Psalm 45:10 "Be still and know that I am God..."

Josh and Beth Paulick on November 29, 2012

Today, as I (Beth) took time to rock my son to sleep, I caught myself feeling guilty (since some sources don’t think you should), and realized it doesn’t matter.  Some day, I know I will look back and miss those times, but for today, I was enjoying being still and sitting with my son.  That got me thinking though, about how often, I also don’t allow myself to “Be still” before the Lord.  It is so easy to get caught up with the busyness of life and forget to take time to sit before the throne of the Lord, and call upon Him.  It reminds me of a verse a friend gave me in college during finals week, Psalms 61:1 & 2, “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the ends of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.  Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  The King James Version, says, “when my heart is overwhelmed…”  This has in many ways been our lives for the last few months, in many ways, overwhelming.  As most of you know, since June, Josh has finished residency and I have quit my job as a nurse.  We attended candidate seminar in July with ABWE and were appointed as medical missionaries to Togo, West Africa.  We then packed up our home at the end of July and moved to Cambridge, Ohio where Josh is working as a general surgeon to gain more experience while we are also completing pre-field ministry.  He completed (and passed!) the written board exam for surgery and started working at the beginning of August.  August also brought joy as we found out we were expecting our second child, due in April.  However, the Lord gives and takes away, and in September, we found out we had lost that child.  October brought more sorrow as Josh’s aunt lost her fight with ovarian cancer, but through it all, we know the Lord has been with us every step of the way.  These verses in Psalm have been near to my heart today, as with every pregnancy, it is so easy to think about what life is going to be like, and what the baby will be like, but even when I am overwhelmed, or my “heart is faint,” I can call upon the Lord.  We have been so thankful for that over the last few months.

And now with December here, we have so much to look forward to, we will be celebrating our three year anniversary on December 5th, our son, Elijah will be celebrating his first birthday on December 14th, and are excited to be spending time with family over the Christmas time.  God has been so faithful to us over the last year and we couldn’t be more blessed. 

 

 

Some prayer request and praises

-       Josh passed his written board exam!

-       We found a church that we are getting involved in in the Cambridge area!

-       Please pray with us as we begin raising support and for our pre-field ministry

-       Please pray with us that we will build relationships where we are, and that Christ will be known

 

Thank you all for your love and prayers. 

 

-Josh, Beth and Elijah Paulick