Thursday, July 21, 2011

philandlisamichaels.com - the launching

Life has changed a lot in the last 17 years.  But then, it always does, doesn't it?  We can live in constant fear of the inevitable change that comes to our lives, or we can embrace the change and recognize God's hand, and God's plan, in the midst of all the good and all the bad that comes our way in life.  God is not the author of evil, but only goodness.  What God creates, God always calls "good" - even, "very good."  And God has created each one of us, which certainly includes the two of us, and our family.

It's our desire then to take what God created "very good" - our lives - but which has been marred, stained and twisted - by sin - and turn them back over to God for God's purposes, plans, and ways.  To do so is not easy, and we can't always claim to know exactly what that will mean - because "God's ways are higher than our ways, and God's thoughts higher than our thoughts," there is a great deal of mystery in the life of the followers of Jesus Christ.  We want to embrace that mystery just as fully as we embrace those things we do know - believe - with certainty.

We are launching this website as an in all-in-one-location for the on line expression of who we are and what our lives are all about.  There is so much fragmentation of lives in the contemporary, western world - we tend to gravitate towards compartmentalization:  Our family here, our work there, our spirituality over here, our hobbies and interests over there, and so on.  But we believe God desires wholeness - and holiness - in our lives.  We have many diverse interests and activities in our lives.  But there is an absolutely essential unity in the midst of all of that diversity - a wholeness in Jesus Christ, who is the unifying One in our lives.  He always has been, and He always will be.  He takes the incredibly complex, broken pieces of our lives and weaves them together into a beautiful mosaic that only His great love for us could re-create and transform us into.  And for that we are so, so thankful.

So it is here you will find us in all of our diversity - educational pursuits, personal writings, family life, business, work, ministry, social networking - you name it, and if it can be done on line, and we've chosen to do it, you'll find it right here at philandlisamichaels.com - we hope this will be a wonderful resource for family, friends, and co-workers in the Kingdom to get in touch, stay in touch, and continue to lift up and support each other through prayer.  Thanks for taking the time to read this and for stopping by our website.  We hope you'll make good use of it and that what you find here will be of use to and a blessing to each of you - for the next 17 years...and beyond...

In Christ,

phil & lisa

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