Tuesday, May 6, 2008

We are Back!

Goodness...how do I even express what I am feeling?
It was a great trip......although Keith says that I was not really there mentally.
I have been fighting a head cold and there really is so much flipping around in my heart and head. I tried to be there......I really did.

We started out by riding back roads once we hit South Carolina. After our first night staying in LaGrange---where God blessed us with a cheap room at a nice hotel......we headed out for the backwoods. It was beautiful......I can't help but wonder if there is not a Green Acres for me out there somewhere. ;)
We saw some neat paintings on the sides of barns.
It is nice to know that they enjoy art even in the backwoods. :)
We stopped and spoke to some of the folks in the area.....they were very sweet.
We ended up in Boone North Carolina.
This is a college town and of course known for its skiing during winter. It has history for us.
I first went here during my college years. We took a day trip here skiing and I spent the next few weeks sitting on a pillow.......that was my last ski trip. :)
But it was a beautiful time.
Fast forward.....um.....a few years and Keith and I would visit the emergency room here after I got sick on our honeymoon.
We eloped in Virginia and camped most of the way home to Louisiana.
While in the area we paid a visit to the emergency room and were very impressed with how friendly people were. We said, Boy, this would be a great place to live.
Since that time we have been back.
There is a nice little restaurant there called the Daniel Boone Inn. They serve the food home style at the table. Sunday morning we got up and got dressed for church and stopped in there for breakfast. The women dress in old style dresses and the atmosphere is homey.
Both Keith and I knew that God wanted us in church that morning to speak to us about our situation. As much as I wanted to sleep in......I really needed to hear from God.
When your insides are screaming....what the heck are we doing!!!!!.....ya just need to hear from a voice higher than your own.
So we pulled out the phone book and started looking through the names.
The one that hit us.......All Things Are Possible Christan Fellowship.
These formerly Baptist church folks were a little concerned by the four square title--but we are brave church mice. :)
We thought the church was going to be big but it was small and the people were very nice.
I got a chance to speak with one of the women and felt at home right away.
Worship was good........loved the music.
It was nice to feel at home with family in another city.
Guess what the message was on?
FAITH.......Ha!
He shared something along the lines that ----Faith is walking with a willingness to fail.
All the while my heart is screaming......But I don't want to fail!!!!.
He talked about Abraham......Moses........Yes, the passage in Hebrews that talks about our heroes of the faith.
Did I mention that the highway that we took on the way up was called......Hero's Highway?
The whole sermon was about stepping out.
The pastor even told of his story and how God led them to Boone from California.
We had a great time talking to the pastor afterwards.
He offered to help us in any way he could.
We really loved this part of the body of Christ.
Are we supposed to move to Boone?
I DON'T KNOW!!!!!!!
But Keith and I both believe our time here is over.
The above pictures are ones I took along the way--the last is a picture of Grandfather Mountain...see the face?
This is a picture I took in Alabama on the way home.
Our God is a creative God. He loves beauty.......and He loves sharing it with us.

So where do we go from here?
We have two pieces of property that need to sell. Would you please pray for that?
When these sell it will allow us to pay off some things and have a nice down payment for the house God has for us.
Until then......I will be packing. And starting the process of closing down our time in this house.
Pray this all goes smoothly.
Thank you for your prayers.

I'll catch up with you all as I can.

18 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

So glad you are back. So glad you were ministered to on this trip! You sound energized and ready to take it all on again! Beautiful pictures!

Halfmoon Girl said...

wow...God has good things in store for you as you step out in faith! Beautiful scenery, Sharon! I will pray and await news of your new home! Oh, I don't think I have heard of your elopement until now, but I could be wrong. That sounds like a story...

Edge of Design said...

Maybe a little over to the East a bit? It's good to have you back. I missed your posts. I'm glad you had a chance to see NC and more importantly, I hope you're feeling better.

Mary said...

Sharon,

Boone sounds like a lovely town, but of course you have to listen to the voice of God and go where He wants you to be. I have been praying for you and will continue to do so. Please stay in touch. Wish I lived close enough to lend you a hand.

Blessings,
Mary

Denise said...

Welcome home sis. Sounds like God is really working on you. I am praying for you always, love you.

CrownLaidDown said...

Praying for you, Sharon! What a lovely trip!!

I think of some words Beth spoke in a CD series I have...God said to her, "you may fail, (Beth, Sharon, Holly, your name here) But I WON'T FAIL YOU!" And on the other side of Beth's trial, she started speaking on Life Today (such a blessing!). Wonder what the other side is going to be for my dear friend Sharon? It's gonna be good! Really, really good. Keep on walkin'.

MelanieJoy said...

This morning I'm kneeling beside you in prayer...love you. sorry about yesterday.

Melanie said...

Those pictures look amazing- just beautiful.

I am definitely praying for you during this time of finding where God wants you to be.

vicaragekate said...

Gorgeous photos. Praying for God's guidance for you. . .

Denise said...

What comes to my mind as I am reading your post is that in the eyes of God just the simple act of packing shows your faith. Many would sit and wait! You have great faith that the Father has gone before you and He has mapped out the path....... thus you are packing.......... He hears prayers He answers faith........

hugs

Sandi said...

Sharon you will be in my prayers for your decission

Nicki said...

I'm glad you had a good trip! I hope you will be able to work things out! I'm praying for you!

Mimi's Toes said...

Wow..So glad you had a great time and to be able to worship with people you have never met before is so special. You were probably a blessing to them. Those pictures are breathtaking!

Mimi's Toes said...

Wow..So glad you had a great time and to be able to worship with people you have never met before is so special. You were probably a blessing to them. Those pictures are breathtaking!

Dee said...

((( hugs ))) Just checking your blog before I leave for mom's...hopefully I'll have more online time when I get home.
D

Alisun said...

Walking a faith path can sometimes be lonely and heavy, yet when he takes our hand and leads us toward his plan we release the burden and let him guild us. So sweetly he loves us.
I'm with you on the Lord please do let me fail part!

Nise' said...

I loved Boone! Our very good friends lived there for 10 years working for Samartain's Purse. Praying for you and you family!

freetofly said...

I have been so very much wanting to know about this trip. So glad to hear how much God ministered to you both. Re-energized in my prayers for your family!

xoxo,
Maria