Sunday, June 29, 2008

And So It Goes

We are now on the side of unemployment - or will be soon. American Airlines is pulling out some of the American Eagle hubs and San Luis Obispo is one of those hubs where my husband, Dan, works. We could be mad, we could be scared of what's going to happen now, we could be discouraged. But God has always been there for us, supplying all our needs, putting us in the place He would have us be for "such a time as this."

When Dan graduated from Mt. San Antonio College, all I could think about was, "we're going home to SLO." I didn't want to hear about a possible position in Montana where his friend lived and had a job opening if he wanted it. I just wanted to hear that he would take the job at the airport in SLO if he was offered THAT one. I fought this for awhile until I realized I was fighting against what God wanted for us. I finally gave it up to Him and when we got that phone call, and Dan said we were going to move to Montana, I said that was fine. Dan couldn't believe it, but was happy that I was willing to move. Montana was a three year stint and it was the best time. We made friends that we will have forever, even though we don't keep in touch too much. We saw a few of them last year at an anniversary celebration at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch where I worked for 2 years. Several of us only worked there for a couple of years, but it was such a huge part of our lives because we worked with youths who were at-risk, disciplinary problems, and just having rough times in their lives. I saw a couple of the kids, who are now adults in their 30s and couldn't believe it. I didn't think I would see ex-students that I would know, but John came with his wife and two kids and he remembered drawing a picture for me when I worked in the Assessment Center where he and the other kids came to see their therapists. I showed him that picture - he couldn't believe that I still had it. It was a great time of catching up with old friends and students.

So...with that all said, at this time in our lives, I KNOW, without a doubt, that God has something for us, whether it be here or somewhere else. I can hear my pastor's voice in my head now - "I hate to say good-bye". So do I. I hope we can find something that will keep us here in SLO where I grew up. But, if God would have us move out of the area, I pray that we would be willing, ready and able and that we would make the most of that time for His glory.

Monday, June 9, 2008

My All In All

Another one of my poems from the past.

He told me He loves me
And He showed me by dying on the cross
He told me He loves me
And He said that I will never suffer loss.

He told me that I was a sinner
He said that I would surely die
But then He said, "Child, I love you
And I want you to live with me on High."

He showed me the way to a new life
A life full of joy and of peace
He promised me things would not be perfect
But He would always be there - my pain He would ease.

He has always kept His promise
To be with me when things would go wrong
And when my life was going wonderfully
His love was there just as strong.

He never backs away from His children
His arms are open wide for them all
All we need to do is come to Him
"Come be with Me" is His call.

If you don't know who you can turn to
Jesus is waiting for you
He doesn't look at race, creed or color
He loves you because you are you.