The new little bundle is a testimony of His goodness already. Mal & Dev will be praising God for years to come. There will be opportunities for them to witness to unbelievers because of the answer to prayers for
I can’t wait to be here for Mallory as the pregnancy develops. I hope we get a chance to talk more and see each other more during this time. For me, this is important because Ken & I will be moving and we will not be in Denver for the last six weeks. I know that part will be hard. But we will be back for the expected arrival in November.
Or to put inside a frame.
I do not have soft cheeks to kiss.
I don’t yet have a name.
You can’t yet hold my tiny hands,
Nor whisper in my ear.
It’s still to soon to sing a song,
Or cuddle me so near.
But all will change come November;
When my parents say I’m due.
I am your new grandson or granddaughter;
And cannot wait to meet you!
All I ask between now and then
Is your patience while I grow.
I promise I’ll be worth the wait;
Because of all the love we know!
"growth" should not be optional
Once we step out of our personal comfort zone and accept the reality of "change" we begin to experience fantastic and positive personal growth. The process includes experiencing different things, and meeting new people, and exploring unfamiliar cultures; there will be a whole new, fresh-and-exciting series of adventures to welcome you.
The opposite of "experience" is ignorance. I've met people who always seem to be fighting their personal growth, one way or the other. In fact, Deb and I have met people who have never accepted change right in our own backyard. We lived in Alamosa, CO, in the late 1970s. We remember meeting Alamosites who had never traveled outside the San Luis Valley. Can you imagine that?!? A whole-wide-world that only revealed itself as the familiar culture and surroundings of the high desert floor of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado? I feel so sorry for these people, for they do not know what great blessings and experiences they are missing.
We live in the greatest country on the planet with some of the greatest people in the world. It is up to you to embrace this greatness. Change INside you will lead to growth in your OUTside potential. This growth leads to fun and fresh adventure. And this is what will make a difference in a person's life ... In YOUR life. And in the lives of those people with whom you interact. Step out. Try something new. Take on an adventure. The bigger the better. Try it ... you'll like it!
"Yesterday I knew nothing — today I know that." --Anon
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Saying goodbye is already hard. I get sad and melancholy. Whenever I get this way, I want to keep to myself. I know why. I don’t like crying in front of other people. I don’t know how else to grieve. I am very sad about leaving my family, grandchild and friends in Colorado. My heart is just plain sad.
Here’s the thing, I want to be done crying by the time the new adventure starts. Leaving a place of comfort is a little scary for me. So some of the tears are scared tears. There are so many unknowns.
I want to put the tears behind me before we leave, but that does not mean I have to put them away right now.
When I leave Community Bible Study in two weeks, I want to have a smile on my face. The new adventure is a joyous occasion.
I have mixed feelings. But that’s all they are…feelings. The truth is I’m following God. I have to trust because He knows the best for us. And His best, I think, is moving us away for now. Moving now is not necessarily moving away forever. That’s the right attitude for me. My goodbyes are not forever goodbyes and that brings me comfort.
SUNNY DAYS AHEAD!