Uncharted Seas

I had promised earlier this week to post a report on how our eighteen year old with mental issues is doing. We are looking into a Christian long term residential facility which would provide for him some independence and some sense of purpose (they actually have jobs that they work there). He has enjoyed his visits there, has had one “volunteer day” where he went and worked several jobs to see what kind of job would be a good “fit” for him, and will soon go to another “volunteer day” next week. It is not a “sure thing” yet but we are hopeful that this will work out because it seems to be the best option for him right now.

There is a waiting list at the Brookwood Community (the residential facility that we are considering) so we were really concerned about how he would do at home this summer but he has done very well. We are praying that if this is God’s will for him that the Lord will open the appropriate doors that he may be accepted soon. We have faced many trials throughout our lives and “the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort” has always been there for us, and we know that He is not going to leave us now. I am reminded of what David said about our ever faithful Lord:

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10)

Our trust is in the Word of God which says:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

We would appreciate your continued prayers for us as we navigate these uncharted seas in this fallen world in which we live. May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.



  1. thinkactlive said,

    August 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    We’re praying for y’all, Clifton, and hoping for an open door very soon.

    • cliftonr said,

      August 11, 2013 at 5:15 AM

      Thanks, Diane! We sincerely appreciate the prayers.

  2. John Carroll said,

    August 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    You are referring to the community near Brookshire? It seems to be really well run. We used to like to go there for lunch and their gift, garden shop is very nice.

    • cliftonr said,

      August 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Yep. That’s the place. Everyone has been really nice there. We have been in process since May, so the wheels of justice turn slowly but for now we are planning on staying the course, if at all possible.

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