We are settling into our little house in Coal Township, PA. It is less than half the size of what we left in Missouri–both land and house. And, true packrats that we are, we returned to MO to retrieve some of the ‘necessities’ that we left behind. I think the trip cost us more than it would have to simply replace the things we thought we needed. Lesson learned.
We are busy trying to unpack and place things into this house that we are now making into our home. I built a wall of shelves before we left and we’ve brought back our books. I’ll need to build more shelves! Gracie and I are both readers, and we don’t like to part with our books (2 Tim. 4:13).
My dog, Timber, went with us on this last trip. She is glad to be back here and settling in with the two cats. I am not happy with the fact that we can’t let Timber run loose like we did on the farm. She has to be tied out whenever she wants to go outside. However, it seems that she is quite content becoming a housedog. She’s getting old and likes to sleep most of the time anyway.
We have not yet had much of a chance to get out and meet our neighbors, or to learn about the town in which we live. That time will come soon enough. I’m looking forward to it.
I am scheduled to preach again in the little country church we met in before. I have asked the Lord specifically to call me as the pastor of that group. It will be an interesting challenge. They have a heart for the Lord, and are willing to hear His Word.
We had opportunity to meet with some of the saints in Harrisburg. Nothing but a blessing!! Looking forward to more times with ones from my past.
The Lord has been doing some wonderful things in our life these past few months. Both of us are excited to see that the Lord has once again begun to use us for His purposes! It has been a step-by-step restoration of the years the cankerworm and the palmerworm and the locust have eaten.
Can those times be recovered? No. But, the word of the Lord is sure that they can be restored (Joel 2:25).
Without going into great detail as to the dealings of the Lord that have brought us to this place, suffice it to say that we are moving. We have known for quite some time that the Lord is through with us here in SW Missouri; but we were not clear on what was next.
Now we are clear.
We are in the process of packing what few things we must have, leaving the rest behind, and moving to a small town in east central PA. It is happening so quickly that it is quite possible that the next message you will hear from us will be from that area.
There are some who have criticized us in the past for what appeared to them to be a sudden return to the Lord. Then, as now, this only appears to the natural mind as being sudden.
We have no idea about the dealings of God in a person’s life when they are being kept hidden from view.
Moses “all of a sudden” appeared in Egypt after 40 years of people deciding that he must be dead. Jesus “all of a sudden” appeared on the banks of the Jordan after not being heard from almost 20 years. Paul “all of a sudden” appeared in Jerusalem preaching the gospel that he had once destroyed.
We are “all of sudden” moving to PA after many months of the Lord’s speaking to our hearts. We have waited upon the Lord, kept His word close to our hearts, and He has given direction each step along the way.
It is an exciting time for us as we step out into the great unknown.
Your prayers for us are greatly appreciated.