I’m excited as we jump in to 2017. I’m excited because God has given us another year to grow closer to Him and to reach out to others. I thought I’d take the opportunity in this post to give a highlight of this past year. It would be an over statement to say it went as WE planned because God had other plans.
2016 was going to be a year that would break us out of the west coast and send us east to work and visit. We planned it carefully, and even prayed about it. In our mind it was time to see new places and serve at new ministries.
We planned a project in Texas and then on to Mississippi before heading to Florida for a son-in-law graduation from college. Then we were going to spend the rest of the spring and summer traveling up the east coast into New England before heading back for a project in Pennsylvania (and a visit with my son), then down to Tennessee, on to Georgia and back home to our house in Texas. Okay, that was OUR plan. Now this is how God changed that around.
We left home in early March and headed to California to be with my sister and husband. She was scheduled for surgery and we’d offered to help post-op. A week after arriving her husband went home to be with the Lord. She did have her surgery, a bit delayed, and we realized that we would not be able to make our early projects in TX and MS and probably not make it to the graduation either. By now we’re into early summer and there was still one more surgery so we called headquarters and they graciously switched our projects to the west coast. We did have time to attend a family reunion on the Oregon coast, visit a daughter in Wyoming and then move on to Washington for our first project before heading to California for 2 projects and my sister’s second surgery. We arrived back home in mid-December and had a wonderful time with friends here in the RVICS Village. We also are taking advantage of our time to get all of our doctor visits done. It’s wonderful to have great doctors providing our medical care. In both of our cases that’s a good thing.
Throughout the year we were blessed by God in all things. There is no wrong way when it’s God’s way.
So this year we’ve planned what we believe is God’s plan for us. Let’s just say it involves a whole lot of travel and will take us to see at least 3 of our 4 kids as well as family in Missouri. Now I will say that God has a definite plan for us this year. We’ve asked Him to direct our steps and use us wherever He leads us.
Our theme verse is found in Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (NASB)
As you can see from above that is certainly the case in point. In this New Year we expect that God will send many across our path who are hurting. We’ve been so privileged to pray for and with so many. People everywhere are seeking relief, seeking friendship, seeking guidance, seeking hope, seeking the way. Our God has given all of us the task of proclaiming what each person is seeking; Jesus Christ. Jesus provides the hope in a better way. Satan says it’s to be found in him. If so why are so many people hurting and seeking. Christ is the ONLY way and the only hope is found in God our Father.
There is one thing we can count on in 2017 and we find that in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (NASB) What a blessed assurance as we travel down the path He has for us. You can have the same assurance.
Our prayer is always that we will allow God to direct our every step. We’ve given that over to Him. Should that path cross close to where you live, we hope to be able to stop and pay a short visit.
Thank you for sharing our journey this year though we haven’t shared a tremendous amount with you. We hope in 2017 to do a better job. God willing, we will.
Blessings and love to each of you.
Nick & Boo