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Five months will be here tomorrow

As we “drop our nets” in Colorado and begin our move to Guatemala, God seems to be working overtime in preparing me.  Every time I open my bible God has chosen scripture that gets me ready for the road ahead.
I have two scriptures that have been serving as pillars for me.  Matthew 22:36-37 is my stake in the ground.  It can’t be moved and I always return to it.  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”  Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  Powerful.  Calming. Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your mind.
The other pillar is Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: rejoice!”
Rejoice in the Lord always?  Wow!  I have so much room to grow.  I am REALLY good at rejoicing in the Lord when everything is going well but am still working hard at the “always” part. 

My prayer is to close the gap between the two scriptures because…

James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”  There is a not so hidden warning in there.  Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds.  As in, you WILL face trials, and you WILL face many trials.  It does not say IF you face trials. 
And so, God is working on me.  And I thank God for that.  I rejoice in that. 
Five months will be here tomorrow.  It almost doesn’t’ seem real.  We need you to join us on our journey.  PLEASE subscribe to my blog or email me at .  My wife and I will be blogging at least weekly.  You can visit her blog at  We want to pray for you.  This is what I know, we need prayer…and you need prayer.  Let’s commit to praying for each other.
God bless,
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