I love this picture of us… pilgrims on the path following the Lord as He leads us forward. One of my biggest struggles is discerning the path.. probably because I always have ideas and I tend to be impatient. So.. I go back to Him.. praying for direction and when I sense the” peace that passes all understanding”, I know I am on track again.
I don’t tend to share details about my personal life on this blog.. but I thought I would today. Ten years ago my husband and I were living on the campus of Golden Gate Seminary. This week was the beginning of their last year ..the seminary is moving to a huge office building in Ontario, Ca and it will basically become a commuter type campus. This is very different from what it has been here in Marin County. I feel a sense of loss as they move on.. remembering so many things that happened there. Steve and I had a chance to meet and eat lunch with Henry and Marilyn Blackaby. What a wonderful treat God gave us as we got to know this amazing couple.. so humble and fully dedicated to His purposes. We were impacted by that experience in ways I am only now realizing.
For the last nine years..since we moved off campus, we have struggled to stay in our area and to continue to stay on the path that the Lord has for us. I have a small counseling practice and Steve has worked temp jobs. It has been incredibly challenging. During that period, his sister died of pancreatic cancer and my Dad passed away as well. My mother’s money ran out and she lost her sight. These are a few of the losses we have experienced.. there were many more.
We have seen God’s faithfulness over and over.. His deliverance and His provision. We continue to seek Him daily.. asking for guidance and courage to continue. Ten years ago God was preparing us for a journey that we could never have anticipated.. He was asking us to follow Him through jungles, mazes, and dangerous waters.. We went forward with Henry Blackaby to the altar ten years ago and said Yes to Him.. He has tested us and we have come out of the fiery furnace smelling like roses. He is our rock and our sanctuary.. our refuge and our hiding place and we will continue to trust Him with our unknown future.
Do you remember the story in Daniel chapter 3? It is one of my favorites.. The three men in the fire.. showing their trust in God. The king was astounded at their faith…let it be so for us Lord!
“Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”
Alicia, your testimony has encouraged me as I seek which path I’m to take. Your words: “I go back to Him.. praying for direction and when I sense the” peace that passes all understanding”, I know I am on track again” are exactly what I needed. Thank you.
Blessings ~ Wendy
You’re welcome Wendy.. that peace has become a marker for me.. when it is gone, I know that I need to seek direction again and when it returns.. it seems to mean that I found my way back:)
I pray showers of blessings for you !
This reminds me so much of a book I am reading right now. I read Katherine Marshall’s book, “Beyond Our Self” in the 70s and it was a life changer for me. Now, I am reading it again and realize how much of my life was altered by the prayers and Biblical teachings in this book. It is nice to look BACK once in awhile and see how God uses other’s to help us on our journey, too. Thanks for such a great article today, Alicia.
I remember that book.. but I am not sure if I ever read it. Maybe I should! Thanks Lynda for stopping by and commenting.. I appreciate it!
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Thank you for posting this link to my blog on your site! Blessings.. Alicia
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i just read this post from three years ago and I wanted to add a few new thoughts.. We have continued to have financial and health challenges as the years have passed.. The seminary site is now occupied again.. Olivet moved into that sight a few weeks ago.. they are a modern seminary.. we are blessed.. Still praying for discernment and wisdom and the ability to fully follow our Lord.