This past week we were able to go spend time with our son and family is eastern Tennessee. It is spring there, though it’s still got down to freezing a couple nights. The trees are in bloom, grass is green, daffodils are blooming, lunch outside on the picnic table, and baby goats were just born. It was just what the Lord had ordered for me/us right now. I enjoyed every second.
Since we just returned Thursday evening, I haven’t had much time to write. Friday, I met my sister-in-law to pick up my mom, Saturday was full of ministry and preparing for today. My heart and mind are full of what He has been ministering to me about but I just can’t get it all on paper right now.
Our son, daughter-in-law and 6 granddaughters live in the hills of Eastern TN and it is a beautiful place. Jereme turned the loft of his big shop into a guest room, it’s called the Upper Room😊. It’s a wonderful place of refuge and rest. I spent the week soaking in the Son as well as the sun. Think I needed them both. Then there was the time with the family. A house with 6 girls, ages 8-19, is never quiet. Five of the girls play the piano, not just pick at the piano but PLAY the piano. They are all amazing and someone is sitting playing beautiful pieces all the time. I think a recital is coming up. Then there is the constant sound of dice on the table as they had me playing lots of Farkle😊. Papa even joined in a game or two when he heard the exciting laughter and screams when someone Farkles. I had to spend time in the goat barn since this is my roots. Even milked a goat, played with the babies and watched them do their chores diligently. Brought back many memories.
On the weekend our granddaughter, Hannah, who is married, came to visit. She is expecting and so we had a “Reveal party”. She had made cupcakes and the suspense was on to what color was in the center. The little sisters pestered and pestered her until the evening came when it was time for dessert. Drum roll….. PINK! Another girl added to the family. Our second great-granddaughter will be born in July. She is due the day after Mom’s birthday so maybe Mom will have 2 great-great granddaughters share her day😊. She will be close for sure. We were also blessed to be able to go visit our granddaughter from Montana who is in school about 3 hours from our son. We took 3 girls and had a beautiful ride through the mountains to North Carolina to visit Alisha. What a blessing. That day was finished off with coming back to their church that is seeing a renewal of hearts. We were able to be a part of their prayer and worship service one night. It was so awesome and just added to my refreshing and hearing more from my Father.
I don’t have too many days without many responsibilities so this time was precious. It’s something we all need to do occasionally. Just go somewhere with not much agenda, no computer time, few responsibilities and spend time with Him. I honestly could have used a couple more days but since my cup was full and running over, I am still over joyed with His presence. He spoke to me so much about His love. I know He loves me regardless but there are still areas of my life, everyone’s lives, that need reminded of His love. Our son is teaching a class at their church on “He Loves You”. This past week the lesson was on fear of God. There was a list of fears, that we don’t consider fears sometimes, that made us stop and think about what is still deep inside and sometimes these fears are not buried too deep. He showed me fears I thought I had surrendered to Him and sent away. They have a way of creeping back when they are something you learned in childhood. He showed me how much of my pain in my body is stress as I didn’t hurt much when I was there. Praise the Lord! He gave us visions, goals, words of confirmation, words of encouragement. We prayed over our family and ministered to them a lot since they are still in grief and questioning how this could have happened to Caleb. Lots of tears and hugs. Three of the girls are having issues with allergies, headaches and their lungs. We ministered life and healing to them. I’m determined to find a way to get back there before another year since that is too long to go without seeing them.
The Lord talked to me about trust, faith, hearing Him, His love, my fears. I spend a lot of time with Him everyday but this time in the “quiet” hills of Tennessee in an Upper Room He was able to touch my heart and areas were healed that have hurt for so long. Being with our children who lost their son and brother, our grandson, was so healing. Last year when we were there the time was full of events and it had only been a year since he was killed so hearts didn’t open up like this time. It was a fruitful time in every way.
I have much more I can say and verses the Lord gave me but I think I will close for now. Thank you to everyone who made this time possible for us. My family who loved on mom for a few days, Josh and Aimee who took care of the details of the ministry and Josh who poured out his hurting heart last Sunday. All those who helped with the children, making the videos work doing the classes, deposits, shoveling snow, keeping the place clean, and the list is endless. We are thankful for the young lady who cared for our home and animals and family who picked up deliveries we had coming and made deposits for us. Takes a lot of help to go out of town and we so appreciated everyone. We are thankful beyond measure for this church family who lets us go away, prays for us and supports us. You are amazing and we love you!
Oh, we also had a movie afternoon with our son and a granddaughter and were able to go see Jesus Revolution! Amazing movie! Amazing memories. I lived in California a year after the major part of the Jesus movement and even went to Chuck Smith’s church. It was fun to watch and remember the bell bottoms, bare feet and halter tops. That was a LONG time ago😊
Love and blessings to you all!!