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10 Little Updates and Latest Looming Praise Reports

Good morning and Happy May! I wanted to come to you today with 10 little updates and latest looming praise reports. I know many of you have been praying for us as we’ve settled in a new situation, in a new house, in a new state. There have been glorious answers to your prayers regarding our move to Arizona and it is my privilege to share what God has done!

  1. We LOVE it here! We aren’t as content as we will be when we finally reach our eternal home, but while we’re on earth, Northern Arizona is awesome! We are so grateful for the kick in the pants God gave us. My faithful readers know that I waivered a bit, but God was clear with His direction and I am fully awed by His gracious faithfulness. (*See photos below.)
  2. We found a great church! That might not seem like a big deal to some, but it was priority for us. We did a lot of on-line research, and we only had to visit two. The first one was nice, but we quickly discovered some theological differences and decided not to return. The second one checked all the boxes and then some! We’ve been attending ever since. Praise the Lord!
  3. We have been unaffected by the fires. You might be aware of a couple of major wildfires burning in Northern Arizona. A few of you have even reached out to check on me. Wow – thank you! We have not been “in the line of fire” but have been daily reminded to pray for those who are. It seems the hard work of many firefighters is paying off and the danger is subsiding. There has been no loss of life reported, but several homes have been lost and I’m sure those affected would be blessed by your prayers.
  4. I have a “prayer chair”. I’ve always wanted one. Several years ago, I read a challenge by Anne Graham Lotz to create a dedicated space for devotional time with the Lord. Since then, I’ve had my “typical spots” but, because I lived with so many people, my spots had to serve several purposes. That was ok. But now, I have my own prayer chair in the corner, overlooking the pine and oak trees. (**See photos below.)
  5. God has been so faithful! I found a prayer list I’d written last fall in regard to, what was then, our upcoming move. It had 4 specific requests. All of them were answered above and beyond what I could have imagined. The most touching part is that this list had gotten misplaced shortly after I’d penned it. I hadn’t prayed over it daily, as I’d planned. But you know what? Our God is not dependent on us to be organized. He answered every item on that list, buried as it as, and I was blessed and blown away when the piece of paper resurfaced today.
  6. My son got a job! 4 of my kids stayed in California for the time being. My youngest, Marcus, is 18. He left a job he enjoyed to move to Arizona with us. We expected he would continue working for the same company here. They don’t do transfers, so he had to quit and reapply, but he had great experience and glowing recommendations from the managers in CA. They had open positions in AZ. He applied. He went in person to introduce himself and drop off his resume. Nothing. He called. He went in person again. It was shocking to us when he couldn’t even get an interview. After a month, we had to assume God just didn’t want him to work there anymore. So, he applied somewhere else. He got called in for an interview the next day and was hired on the spot! Well, to God be the glory! He made His will abundantly clear!
  7. I’m enjoying quality time with my youngest child. By the time Marcus was born, we had a loud and busy family. It is true that the squeaky wheel gets the oil and he is the quietest of my bunch. I’ve told him over the years that his time would come. Eventually, he’d be the only one left in the house and he’d probably get more attention than he wanted. Well, that time is now, and we’ve found something fun to do together. He has a YouTube channel and we’re making a series of reaction videos. I’ve not seen any of the Marvel movies, so Marcus and I are watching them together, one by one, and he is recording my reactions. Who knew people would take an interest or would consider my newbie questions and expressions as entertainment, but apparently that’s a thing. I’m just enjoying the time with my son.
  8. My girls are doing well. One of my biggest concerns, which I wrote about before I moved, was the wellbeing of my daughters and grandkids. They needed to find affordable places to live. I put it out there, you prayed, God miraculously delivered. They are teaming up, taking care of each other, and this mama’s heart is at peace. Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, prayer warriors!
  9. I’m settling into my new job with my old company. I had expected to quit before I moved but, at the last minute, was offered the opportunity to stay in a new role, working remotely from Arizona. The logistical transition has turned out to be more complex than any of us realized. I’m happy to report that I’m at least 75% settled in – maybe more, depending on the outcome of an open ticket with IT. God is faithful!
  10. I’m getting to explore the Arizona Trail! I am concluding my list of 10 little updates and latest looming praise reports with this detail because it was like a housewarming gift from God. We had no idea, when we applied to rent this home, that it was right across from the Arizona Trail. This relatively new trail runs the entire length of the state. North, it goes up to Utah. South, I can take it all the way to Mexico. I’m not likely to hike for days on end, but it is a wonderful escape which intersects countless other trails and offers hours of interesting exercise and conversation with Jesus. (***See photos below.)

I feel certain this update and praise report post would have been different if it weren’t for you all. You have prayed for me, encouraged me, and been an amazing support system. Today I find myself steadied, strengthened, and settled. Glory to God and gratitude to you! God bless you, my precious friends! Please enjoy some photos below.



21 replies on “10 Little Updates and Latest Looming Praise Reports”

Looks gorgeous there! I don’t suppose you’d want houseguests? (JK!) Our situation is turning more dire every hour. The mortgage company doesn’t want to work with my buyer and seems intent on having the sheriff’s sale tomorrow. Please pray for God to remove the obstacles. I’m so scared and depressed right now. You can only imagine how it’s affecting my kids. Please pray!

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Oh Rita, I’ve been thinking about and praying for you everyday. I wasn’t sure which Of these days in early May was the deadline. Are you a member of a local church? Have they offered any assistance?

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I am the choir director at our local Catholic Church and have been Catholic since birth. Unfortunately, our Church is tiny and doesn’t have the funds to really make a difference. I know this is my fault, and I accept that, but I hate that my stupidity is affecting my kids.

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23, 19, and 16-twins, but they are all on the spectrum and the one 16-year-old has the money and of six. It’s not good. Freaking out!

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I don’t know anyone in Wisconsin to ask, but I have had a bit of experience getting state help in California. I want to say there must be somewhere you can go – a government office of some kind that will help you get temporary housing and then get you set up with the services you need – especially considering the special needs your kids have. Maybe you’ve tried all of that… is there a bigger church in your area who would have more resources and someone with wisdom in navigating your circumstances? Just trying to brainstorm. I am sure you’ve probably already thought through all of these options. I am praying for you. If God can part the Red Sea, I know He can figure this out…. and already has!

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I am on so many waiting lists, I’ve lost track! Unfortunately, to get a Section 8 voucher (for help with rent) you have to be living on the street or in a shelter. There’s also a waiting list for the shelter, which we are also on. They estimate 2 – 4 months for a family and then you’re only allowed to stay for 60 days. The low income apartments don’t have any openings either, though we’re on at least one of those. I forget. So far, nothing. I would really like one I found a couple towns over, but there’s a waiting list. Also, three bedrooms would be ideal, but two would do if it has to. We just need a safe, clean place to settle that we can afford. I do believe God is already working on it. Just so much stress.

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Mama Lava, what a blessing to have such a view from your “prayer chair.” I have a specific “place” for prayer and I find that there are great benefits to that, though I know God hears us from anywhere, it’s more about establishing a routine of regular solitude with our Lord. My time and location get jostled around when I have grandkids or foster children at the house. Then I miss the consistency due to my own distractibility. I love your praise list––counting your blessings!

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Thank you, Manette! I hear you on the grandkids – any kids – interrupting routine. I am tempted, when they are around, to wake up earlier or find time when they are busy, but I think it is so good for them to see us making time for Jesus. It may be shorter or more distracted when they are present, but I hope they pick up the good habits (as well as some of the bad ones, like brownies) that I try to share. 🙂

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Congratulations! I am so happy that you are settling in well. The praise reports are so encouraging – God is faithful! Love that you now have a “prayer chair” – I have one too! May joy continue to fill you and Best Wishes! Leigh

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I have a prayer chair too, it’s my desk chair. Praise God for all the answers to prayer in your life. Glad you are settling in and enjoying a new place. If my kids are doing well I do so much better for sure. blessings.

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Hooray for prayer chairs! And isn’t that the truth about our kids. They say to have a child is forevermore to walk around with your heart outside your body. Sure can feel that way. Blessings to you, my friend!

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Just watch out for their famous “jumping cacti!” When my marathoning brother first moved to the Phoenix valley, no one told him about them. He found out on a run when he got too close! 😄

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Hey Mamalava! So happy to see your “prayer chair…with a view”–I have a “prayer drawer” with a view!! I get to look out on my neighbors’ trees and grassy lawns as I pray. There are a few cacti next door, but they don’t jump. That shared video looks just plain awful!!! Blessings to you, and I’m so glad you’re getting settled in to Arizona. Happy (late) Mother’s Day! P.S.–Here’s the link to my “prayer drawer” blog: https://lightbournecreative.com/2020/01/27/the-privileged-life-the-prayer-drawer/

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