Wednesday, October 19, 2011


The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." Genesis 12:1
I'm a planner. I love to have my life organized (unlike my physical environment - but that's beside the point). I'm a creature of habit--a schedule-keeper. On Mondays and Thursdays I do laundry. I grocery shop on the same day each week--with a list, drawn from our needs and the weekly grocery store ad. I turn off my computer, for the most part, at about 9:30 each night, watch Jeopardy! with my husband, and say the very same thing to him before I close my eyes each night. Needless to say, I like to know what is gonna happen next.
But life doesn't always work that way.
Sometimes, I plan to spend a week potty training my son, but instead spend several days in and out of the hospital as a neurosurgeon attempts to remove a tumor from my husband's brain. Sometimes, I figure I'll get my whole to-do list done, but instead help my son in his sudden obsession with origami for hours.

And sometimes, I feel perfectly comfortable in my home of twelve years, but then hubby and I feel called to sell and look for something smaller. With no income except disability. In the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country.

The reasons, really, are immaterial. I could certainly justify this freakish decision with many different facts, from a lawn we can't mow, to no kids nearby for the children. But the only thing that should matter is God's call.
Look at Abraham. He was told to leave it all behind, and follow his God to only-God-knew-where. And he did.
There's no discussion of Abraham justifying the trip, or looking for "real-life" reasons why this move would be best for him. He heard God's Word, grabbed his stuff, and went.

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When God speaks to you, how easy is it for you to step out in faith? Do you need the "logical" rationale? Do you wait until it's comfortable?

Or do You follow the only One who will always lead you in the right direction, no matter how much out of your comfort zone it may be?

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  1. Joanne,you're in my heart and prayers. I didn't know about your hubby.

    I grinned b/c I am very much like you. I like routine. I like plans, but I've learned to be flexible from 10 years managing a corporate childcare facility. Oy!

    I always tell myself, God doesn't always stick to routine, step out and go. I know that deep in my heart, it's my mind that won't put her shoes and coat on and move out. :) Oh for the grace of God! :)

  2. Needed to hear this today. Thank you!

  3. Thanks, Jess and Kristi. SO hard to leave, sometimes - but knowing God is there is all we really need, isn't it?

  4. I am a BROAD planner--which means no shopping list--which means there's often one missing ingredient. But there is something in my nature that would pack up my tent in a moment's notice if I heard God calling me.

    Loved this post, Jo. And you:).

  5. ...and when it was time to move, it all fell together because God planned it. I'm glad that even though you are a girl of routine, you listen to His voice and obey.

  6. You said it all so well, Jo, and I am a planner (wouldn't know it by my desk) and follow many of the same routines you do. I want, like you, to be ever open to the Lord's
    call and willing to follow where He leads.

  7. God will bless your willingness to obey, Joanne. Your faith and sweet Christian heart are inspirational.
    Praying the transition goes smoothly and every detail falls easily into place.

  8. SO can't relate to being routine-oriented, but there are times God has called me to leave my fly by the seat of my pants artsy-poptartsy way of doing things and follow a schedule. ;0 Yea, more and more. Amazing how he sees what we cling to and loves us enough to make us fully dependent on Him.

    Great post, Joanne.

  9. Oy. Hit us where it hurts, why don't ya? Seriously though, I needed to here this one today. Not so much because I am a planner (plans, schmans), but because I NEED to listen without conditions and with full trust. Thanks, Jo.

  10. Sorry, HEAR this one today. Not here. :)

  11. Great post, Joanne. Women seem to need security and there is nothing as insecure as to pack up your tents and head out into the unknown—again. Good thing God knows the way.

  12. there are so many times Mick and I have hesitated, questioned hearing God etc but when we moved to Colorado 18 years ago we WENT - knew no one, had no jobs and had a cat - the paper at that time would say "will consider a small dog but NO cats" on the rental properties. God used that cat to confirm things and we got a cute place, got jobs and love being here - I got to work at Every Home for Christ for over 9 years - God is GOOD!



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