Will of God

I love what Jim Elliot once said: “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” This I believe that God has a plan for each and every one of his children, but how do you know the what that plan is? How do you know the will of God?

Maybe the reason I am struggling with this is because of my graduation. I want the next phase of my life to be in God’s will. How do I know, out of the multiple paths I could take, which one is the one God wants me to walk on?

I finally came to the realization that, after much prayer and telling God that you want his will, you will just know. Usually there isn’t a big revelation, but a quiet peace.

So, in essence, I’ve learned this: Seek God first and everything else will fall into place. He will change your will to his will, let you know where to go, when to speak, and what to say. Also, if you do mess up and make the wrong choice, don’t worry, God is right there ready to help you get up and start again.

“Delight thyself in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass…Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him…The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” -Psalms 37:4-5,7a,23-24

BIG NEWS!

Hey guys, I thought ya’ll would like to know that Ian Gebbia and Kristen DePriest, my sister, are engaged. Kristen took a picture of the ring, but as soon as I get more pictures I will try to post them. I thank my Heavenly Father for giving Kristen such a good looking, godly man as Ian. It is such a blessing to add him to the family!

Kristen's Engagement Ring on her Hand

Goat Kids Born

Jael had her kids yesterday morning. I thought you all would like to see them. Kayla named the first one Buz and Kyle name the second one Dodo. They are both biblical names–look it up!

The first one is of Buz a few minutes after he was born.

Jael's kid Buz

Here is Dodo. This was taken later in the day.

Jael's second kid Dodo

This really is a dream come true!

Big Dreams, Big Problems

I dream. That, in itself is not a problem, but when I dream I will get upset when people don’t share my dreams, laugh at them, or the dreams don’t come true. To put it simply, I dream big dreams and have big problems.

My ultimate dream is self-sufficiency. My dream for this year was to raise (and butcher) 25 Cornish hens and to raise feed for my goats…not just some feed, but a year’s worth. I didn’t think it was too much, I mean I’ve had much, much, MUCH bigger dreams to accomplish in that time frame. I thought I wasn’t asking for too much. I had narrowed it down to just two.

I had it all planed out: I would plant a half acre of oats, harvest them, then plant the same plot with a winter crop of roots. The first problem was how to harvest the oats. Well, that was easy: scythe it. I just bought a scythe this fall from a neighbor.

The second problem was how to prepare the ground. This was a little harder. Clay soil is hard on tiller and besides, a half-acre of tilling…Mom tried to help me see that it might not work out as I planned.

Okay, I admit it, I got upset. I felt like my dream was being pushed back. It wasn’t working out, why did that always happen to me? I sat and moped (By the way, never mope because it brings on self-pity.).

Finally, Mom had enough and told me to go clean the bathroom. You know, it’s amazing what you can think of while cleaning the toilet! I realized that it didn’t matter if my dreams didn’t turn out to be my definition of perfect. Maybe all I can do it plant a pot of oats, but what does that matter? Dreams, wishes, and goals are all good and fine, but I can’t hang my life on them—I can’t idolize them.

Norm Wakefield says in Equipped to Love that “The spirit of idolatry tempts man to look to the creatures for happiness…When we worship and serve someone or something, we give it the power to make us miserable.” That was exactly what I was doing! I was giving my dreams the power to make me miserable. Wow, to think that I was breaking the first commandment! Not only that, but look at 1 Corinthians 5:9-11; 6:9; 10:7, 14; 2 Corinthians 6:16, Galatians 5:19-23, Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5, 1 Peter 4:3, Revelation 21:8; 22:15. I beg you to look these up. It really shows how important it is that we don’t idolize someone or something. If we get this wrong, we not only hurt Jesus, but we run the risk of ending in the lake of fire!

“Little children keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” 1 John 5:21