Today marks the return of Musing & Wandering. After a long hiatus we’ve decided to come back to the original blog name and intent for this blog site and we’re happy to be back. The Lord is still in charge and we will continue to just be His fingers on the keyboard writing about what He lays on our hearts regarding life on and off the road. Much will continue to be Musings and occasionally we’ll throw in the Wandering side as well. All posts from “Our Porch Views” have been merged into this site and we’ve chosen not to bring over our old, very old, Wandering posts.
I must say at this point that God has been so very gracious to us over these past few years. He’s allowed us to have some wonderful time together traveling around this great country. We joined a Christian service organization (RVICS) which allowed us to continue serving Him as we traveled. We’ve met some awesome people and have been able to reach out to hundreds along the road with Bibles, prayer and encouragement.
We do hope that you will continue your journey with us on Musing & Wandering’s blog site. I don’t know how often we will post but if you follow the blog, either through your WordPress account or by leaving your email address you will be among the first to be notified about a new posting.
We’re excited about where God is leading us and don’t even know where that will be. It’s all in His hands.
Thank you so very much for your continued interest in Musing & Wandering.
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.
Join with us in celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Christ the Lord as we share from Luke 2:8-14:
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (NASB)
Have you ever stopped to consider the most important elements of your home? I hadn’t really before today and now I have a new appreciation for that which is unseen. Let me try to explain.
The part that we see, the decoration or cosmetic, is just to show off the finished house. It adds eye appeal and quite frankly is what sells a house in most cases and what we focus the most on. But underneath all of that is the bones. The wood framing, plumbing, electrical, foundation – you know the structural. That is what makes the house have the ability to stand, hopefully for a good number of years, and provide a home for us to live in. Most of us I suspect would never think much about that beyond asking, is the structure sound, how’s the electrical, and does the plumbing work good? Oh, and how old is the roof? While the cosmetic gets the money, it’s the structural which makes it possible. And let’s face it, we can’t see what’s underneath anyway unless it fails. Without the latter the former isn’t much good and in fact can’t stand on its own.
The same applies to our walk with the Lord. In Romans 8:5 we read, “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.“ (NASB77)
I must admit that most of my adult life has been closer to the things of the flesh than the things of the Spirit. I know that might be a shock to some of you but as I stopped to take a serious look at my life what I’ve discovered isn’t too sound. It’s been the THINGS in life which have garnered most of my attention. Now it’s true that I’ve given a lot of time and effort to the Lord’s work so surely that should count for something, right? Well that would put me in the middle somewhere then since I garner the Spirit while pursuing the flesh. According to many today that still makes me an okay person and Heavenward bound. Let me just quote the rest of the above passage for you.
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.“ Romans 8:6-8 NASB77
Maybe you need to read that again. The way I read it is pretty straight forward. There is NO middle ground. If my mind is on the flesh, even a tiny bit (I guess little white lies would be out) then that makes me “hostile toward God” and hence I “cannot [do not] please God.”
If you know me then you’ve mostly known the cosmetic, fleshy, sinful me. While there have been some structural foundation work it keeps getting knocked down whenever I focus back on the cosmetic, or flesh. If I want to have “life and peace” and to “please God” my life must be fully in the (Holy) Spirit which makes my structure sound and pleasing to God allowing the Holy Spirit to work through me for the Glory of God.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:29-32 NASB77
Want to start building the structural foundation of a life in the Spirit? These 6 points are found in the passage of scripture above.
Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth.
Build others up.
Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit with your behavior.
Release ALL bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice.
Be kind and tender-hearted to others.
Forgive others even as God in Christ forgave you.
It has taken 70 years for this message to fully sink in for me. I pray and hope that it won’t take that long for you.
I offer no apologies for this message except that I’ve taken so long to write/tell some who are closest to me and now to all who read this message. If you’ve gotten this far then I encourage you to search out how to truly walk a life in the Spirit and ditch the flesh. There is NO middle ground. If you disagree with me that is your right, but I encourage you to check the facts straight from the Word (Holy Bible) and disregard the words of man, the church, the denomination, the religion.
In Christ and with love,
Note: This blog post was inspired by a sermon given at Salem Evangelical Church by Pastor Randy Butler on 7/17/16. If you desire you can view the sermon by following this link: https://vimeo.com/176360995. The link is for the full service. The sermon starts about 2/3 of the way through at 51:42.