Yesterday I enjoyed the Christmas lights at Silver Dollar City with family and friends. Have you ever been to a theme park? As the roller coasters flew through the air I was reminded about how much the whole experience is like life. It involves waiting much longer than anticipated and a conglomeration of joy and fear all mixed together. You laugh. You are terrified. You are up, down, thrown around, sometimes turned upside down and then in a few short seconds it is all over. You walk away saying, “Wow, what a ride!”
Andrew turned 13 this year and is in 7th grade. It’s hard to believe that our youngest is a teenager. No longer a little boy, he is turning into a handsome young man right before our eyes. Trail Life, Taekwondo, school and friends have kept him busy this year.
We gave Abigail a sweet 16 surprise party in March and car keys. She has proven to be a very responsible young lady and as always a wonderful help around the house. Abigail is a junior and as part of her education, she started a home based business. We’re very proud of all the work she’s done. It can be overwhelming, but she is working hard at becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Aaron graduated high school in May and turned 19 this fall. He is working, waiting and seeking the Lord’s will in several areas. We are excited to see what God will do during this next season of his life. All of our children are such blessings to us. Dana and I are very thankful for them and their heart for God.
Dana continued being bi-vocational this year until his work at Pro-Mow ended in October. Not sure of what is next, we are reminded that Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever, does not change. Life, however, will always change. Change in inevitable. So, we rest in knowing that the omniscience, omnipresent, and omnipotent God of the universe directs his path. We are anxious to see what door the Lord opens up as the New Year approaches.
Our church has been through a lot together this year, but I can say that it has brought us closer than ever before. We love them and continue to thank the Lord for bringing us here. These last 12 months we’ve seen several new families added and 5 babies born. It’s exciting times at Cornerstone and Dana is honored to be Pastor.
One of the highlights of the year was the week at the beach with the children again this summer. We cherish these times with all 5 of us. Later in the year Abigail enjoyed some one-on-one time with Papa and Meme when they took her to Florida for a week. For me this has been the busiest year ever. Between homeschooling, church ministry, working with Dana, and helping Abigail start her business I haven’t stopped. I did, however, make the time to go to speak at the Women of Worth retreat in Orange Beach. It was a much needed week with some wonderful women.
This year has flown by faster than those roller coasters at Silver Dollar City and I don’t know how to slow it down. I’m learning to wait my turn, pray through the downs, enjoy the ups, trust when I’m scared and laugh at the good times. And I have no doubt that everyone reading this can relate in one way or another. This is the life we live.
God’s Word compares our life to a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes (James 4:14). But don’t think for a second that vapor is useless. When channeled properly it can be put to great work. Consider the steam engine. Even today we see that steam is one of the most widely used commodities for conveying heat energy. Because water is plentiful and inexpensive, steam is efficient and economical to generate. Our lives are but a vapor. They can be wasted and allowed to drift aimlessly like a vapor in the air until they are gone or, if allowed to, they can be channeled properly by the Holy Spirit and accomplish great things for God while here on earth. That is my prayer. And it is my prayer for my husband, children, family, friends and everyone reading this letter. Enjoy the ride. It’s the grandest one ever, but let it be for God’s glory. He alone is worthy!
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev 4:11)