Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Still Pinching Myself

I am still finding it hard to believe that God has allowed Butch and I to serve him here in Glenwood. It is such a beautiful place. When we lived in Bonney Lake this was the kind of area we used to go camping in. Now we live here!

This afternoon we went for a picnic with a family from church. They showed us their "secret" spot along the Klickitat River. A sandy beach where the kids could play in the water, just at the edge because it sure is cold and swift this time of year. Of course Spencer was the first to fall in:) Just his feet got wet!

After we ate we drove down the road further and hiked a little ways in to where the water goes down a tube or something to the Hatchery. Then we hiked a little further and found water coming out of a rock creating quite the creek. A little further brought us full circle back to our vehicles. Driving out we stopped at another place where the water comes out of the rock creating a magnificent waterfall down to the river. Some call this Wonder Spring but we have been told the real name is Cascade Spring. And apparently the speculation is that the water is coming through a Lava Tube. Butch took a picture but it really doesn't do justice so I won't post it. You will just have to come visit us to see it!

We have been truly blessed to be here. As we spend time getting to know people we are finding that there are many fascinating people here in Glenwood. And they all have stories to tell. I have never lived anywhere that the history is so rich and the people are here to tell it. It's exciting to go visit people and listen to their stories. Some have been here 50 years or more. Generations of families live here. We had multiple generations of one family in church this morning that took up 2 pews and they were squeezed in together!

So yes, I am still pinching myself because sometimes it feels as though I am dreaming:) The snow is quickly melting, allowing us to get up into the high country. Butch and Grady were out Friday evening and they saw deer and elk of course, but also a porcupine and a bear. And they were just a few miles outside of town. Hopefully when I am with Butch and we see a bear we'll have the camera!

Keep praying for us to continue making progress in meeting people and in moving the church forward. And praise Him for allowing us to serve Him here in Glenwood!

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