My BIG faith test!

Good morning friends!  Well January is almost over and 2009 has already proved to be a year of unpredictability!  At first I was a little fearful of not knowing the outcome of so many areas BUT God has proven once again that He is in control and His ways are perfect.  I love it.  So it is a year of faith.  My faith being tested is a huge task for me, especially because it seems to be playing out in all areas of my life.   You see I would be called a person of big faith, but here is a test of faith, interseting…  The good side of this is that I am learning to trust God in ALL areas versus leaning on my own plans and my old ways.  I guess I needed a God test of faith in a BIG way, Ha, but if I just trust my Teacher and truly try and learn what His is teaching I feel I will eventually pass.  We all have that promise.  It is great to know that although I might fail, although I might try and cheat by making my own way, even if I give up for a moment when I am ready to do it the right way God is still there giving me yet another chance.  LOVE THAT.  So my task is trust, have faith in something and Someone much bigger than myself, and to relinquish self control.  I am a control freak, just ask my husband:)  I am still learning to submit in all ways, ha. It is not because I think that he or anyone else cannot do it well, I just enjoy doing it all… sad  I was not made to be self sufficient and neither were you.  We are called to take our gifts, like leadership, and use them to serve and lean on others to make us whole.  You know “the church is the whole body” analogy.  Well although I think I am some part of the head;)…. I realize I need all the other parts to function properly.  And the head is no better than the foot or the rump for that matter:) ( I have been cleaning a lot of dirty boohiney’s, as we call it, for the last 2 and a half years.  I know a lot about them!)    We need it all and we need God’s direction overall! So I am taking the test cheerfully, trusting that God is up to something big and I am getting smaller, gladly!  I hope if you are being tested too, I challenge you to sit down and learn… quit trying to stand up to the Teacher!  That seems to always get us into more trouble!

On a fun note… one of my unpredictable outcomes of 09 is that we are having a girl! I am halfway through my pregnancy and ECSTATIC!!!!    May God continue to bless us all, tests or no tests!  Blessings, Mel

Crowns were blessed to spend two weeks with Avalon and Melissa on the Christmas tour. Melissa Greene has one of the biggest voices I’ve ever heard and her heart for God is even bigger.  - Mark Hall (Casting Crowns)

Happy New Year!

Hello friends, Happy new Year to you!  I can’t believe it is 2009, but I am actually glad 2008 is over.  How about you?  We are still visiting family here in the Greene household.  Down in Florida today.  How is it that too much driving, lack of sleep, fighting colds and runny noses, petty arguments with spouse or child, and overeating….always equals a fabulous time?!  Really – we love it and realize it is all worth it! I love the holidays.  I am sad they are almost over but excited about this year.  A friend recently sent me a text reminding me that this year would be a year of “Crossing over”  as in Joshua crossing over the Jordan into the promise land!  I mean – I hope that encourages you as much as it did me.  Step out in faith, trust God, walking through the water or actually in the water will be the hardest part -especially when everyone around you may be saying “be practical, have a safety net, maybe you should try another way,  etc…etc…” Believe me Godly, sound counsel is always needed and we can’t do this on our own.  BUT when you know God has told you to do something, even when it seems or is difficult, even if some around you think you are crazy:)  it might just be your ” crossing over” time.  I believe it is for me, I am excited about what God is doing and I will set up a remembrance.  Just like Joshua did with the 12 stones, saying “Look what God has done!”  It may take all year or more but I know God is up to something and the journey will be worth it!  Get your backpack on, let’s get on this journey jump in the water, watch Him move some mountains or even some seas for us!    Blessings, Mel