Thursday, March 25, 2010

Slow Moving...

So, just a quick update of where we are in the process of moving to the other side of the world. Take a look at the title of this entry. That about sums it up :). I know that in truth, it is not slow at all. God told us in Sept./Oct. to move to Sydney and now in only three months time (approx.) we will be there. A total of 9 months. Not slow. But it feels S.L.O.W. Every aspect of getting paper work, sending paperwork, asking a question, waiting for a response, etc. seems to take an eternity.

I have never been good at waiting. For anything. But as the Lord reminded me so beautifully yesterday, right after I had my fear-of-unknown-no-idea-what-our-future-holds-God-what-are-you-doing meltdown (poor Brandon!), in Psalm 37:3 that we are to
feed on His faithfulness. I love that!

He reminded me that just as we would die without eating food everyday, that there was no way I was going to make it without feeding on His faithfulness on a constant basis. And just as we turn to food to nourish and sustain us, that His faithfulness is what I need to turn to for my emotional and spiritual nourishment and ability to be sustained through this life. And not on a one time, know it in my head, "Oh yeah, God is faithful", but I need to
feed on it and take it in, letting it give life to my very soul. To meditate on it. To keep coming back to that aspect of Him as we continue through on this journey.

He showed me that I had been putting my trust in other things, and trying to gain security and peace from those things when my peace and security can only come from the truth that He is indeed faithful. And that as much as I want to, and think I need to, I don't need to know what the future holds. Because He is Faithful. That's all I
need to know. I love that. And hate that.

I remembered something I gave my mom years ago when I was in high school. It was a little, plastic plaque/frame thing (sorry mom, I know my days are coming to get ugly gifts from well-intentioned children) that said, " We know not what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future". Touche God. You got me good.

So all that to say, we have not gotten very far in the process :). Right now we are trying to get B's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) done, which is turning out to be a much bigger deal (and expense) than we originally thought. We have been working on this for a couple of months now.
Our hope, and their preliminary assessment, is that doing this will credit him the first full year and he will start in the second year right away. He is doing the full three year program, so he will only be in school for two years. And then, onward, ho! We shall see what befalls us after that time.
Please be praying for us as we still have to get all this RPL application stuff squared away, get his enrollment finalized so we can get our visas, plane tickets, finish raising/saving money etc., etc. and the gap is closing fast on us. But... God is Faithful!!! And that my soul knows very well!

Till next time beloveds,
a.k.a "Jz"

Thursday, March 11, 2010

You Are Officially Invited

Welcome to our Griffin Journey blog! As we embark on this next phase of our life, we want to be able to share as much as we possibly can with you, so you can stay up to date with our goings on and happenings as we live out this crazy thing called "life". This will be our "hub" of information of the days leading up to our departure of this great land we call home (and yes, even though it is currently struggling, it is still great:), of our time spent at HILC, and the beautiful land of Australia that is calling our name.

Not only will this serve as a flow of information to keep you up to date, but many times we will be sharing the thoughts of our hearts with you, along with times of asking you to keep us in your prayers, and hopefully getting to share with you the joy and beauty of answered prayers. And honestly, there will be just some plain bragging! Cause, hey, we will be living in Australia :)! And as I have been telling everyone, if you have ever needed a reason to visit Australia, here it is... YOU are officially invited to come over and see us. Anytime. I mean it :)

We love you all. And that is not said lightly or carelessly. You are a handmade creation of the God of the universe, with the thumbprint of His image on you, and that my friend, makes you worthwhile and worth loving.

Brandon, Julie, Safari, and Asher