Leavin’ on a jet plane…oh and a bit about a horse and some goats

So have I mentioned that I’m flying out to Texas in just a little over 5 hours to head to Gateway Church for the Worship Conference 2011

I am so excited I can hardly stand it…but a bit nervous at the same time.  I’m not a big fan of flying.  Or being away from home really.  Anyhow, I would love it so so much if you’d be praying for me and the folks that are going that we would be moved and changed and renewed and blown away and anything else you can think of.  I can’t wait to get back and tell you all about it.  I’m taking my notebook…and my camera!!  Maybe I’ll get a chance for a pic with Kari Jobe?  That would be pretty cool.

On another note, my neighbor’s horse died.  It’s pretty sad really because the horse belonged to her husband who passed away several years ago.  I can imagine it was pretty tough for her to bury that horse.  Pray for her too if you think about it?

So, anyway my neighbor also has a few goats as well.  The horse and the goats would roam around in the pasture area that was fenced off and Hubby would always joke with the kids whenever we drove by the house that there was a bunch of goats in that yard, but one of them looked sorta like a horse.  Of course, that might be one of those “you had to be there” things.

Well since the horse died, two of those goats have done pretty much nothing but lay or sit or whatever it is that goats do there on the ground where that horse is buried.  Every time I pass by the house, there are those two crazy goats sitting on top of the dead and buried horse.  I did see them get up to go eat yesterday but then they were right back over top of that same spot.  Poor things, I know they miss that horse but there’s no sense in hanging around the disturbed dirt really.  That horse has moved on the stable in the sky. 

Now I’m sure God has plenty of lessons in this, but what resonates in my heart is…MOVE.  Keep moving.  Don’t give up.  In life, there are disappointments.  There will be pain and heartache and loss.  But we have to keep going.  There will be moments of joy and blessing and wonder.  But we have to keep going.  We can’t lay down in the dirt and wallow in regret and we can’t try to hang on to something God’s done with.  God said His mercies are new everyday.  He’s not giving us new mercies so we can keep on living yesterday’s revelation after He’s ready to give us something new.  And He’s not giving us new mercies so we can keep mourning our failures till we stink of death.

Are you in the middle of a rough patch?  Are you facing a failure?  God’s bigger than that thing.  Keep moving.  Don’t give up.

Are you still dancing around in a season that God’s already moved on from but you just don’t want to let got of?  Keep  moving.  Don’t get stuck.

Hey that rhymes!  I’m a poet and didn’t know it!  Ha!  Ahem. 

This is a race that we are running and a race has a beginning and an end.  There are water stations all along the way for us to be refreshed and restored.  There are first aid stations all along the way for us to get patched up.  But there’s still a finish line to get to.  The water is amazing and it feels so good when we are so thirsty, but don’t fret…there’s plenty more water along the way.  God’s got lots more in store for you.  The bandaging covers our wounds and we may fear continuing on may bring more wounds…and it probably will, but don’t worry…God’s healing salve never runs out.  Any pain or disappointment we may suffer along the way will all be worth it when we reach the end.  But here’s a tip ~ for me and for you ~ if you’re still breathing, you’re still in the race.  Keep going.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep your eyes on the guy with the checkered flag…He’s the one with the nail-scarred hands.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,

let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,

and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

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