When the desert really is a desert.


Personal Journal Entry: August 23, 2006

As I think about where my road may be leading me I am reminded speicifcally of Abram. The Lord called him to leave it all and come into the desert. I examine my own comfortable life here in Texas and wonder if I am willing to leave. Will I really pack it up as eagerly as I make it seem? I think I’m ready. Good-bye Ur, hello desert.

The desert is hot and flat and I have no idea where we are going. But I’m excited because my story isn’t the same as Abram’s. We are not going to Canaan – but God’s promise to finish His work in his people applies to me just as much as it did to Abram!

Ginger, don’t miss out on the journey by being so caught up on the final destination. This may be your only time on a camel – so open up your eyes to to the story! Allow His Story to saturate your’s and you will end up in the most exciting place possible… His Will!

On September 5th I applied for a job that would eventually take me to the desert of Arizona. Stepping into new adventures requires the courage to leave some old ones behind. How tightly are you clinging to Ur? (I’m asking myself the same question all over again!)

Listening and Following,

Thursday Tips: Silence

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, 
   his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning. 
   How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). 
   He’s all I’ve got left.

 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits
   to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope, 
   quietly hope for help from God.

Lamentations 3:22-26, MSG

I’m still learning to apply those three things to my situation.

1. Passionately wait.

2. Diligently seek.

3. Quietly hope.

And I would add to that list:

4. Keep walking by faith.

Sometimes I forget to continue moving while I’m waiting, seeking and hoping. Jesus demonstrated leaving the throngs of people and going off on a mountain to pray… but after a few hours he came back down and kept loving those very people.

So how do I face the unknown future?

I walk in the truth that I know, I claim God’s good promises, and I confidently acknowledge that He will guide the life I have entrusted to Him.

Still learning,