327 – Going Out,
Not Knowing the Details
October 25, 1988 – I had JOY ALL DAY!! All glory to God!
*We are going out NOT KNOWING our itinerary—by faith in God—praise Him.
*We are going out with Timmy miserable with a cold –praising Him in all things.
*We are going out with $250. Gas expense alone to Denver will be $200, so we are depending on the Lord’s provision. Praise to our God who is faithful.
*We are going out tomorrow.
Judges 12-21 was only distressing…. I got no encouragement…
October 26 Ohio
As they sent us out with loving goodbyes and prayers, the Pletcher family gave us snacks and popcorn for the journey.
Hidden inside the popcorn container was a small refrigerator magnet that said:
YOU CAN DO IT – Philippians 4:13
[We kept it on the refrigerator for years.]
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Our first night stop was a surprise visit to some Elim friends who lived in Ohio. We had connected with them so well at the school, but our visit was strained. I guess 6 of us appearing late afternoon was a bit overwhelming to the newlyweds!
Ruth – the book of Ruth in the Biblee – AMAZING NIV notes are so appropriate for us!!
NIV notes in my Bible:
Ruth’s and Naomi’s self-giving love FULFILLS GOD’S LAW:
Leviticus 19:18 but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
NIV Bible footnotes: The Hebrew word for redemption occurs 23 times in various forms in the book of Ruth.
Naomi moves from emptiness to fulfillment through the God-blessed acts of Ruth and Boaz.
October 27- 31 Ohio, Indiana, Illinois
Dan’s mom, Beth (Bebo to the kids), and her husband Al, were HAPPY to see us in Wheaton, Illinois.
I had been able to pray in the Spirit one hour. I had also been asking God for encouragement, but I was caught off guard by this opportunity for prayer and love as we met Luann and Dennis at the Vineyard church on Sunday morning. We received the word: for the trip–rest, don’t try to teach. I decided give in. As the boys continue to take turns sitting in the front with Dan, he can exhort them, teach them about the passing geography and all manner of things. I will continue reading aloud to them as we bump along.
OH! Gramp Al, Bebo’s husband, gave Dan a VISA bank card to pay for our gas for the remainder of the trip! We used it for gas, giving thanks every single time and sent it back to him as soon as we got to Reno.