A New Normal

Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Our days have been filled with an intensive steady stream of “busy” as we relocated from a sweet temporary evacuation guest home of a super kind family in Gridley to next finding, thankfully, an apartment in Chico to stay at for more longer term, as we reassess and look at what is ahead for us as a family.

I don’t have a lot of time to post as each day seems to be so full of tasks as we re-situate to a new place to live, and figure out how to live in new circumstances, and what we need to do for that day. But through it all, I want you all to know that I can testify that even in the midst of all the physical losses and uncertainty, GOD has indeed continued to be FAITHFUL WITH us and TO us!!

Please be praying for us as a family to hear what GOD has next for us as we relocate to Chico regarding all of our children’s schools, church, and anything HE has in store next, and for us to follow these new steps and new plans GOD has for us and our family.

In the process of these relocations and displacements, we are discovering that GOD has a wonderfully much bigger family than one single church body. We are so immensely grateful for the greater larger body of Christ, to the many, many business and even restaurants that have supported us and others that have been suddenly displaced in such kind, kind ways and many old friends and new. There were many that we did not know and have only met for the first time who have supported us through as an evacuated, relocated, and even as a homeless family. I have been continuously floored by His surprise favor and HIS many, many provisions in the midst of challenging, difficult circumstances that I normally would not be able to cope well in!

Yet I am finding that in the midst of our house burning down, our need to evacuate, poor air quality, low amounts of supplies of basic necessities, learning how to start anew, going through batches of free items to clothe my children with, and supplies, etc., adjusting to a new normal, I am discovering GOD to be FAITHFUL!

I am thankful and grateful to see and experience how our GOD has indeed provided abundantly more than we ask or imagine!!! I am experiencing GOD to be One who not only meets my needs and my family’s needs (which has been huge at this time!) but who is One who has even overheard my and our whispered wishes.

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity, plans to bring you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

“And we know that in all things GOD works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to HIS good purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

I’m sorry that I have not been able to reply to electronic messages or social media very well during this season of change for us. I am finding I am needing to divert that energy and focus to the steady stream of what my family or I have to do next. Our days are full. Sometimes I feel very tired, even having accidentally fallen asleep just lying on the floor. My 15 year-old told me he had to warn his friend who came by a few days ago that my mom might be asleep on the floor. But your thoughts and gestures and kindnesses are so appreciated as well as your prayers! Thank you so much!!

But through it all, I can say, yes, GOD is faithful and HE is good even in the midst of devastation and tears and much, much sudden change. HE is present. HE Cares. And HE is good.  Yes, I testify to it!! If HE can do that with me and mine during this unusual, upheavaling time, HE will with you and yours too, sweet friend. No matter your situation. I promise. Just call on HIM.

In thanks for a GOD who won’t leave us or abandon us,
We can count on it,

This is a picture of my first sit-in-the-tub bath water I got 2 days ago, after I bathed for the first time since our evacuations happened 9 (?) days ago. For some reason, it feels much longer than 9 days ago, maybe because

so much has happened. Forgive me, as my days of the week can oftentimes blur together. But I am thankful to GOD for warm water and baths! And thankful to a big GOD who, like fresh water, washes the messes of this life off of us even during the most intense times. Here’s my mess. (And yes, there were even floaty things in my water by the time I was done with my bath!) JESUS will do yours too. Just ask HIM. Wait for it, my friend! Much love to you each!!

Signing off for today,

(Submitted by Sharon Tong, a long-time friend of and volunteer to Hearts Being Healed conferences.)