Winter Wonderland in New Jersey on the First Day of Spring!

So here we are two weeks after arriving in Jersey.  The picture above was taken from the back of our house, next to our kitchen window.  The little bird house is safely nestled in the wake of the storm, but it’s still there.

You would think that maybe we could get a warmer first day of Spring, but we didn’t.  On the home front things just keep getting better…(LOL)
My car was fixed, for now, but now Troy’s is in the shop and they can’t quite diagnose what is wrong with it!
It’s been a roller coaster filled week with different emotions, as is not unusual for most families in America, I wonder. I’m not 100% sure, but it’s probably not much different in your house. It just looks a little different. The difference comes down to how we deal with it…or not.

I struggle with different things in my daily life, from home, school, and spiritual battles. In my spiritual struggle to do the “right thing” , yesterday, God gave me a word picture in my mind about being “between a rock and a hard place.
I came to realize that if I want to be a light in this world amidst the chaos and sometimes disorder, I must stay in that place…the “Rock” and the difficult situation.  And, work it out by prayer and supplication to the one who hears us in secret, but answers in public (through our life).

If Jesus is my “Rock”, then He will sustain me and give me what I need to carry on and go about life so that others, who don’t have Him as their solid foundation, may see how a Christian or believer does life, different.  And that way, they too might see the saving grace of a loving God that drew us to Him in the first place and call on Him to be saved!

So, what I mean by being “between a rock and a hard place” is that when life feels like it’s not getting easier anytime soon, we, as believers in the one true and merciful God, should “hunker down” in the name and power of Jesus and apply the principle of love to the situations we face daily.

Jesus taught us by example, to die to our fleshly desires as He did on the cross.  As He did that He drew people to Himself.  His quiet answer, or no answer, to the priests who threw accusations at Him, the mocking soldiers who spat at Him and even one of the men who were on His side, hanging on a cross, is what we should look at and consider when we feel under attack, physically or spiritually.  He went to the Father, in prayer, and asked that “this cup” (this purpose specific task in His life) would be taken from Him, but when God said “no” or spoke nothing new, Jesus “hunkered down” and went through the difficult situation, the crucifixion.  Most of us know the rest of the story…He died and on the third day He Rose again!  Because of this, we too can have victory over eternal death and separation from God.

So, we shouldn’t react negatively, but be proactive by meditating on His word, chew on it mentally, and fight against the selfish desire to, for example, speak our mind towards someone when we “feel” pain as a result of their words towards us.  But instead, give a quiet answer and pray for a better, more calm and appropriate time to discuss certain matters in a “loving” way.

That is my story this week.  What is yours?  How are you going to “shine” this week?

The Gill Family has landed!

After three, surprisingly, mostly pleasant days of driving from Colorado through the Midwest, we have safely landed in New Jersey!!!

The weather and road conditions couldn’t have been better.  The first day took us about 13 hours total, including stops to fuel our bodies and vehicles.  The children and our dog did amazingly well during the drive and slept, very little, but well at the hotels along the way.  The second and third days took 11 and 7 hours respectively.  Thankfully we arrived in the early afternoon on Saturday, so we had time to unpack the moving truck and return it that night.  That was a miracle in itself.

We have mostly been restocking/buying food and household items that we couldn’t bring and unpacking and organizing the last of our stuff to make it feel like “home”.

On our third day in New Jersey my car decided to stall on a road, thankfully, near our new home.  I thought I was going to have to call my husband and then a tow truck.  But, thankfully I decided to try to turn off and then restart my car and it worked again!  I got home and immediately called my husband to tell him of our newest development.  I was carrying a lot of food items that I had just bought and was afraid I might have had to leave in the car.  But, God is so good and He got us through it!!  Now, I just have to wait to see what the mechanic says about the problem.  Hopefully it won’t be too costly.  I will be needing my car if I am to take the girls on school field trips.

So, thank you to all who have been praying for our trip to be safe.  It was a great trip and like I said, it was surprisingly pleasant.  Now, we need prayers for both our cars to be “healthy” and safe to drive.

I’m looking forward to not unpacking any more, for a while.
Ta ta for now (TTFN)!

The “Little” Things

It is just less than 24 hours before we are off on the road to our new “temporary” home.  I really can’t express all that I am feeling about how amazing and intentional God is towards us.  I am overwhelmed at his goodness, thoughtfulness and the depth of how much he cares about the “little” details of our lives.

I hope and pray that my words don’t get in the way of what God is going to do through this post and many more to come, as I blog about what HE is doing in my “little” life.

I will be telling you more about many things that He has been doing in the last month, and other new things as I notice them, when I arrive, Lord willing, safely in New Jersey, so you may see in your heart how awesome He is!

For now, I will leave you with this…

A Challenge!

Do you notice the little things, that seem insignificant, but are part of a much bigger picture?

Do you notice how you arrive in places you need to get to at just the right time?

What do you notice that others don’t, but God wants you to see, so you may draw near to Him?

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8)

He cares about you and the little things that matter to you, even when others don’t.

Be encouraged!