Sunday, May 16, 2010

On The Move

We have received our Marching Orders and will be moving to San Francisco in about 6 weeks.  We will be training to become Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC)  Administrators.  (I think our official title is "Trainees"). Wow.  Didn't really see that one coming.   Although, when I look at the seeds that God has been growing in mine and Paul's hearts over the last couple years,  it makes perfect sense.  I am most excited in the intimate way that the Lord has been working in my faith and knowledge of Him.  It almost scares me (actually it does!).

While we are very much looking forward to this new chapter in our lives, I can't help but have some hesitation when I pull back from trusting God.  When I am fearful for my children because of the depravity they will most definately encounter, I am reminded that God loves them so much more than I do and His plan is to prosper them not harm them.  Perhaps this will be the time in their life that God will arouse their compassion for those who are perishing. 

The Dalles has been a spiritually cushy appointment.  It has been exhausting and challenging at times, but overall is such a nice, friendly, Christian-like community.  I have enjoyed my 6 years of being spiritually built up.  We have so loooved our people, even when they drive us nuts, or, more often,  when we drive them nuts.  We will miss them so very much.  We will miss our friends very much.  I will even miss this crusty old house that I have grown to love because of all our memories.

I also feel hopeful- 
  • hopeful for a flat driveway and nicer kitchen,
  • many learning opportunities from all that San Francisco has to offer,
  • being close to my family, childhood friends, and old stompin' grounds

I am praying-
  • for the Lord's Way to be in and around our lives and for the courage to stand firm in Him
  • for a fruitful ministry,
  • for like-minded friends,
  • for my brain to take in all of the new stuff I need to learn, 
  • that admist all the stress and responsibility that I will be the Mother I need to be for my children, 
  • and I am praying hard for my husband and the new stresses he will have


Betsy said...

You will be in my prayers. I will miss you dearly, but know that you are following the calling of our God and that he truly does know what we don't, and has the most awesome plan for you! I can't wait to read about your adventures down there!!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Sniff, sniff! You know my heart. You know how much I'll miss you, my friend. I'm so glad that you have a blog that I can visit, so I can still be a part of your life.

I'll miss you more than you know.

BTW! Steve is planning on San Francisco as a vacation for next year already! So make room for the Browns!

Anonymous said...

I am glad you found me as well! I will be praying for the move!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Best of luck with your move and your new ministry, Rachel!!! If God is the One moving you, know that His hand will guide you along the way! :) I love that no matter where we go on this earth...we are never further away from God. He is always just as near to us from any point across this vast world! :)

Oh...please don't be overwhelmed by the fact that I am planning ahead of time with my homeschooling. I just know how detailed *I* want it to be. ;) I have to be detailed for myself....most people don't have to do that. The teacher's manual basically already has all the instructions down....but I guess I always feel the need to write everything down. It's just a weird thing with me, I think. Like, in my personal planner for day to day life...I will write "Quiet time with God" in every day. I will write "Feed and water all animals" in every day. Even though it is stuff I already know to do...for some reason, I have this need to have it all written down. So don't be alarmed!
I am detailed and doing things ahead of time because it works for *me*. Your methods may be totally different and work perfectly for you! :) If you *do* get this curric. I would love to hear how you like it! You will have to fill me in, if you can. :) I think you will really like is so modest and sweet and really teaches things well!!! :)

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