Saturday, December 31, 2011

Where did the time go?
As I was reading some of my blogging friends
post about their experiences of this past
year,, it hit me..
What changes I have been through in 2011
In Feb we moved to Palm Coast Fl
for my husbands employment.
Which meant moving 3 hrs away from everything
I know and love.
From our older children, and 3 precious
grandchildren , my siblings,
life long friends,
 our home church of 15 yrs,
all the way down to my favorite waitresses
at my Cracker Barrel..
That is huge for me...I don't like change  :(

But I have been astonished and amazed at the
Peace God has given me through all this...

Ive met many new friend,
yet been able to stay in touch with my old friend
 I have gotten
involved in a couple of women's bible studies.

The area we live in is just gorgeous
I'm able to go for long walk or bike rides
I'm close enough to the beach that I can go out
and do my yoga in the mornings when I want.

My husbands job is going great.
And God has even allowed me to re~open
my own business here.
So Mom's Helper (school transportation)
just celebrated its 11th year.

Our youngest son is doing great in school
and is involved in a couple of youth groups..

Now the only thing with this move that has not
fallen right into place is a new home church.
We have visited many churches, and liked
parts of all of them, and I have met wonderful
new friend in them..
But no where has felt like HOME yet.
And I have to admit,,,that disturbs me a bit..
It has always been important to me that my
Family be in church !!!
And I don't like being all wishy washy in front
of my child about what church to go to,,
but I just have not felt that....
This is the ONE... feeling yet...

And here is what I think God is trying to teach me..
One day I was in one of the Churches and I felt the
Holy Spirit say to me..
Your making it about the PLACE.. not about GOD !!!
and he is right!
But how do I change that? The one church I did
like, doesn't encourage or hold woman's bible studies.
And that is what I have done for years on years..
The last 2 yrs being a co~leader of a study.

So ..... 2012
Is gonna be an interesting year..
I am so grateful for what God has done for me
and I thank him every day.
It is different than what I am used to
but its a good different.
And I know that  God doesn't want to keep
me and my family out of church,
so I know he will either show me  THE ONE,
or he will give me peace and comfort in the
one he wants me to be in..

And one last thing..
I have to thank him for not taking me to far
away from my kids, grand kids and siblings..
I can get in my car and be there in time for lunch.
and I love that part..

Happy New Year to you All.
And may you be Happy and Joyful with the plans
that God has in store for you too.

God Bless You..


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

You have had a big year...and seen God walk you through it all and you have smiled...even though some tears came they have been replaced with joy.

May this New Year be a blessing as God continues to show Himself strong in your life.

Happy New Year

Sue said...

Wow! Karen what a blessing for me to read of all of your blessings this year. God is so faithful and when others read of how He continues to bless other people it just causes our faith to grow! AWESOME!!!

I love what you wrote about what God was trying to show you as far as the church home, He has got the place for you and your family, His timing is perfect!

I am so glad that you are writing again here in blogland, you truly have a ministry for heart and home, I believe God is using you more than what you even realize. Just continue to obey His voice.

Praying continued blessings for you and your family.

Gayle said...

I can relate to your post on so many levels. With your optimistic attitude, I know good things will follow. Blessings to you and yours in the coming year.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Karen,
I'll pray that you and your family can find a church that will like that really teaches the Bible...and not only encourages, but welcomes women's Bible study. My dad and I found a church a couple towns away from us. It's such a precious place and the people are well-grounded biblically. Happy New Year to you and your family. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

A multi-dimensional life said...

What a wild ride He's had you on this year, Karen! I'm so thankful that He has kept you and your family safe. You've listened to His voice as He speaks wisdom to your heart and I know He will lead you to the right church family!
May this new year be one of great promise and abundance! JOY to you and yours! xo

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Karen - So glad for your boxful of wonderful memories. I agree, we should each go through them from time to time and count our blessings. Happy new year ! ...Marsha