Emotions run high and they run low

and all at the same time! The last 3 weeks have been full of deep lows and highs. I am still spinning emotionally from the death of Logan Hankins, and Grandpa Dorsey a week later. My heart knows that God is in control and that He is working in the lives of our church, community, and families and for this I am so very grateful. I have watched my dear friends as they surrender to God’s plan for their lives without Logan and am amazed at the Grace of God that is upon them in such a powerful way. I wonder, if Charlie and I were in the same position as them would we be as steadfast and sure of God’s hand and plan in our lives? I guess this is truly not something that you can know about yourself beforehand. I would like to believe that we would. We have been through some very difficult things and have always trusted God even in the dark. The impact of Logan’s death on the community has been astounding! The impact of Logan’s death has been the key factor to bringing my own son back to a right relationship with God and hopefully will eventually bring my daughter and her boyfriend to a right relationship with God as well. I know that God is working and doing a Great thing in our tiny community and beyond. The grief that we feel for the loss of one so young is still deep and gripping, I find myself missing him at the oddest times. But my heart aches even more for his family as they find their new “normal” without him. Even as strong as they are they are still missing him and longing for one more hug, one more smile, one more “hey I love you Logan!” I know I do as well. I didn’t ever tell him how proud I was of the young man he was, how much I loved him and how glad I was that he was a part of my life. So as I think on these things I am reminded that we are not promised tomorrow, and that we need to let those we love know how much we love them, how proud we are of them, leaving nothing to be guessed at.
Life moves on even though it seems like it shouldn’t, and things continue to happen. My daughter Kelly has found someone that meets her criteria for a life partner, what will happen with this? I don’t know but I am very happy for her and Tim as they explore the possibility that they are meant for one another. Holly is working and dancing and seeking God for His will in her life, where he wants her to be and what He wants her to do. Kevin is serving as a Worship Leader at his church in Springfield and happily married to the love of his life, April. Michael is working and seeking God for his future, wanting to make right choices and be in the will of God (what a relief!) Stephanie is still out of the fold, but she is within sight as is Corbin. They are such a blessing to Charlie and I. I am trusting God with them and know He is faithful! David is doing great! He has a new worker at CLASS LTD and things have turned comepletely around for him! She has been such a blessing and answer to prayer.
Soooo in the midst of grief and pain there is joy and answered prayer. We have been called to War in the Heavenlies against Spirits and Principalities of this dark world. God is calling us to wage war in His power and in His strength. We have to keep our eyes securely fixed on Him and His plan of action. We are in a time of history that requires that we are listening to the Voice of the Lord and obeying Him completely! Exciting and scary all at the same time. It seems that things are moving faster and faster and sometimes it is hard to differentiate between the voice of the Lord and the voice of the enemy, but I know His voice and when I take the time to listen I know which voice it is that is speaking. Call to Arms Church of the Living God! We have work to do and we don’t have time to wait, not even for the death of those we love so dearly! The enemy dosn’t take a break and so we cannot take a break!