Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Just call me Gilligan...

 Have you ever begun a journey, figured it would be quick, and then you'd be right back home?  That you'd take a quick zip over the uncharted territory, but then you could slip right back into "life as you knew it?"  Only somewhere along the way, the boat broke down, and everything you thought you planned for, no longer mattered? Three years ago this month, Adrain and I embarked on a journey. We had just read "Revolution in World Missions," by K.P. Yohannan.  It suddenly seemed like we'd found our passion/mission in life/purpose, and the ball started rolling.  Adrain knows he's being called to do something, but as of yet, he has only a vague inclination as to what that "something" is.  I can't go into his side of the story, but I can tell you mine.

A lot of changes have occurred in the past couple of months for me.  They began as I read the book, "So Long Insecurity" by Beth Moore. It truly changed my thinking, and along with it, my life.  As I put those things into practice, I got my hands on another book, "Crazy Love," by Francis Chan. After praying about it, Adrain and I decided to intentionally downsize not only our home, (gasp!) but our lifestyle, as we became convicted about what we could be doing in this life for others.  (And yes, that does mean a probable move into a smaller, more affordable home.  We are actively looking right now.)  In other words, we don't want to just be Christians who talk the talk.  We plan to walk it too, baby!  I found this quote in Crazy Love that spoke to me, as it hit Adrain and I right where we were at.  "The gap is so extreme in our world that we have to take lightly passages such as Luke 12:33: "Sell your possessions and give to the poor."  How else can I walk out of a mud shack and back into my two-thousand-square-foot house without doing anything?  The concept of downsizing so that others might upgrade is biblical, beautiful... and nearly unheard of.  We either close the gap or don't take the words of the Bible literally."   That was just the beginning.  I wish I could share more, but I can't just yet.  Adrain and I are committed to living with less.  A lot less.  We feel like we are being called to live way under our income, in order to be available for the possible coming changes in our life. 

We feel called to trust God fully as we live on less, and use the rest to serve Him better.  Crazy Love has helped me uncover truths that have impacted my faith in such a way, that I don't want go back to the way I was before.  God has placed Adrain and I on a journey that appears to have many changes up ahead, and we are so excited.  We are shaking off the things that tie us down, and we are holding our hands openly to God and willing to do whatever he wants.  He is doing something big in our life.  And I will tell you one thing.  I have never felt so passionately in love with Jesus.  I should be terrified.  I like my plans perfectly laid out and well organized.  We have no plan.  Let me repeat.  We. Have. No. Plan.  Because we know God has the whole plan all figured out.  We are fully trusting Him right now, in ways we have never trusted. Before I go, I want to leave you with a quote from Francis Chan, in Crazy Love that really opened our hearts to all of this. We have no idea where this journey will ultimately take us, but I'm so glad I can finally begin to share what's been in our hearts for a long time with you....and I promise, more will follow as it all unfolds!

Love you all so much, dear friends!

"Lukewarm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to.  They don't have to trust God if something unexpected happens- they have their savings account.  They don't need God to help them- they have their retirement plan in place.  They don't genuinely seek out what life God would have them live- they have life figured and mapped out.  They don't depend on God on a daily basis- their refrigerators are full and, for the most part, they are in good health.  The truth is, their lives wouldn't look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God."

(I have a feeling this isn't a three hour tour... )
Click "Adventure Chronicles" in the Organized Lemonade Cloud on my sidebar, to read more as the journey continues.

49 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this. Beautiful!

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  2. i am so excited for you and your family! what an amazing journey to embark on. He works so magnificently in our lives when we clear out the clutter and let him in, ya know? i'm so happy for you!! hooray!

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  3. Crazy love...crazy faith. I love that you have NO PLAN. How exciting is that. Can't wait to see how HIS perfect plan for your lives unfold:) I think you'd make a better MaryAnn by the way.

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  4. Sasha, That was us. We were the "luke warm" people. It took losing almost everything before we realized what we were and were NOT doing. This is a great journey your embarking on!! God is good!

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  5. The Greatest feeling in the world is to be "in love" with Jesus!

    I am So encouraged by your spirit Sasha!

    I need to get my hands on that Beth Moore book! =)

    Excited to watch episodes of your 3 hour tour! =)

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  6. I have just started reading that Beth Moore book and I know it is going to be life changing. God does amazing things through Beth Moore.

    I cannot wait to see the journey the Lord is taking you on.

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  7. You are incredible. So passionate and your heart and faith are so childlike and trusting. You are such an encouragement to me! Looking forward to hearing more about your journey :)

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  8. WOW Sasha, good for you! Can't wait to hear more as your plan becomes a little more clear! You are so inspiring!!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

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  9. Sasha, this is amazing! I'm so happy and excited for you and your family in whatever or where ever you feel God is leading you!

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  10. Wow Sasha, Exciting! Can't wait to se what God has in store for you all.

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  11. Wow, how awesome and exciting! You never know what doors God has waiting to be opened. What a great testimony and leap of Faith for your family. Can't wait to hear more about this adventure and Faith process as it unfolds and weaves into God's ultimate design. That last quote you shared is really convicting... I need to quit being lukewarm and get on Fire and live in Passion for God!

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  12. WOW!!!

    Tell me, how do you feel about picking up and moving to Boulder, Colorado to be missionaries? Because that's what me and my Hubs are doing. In June. Be on the lookout for a novel-blog from me about this amazing and long-awaited journey.

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  13. My heart feels warm and excited. I can't wait to see what God does in your lives and how your service impacts others. Praying for you guys :)

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  14. Sasha, I think this is awesome! We have really wanted to buy a home, but it would limit our ability to help in so many ways, so we are constantly reminding ourselves that life is not about having "things" but about helping people!

    I love this post, way to go girl!

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  15. Wow! I am so excited for you and your family! After we returned from adopting our son from Ethiopia, I knew our lives had to change. I'm thrilled to see where the Lord takes you!

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  16. Wow Sasha. Wow. No plan?! That is fantastic and I'm so happy you will be sharing this with us. I have a really hard time not having a plan and recently I've been wondering what would happen (as the major bread winner in our family) if this job falls apart. But B keeps telling me that job or not...we'll enjoy our lives and things will work out. I'm totally rambling... so happy for you!

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  17. This is almost exactly the challenge we feel is before us right now. I feel like I could write a novel length comment! Thanks for sharing your heart!

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  18. Sasha,

    I can not tell you how timely this post is...just this morning I was driving my son to Mother's Day Out and started thinking about how I don't want to be lukewarm! I started really thinking about my life and let me tell ya, that quote you shared just said it all. It was how I was feeling. That we just have our life, we go along with really no worries, doing what we do and then go to bed and wake up and do it all over again. I started to contemplate all the things I do and what my dreams are and what I pray about on a daily basis. So much of it was about me...not a great feeling.

    Anyway, I just want to say that I am so happy for you and Adrian and I can't wait to see how God uses you both!

    xo,
    Adrienne

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  19. How amazing! I am so, so excited for you and can just feel your excitement oozing... Guess what? I just bought "Crazy Love" on Monday, after wanting to read it for quite some time!!! I'm going to start it tonight, and I feel so blessed that I was able to read your post tonight before I start it. I.am.so.excited.for.you.both. I can't wait to follow your journey of being led by the Lord. Blessings, Dear!!! :)

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  20. sasha! this is amazing. I'm so proud of you! God will completely honor your obedience. This is inspiring for sure! I would love to chat about this!

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  21. That is my FAVORITE quote from that book!!! It so describes us American's doesn't it? I have learned in the past couple years what it means to be stripped of those securities we've come to rely on and boy has it been a wild ride. Those books did not make it our nightstands accidentally. In fact, I think the first one came to me from YOU! Soooo excited to be on this journey with you. He is up to something BIG! Love you!

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  22. Wow, So. Completely. Convicting.

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  23. Crazy Love is amazing , My sister introduced it to us last summer. I'm so excited about the way the Lord is working in your lives. You are about to embark on a most amazing journey of faith living. Having lived both totally dependent on God for everything and having lived self sufficiently without having to trust God for much, I would take the life of dependency on God for all things.In that life the blessings will knock your socks off. I could tell you many stories of how the Lord supplied our needs in miraculous ways(freezer packages of meat on the road and a radiator hose in the desert)When you have everything worked out yourself you miss the blessings of the miracles.The times of greatest miracles were in Clyde Park when we went to plant a church with no money for a house and very little else, because He wanted us to. They were the best years. We still live on faith but we have more now and the miracles don't come so often. We are still very blessed but I really miss those miracles

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  25. wowza! this is amazing to me.... what an amazing couple you are - God is going to use you both in great ways!! :) VERY inspiring!

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  26. You are such a compassionate and understanding woman that I can see great things ahead. I have never doubted for a second that you were walking the walk! Sasha, you are beautiful inside and out and I can't wait to learn more about this new journey that your life is taking you on!

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  27. Francis Chan is amazing. Thank you for sharing this post. It really spoke to me.

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  28. That last quote has me so convicted I am almost gasping for breath. And here is the thing...God stripped us of EVERYTHING 3 years ago...not of our choosing...and yet we have even become comfortable here. Not radical in faith. Not influencing for the love of Christ. Just blessing his name we have a roof, food, and clothing. But...A. BIG. FAT. BUT. My life is not the one I lived years ago. It IS lukewarm. And I am OF the world not just in it. Sasha friend...you don't know me but God has used you to give me a Holy Spirit Smack Down. I am totally inspired by your surrendering and contrite heart to the King of Kings.

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  30. I found mispellings. Don't like to leave them up there. I am so glad to see you back and I completely understand where you are coming from in this post.

    We too have decided to majorly downsize. The oldest child is going off to the Air Force in the Fall and I think it hit us both really hard. We feel like we have missed to much. So in order to lessen our time in the rat race we have decided to get a smaller home. We hope that in doing so we will have more time to spend with the 2 younger kids. I wish you peace, happiness, and many blessings with your new adventures.

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  31. What an encouraging post. Always nice to hear of God working in others lives. Can't wait to read more!! Standing on His Promises, and Leaning on the Everlasting Arms--I'm convinced it is the only way to true peace and happiness.

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  32. you're amazing. i can't wait to see what God has in store for your family. i will be praying for you every step of the way.

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  33. I am looking forward to hearing more about this...I was just reading Romans, the first verses, and where Paul says he is not ashamed of the gospel...that really struck me. I don't think of myself as ashamed of the gospel, but I am also not really proclaiming it. I have been thinking about this post since I read it the other day. I am sort of rambling...thinking out loud (can you do that on the web?). I bet you end up with the sweetest lemonade ever with this batch.

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  34. I love that you have NO PLAN. How exciting is that. Can't wait to see how HIS perfect plan for your lives unfold:) I think you'd make a better MaryAnn by the way.
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  35. This post gave me chills. I'm so excited to see where God takes you.

    I see what I miss when I don't have time to read blogs for a couple weeks...oh well, good timing. We read crazy love awhile ago and just felt kind of frustrated afterwards. We too feel called to do something but we don't know what either. I wish I knew it would be easier:)

    But anyway, we just started talking again this weekend about crazy love and how we're going to start looking for little ways to be available to God. I'm excited too.

    This is so cool that God is moving so many people in the same direction....very exciting!

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  36. How exciting! God is going to bless you guys BIG time to for stepping out in faith.

    I read Crazy Love and thought it was great too.
    Can't wait to see what plans He has for you guys.

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  37. Sasha,
    All I can say with chills all over this girl is that is amazing. It is perfect. It is God all over you and through you. I am humbled and if you will allow me I will pray fervently, consistently for you and all over you and your family as you walk this walk and life journey. WOW, WOW and WOW! You make me proud, humbled and smile even though I don't know you personally. Precious you are Miss Sasha.

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  38. I am so excited for you! You will succeed for it is all in His hands! We are trying to do similar things right now with cutting everything out that we possibly can! I too am a Beth Moore insecurity graduate (well, lets face it there is always room for improvement) and if I had the extra money I would run out and get the book "Crazy Love" ... it sounds amazing! My husband and I are trying to get out of debt (not that you really needed to know that) but we want so badly for me to be able to stay home with our (almost) 8 month old and homeschool him and any future children. I pray your house sells and can't wait to see what happens on this new journey!

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  39. Thank you for letting us in on your life and what God is doing. We are on a faith journey, too. We just moved out of state after receiving a call into ministry. So glad you're using your blog as a tool for Him. Blessing!

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  40. Beautiful post. I will have to check out those books. I love Beth Moore Bible studies and I think Francis is a pastor in my home town. He is a pretty amazing guy. Loves the Lord and walks the walk that the Lord talks.
    I think the best thing is how you and Ad are like minded in this. I am 40 going on 21 years with my man and it would feel so good to be like minded when it comes to our familys path.

    Thanks for sharing girl!

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  41. Well, we started with the David Platt Radical series (online), then we commenced to Crazy Love, and in the midst of everything, our lives were turned upside down. I've never been in a better, more exciting place. I LOVE that you are on such a similar journey!!! And I'm so glad you linked to this post and how the heck did I miss it in the first place???

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  42. Hello Sasha, I found your blog through one of those hop skip and a jump things and am still not sure how I ended up here. But I am glad I did. I bought (for my own mothers day gift) So Long Insecurtiy AND Crazy Love. How crazy is that??? It's amazing how much I feel the changes a comin and I was gonna blog about it once I get my own head wrapped around it all. God Bles, Mandy

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  43. Hi Sasha from Central Africa! Somehow I ended up on your blog and it was a joy to see your 'crazy love' for Jesus leading you to give to others in the Body. We had a season of 'living on less' before applying to be missonrys and I always called it 'The Simplification'. Casting aside all that hinders and run that race girl! Rooting for you!
    Grace,
    Kimberly

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  44. Oh that Crazy Love is a dangerous book! It changed our lives when we read thru it with a teen bible study group. CONVICTED. Changing homes isn't an option for us right now, but b/c of the Holy Spirit moving in us we have decided to become foster parents. I applaud your willingness to throw yourselves in His path and let Him take you where ever He wants to.

    There is no such thing as a lukewarm Christian.

    Blessings,
    Alison

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  45. haven't been here for awhile:( thought I'd pop in and wow...I get you! After reading Crazy Love is when we decided to hit the road in an RV:)

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  46. I have just stumbled upon your blog and love what I just read! We too are on a similar adventure. We sold our house 5 years ago and sold nearly every thing we owned (except for our beds, clothing and books!) It has been an amazing experience.

    Another good read that you might want to check out is The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education.

    Good luck!

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  47. I just read your post and am so excited for you. I know without a doubt God will bless your journey. I will have to read your other posts to get caught up with all of this. I've heard about Crazy Love...I might just have to read it.

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  48. Our church had a sermon series on the book "Crazy Love". Out of it grew The Crazy Love Campaign. I wish you'd take a minute and see the awesome things that God is doing in the life of my church. www.longhollow.com

    God Bless you!
    Tricia Hicks

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  49. My friend Sandee Waller just told me about your blog, and I am so glad she did! Thank you for being so bold about your faith and creative to boot:-) My husband and I pastor on Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor and have been praying about these same convictions. We are also living on a cash budget and praying about selling our house. God's bigger than a recession!. I'll be praying your house sells and thanks again for the great blog!

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