It has been a really long time since I blogged but I have been praying that the Lord would grant me some time to share what He has been doing in our family. What a journey we are on! We believe the Lord began speaking to us about plans that He had in store for us at Retreat this summer. The message that spoke to us the most was Anywhere. Anything. Anytime. Total surrender to let the Lord use us. To let the Lord stretch us. What did that mean we were unsure of but we began to pray. Some of what I am going to share may seem crazy, it may not make sense to you and that is okay. Because of His grace and His goodness I am able to have a personal relationship with Him and I am learning to use His word as a lamp unto my feet. I am learning to hear and obey His voice. And when He confirms to us what we should do I pray that my heart will always say Yes, Lord! He asked us to step out of the body of believers at First Baptist Church quickly after the Retreat. He gave me the verse Isaiah 1:19 "If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land." God is teaching me there is much provision and protection in walking obediently in His ways. We have been equipping ourselves at another church in Stillwater, Eagle Heights Baptist Church. The emphasis on biblical worship and discipleship is so refreshing. We have so enjoyed getting to meet some very neat believers and grow with them during this time but we knew that the season is closing for us on Cushing, OK. Some of the things I am going to take from my journal I have been keeping. This is a new thing for me. I have a horrible memory. Just horrible. So I wanted to make sure and keep record of all the ways the Lord has spoken to us through His word as we prayed for what the Lord might want to do with our family. In August Dustin's work came to him and told him that they were lowering his salary by $15,000 this year. Same work, same busy call schedule but they projected him to make $15,000 less and so that's what they would pay. My husband had been a little frustrated with management of his clinic and not really feeling fulfilled or appreciated. When we heard this news we just began to pray. Maybe the Lord was wanting to move us out of Cushing. On August 7th we began to pray that we would be open to going wherever he wanted us to. Psalm 35:9 "There is no want to those that fear Him! Oh fear the Lord, you His saints. The young lions lack and suffer hunger but those that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing." Very soon after church one day we started thinking well, what if we looked for a job in Stillwater. That was comfortable. Only 25 miles away, we could stay in our home. I found a listing that afternoon and that evening Dustin applied. What we didn't know was the website that he applied for the Stillwater listing actually sent all of his info to a whole bunch of hospitals and recruiters all over the US. On Monday morning he was overloaded with emails and phone calls from physician recruiters but nothing from Stillwater. We just kept praying. Nothing Pleases God more that when we ask for what He wants to give. When we spend time with Him and allow His priorities, passion, and purposes to motivate us, we will ask for things that are closest to His heart. -Bruce Wilkinson, Secrets of the vine. Dustin read some of the emails of opportunities and one peaked his interest. A hospital in Kentucky needing someone to help train family practice residents. He loves teaching and enjoys doing it so much that it really interested him. He told me about it and I laughed. We were only comfortable applying to a job 20 minutes away, surely the Lord would not be taking us 13 hours away... We started praying that the Lord would confirm if we were to answer this email and find out more information. Dustin prayed on Friday of the weekend he was on call that the Lord would plainly show him and take away the patients if we were to talk with them more. He normally sees about 20 patients a day. On Friday he saw 7 patients and not a single call all weekend. This never happens. never. More praying. Praying that the Lord would continue to confirm to us early in the process His will. He decided to reply to the email and set up a time to talk to the recruiter for the hospital. The recruiters name was Abby. The hospitals name was St.Claire. Our daughters names are Abigail & Claire. Morehead, Kentucky. We have never been to Kentucky. We know no one there. I was also going through a bible study again by Pricilla Shirer called "Discerning the voice of God." On 8-13 I wrote down God's voice is timely. Ecc 3:1-7 When God gives you instructions you can trust He has given you what you need for now. Abby sent us a packet of information about the hospital and town to look through and give her a call if we wanted to talk more. The mission of the hospital:
The very last page of the book we saw the verse again that the Lord has been bombarding us with lately. 2 Chronicles 16:9 God is looking for humble hearts that He can use and show himself strong to. So 9-21 The big revelation! Such a strange feeling knowing we are supossed to be there but didn't really know the details. I wrote in my journal "we are reporting for duty". Psalm 65:11 "You crown the year with your goodness and your paths drip with abundance." Discerning the voice of God: If you want to see God operating in our lives we must adapt to His plans and accept His invitation to be a part of them. The Holy Spirit is at work in your to change your desires to match up with the Fathers desires. We must keep our life plans flexible. Never make concrete plans without leaving room for God to do something different. We met Abby for the first time at the hospital at 9am.
(...to be continued...I forgot to mention how beautiful it is there. The town is in the midst of Daniel Boone national forest. Below is a picture of Cave Run lake.)