Saturday, April 10, 2010

Trusting God and Keeping the Joy ~ Part 2

I write this post with tears in my eyes, but they are tears of great JOY! In the post just before this one, I wrote that our family has a longtime prayer we were waiting God's answer for, and He answered on Friday - He has made a way for our daughter Erin and her family to move back to Montana from Minnesota, and we are so excited and so thankful to God! He has provided a job for our son-in-law and a place for them to live, and they will hopefully be coming within a month or so.

They moved to Minnesota, (where John was from and Erin met him in college), when Jack was 2, so they have been gone for 4 years. God's timing is, as always perfect, as He provided a job and housing at a time that was best for them, and we thank Him and praise Him for His provision, for not only has He provided this for them, but He has made it possible for us to have all of our children and grandchildren living near us, and this has been our longtime prayer! Jack is 6 now and Eli just turned 2, and our little Maya, who lives here, will be 2 very soon. They are the JEMs (Jack, Eli and Maya).

On my previous post, I quoted Psalm 28:7b - My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. One of my favorite praise songs is "How Great is Our God" by Chris Tomlin. It is one of the best ways I can think of to give thanks to God in song, because it is all about Him and how awesome He is. If you wish to hear it, click on my playlist at the bottom of the page. Here are the words:

How Great is Our God

The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Here is a picture of the JEMs and another of the whole gang, taken 1 year ago. I think it is time to have another one taken when they move back! How great is our God!


Kit said...

Oh my! I am sooo excited for you! God IS great and he knew exactly when to have this happen. Congrats! I remember when all I wanted to do was to move home to Montana and I prayed and prayed and my greatest joy was when we moved to Missoula in the fall of 1989. And I have felt blessed ever since. I am so happy for you and your family!

Karen said...

Praising God with you for His goodness...

Beautiful pictures!

Mary Lou Rutledge said...

This is so exciting. I know how it is to be far away and also how to be close. Close is better whether it's God or your children..
Praises to HIM

Laurie said...

Thank you, Kit, Karen and Mary Lou! And to think, we almost moved to the midwest a couple of years ago to be near our girls and their families, but Sara and her family moved back
nearly 2 years ago and now Erin & Co. - yahoo! There's no place like home, and Montana has been our home for 30 years! Yes, we are praising God and pinching ourselves to make sure we are not dreaming!
Praise Him indeed!

cheryl said...

Laurie I am very happy for you all! I know this has been your hearts desire for awhile, and you will just love having them all here.

tiffany said...

I am so happy that you will have your whole family around! Of course though I'm a bit sad to have them leave.....they won't be just a half a mile up the road....rather 900 miles. Enjoy your family and take good care of the Dailey's for us. :) Hey, now we'll have a REALLY good reason to visit someday! With love, Tiffany

Debbie said...

Oh Laurie, I'm so thrilled for you! See what happens when we trust the Lord? He knows what's best for all.

Blessings and love,

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

How wonderful for you, Laurie!
What a blessing to have everybody so close by, that's truly an answer to prayer.

Love to you,

Pappy said...

God is good. We are counting on you to keep us updated. Your blog gives me such peace and now joy as well. mb

Zuzu said...

We never know how our prayers will be answered - this is very wonderful news! I'm very happy for you and your family, Laurie!

Maxine said...

Laurie! This is so exciting!How wonderful for all of you. There is nothing we grandparents could want any more than to have our children and grandchildren nearby. Praise the Lord!

Nama said...

Wow, Laurie! How incredibly exciting.:) I'm so happy for you and your family & it's wonderful to hear of yet another testimony of God's faithfulness & answered prayers, as well as His great provision in not only bringing them back, but complete with a job and a place to live! I'm praising the Lord with you! (((Hugs)))