Here I am, sitting on our couch, which is also our bed, in our 40 foot RV. Our 2 little girls are beside me and they are chomping on a mixture of peanuts and raisins like little chipmunks. The weather today is rainy and grey, which significantly helped these 2 little chipmunks take long naps.
I love days like these when they are mixed into a sunny life. Days designed to make us rest. Just stay inside and enjoy the cozy closeness of togetherness. Actually, this has been a season of rest for us. A time to learn how to live in beautiful harmony as a family of 6 traveling full-time around this great country.
We are thoroughly enjoying our adventure in the RV. We see life emphasized, confined here in our 320 sq feet of living space.
And, boy do we have areas that we need to grow!
We have felt that our family is in the process of building a strong foundation. A strong foundation that will be able to support our lives in the future. Foundations are so very important, as we all know. The strength of a foundation determines the size of structure it can support without collapsing. And, we believe that our foundation for our family needs to be strong. We believe the future our family is going to walk into is going to require a strong and firm foundation.
One way to test the strength of our foundation is to apply pressure and observe where cracks form. Pressure can come from all sorts of places: external influences and internal ones. For example, let’s say your "driving house" breaks down in a small Mississippi town. We don’t know people in this town and we sure as heck don’t know how to fix a diesel anything! How are we going to respond? Does anxiousness seep in and bring tension to our relationships? Do we blast the worship music and keep our minds focused on eternally significant things? Is there a crack in the foundation of our lives that needs to be inspected?
Another example is when people we love are diagnosed with cancer. We have been crying out to Heaven to see diseases bow their knees to the name of Jesus. Then, we hear of another cancer diagnosis. Do we choose to continue contending for healing of all sickness? Or, do we faint with weariness and retreat back? Does our foundation need attention and work?
We want to be able to walk in the wholeness of the glory of God. That is a lot of weight. That requires our foundation to be solid and uncompromising. So, we ask God, our Father, to reveal the areas of weakness in our foundation and to repair those weaknesses. Sometimes, a lot of repairs are needed and the process is extensive and intrusive. And, when working with a heart of flesh, the process of repair is often painful. It is painful to walk through the healing of old trust wounds. It is painful to walk the journey of overcoming fear and anxiety.
But, who wants to stay trapped in that crap anyway???
Not me! Not my family!
So, we embrace the process of revealing and repairing the cracks in our foundation. We embrace the process of building a sturdy foundation so that we can fully carry the weight of glory our future is going to bear. We embrace with expectancy the time spent in building a strong foundation.
Because after expectant waiting, the reward will come. We are constantly looking forward to the reward of seeing the full glory and goodness of the Lord while on this side of Heaven.
Love you all,
Hi! We're the Hoeckles.
We're a family of six living full-time in an RV. We are inviting you to join us as we live life to its fullest and empower others to do the same. Welcome to the family!