Greetings from Fort Knox, Kentucky!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been on the road a month now, boy are we learning…a little every day! Our hook up and set up routine has gotten much quicker and smoother. I’ve been learning how to get the trailer hooked up to the truck and I’ve been giving my husband some direction in getting everything inside prepared for travel. It was really important for us to be able to help each other out in both of these areas, to be each other’s helpmates in marriage and in RVing!
We’re running into colder weather, summer has faded into fall. The autumn season is my absolute favourite! The colours of the land and tree’s we’ve been blessed to see over the past few weeks are just breathtaking. But to be completely honest, I’m the kind of person who really gets the fall and winter blues/blahs. It’s so beautiful outside, but my heart and mind can grow really ugly and dark.
So, as we’ve moved about and settled in a few different campsites over the last few weeks I’ve discovered my need to even more persistently stay in an atmosphere of worship and prayer. Much like developing a smoother and quicker routine for hooking up/hitching our trailer, I’ve been reminded of how over time our “hook-up” with Jesus becomes smoother and easier. It becomes second nature to press in and be in the presence of our Father when we realize we’ve stepped into the world a bit too far. Keeping my prayer life active…daily…moment to moment is my only defence to the ugliness and darkness. God goes before me to win the war and He comes to my defence before I even knew there was a battle coming my way. I have to stay in pursuit of the Lord in prayer and worship and stay in the Word. Without it all, I can find myself a bit antsy, stir crazy, and a bit mean from time to time. But when my relationship with Jesus is well cultivated, maintained, and I am filled up and pouring out…the confidence and boldness I’m able to walk in is incomparable to anything of this world. That blessed assurance of no matter what comes at me today, God’s got it.
When God moves, there’s nothing left for you to do but stand in awe and wonder.
1 John 3:18-22 ESV “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before Him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”
I can see that God is moving in every single fiber knit together in the plan for our lives and travels. It’s such a reassurance that nothing can match or compare. I’ve read and sang about the blessed assurance of God for over ten years now. I’ve prayed for it, prayed about it, talked about it, wanted it, needed it, but now I’m living in it.
This joy, this peace, this assurance and confidence in the Lord happens only when we keep our hearts, eyes and minds on Jesus.
Till next time,
-Shelby

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