December was a month of trials & testing. It started off that way & it ended that way. The engine in our only vehicle died out. Two weeks later we bought another car cash. The next day we get in an accident…in our NEW vehicle! The day after that our daughter falls & busts her chin open. Talk about wanting to crawl in a hole and just cry! But wait, the trials didn’t stop there for us…there’s more. We had about a week where things were quiet around here but then we got that dreadful phone call. The call that no one ever wants to receive but isn’t exempt from. Our Pastor of over 15 years died unexpectedly. He was more than a Pastor to us. He was a father, a friend. Somehow we managed to get through our Sunday morning service and drove to Austin for their evening service because they were having a Memorial Service in honor of our him. (Which was amazing). That night we stayed at my sister-in-law’s house and our car got broken into! Someone stole over $400 in cash that my hubby forgot to take out of the glove box! At this point, we were emotionally, mentally & spiritually wasted! We couldn’t see straight much less think straight. How do you consider it all joy when you’re faced with trials? I wanted to run away..so we did! But not the kind of running away you’re thinking of! 🙂 For the next 2 days we stayed at a friend’s Ranch 2 hours from Austin. (I’ll blog about that trip next time!) We needed peace & quiet. We needed to see & think clear. We needed God more than anything. And that is EXACTLY what we got! Our kids had a blast riding horses, feeding the animals & going four wheeling. We were able to slow down from the craziness of life and relax. We took our eyes off of our trials and put them on Jesus. It was wonderful. My husband & I were able to get a hold of God w/out any distractions. God told us,”No matter where you are, I will help you.” That was all we needed to hear! God will help us. When it was time for our departure from the ranch, we felt spirituality, mentally, & emotionally stronger. So how do you consider it all joy when you’re faced with trials? Just remember that God is with you. He will help you. But you have to seek Him even if it means going 2 hours away from all the chaos just to hear His voice!
“Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds.” James 1:2
“You will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13
December pics…Still making memories!
My 34th Birthday Fellowship!
Our dog, Oreo.
Family picture! Kinda dark..oops!
Ice skating in Austin.
Echo Creek Ranch.
That is EXACTLY what I found!