April 2, 2009

So what's going on with the rest of us...

Now that we're all caught up on Greg you may be wondering what is going on with the rest of us. The eviction from our house and the repo of the van were finalized a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to a gracious gift from the church we still have the car and thanks to my awesome sister we have a place to stay. Squeezing a family of 8 into Steff's family of 4 was quite the challenge but I think we've made it work. Greg is away most of the week and Courtney is actually keeping the older two girls for a couple of weeks, so it's just been me and the little ones. At first, when everything began to happen I had a hard time accepting all of it. I honestly thought God was punishing us for something. Fortunately, with prayer and persistence I have come to realize that God is not a punishing God and he truly has a plan for all of this. I have truly been trying to hand over every aspect of my life to God and I have complete faith in His faithfullness. When I was thinking over how to explain this in my blog God gave me this wonderful image. For so long now Greg and I have been like small children putting together an overwhelmingly large puzzle. Constantly frustrated, putting all the wrong pieces together, and ultimately at times just plain giving up. God, however, is the ever diligent parent who- in our frustration- offers his help, shuffles all the pieces, and invites you to begin putting the puzzle back together with his help. That is exactly how I feel right now. That the puzzle I have worked so hard to put together has been taken apart, re- evaluated, and now, with alittle help, all of the pieces are being put back in the right place this time. So, for those who want to feel sorry for us- don't- we don't feel sorry for ourselves. We look at this as God getting his opportunity to put things back together for us.

4 comments:

ashley said...

Well Said Amanda!! What a great example of how to look at how God is using this time in your lives for his purpose!! You are blessed with wonderful family & friends!!

Emily said...

I think you are incredible and you have amazing faith. So many others would look at the situation differently than you, but to read your perspective on it is so refreshing and encouraging. I am so glad that Greg likes his new job so much and that he's doing so well in the training!

God is so good!

Tanni said...

Thanks for sharing Amanda. I can imagine that times have been tough. Holding strong to your faith really defines who you are as a person and you are a shining light for God. Miss seeing you more! :)

Love, Tanni

Mike and Jess Richey said...

What a wonderful view Amanda! Thanks for sharing.