Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Where Are We Going?


OK - I know by now it is old news that we read the Psalms and Proverbs each morning. What amazes me is how some verses some days just seem to jump off the page - and then stick with me. This has happened with three verses the past week (and today).

Proverbs 21:3 "To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."
Proverbs 21:13 "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered."

Proverbs 28:5 "Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully."

I read these verses and my heart is moved. Isn't yours?

So, I sit in awe this afternoon at what God is doing in our lives. We had our big informational lunch for Safe Families this weekend. I had 34 people respond that they were coming. In faith, I ordered food for over 100. And guess how many people walked through the door? A little over 120 people!

Everything that could go wrong, went wrong that morning. The room we were going to use had nice round tables set up...well, the group in there right before us decided they didn't want them this day and tore them all down. Then, that room has a computer that projects videos onto a large screen. We needed that. Well..the computer was suddenly missing. I went to talk to the guys about our lunches...we had ordered 105 boxed lunches...well, something went wrong in the kitchen and they couldn't do the box lunches and instead would have a serving line with wraps and soup. After all this, the group that was in our room asked us if they could have it until 12:30...our lunch was supposed to start at 12:30...and now we had to put up 12 tables with 10 chairs at each table!

Joe and I retreated to the Chapel, which was quiet and empty.

"Let's pray."

And, so we did...claiming the day for God.

We improvised. We took a different room that had a different set up - but it had tables set up and would be empty at 12:15. We searched the entire church for a TV with a DVD player that worked...there was ONE and it was available. The food guys set up their lunch on long tables that were already in place - perfect! We quickly put up the Safe Families display and the guest started arriving! And they came and kept coming. The room got hot, but praise God at how many people came!

We started our program watching a video - I opted for the short one - which was fine because half the room couldn't see it anyway :) There were guest speakers and a time for Q and A..and then to my absolute shock - 18 families said "YES!"!! 18 families are stepping out in faith in a tough economic time to bring back biblical hospitality. You know, not the gift of hospitality we like to THINK is a spiritual gift - like "I have a nice, big home and I like to serve cookies and punch - that means I have the gift of hospitality." No, this gift is the biblical kind that welcomes strangers into your home wanting NOTHING in return. Kind of a foreign concept these days, huh?

Not to these 18 families that stepped forward - praise God again!

11 families said they want to provide respite care, babysitting or encouragement to those who are hosting kids. 7 said they would help with professional services, mentoring the bio mom.

We now have a team!

One of the speakers quoted one of the Proverbs that Joe and I had been meditating on. It was as if God was saying, "Yes...you are starting to get it."

And, we are now doing a little more wrestling with God...how can one part of our lives be going so well and the other going so poorly? We can't do one with out the other. We need Joe's business to do well in order to keep us here in Milwaukee and allow me to not find a job.

This was our thinking - and probably is still Joes' until....our own personal encourager and prophet said this to us yesterday "Could God be calling you BOTH into full time ministry?"

Terrified and excited...and praying that we seek God's will.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Excited to see where you are lead...
Blessings.
j
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