Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cancelled Trips

My sister-in-law has such insight when praying for me and the Lord sends her words of encouragement that help when disappointing decisions are made.

Our trip to New England has been cancelled due to the moving forward of my radiation treatments and so has consequently, Belarus
...for me.

New England would have been a respite, a time for healing before the mission trip over, but it is not to be so...

A time for vacationing in New England can be sought out another time, and I am sure we will have another chance at it someday....but Belarus

....we had wanted to serve there together.

God has made other plans and my husband has had to struggle with the ramifications of that

and with the obedience in that. 

He has been called to go...and not I right now.

That was not our plan.

Stephanie sent me an encouraging excerpt from her devotional this morning, “Streams in the Desert’,

 and it has helped me with this separation we are facing.

“I longed to leave the desert, and be led
To work where souls were sunk in sin and shame, (Belarus)
That I might win them; but the Master said,
“I have not called you; publish here My name” (thus, my blog!)

“I longed to leave the hard and difficult sphere,
Where all alone I seemed to stand and wait,
To feel I had some human helper near,
But Jesus had me guard one lonely gate,
 (an encouragement for when Joe is away)
He has appointed each of your paths for this time.”

Although I am disheartened about staying behind and

 by not being able to go along with this sweet girl,

I am at peace, knowing that I am living within the will of God

and resting in His timing for everything.

Time to start up those radiation treatments again...

after today, just 6 more to go!

Soon, this will be over...and I look forward to reflecting back

 on all that He has done.


  1. Oh Linda, I'm speechless and crying. I had such faith that you would be going. I know my (our) plans are not God's - in that I rest and trust. Haley is very humbled, as you know, that Pop-Pop and her will be serving together. The work that you are doing through this blog is no little work. You are touching many a heart - you challenge me every time I read - you make me just want to crawl into your lap - you make me want to hold you. You are amazing because of your submissiveness to our Lord Jesus Christ. I love you dearly!

  2. Well. That is that. God has spoken and you have listened. Yes, the work you are doing on this blog is HUGE and Godis using you mightly my sister and I am so proud of you and Joe. Hard as it is at times to do what God wants us to do, remember, He always has whats best for us in mind. I love you.