoping, dreaming about moving to Colorado. Our move to Colorado is becoming a REALITY as AUGUST 7th the movers will be here at our house to pack up our things, put them in a truck and drive them out to Colorado. We don't have a home yet in Colorado so all of our things will go into a storage unit in Fort Collins so that we will be able to get to our things as needed. In anticipation of the movers being here on August 7th, I find my mind frequently drifting back to the years that we have spent in New Hampshire. We first moved here in September of 1993. I was 41 years old. Ed was 40 years old. Yikes! That seems so young now!! Our oldest daughter Karin was 15 years old, our middle daughter Meredith was 10 years old, and our son David was 8 years old. I keep thinking about what New Hampshire was like when we first moved here. There were several video stores in town where we could rent videos. There was a small IGA grocery store in town that is no longer there. Kearsarge Regional High School where our oldest daughter enrolled had no "classrooms" per say...everything was "open concept". The school bus did not pick them up directly in front of our house...they had to walk down the hill to the end of the road and walk back up the hill to get home. In the spring they would run both ways because the mosquitoes would eat them alive if they walked! In winter during snowstorms, the man driving the town plow would give them a ride up the hill in the plow truck! I remember spending literally EVERY afternoon swimming at Lake Sunapee during the summer. Our kids grew up in New Hampshire and so did Ed and I. We are different people now then when we first arrived here from Connecticut in 1993 and for that I am glad. I remember that Ed and I would have conversations about our faith and our Christian walk during our early years here in New Hampshire. We would talk about what it would look like if Christians lived their lives completely on faith, and what it would look like if Christians loved others like Jesus loved them, and what it would look like if Christianity was more than being "nice" and having a "nice" family and going to a "nice" church. We wondered how Christians should live their lives so that non-believers would look at the Christian life and truly see Jesus...not just a "nice" family. We decided that we just didn't want to live a "nice" life but we weren't sure what that meant. Well now we know because the movers are coming to our house on August 7th to move us to Colorado!!! We don't know where we will be living in Colorado but we will know what it means to live our lives completely on faith. Since I was a young child, one of my favorite Bible verses has always been Provers 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 make your paths straight". Now that I am 60 years old this verse is not just "nice" words that I have heard all my life but words that I am putting into action. The moving truck is coming August 7th, I am leaving my home in New Hampshire to move to Colorado and I don't yet know where home will be in Colorado but I am trusting the Lord with all my heart, I am acknowledging him and I am trusting him to make my paths straight. I trust that God will shine in my life and I trust that I will learn to love others as Jesus loves them and I trust that when non-believers look at my life that they don't just see a "nice" person but that they will see Jesus.
A not so nice person,
Just in case you are wondering what 82 days is all about, that is the number of days we have until we leave for Colorado! It hardly seems possible! We have been dreaming, planning and thinking about this day for over 10 years and now it is right around the corner. This Sunday Ed and I are giving a presentation at our church, Trinity Bible Church in South Sutton, New Hampshire, on our plans for Soaring Wings Ministries. Tonight we were at the church setting things up for the presentation and I told Ed that sometimes it all seems like a dream that this is really happening...that we really are going to be permanently moving to Colorado in 82 days and that Soaring Wings will quickly move from the planning stage to a REALITY! For many years I have been wondering about who would live at Soaring Wings Ministries and very soon we will have the priviledge of meeting the families who we will be sharing our lives with. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has reported that the number of homeless families has increased by 19 percent in the past 4 months. It is rather abstract to think of "19 percent" but "19 percent" translates into families. These are families who have no place to live. Families with children who don't have enough to eat. Families who perhaps are living in their car instead of a home. It bothers Ed and I that there are families who are trying to live under such conditions and it bothers God too. Is it a coincidence that we will be leaving for Colorado in 82 days just as the percentage of homeless families in Colorado has increased in the past 4 months? No, it is not a coincidence. It is God's guidance and timing and it is His love for the homeless families in Colorado that is directing us to leave for Colorado in 82 days to help these families. Please be praying for us as we prepare to leave for Colorado in 82 days and please be praying for the families that we will soon be serving through Soaring Wings Ministries. We would love it if you would come to our church this Sunday to hear our presentation on Soaring Wings Ministries. It is Trinity Bible Church and the address is 539 Rte. 114 South Sutton, New Hampshire. The church service starts at 10:45 a.m. If you would like for us to come to your church to give a presentation on Soaring Wings Ministries just let us know. We would be delighted to share with your church family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank-you for all your prayers!
Anita Rennells is writer of this blog. She, along with her husband Ed, founded Soaring Wings Ministries to serve the homeless. The purpose of the blog is to tell the story of Soaring Wings Ministries and to give glory to God.
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