Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Has it really been a week since I last posted? Spring cleaning continues in earnest at our house, what started off as one closet has mushroomed into a huge purge. Today my sweet husband carted off five bags to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) of things that don't fit, don't work, aren't needed or no longed useful and did I mention the furniture sitting in the garage waiting for it's new owner to pick it up. THEN there is all the stuff that would be considered trash, my shredder has had quite the workout and we're not done yet.

There's been a lot of reflection time during this process and the Lord has used it to remind me of how faithful he has been through the years and all we have to be thankful for. This is just one example 

I told you I keep everything, well I found my husband's orders to Scotland. In the Navy you rotate from Sea Duty to Shore Duty then back again etc. After husband's first Sea Tour he was due to rotate to Shore Duty. We had spent a lot of time apart and were looking for orders that might give husband more time at home, he thought a personal visit to the Detailer might help him get better orders. Detailers are the guys that give you orders for your next duty station. The office we were going to had Sea Duty Detailers, Shore Duty Detailers and Detailers that fill positions for overseas, it was a fairly large office. Long story short the personal visit to husband's Detailer wasn't helpful at all, the job options were okay, I mean he would be on shore duty, but we were going to have to move and the hours at his next job would probably be long. We began to head out, disappointed that things didn't go any better and got on the elevator. The elevator door shut, then we heard a banging on the outside of the door. We opened the door, and it was another Detailer trying to get our attention. He had overheard our conversation with the Shore Duty Detailer and wanted to offer my husband a billet overseas. We were young, and the idea of living overseas was exciting and best of all we were going to be able to spend more time together. 

Why is this little story significant, Scotland is I where I came to faith in Jesus Christ. I think that's why I've kept those orders for such a long time. 


Debbie said...

Oh I LOVED hearing this story about your early years. Both as a married couple. and where and when you came to know the Lord. Yes, I can see why you kept those orders! Hope your week has gone well. Spring cleaning is always a good feeling!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a wonderful story!!!!

We were blessed to be able to live in Rota, Spain for a little over three years. We were always thankful as this was during the Viet Nam war.

I need to do some spring cleaning myself.


Kathy ... aka Nana said...

What a sweet story ... yes, those orders would hold so many memories.

Creations By Cindy said...

Love reading your story. Just brought me a smile! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Camille said...

Precious story of God's Faithfulness to you in your lives even before you knew you were HIS!! Isn't it just amazing how the *little* things...like the Detailer overhearing your conversation and chasing after you...are really sometimes the big things after all? I love to look back and see how God has ordered our steps over the years. How wonderful it is to belong to Him! On another note...yippee for the big spring purge! I know exactly how that happens...one closet leads to the whole house...I'm sure of it! :) Hugs to you...Camille XO