Goodbyes and Giggles

“Get out! Get out and leave . . . you will not leave in a hurry, running for your lives. For the Lord will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.” (Isaiah 52:11,12)

With joy and a bit of sadness too, we wanted to share that our Molly-girl will be moving onward. Her time in Texas is coming to an end, and a new journey lies before her. She’s moving to Seattle at the end of October. Starting on December 5th, she’ll be attending the Aveda Institute to study cosmetology and make-up artistry, while living with Kyle and Kelly. It’s a big step! We’re proud of her for pushing through some of the challenges she’s faced here to run after the dreams in her heart. Her presence is infectious in many ways. When she laughs, we all laugh. When she cries, we can’t help but weep with her. Our home won’t be the same without her presence, which I will greatly miss. However, I want her to embrace the good things God has for her, so it’s time to spread her wings and fly!

Please be praying for Molly as she makes preparations to leave. She’ll start training a new employee next week to take over her position at work. We’re thankful for the accounting job she’s had. It wasn’t her dream job, but it filled a space in her life while she figured out what was to come next. Molly needs some funds in order to take this step, so please join us in praying for God’s provision: $300 to cover the school deposit and money to cover the travel costs to drive to Seattle. It’s a 33 hour drive, so Richard has agreed to join her on the long haul there, so she’s not alone. I’m sure it’ll be a memorable ride for the two of them. She also needs to find a part-time job once she arrives in order to cover her monthly expenses. We are trusting our God, Jehovah-Jireh, to provide for our girl! He has been so faithful over the years to help her every step of the way.

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As Molly takes this step, I can’t help but wish I too was flying onward with her. With two of our kids living in Seattle, it makes remaining in Texas that much harder. However, I do believe God’s plans are best. Today, I really felt like He parted the cloud above me to shine forth His light into my heart. “Stake your claim here, Amy. I want to bring abundance both in and through you. Trust Me!” It was a needed word. I actually penned a whole page of needed encouragement this morning. I stand in awe at how God meets us right where we are at to fill us up with exactly what we need for whatever it is we are facing. He is such a good Father!

I pray you are experiencing His abundance in your life as well. Whatever it is, look to God to meet you and fill you up. He will make the rough places smooth!

Thanks for your continued prayers and support. We are so blessed to be journeying with you all. Audrey recently gave me a sweet surprise. I’ve wanted an old lighted globe for years. I often looked at them but never spent the money to buy me one. Her sweet gift brought tears to my eyes and reminded me that with God’s light shining in and through us, we can make this world a better place!!!

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“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Eph. 1:5)

Feel God’s heart and emotion here. See His smile and hear His laughter. Adopting us gave Him great pleasure! God in no way is like Count Olaf from Series of Unfortunate Events, who saw the orphans as poor, wretched beasts, claiming them only for his own personal gain. God adopted us because He wanted to . . . because we gave Him great pleasure. This truth makes my heart dance! For some reason, as I reflect on the Father’s pleasure, I have this image in my head of my dad bouncing me on his knee, singing me a silly song his dad sang him when he was a boy ~ A rinkum, a dinkum, a diddle all day, a rinkum, a dinkum, a diddle all day. Johnny mowed around the field, along came a spider and bit him on the heel ~ My dad would sing me that song and tickle me in the process. I’d giggle until I couldn’t hold it in any longer and burst out in loud laugher. Then with a big grin on his face, my dad would do it again. Our Father in heaven finds great pleasure in being our dad! Just picture it dear friends ~ We. Give. Him. Joy. 🙂

He’s not done adding to His family either. We are an intricate part of His plan to bring others to Him through Jesus Christ. So, let’s keep shining His light in this world.

As we continue to shine for Jesus here in East Texas, we value your partnership to keep us ministering to the nations. Find out how to partner with us on our partnering page.

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We love you all!

Amy

7 Replies to “Goodbyes and Giggles”

  1. Oh how my heart dances as I read this and”know” you are doing God ‘s will. Having Molly leave the fold is hard for me too. I love that babygirl with more than possible. However I know God is going with her and protect her.

    I’m so proud to be your Momma and Molly’s nana!!!!!

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  2. Amy, your thoughts are touching and so relevant to all of us, whether we are parents or children. My mother used to say “Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes”. She was trying to comfort me when our son moved to California right after college. Today that still rings so true. I embrace all of our hellos and learned to cope with each of the goodbyes, knowing in time there would be another “Hello”.
    Khalil Gibran wrote some beautiful words on children. One sentence that stands out is “Let there be spaces in your togetherness.” God’s plan is the only plan. Our prayers are with all of you as each of you starts another chapter in your journey.

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