Sunday, February 19, 2017

Moving to South Carolina or God's Timing is Perfect

It finally happened. We sold our house. In September we spent days then weeks considering a job offer for Tim. In the end, we felt God leading to us a new adventure. Everything happened so fast, and God was clear in His signs. So, we expected our house to sell fast.

Tim started his new job on November 14. We bought a house in SC, because we knew ours would sell soon. It didn't.

Somebody once told me when we ask God a question about timing He can answer one of three ways. Yes. Not yet. My timing is better.

Many times I reminded myself that God's timing is perfect. I believed He'd move me at the best time.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint...

During our months apart, Tim has spent hours at his new place of employment. He's gotten to know the residents and staff and he's been learning the way the new place works.

Lamentations 3:25-26 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord

During our months apart, I studied for the South Carolina law exam. I prayed as I studied, and I prayed during the exam, and I passed.

We each faced trials while apart, and we learned to lean on God in different ways.

God has his own sense of timing: ‘With the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day’ (2 Peter 3:8, AMP).

I think our love and appreciation for each other has grown. And in a couple of weeks, when we are both under the same roof, we are going to thank God together as we start our new phase of life.

I'm going to take a couple of weeks off from writing my blog. I need to finish packing the house for our move and then to get settled. But I will be back. Until then, take care and remember, God's timing is perfect.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Something About a Bridge

There's something about seeing a wooden bridge that makes me want to walk across and see where it takes me.

I spotted this bridge at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina. I left the beach one windy, and I mean really windy, day.

I crossed this bridge and followed a trail to the campground. There were big and little campers and tents. I'm not really into camping, but it seemed like everybody was having fun.

The next time you spot a bridge, think about crossing over and see what you discover. Have a great week!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Feel Good Super Bowl 2017 Stories

I'm writing this before the Super Bowl starts. This is the time where people are excited and hopeful for a win.

One of the pre-game stories that touched me was when a little boy asked Tom Brady at a press conference who is hero was. A choked-up Tom Brady replied that his dad was his hero.

Luke Bryan is singing the National Anthem this year. The sad thing is, people are placing bets on everything from will he wear a hat to will he forget some of the words.

How much will it cost to go to the Super Bowl? My research showed the average ticket price was $6250.00. For most of us that's a once in a lifetime experience, so maybe it's a bargain.

Here are a couple of other fun facts:

The Super Bowl Trophy is made by Tiffany’s and Co. and costs $25,000.

72 balls are used during the game.

Who's cheering for who? Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Evans, and President Trump seem to be cheering for the Patriots.

Samuel L. Jackson, President Carter and Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band are cheering for the Falcons. (Luke Bryan is a Georgia boy, so I wonder if he's hoping for a win by the Falcons?)

Whether you're going to the game, watching it on TV, or going to a party, have fun! I'm sure it'll be a great game.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fun Flag of the Week

I came across this picture, and it was too sweet not to share.

This is from 1942, and the little boy is celebrating hs fifth birthday. The V on the side of the cake is for Victory in Europe and also the Roman Numeral for five. I love how patriotic the cake is. The little soldier is holding one flag and there are three more flags that I can see on this cake.

I hope you enjoy this moment of patriotism and nostalgia. In case you're wondering, this little boy is my dad, Richard Lutz. Have a great week!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ezra-God Has Not Forgotten You

Last week I visited a new church and was pulled into the pastor's sermon right away.

I'd like to share a bit of how it affected me. In Ezra, God told the Israelites to return to Judah and rebuild His temple. He said go, and they went.

Tim and I were shocked this fall when we heard God calling us to South Carolina. We were true emptynesters an life was good. After much prayer and discernment, Tim took the job and moved to South Carolina to begin his work.

I'm still in Kentucky at this time waiting on our home to sell.

When God's people got to Judah they struggled to rebuild what had been destroyed. Ezra declared God had not forgotten them.

I needed to hear that because sometimes I feel like God has forgotten me. I know He hasn't though.

Tim has used his time to fully immerse himself into his new job. He's spent time with residents and employees and worked long hours. I've used this time to study for the exam I need to take to become a pharmacist in SC. Last Sunday night I discovered, by the grace of God, I passed. My next hurdle was to meet with the board of pharmacy for an interview. I learned this happens once a month, and last Friday was the day. So I caught a flight and met with them on Friday, January 13. When I left the meeting, I was licensed to practice pharmacy in South Carolina.

During this time, a family has shown interest in our home and looked at it twice. I don't know if they'll buy it, but I do know God has not forgotten me.

If you feel lost or forgotten, please believe me. God has not forgotten you.

I don't know why I'm still in Kentucky, and I don't know what your struggle is. But I believe Romans 8:28. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Believing God at the Beach

I looked up the word believe in Merriam-Webster and here's what I found.

intransitive verb

to have a firm religious faith
to accept something as true, genuine, or real (ideals we believe in)
to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something (believe in exercise)
to hold an opinion : think
transitive verb

to consider to be true or honest
to accept the word or evidence of
to hold as an opinion : suppose

(These beach pictures were taken in Maine.)

I believe in God, and I believe God. I think one of the reasons I love the beach is it draws me closer to God. I can sit and watch the ocean. It's easy to see how people used to believe the world was flat. I look out and the water goes on as far as I can see. The waves come crashing onto the shore, and I see God's mighty strength and beauty.

Then as I walk along the shore and pick up shells, I see how much he cares for little sea creatures. He one has a little shell it wears for a time. God didn't have to make the shells so beautiful, but He did.

Maybe because of the wonder of God's awesomeness, I stop and absorb how amazing God is. And I think we all need times and places where we can stop and think about our amazing God.

In chapter one of James we read, "6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." NIV

Where do you feel closest to God?