Yesterday, Today and Forever: He is the Same!

I’ve so much to share since writing the last blog six weeks ago, a time when I had grown weary of producing a single sentence.  You may have noticed that my blog name has now changed to “Kids with Promise.”  Change is what this past month has been about.

The past six weeks have definitely been a time of accelerated growth and newness for my husband and me.  We have been on a fast ride through incredible highs as well as steep drops, including blind corners where decisions have had to be made without the ability to see around the bend.  We spent ten exhilarating days in Israel where God poured Himself into us day after day inspiring us deeply in ways that we still cannot fully comprehend.  (more in later blogs!) We also traveled to Oregon where we spent contemplative, relaxing  time with old friends and family.   My husband, who hates change, is now making a surprising career move after 36 years of teaching in the public schools, to become the Dean of Students at a private Christian school.  Construction of our home launched this week and many changes are underway at Veritas Academy with the combining of two campuses into one large one.

William Glen MacPherson

At home, we are enjoying our newest family member: William Glen. As a family we also pray for and anticipate the arrival of a new baby for Peter and Alisa who are “adoptive parents in waiting.”  We agonize with them when their lives go on hold, sometimes for days at a time, with the news of a potential baby only to discover that plans change at the last minute.  We also agonize for the birth moms as they struggle through the process of making life altering decisions- ones that deeply impact them, the new born child as well as the waiting adoptive family. God has opened my eyes to the difficult path that all parties involved travel on in the process of adoption.

In the midst of all the exciting and difficult change, I have become inspired to write again. My enthusiasm flows out of a renewed awe of God who is loving and sovereign and desires our good all the time.  It may not always “feel” so –   nor will we always understand what He is doing –  but as we choose to look through eyes of faith, He grants us sight not just in the mountain top experiences but also as we pass through dark times when all we can do is hold on tightly to His hand and trust.

As a planner, I like to know what is going to happen in advance.  Yet I have come to realize that I must trust in who God is rather than in what He will do – and that He will bring about what He purposes in His timing, for His pleasure and for my good.  He gives me  just enough light to see to the next corner but rarely more, likely because He desires that I lean on Him and not my own intuition.

I am learning to abide. I am learning to take the steps He asks me to take, one day at a time.  I am learning to be patient. I am learning to cling tightly to Jesus, the very hope of my existence.

Join me each week as we consider life with its ebbs and flows, and seek to anchor our individual lives- and those of our family’s- on the One who never changes.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) We can stand securely on this truth as we walk along an unpredictable path, one that He established for each of us in the beginning; one that He walks with us along the way; and one that He waits for us at the finish line to complete.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelations 1:8

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  1. I am right there with you! As I read your words I felt as if it was me writing on the other end.

    I too am a planner, and during this time of change I am learning to fully trust in God alone. I will be leaving to Honduras in August to teach for a year and this is definitely God’s doing. This is me trusting my creator with everything! I am so excited and full of joy that I want everyone to feel God’s love!! It’s too good to keep hidden.

    You and your husband are definitely an encouragement to me. I look forward to more of your blogs.

    -Amanda

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    • My heart grows excited for you to be able to go to Honduras! Do keep me up to date on your experience down there. Would love to see you sometime!

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  2. Great to hear from you again! I always look forward to your insight.

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  3. Wow, Ellen! I’m so happy for all that God is doing in your life, as well as Glen’s and your kids! Praise God!

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  4. Welcome back Ellen! I’m thrilled you’ve had an amazing summer, but I’ve been missing your insights and guidance!! Looking forward to your new series and to the new year at Veritas!

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  5. Hi Ellen! It was so great meeting you at lunch last week. Enjoyed your blog and thankful for the wisdom you shared with me. blessings:)

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