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Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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Monday, April 28, 2008

TELL ME GOD – WHERE?

Movin' On Mondays

My husband had two job offers! Those times were not these times. God had blessed us and we had to make a decision.

Where to go? I struggled. I pondered. I prayed. I begged for an answer.

I know God sometimes- OK well almost always, waits before giving clear answers. Problem is – we didn’t have the time to wait for His answer. Both offers wanted answers now!

Problem was – God was not telling us which location was his perfect plan for our family. I wanted to hear, “Move to New York. There I have wonderful and marvelous plans for you.” I didn’t hear that.

If not that answer, then how about this one: “I know the plans I have for you and they are for you to move to Wisconsin.” I didn’t hear that reply either.

I remember today exactly where I was that day – 18 years ago. Sitting at my dining room table in Naperville, Illinois I prayed with my Bible open before me.
I told God, in case He had forgotten, I needed an answer. Two corporations waited to hear from my husband. Did God realize if we didn’t answer that we may be left jobless, IF He didn’t answer – AND SOON!

“I will never leave you or forsake you. I am with you always.” I know I heard Him say these words. As I mulled these two verses over and over in my mind, I realized God had answered.

“It doesn’t matter where you go as long as I am with you and you are living an obedient life to love me and love your neighbor.”

And so we moved and took God with us.

Ever since that day in my dining room in Naperville, I have remembered God’s words whenever I’ve arrived at a crossroads. I realize as long as I take God with me and live within His will, it really doesn’t matter what I do because I am focusing on Him and not me or my circumstances.

I never want to go anywhere without him. If there is a particular place He wants me to go, He will close and open doors. He is the good Shepherd and He knows how to get me from one place to another. I no longer fret. I follow.

8 comments:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

This is such a simple and powerful word! An abiding truth that is incredibly freeing. Even now, it resonates with me as I am continually seeking out God's will for my life. I think we spend too much time worrying about the particulars instead of simply moving with the Spirit!

Thanks for the comforting truth this morning.

peace~elaine

Shanda said...

Once again, the Lord used your moving experiences to set me straight in mine! I'm worrying too much about what I'm suppose to do instead of living in His presence and allowing Him to guide. Thanks so much for the encouragement!
shanda

Celly B said...

Van,
What an awesome post. I get so frustrated when I have an important decision to make and don't feel a clear direction from the Spirit. I think you made a great post that sometimes it doesn't matter as long as God is our focus!

Laura said...

Okay. I'm dying to know...New York or Wisconsin? I love Naperville, by the way, had some good friends who lived there for years and we visited a few times. So fun to head into Chicago or just stay in the burbs--which has anything you need too! Thank you for reminding me to turn to the Word when I am in turmoil over a decision, Van. Too many times I seek human wisdom instead of God's. I think the Israelites had it right when they wore scripture on their foreheads! Sometimes I think that is what I need to do!

Micca said...

Van, I love this post. So many times we move and forget to take God with us. Then, we wonder where he is? Great word! Thanks!
love you, friend

Kay Weathers said...

What insight, I have forwarded this to a friend who needs this.
"K"

Mommyluann said...

Good word , Van. I love your thoughts.

MrsProverbs31 said...

What an awesome post. I needed to hear that. Thanks.