If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.

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I am a pastor's wife, mother of 4 kids (2 adopted and 3 with special needs), physical therapist, and photography junky. This is where it all comes together for me. Feel free to join along as I process life out loud.

Friday, July 22, 2011

"This" and "That"

Life is full of choices.  Should I do "that" or stay with "this"?  For me, the deciding factor (although I am not proud of it) has often been comfort.

About a month ago, I was given the opportunity to participate in "that".  I was talking with a friend about a mission opportunity in China that interested me.  It involved both photography and orphans so of course I was fired up.  When it didn't work out, she mentioned a camp for orphans called Bring Me Hope that she thought I might be interested in participating in.   It intrigued me, but I had some concerns about "that".

What would it cost me?  How long would it last?  Would I go alone? Oh and by the way God, I am not a large group kinda girl. I am not sure "that" is for me.

God answered those with (1) I've already provided for it through that photography ministry you have and (2) it lasts long enough (3) and, no, I have already laid it on the heart of a dear friend to go with you and I have taken care of that last detail too.

I sat down with Trent at the end of those few days of praying and knew that I could either continue talking myself out of this or I could just say yes because burning bush, warm fuzzy, bring me to tears callings don't always happen.  The only calling that I needed was the one He gave me 2000 years ago.

Mark 16:15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."
Deuteronomy 10:18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.

So I am figuring that I can do stuff like "that" or I can continue to walk in "this".  The only thing is "this" is temporary and "that" is eternal so I think I will choose "that" and I pray I have the strength to continue to do so.

5 comments:

Jenn said...

Sounds exciting!! {and scary at the same time}

Praying for you!!

Holly S. said...

I love to hear how God is working in your life. It's challenging and inspiring. I'll be praying for you and Jamie.

TanyaLea said...

AWESOME post, Ginny! I'm glad you are choosing "that" too!! :) God bless you on your trip... sounds SO fun and I know you will be a blessing, and be BLESSED at the same time!! <><

HUGS,
Tanya

Les said...

I really appreciate your thoughts here. Lately I am feeling stuck in the "this." Comfort is definitely a big factor. Another factor is the feeling like I need to get other "ducks in a row" in my life... be more faithful in what I've already been given, namely my family, prayer life,... the list could go on. I have big passions that rarely make it from my heart to my hands and feet because of "this".
Hope your trip was wonderful!! Can't wait to hear more.
Lesli Cryer

Dawn said...

Bless you for saying YES!! Bless you!!!!!

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