Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Those that wait upon the Lord...

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:28-31

The Lord has told us to wait... and so we will wait on Him. He is in control of King's Ranch and when He decides to move, we will move with Him. He's also told us to continue the ministry He has given us, so while we wait we will continue with what He has given us at this time, a house and a capability to give a home to three children.

After the defeat we experienced at court, we felt we needed to go back and determine if somewhere we had gotten off track. Maybe somehow we had heard Him wrong. But after going back through all the ways that God has led us and spoken to us through His word, we believe that we have obeyed God and followed His lead to this point. He has shown us over and over again since the trial that a victory was actually won on March 26th. A victory that initially we could not see. He told us to do something and we did it and to Him that is victory...obedience! He also gave us Philippians 1:12 "Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel." and also 1 Peter 2:19-20 "For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God."

We will be interviewing a very promising couple for the houseparent position in June. We are waiting on Him to bring the houseparents He has chosen. When they come we will know that it is then time to wait for Him to bring the 3 children He has chosen to come to the ranch. We will wait until the time God sees fit to give us the conditional use permit we'll need to have additional children. But until that time, we will watch God perform miracles in at least 3 priceless lives.

Praise God that even through this difficult time, He has provided for every financial need that the ranch has had. After losing in court, our fear was that our support would dwindle. Support has actually increased! He gave us almost exactly the amount needed to cover this months costs even after the court ruling. Just another confirmation that this is His thing and not ours! He keeps it going - not us! Believe me, if it was up to us, we would have quit a long time ago! He never ceases to amaze us at how He leads us, how He speaks to us! He really speaks to His children!! There is no doubt! Isn't it thrilling to experience hearing His voice?! He truly is the Everlasting God who gives strength to His weary children! Waiting on Him gives new strength. Strength to run and not get tired and to walk and not become weary!

A song by John Waller has been especially meaningful to us during this time. These words are our prayer...

I'm waiting, I'm waiting on you Lord,
and I am hopeful, I'm waiting on you Lord,
though it is painful. But patiently I will wait.

I'm waiting, I'm waiting on you Lord,
and I am peaceful, I'm waiting on you Lord,
though it's not easy. But faithfully I will wait.

I will move ahead, bold and confident
taking every step in obedience.
While I am waiting,
I will serve you.
While I am waiting,
I will worship.
While I am waiting,
I will not faint.
I'll be running the race, even while I wait...

Please pray that God will continue to increase our faith and give us wisdom and discernment to remain in His perfect will. Also, that He will teach us to be mighty warriors for Him!

For His glory,

Eddie and Lee

"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,"
Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)