mitch & char

mitch & char

Wednesday, February 1

How do I navigate a "New Normal"?

So many people speak of a "New Normal" when life changes.  Moves, Deaths, Career, leaving the mission field(hmmm)...Whatever it may be, it is new and will soon become the norm for moving forward.

Many people are beginning to realize how His new normal works and putting more into perspective that which matters most.  One quickly sees that "you don't know what you don't know" about whatever those next steps are in life.  It can be scary, overwhelming, frustrating...to start. 

Can you see past your circumstances?

We have found great comfort from Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens;" 

The flesh cries out for that which is familiar, but the soul presses on for the joy to come of what is next. Hebrews 6:19 says "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,"

That's pretty cool language.  "enters the inner sanctuary behind the courtain".  I believe that is God's Word deep in our soul and as we live a grace filled life (that can only be found) in Christ, we see that a new normal is a normal step in the journey which He created for us.

How then can we approach change in our lives?  Well, if you are a Christ follower, you may just experience what Romans 15:13 is talking about - That the God of HOPE will fill you with all JOY and PEACE as you trust in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW(WOW- overflow?  YUP- abundantly so!) with HOPE by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT!

If that is not you today- you need only to ask.

Matthew 7:7 says "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (James 1:5 "if any lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously...)

Struggling today?  try the above and see what peace the author of peace gives to you.  Celebrate your NEW NORMAL, as the Lord continues to mold you as His new creation in Christ.

Press on to the goal, 

Mitch 

God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  1 John 4:16b

Wednesday, September 7

HOWDY!

Well, we are settling in up in North Dakota.  2 weeks ago we said a lot of "see you laters" to our African friends and family and since then, it has been great to connect with family again and see how large the nieces and nephews have grown.  WOW.
Wanted to thank you for your gracious support and prayers once again.  The work in Africa is and will always be near to our hearts.  We continue to provide funding for food for hundreds of children 3-5 times per week, assist with 4 preschools, and stay connected with 2 young adult schools of ministry we started(pic attached of the last class we were part of in eManzana South Africa that our dear friend Claire is now teaching).  100% of all donations go to those efforts.  Other missionaries and local leadership are overseeing all project work in Swaziland and South Africa.
Our plan?-
At this point, we hope to remain in ND for a few months, assisting on the farm and getting to know family again (sporting events are a lot of fun when you are the crazy uncle that embarrasses the kids).  We wait on the Lord to see the next step of the journey.
We are so grateful for you, we love you and hope to speak to and see you again soon!

God's Richest Blessings!,

Mitch & Charlotte