Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Monday, April 1, 2013

Anticipating our Next Adventure

“Go. Stop. Wait.”

“Everything has a purpose, and if we don’t want to miss that purpose and the adventure along the way, then we must be conscious, alert, curious, open-hearted.” Lucy Swindoll, (I Married Adventure, 2002)

I’ve always been curious about what's around the next corner; but life has taken the most unexpected turn for my husband and me.

On backpacking treks, we follow blazes—markings on trees, rocks, and posts. However, on this journey, the blazes only appear when we move slowly and keep seeking the Lord. We stop, watch, and wait…like waiting for the red light to turn green.

It began as the leaves fell in October and my husband was contacted by a recruiter for a position with a different company in a location 900 miles away from our home. After gobbling down Thanksgiving dinner, I witnessed his teleconference video interview and knew he had a very good chance. Before we could exchange a single Christmas gift, we stepped off the plane for a face-to-face visit with his potential new boss and employees. I all felt so-o-o right. New York Times' confetti was barely swept up when the official offer email came.

Valentine’s Day was spent in separate cities—he at his new job and me preparing the house to show to our very interested lookers. We wore our green to accept an offer on our quiet acreage, and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ as we began negotiations on a house in our new location.

Today is April 1st, and we wait for the next step, the next turn, the next event.

“And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, ‘Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.’ 

You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, ‘If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.’” James 4:13-15 msg

Through the month of this year’s A-to-Z challenge, I’ll share more about how my husband and I learned to make flexible plans and to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

Please leave your mark (comments) below. I hope you'll sign up to follow me on this journey.


  1. Absolutely, it is so very important to remember and be grateful to God in every step we take. Thanks for this beautiful post :)

    If time permits, please come by my blog too :)
    God Bless!

    1. Thanks for your kind words & for stopping by my blog. I'm headed to yours..."if the Master wills it." :) God bless.

  2. A very powerful and thoughtful quote, Merrie. Such good advice, too, especially for a person like me who is a planner with every intention of carrying out those plans...."if the Master wills it." That I must remember!

    Thanks for stopping by for this years AtoZ beginning. I've added you to my AtoZ Blog Roll so I don't miss any of your posts.
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

    1. Thanks, Sue for your encouraging comment and for stopping by my blog. God bless

  3. When God says move, things change quickly! Isn't it amazing when things fall into place neatly in His timing?

    1. Indeed; His ways are certainly higher than our ways, and His thoughts beyond our thoughts. Thanks & God bless, Donna

  4. Merrie,
    I look forward to hearing about your willingness to wait for God and seek Him in all areas of your life. I enjoy finding new friendships through challenges such as the A to Z Challenge. I pray this one is no different.

    Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

    1. Thank you, Donna. I appreciate your kind words. God bless you in endeavors as well.

  5. I'm glad to have found your blog because of the A to Z Challenge. Though the circumstances behind things are different, there are many parallels to the underlying 'themes' of what you've posted and what's been going on in my life the last many months.

    Thanks for your thoughtful posts. I look forward to what God puts on your heart to share next!


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