Faith In The OC

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I just want to thank a few people before I say any more. I would like to start by thanking Colleen's parents. They have been SO supportive even though I know they don't want to see us go. They have taken the boys so we could get stuff done. They have given us great meals. Taken care of some of the big stuff that is needed on the other end of this move. Clothes for the boys countless times. The list goes on and on and on. So thank you so much you guys. We are Very thankful for you and for all that you have felt led to give. We appreciate it more than you know!

My parents have been amazing too. Read back on June 16th for a huge shout out to them.

There are some other people out there that for now will remain nameless because I don't know if they want there names up here or not. But.......We have received 2 personal checks so far from two different couples both quite sizeable (at least to me!). You know who you are so we thank you for making that sacrifice.

I would also like to thank some people again nameless who have come to our house and given us dinner and hung out with us for a bit. Thank you so much for that! It is a blessing to not have to worry about dinner for an evening and even more of a blessing to get to hang out. You know who you are too so thanks!

Sylvan Hill Church has given quite a bit as well. We thank all of you for praying and also for the money. I'm not sure where all of it came from but it is a huge help.

The Portico has also given! You guys amaze me. There are so few people to come up with such a sizable amount of money. We are blown away. Thank you so much!

There are so many people out there that we don't even know praying for us and those of you who do know us that are praying: Thankyou! Your prayers are more important than anything else! We need them! Keep praying. Thanks to everyone that is apart of this move and we thank you all!

Now on to the update:

--> We have received a total of $1200 for our move. This only leaves us with another 2 or 3 hundred to make this work. Praise God! 2 days ago we still didn't know where the money was going to come from!

--> We have the truck and trailer rented. We have rented it through Budget. They had the nicest trucks and the best price. Great customer service too!!

--> God is obviously working. He has given us strength and has been with us every second of this phase of our move. Thank you God! All glory to you!

--> I still do not have any solid work. This could go in the praise section as well but I have been able to work on some web stuff and that has helped quite a bit! This may move into a more full time thing but for now we still need a job.

--> We still need a place to 1) Store our things when we get to Orange and 2) A place to stay in between getting down there and when we can find an apt.

So with all that I leave you now to go and do some more packing! Thank you for all the prayer. We love you all!

--> Continued strength when weakness seems easier.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Happy Monday from Home!! It was so nice to sleep in this morning! We've started the packing process and it is going quite well. We were surprised at how much we were able to get rid of. We have ended up with a lot less stuff than we thought so that is great. We still have a busy week of packing and getting ready but it looks like there is some time left for hangin out with the boys and having fun. It's been pretty hot here so I think we are going to do a lot of swimming over at Colleen's parent's pool. Thanks to them for offering it up!

So here is something interesting that happened to me the other day:
For the past year I have been going to the same place to get gas. I really like Chevron Gas (call me crazy but it just seems to burn the cleanest and my car runs better when I'm using it. I also seem to get better gas mileage) so I would stop by one that was on my way to work. It was the cheapest around and also on my in the morning so it just made sense! For those of you not in Oregon - we are not allowed to pump our own gas. Strange I know but it is actually a law here. After a while I started to get to know the guy who was there in the morning. We would talk about life and work and kids. Really cool to have someone to chat with and even get to know a little bit while getting gas at the same time. I hadn't been able to make it down there for a while for various reasons so on my last day of work I happened to need gas. When I pulled in he came running over and said: "Hey it's my guy! Have you been getting gas from somewhere else!!??" and he reached in and shook my hand. I gave him a brief story of what's been going on and told him that it was my last day of work and that we were moving to California. He seemed genuinely bummed that we weren't going to have our morning talks anymore. After pumping my gas he reached in and shook my hand again and wished me luck.

What did I take away from that - Well isn't it amazing what just being open to talk and listen to somebody can do. Not only was I affected from what God was doing but most importantly this man was affected. We didn't have to talk about anything even God or religion. There were so many mornings that the Chevron Gas Man just needed to share some of his life frustrations and some of his greatest joys. I was just a friend and that was enough. God used the simplest of situations to use me in someone else's life. The coolest thing about this was that He used the gas man to affect me too. It's nice to have someone that knows you and confides in you. I come away from this knowing that we have to be open to just talking and spending a little time out of our busy days to get to know people. It's what changes the world. Jesus did it time and time again. I realize the thing I don't do enough is to ask God to show me everyday where that situation may be. I think I may have missed out on some wonderful opportunities because I wasn't willing to come out of my hiding place and I wasn't open to giving someone else a chance to come out of theirs.