The Lord is Your Keeper
"The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever more." Psalm 121:5-8
"On the day I called you answered me; my strength of soul you increased." Psalm 138:3
These are the verses that the Lord led me to, in the Bible, the night before last when I was getting overwhelmed with everything that is in front of us. Leaving a place that I have lived most my life. Moving to a place I've never been, and having little to no details at all. (I know everyone has a lot of questions about this and how we came to this point. There will be more on this to come. It's a long story!) Even this blog...The thought of sharing our journey, through my thoughts, with so many people is a bit overwhelming. I am by NO means a writer. But, my hearts desire with this blog is to keep all of our family and friends up to date with where we are and what we are doing. All of you amazing people who have been praying for us and encouraging us, it means so much. Above all things I desire that our lives and everything written on this blog will give glory to God. So many people have said, "You guys have such amazing faith!" It is not our amazing faith, but our mighty God. I promise you that Matt and I have struggled, tripped, fought, feared, and doubted on and off through this whole journey. But, we serve a faithful God who will do what He said He would do! Matt and I do not think for one minute that our journey is any greater than any one else's. We are all a part of the puzzle, and every piece is needed.
So, as I read the verses that the Lord led me to He reminded me that He truly is our keeper. He will give us the strength we need for everything that comes our way. I just need to take it one step at a time. I like to jump far ahead of Him and try to figure it all out. Then I end up in this fearful and overwhelmed place. So once again His words calmed me, and now I want to share how He led me to doing this blog.
I have had it come up on my heart many times over the years about starting a blog, and I just let it go as it never seemed the right time. Since our condo sold, I have been praying for a way to keep everyone updated on our journey and what God is doing. I was talking with my mom one day about this and she brought up doing a blog. Neither Matt nor I are on Facebook and for whatever reason it has not been confirming to either of us at this point to join. I prayed and asked the Lord to bless me with confirmation if it was time for me to start a blog. The very next morning we ran into my Aunt at Wal-Mart. Now, in all the 12 years of shopping at this Wal-Mart, I can't remember ever running into her there. So I knew it was the Lord. We got to hug and talk about our trip out to California. We started talking about ways to keep everyone updated and in our conversation she brought up doing a blog. I felt that was my confirmation. When I had prayed about it the day before it came on my heart that my sister-in-law would be able to help me out because I know nothing about that kind of stuff at all. I got a hold of her and after my failed attempt to do it by myself, she had it up and running within an hour. So very thankful for her help. She did an amazing job! So here we are...My first blog. Go easy on me, and try to look past all my grammar and punctuation errors :) (I really like commas!)
Lord, I dedicate this space to you. I pray your Spirit and presence would reign here. I pray that your name would be glorified in every word written and that you would touch the hearts of every reader with your hope and encouragement. Thank you for truly being our keeper. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Love and Blessings,