Reed Report (Update)

There are certain things that we know are God’s will beyond a shadow of a doubt: the things written down in God’s Word. For example, we know that Christians should only marry Christians, although we don’t know if we should marry a redhead, a brunette, or a blonde, or someone whose name is Buffy. We know that we are not to commit adultery, steal, murder, lie, covet, take God’s name in vain, use images to worship God, or forget the Sabbath Day, but we are not sure which particular church we should join, what school to attend, or whether to have fries with that Whataburger.

Today we know that our family is in God’s hands, that He knows the future, that He has everything under control, and that we have nothing to worry about; however, we are not sure what our next step should be. We had been hopeful (and we appreciate all who have been praying for us) and had been preparing to try to enroll Reed in an assisted living center in Brookshire, Texas. It has a Christian foundation, enables its citizens to work in its industries, and helps take care of their basic needs (food, shelter, meds, etc.), and seemed like a good fit for him, however, now it looks like it is not going to work out. So after five months of meetings, interviews, work days, et cetera; it looks like we are back at square one.

We are so grateful that God’s providence really is “His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.” We can rest in His grace, His love, and His purpose. So now we begin to search out anew our options, even as we trust that He will guide our steps into the future. Or, as Oliver Cromwell was once purported to have said, “Trust in God, but keep your powder dry.” Onward.



  1. John Carroll said,

    September 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Thanks for putting this in perspective, brother.

    • cliftonr said,

      September 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      You’re welcome, John. We sure miss you here in Texas.

  2. thinkactlive said,

    September 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    We’ll be praying and trusting in God’s goodness with y’all. Also, for Reed to handle the disappointment well.

    • cliftonr said,

      September 21, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Thanks, y’all. Reed dealt with it in reasonably good spirits. We are grateful to the Lord’s kindness in all of this.

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