Saturday, January 13, 2007

Back to the land of the frozen


I knew something would be happening, just not sure what.

God always prepares me. You know, your spirit knows things even before your natural mind does. We are...body, soul, spirit. Sometimes God wakes me up and tells me things in my spirit and it's just simply for the purpose of preparing me.

I was laying in bed one morning on our vacation to Gatlinburg and upon awakening and opening my eyes, the Lord spoke to me and said that when we got back to Tampa some sad/tragic things would happen, but that we'd get through it just fine, to trust in the Lord. I had no idea what that meant, but just started praying for the protection and strength of God.

First, we heard that Uncle Balford died. Then Mark. Now last night, Papa Stevenson passed away. So after both services tomorrow, we are headed back north, for the funeral. Richlands, Virginia is about 12 hours away and we'll head up, attend the funeral and then head back home to Tampa. Thankfully we only had a few things to work around as far as meetings and the staff is par excellance so that helps.

Jordan and Savanna will be with us but Dustin has senior project this week and has to turn it in Tuesday in order to graduate. So, regretfully he will not be able to go. And that's a bummer because he loved Papa so much and wants to be there, but weighing it out with not being able to graduate, well, we just can't have him make the trip. With Monday being MLK, we are not able to get ahold of his teacher before leaving to ask special permission. I told Dustin if Papa was here, he would tell him, "Son, it's important to graduate so you go ahead and do that..."

It is sad in that Papa will be so deeply missed but we are so happy for him that he is with the Lord and reunited with Mama. He kept talking about "going home"...and now, he's home. He lived a rich, full life well into his 90's and he loved and served the Lord all those years. I know it is heartbreaking especially for Larry's mom...to lose her brother and Dad so close together. But we know everything will be alright. The Lord is our sustainer.

I'm putting the finishing touches on things for tommorow morning's service and evening's vision casting...packing and cleaning and preparing for the trip. I'll work from the road. Have trusty lap top, will travel. Have already booked a room with wireless internet and prepared Pastor Lindsay and Cathy to download and copy their guts out. :-) I am so used to working from the road with the trips to Ft. Lauderdale that I've really sort of got it down to a science by now.
 





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