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12.08.2010 / mackivey58

Seasons of Change

Growing up in Texas I never truly experienced all four seasons.  Typically it would be a scorching summer, one day of pretty leaves, all the leaves would fall off of the trees and then it might stay cold or we might be wearing flip-flops on Christmas. (my fav!)  But since being up here in Idaho we have been able to enjoy a wonderful summer, a very colorful fall and now we are fully into winter.  The snow hit a few weeks ago and, from what I’ve heard, it is going to be around until late March.  We love it!  We’ve been told the love of snow only last a little while….something about when we are still cold and the white wonderland has turned into dirty slushland??  We will see I guess…

In all of the changing of seasons, I have come to experience other kinds of change.  These changes have been difficult, humbling and very annoying at times.  We have transitioned into a new house, new house-mates, new job, new friends,  new way of life…you get the point…a lot of change has happened.  I admit that initially I was a wreck and still have my days of  “what in the world are we doing…this is crazy!”  But in this new season, in this “still transitioning” season, I have come to know the love of God in a new way.  It is His mercy to call us out of all that we’ve known, out of all that is comfortable and into knowing Him in a deeper way.  It is a sweet invitation, one that I would give away everything to have.  It is an invitation to faith.  An invitation to true Life. An invitation to know God rightly…for who He really is.  And in knowing who He really is, we rest.  Everything around us is changing and moving and shifting, but we rest. We rest knowing that He remains the same. We rest under His sweet covering and trust that He is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do.  He is a good Father and has only good for His children.  We rest in His nature.  We rest in His promises.  We rest in His love that is so unchanging, so unwavering and so unlike anything we’ve ever known. And on the days that it’s hard to rest…I’m grateful for a God that is relentless with my heart. One who will not allow me to settle for anything less than all of Himself.


I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not
slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time
forth and forevermore.

Psalm 121


Ways to pray:

  • Pray for our team as we visit Missoula, Montana as a possible long term location
  • Pray for jobs in Moscow for Jon and Leaza
  • Pray for Blake and Mere as they prepare to transition to the NW

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  1. Stephanie Ivey / Dec 10 2010 9:42 am

    Wow ~ those words come from a sweet and precious heart. Very sweet message.

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