Friday, February 29, 2008

Our Wild Ride

UP: We went to an evening revival service at another church. Monty Hale from the South Carolina Baptist Convention was the guest speaker. Very powerful message about being led by God, or more accurately, letting yourself be led by God. Joshua 3 was his text. Go and stand in the water. Go. And then see what happens! Wow. I couldn't wait to jump in.

DOWN: I'd been uncertain about some things that had been on my mind all day long and it was weighing heavy on me.

UP: My friend Ginger showed up for the women's Bible study group that meets at my house. She felt led to miss her sign language class to come. She brought such words of encouragement that I found myself being lifted higher and higher.

DOWN: An influence that Satan has used in my husband Scott's life and ministry to bring discouragment and defeat for the last 10 years showed up in full force. Unexpectedly, of course.

UP: We went back to the revival. The ladies group I sing with was providing the music and Monty Hale delivered another moving sermon. Text was Acts 2. He described the tongues of fire from the Holy Spirit like eating jalapenos. It causes your eyes to water and makes you want to say out loud to everyone around just how hot and powerful it really is. I think he ate jalapenos for dinner before he came because he was speaking my language and it was obvious he was on fire!

DOWN: Satan brought a reminder of Scott's discouragment and defeat back around. Not in full force this time, but just enough presence to say, "Hey, I'm still here."

UP: For the first time in 10 years Scott and I both told Satan that he's going to have to find another avenue to defeat us 'cause this one he's been using just isn't going to work any more. We finally gave it up and gave God the glory.

HIGHER UP: Late in the day, Scott recevied a phone call that brought some unexpected and encouraging news regarding his ministry. Even if it's only temporary, it was still good news for today. See what God does when you let Him lead?!

DOWN: We got an early morning phone call. Our church had been broken into overnight. Scott needed to get there as soon as possible to identify things missing from his office. His nice, new computer that he uses to do all things creative and muisc-related was gone. Vandalism, theft, and attempted arson. It gave us all a creepy second-guessing feeling all day long.

UP: My father-in-law went home this morning after a 10-day visit so Scott and I got to enjoy a quiet night on the couch with a $6 frozen pizza (well, I did COOK it before we ate it) and a free movie rental (Movie Gallery had left us a voice mail stating that we hadn't been there in a while so they were offering us a free movie to entice us to come back). After being spent emotionally all week, it was nice to just have a cheap, stay at home date.

DOWN: When we stopped by the grocery store to buy the pizza, we also bought a cherry pie (for Scott) and vanilla frozen yogurt (for me). In the process of getting it together, I dropped my discontinued lilac color Fiesta pie baker dish. It broke into several jagged pieces. I know it's just a thing, but it still made me sad.

UP: At least the pie wasn't in the dish when I dropped it.

DOWN: It's 4 AM Saturday and I'm still awake.

UP: Waiting to see..........................

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Prasie Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Sounds like a wild ride! It reminds me of riding a roller coaster. The fun of the ride is both the ups and the downs. There would be no fun at all if we were always going up!