Last week, Richard and I embarked on an adventure with 5 teenagers on a 5 day tour through Texas. In a borrowed Yukon XL, we loaded up early Monday morning and headed south.
Throughout the week, we visited fascinating sites: NASA Space Center in Houston, Galveston Naval Museum in Galveston, Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio, and the Capitol in Austin. Each stop blew me away honestly. What an amazing world we live in! The creative hand of God and the innovative and courageous feats of man moved me deeply.
One of the core values at Youth With A Mission is to champion young people. I am thankful I get the daily opportunity to do that. I think they teach me more than I teach them.
At the end of each day on the trip, I had one of the teens share a devotional they had prepared. These were sweet times of worship and vulnerability. They talked about their struggles, and they talked about their need for God. It was beautiful. I was thankful for the opportunity to learn from them.
On the last day, we visited the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco. It was loaded with interesting facts and ingenuity. It gave me a new appreciation for the freedoms we have in this country.
Woodrow Wilson “Foots” Clements was an American businessman who helped to build the soft drink Dr. Pepper into a global brand. Foots lived by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” When asked if it was really possible to do business by the Golden Rule, Foots always replied, “It was not possible to build a business, or have any human relationship, without following the Golden Rule.” I really loved this.
It was a real joy to spend these 5 days with the juniors and seniors from Christian Heritage School. Together, we saw the handiwork of God around us and celebrated the liberties we have in our nation.
Thank you to all who prayed for us and supported this trip financially.
Does anyone like waiting? I’ve not met anyone yet who says they love it. Yet, it is an important part of life.
It’s in the season of waiting that God grows trust in us. Everyday I wake up and declare, “I trust You, Lord.” He is the one who gives me peace. The home we’re in is on the market to be sold and has been shown many times this week. Today we have to be out of the house for about 3 hours just so they can show it and do an open house. I won’t lie; this week has stretched me and tried my patience. We really don’t want to move. If we could buy this home, we would.
We don’t know what God has in store for us. Many have asked where we’re moving, but we don’t know yet. So we wait … with peace, knowing that God knows. He will guide and provide for us. He always has. Please continue to pray with us.
You are loved dear friends and family. We are thankful to be journeying with you on the path of the great commission to go and make disciples. To God be the glory!
4 Replies to “To Infinity and Beyond … or just around Texas.”
I love you!!
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Hey Joy … love you guys too! Hope you all are well.
What a joy to journey with you! Love you guys! Proclaiming “Yes, Lord” right along with you!
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Thanks so much and you know the feeling is mutual! 😉