In a Slump of a Whirlwind.

Yes, I am still around on the planet earth!  lol — I have been in some what of a blogging slump — but it’s mainly due to the whirlwind of activity around here.  My husband knows it’s busy when I don’t find time at the computer! 😉

Since my last post, which was so full of excitement about the Lord’s work, I have been purposefully waiting to write.  –Waiting for the time to sit down and adequately describe all the Lord is doing in our life.  However, it is becoming evident that my computer time is short, and will be for a while yet.  So….with much abbreviation, however a long post, here’s the list:

  • I am now a pastor’s wife!  God has been calling our family into ministry for about ten years, and now the time finally came for it to become a reality.  Our little country church, Purtis Creek Baptist, is home to several dedicated and loving families who have committed to allowing the Lord’s direction through my husband.  We are all emotions at once — excited, blessed, nervous, anxious, scared, etc.  Our “To-Do” List is growing by leaps and bounds, and we are just having to take a step back ever so often to figure out where to start!  Please pray for my husband’s endurance — he is bivocational, well — actually tri-vocational if you take into consideration a part-time job he is also working.  He says that he’s fine…..the “wife” in me says I should be concerned!  Also, the first big outreach for the church will be during vacation bible school, for which we are attempting to quickly prepare.  Our deepest thanks goes to our home church for sending us their bible school “leftovers”!  Mounds of decorations, materials, craft supplies, etc. have been sent our way through the love of our former church members.  Since our new church has been without a pastor for almost a year, and has not had a bible school in several years, we are most grateful to receive the support and supplies.
  • Galoneda Outreach  – Through some friends, we have been blessed to be involved in an outreach effort unlike none other in our area.  God has targeted a particular neighborhood in our area for salvation and provision.  He has led a team of 20?, 30? people from several different denominational backgrounds and several different churches to participate in a mass visitation and outreach effort to this neighborhood.  Door-to-door visits are leading to salvation decisions, discipleship, fellowship, children’s bible clubs, food provision, etc.  It is really exciting to see real work being done for the Lord.  Each Saturday during the summer, the children have been coming to the neighborhood’s park for games, songs, bible stories, hot dogs/refreshment, and playtime.  Looking at the faces of those participating (and those driving by), you can just see the need for God written everywhere.  Just this past week, I also heard of another church in the area who has heard of the effort and apparently may be interested in setting up some sort of after school care support for children in the neighborhood.  God is growing and growing the revival in this community, and we are just blessed to be near Him.  I guarantee you…..if you want to feel close to God, just come to Cherokee Shores on a Saturday morning this summer!  It’s truly indescribable with mere words!
  • Oak Street Outreach – Another outreach to which we have been recently introduced.  The man who oversees this work has given all to this ministry.  He and his wife and children live in a building being used to house the homeless.  There are several men and women living there who so desperately needed someone to just care about them. — unemployment, medical conditions, pregnancy, instability, deep emotional scars brought about by the traumatic conditions they have endured so many times over the years, physical abuse, etc — these people are being ministered to in a way that is so needed.  Please pray for them all, particularly the continuance of the ministry and financial needs.  I can tell you that just the short time I spent talking with some of the ladies and children, has really touched my heart.  I am looking forward to supporting their ministry in whatever ways I can be involved.  I pray that God will use me to counsel to, worship with, disciple, and provide for the director’s family (whose children are so precious, by the way) as well as the men and women who are living there. 
  • Our family is also participating in a weekly prayer group on Tuesday nights.  We bring the whole family for a potluck supper at someone’s house, and then intense, focused worship and prayer afterwards.   The kids play (at last count, there were 18+ children), the moms excuse ourselves ever so often to deal with/check on the kids, and the rest of the adults continue in prayer/worship sometimes into 10:30-11:00 p.m.  It makes for a long day/night, however, God is listening.  Like a refreshing rain, the “oneness” of our petitions stir our souls and encourage us to continue in His work.  It’s just AWESOME!   

   

  • College  – Oh my goodness!!!  College preparations are soooooo exhausting and cumbersome!  The last several days have been spent with my daughter visiting and registering at college — 7+ hours away!  We drove there on Thursday, staying in luxurious accomodations dorm rooms during our visit.  Let me just make a note here to describe for you the campus bell tower………ding-dong, ding-dong……dong-ding, dong-ding…..ding-dong, ding-dong….dong-ding, dong-ding…….DONG!……DONG!……DONG!…….(you get the picture, right?!)  Well, picture this beautiful sound going off EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES —– ROUND THE CLOCK — 24 HOURS !!!!!  With the fine insulated and sound proof single-pane, aluminum windows, this made for a great night’s sleep during our visit. 

 We did, however, have a wonderful trip.  It was made even greater when she was approached by the track coach there who ended up offering her more scholarship monies to run track in the spring!  She will now be there on a dual scholarship — soccer and track! (cha-ching! — yes!)

Now, we just need to work on gathering everything she needs, getting her car maintenanced, immunizations up to date, teaching her how to drive long distance on busy freeways and interstates, finding a cheap (ha!) laptop, and figuring out a way to make her two young brothers understand that she will be leaving us until probably Christmas.  (sniff, sniff)

Oh! — the BEST part of the trip was when I was mistaken for my daughter’s sister one, two, THREE times!!! (Yes!)  One of the professors even made attempts to give me a degree plan, along with the other incoming freshman!

See…..wonderful challenges, but it has been a whirlwind!  Hopefully, sometime in the near future, I will find time to write an awe-inspiring blog again (ha ha), but until then, hopefully you will pray for us as we dig ourselves out of our day planners!

May God continue to bless each of you, my blogger sisters and brothers!   

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11 responses to “In a Slump of a Whirlwind.

  1. Congratulations Julie! and bless the Lord!!!

    Now I know how to pray!
    Father give my sister Strength in all the busyness of their new life and responsibilities, Grace in every situation she and her husband will face as they enter this new season, filled with expectations from others, Wisdom they oversee the flock you’ve enstruated to them, rest so they can run and not be weary and Peace, the peace that passes understanding as they keep their hearts rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus precious love.

    May their lives be an awesome testimony to your faithfulness , brightly shining lights in this present world! Thank you for their willingness to be used in the Kingdom, for your honor and glory, Amen!

    Praise the good Lord! It’s good to see you back and hear the good news!

    Blessings, love and grace, to you and your family,
    Susan

  2. That should have read…
    “wisdom as they oversee the flock you’ve entrusted to them…” 🙂

    I do have a battle with typos 😉

  3. Julie

    Thank you, Susan!

  4. That was you in the paper. You have a beautiful daughter.
    I told my mother — that’s Julie…I met her online. My mom got a kick out of it…my parents live in Tool.

    I know how to pray for you too!

  5. Julie

    Thank you so much Johnnie. I will be going to Tool tomorrow, as a matter of fact!! I’ll wish a “hello” to your mother on the way!

    How’s your neighbor?

    Julie

  6. cherie

    ” Have you not heard?
    The everlasting God, the LORD,
    The Creator of the ends of the earth,
    Neither faints nor is weary.
    His understanding is unsearchable.
    29 He gives power to the weak,
    And to those who have no might He increases strength.
    30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
    And the young men shall utterly fall,
    31 But those who wait on the LORD
    Shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary,
    They shall walk and not faint.”

    A refreshing reminder to wives who run after husbands who run after the Lord!
    I have been blessed this week with moments of waiting on the Lord. I pray that you get a few of those moments also!!!!

  7. We love and miss you and your precious family! Pray for you daily. Hang in there! God has more great things in store for you!

  8. Thank you for all that you do for me. You do way more than you have listed here. I don’t know what we would do as a family if you were not there. Well yes I do, we would never get anything done. Most of all thank you for being my wife and loving me despite the trouble that I am.

    I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH

  9. Julie

    Cherie and Rhonda,

    Ya’ll (our famous Texan word !) are great friends and sisters in Christ. Thanks for the continual encouragement — and the shoulder when I need it.

    “to run and not be weary”…..wow! That sounds wonderful 😉

    Much Love,
    Julie

  10. look on ebay for a laptop. we got Haley a great one for college at less than half the price of a new one.

  11. Julie

    Hi Nancy!

    Thanks for stopping by my site. I was actually looking at yours the night before you sent this comment. I found it through Dreama’s, and told Kenneth that I thought it might be you!

    How is everything going? We haven’t seen you in a long time. Your family is beautiful!

    I’ll be back to visit your site more soon.

    Many Blessings,

    Julie

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