Living Out Psalm 13

For most of my life, I’ve been pretty good at almost everything I have done. In my high school anatomy class, I got a 100. For the class. To prove it was not just a fluke, when I took the class again in college I got a 98 for the class. In UIL Music Memory, I got a perfect score 2 years in a row. I am by no means perfect, but I’ve always been really good at most things I do.

One thing I am definitely not good at is waiting. I have a tendency to show up to events ridiculously early. One reason for this is I hate being late and so I always arrive at least 5 minutes early. The other reason is once I am ready to go, I hate waiting so much I decide to go ahead and leave rather than wait to leave when I need to leave. I just am not good at waiting. Thanks to this negative trait of mine, the last several months have been some of the hardest of my life. In February I made the decision to step down from my job for the good of my family. I have never once regretted the decision because I know that my family and I are better off because of it. However, each week I look at my dwindling bank account and begin adding and subtracting bills and income, it sure makes me want to question what I was thinking back in February.

It is funny. We are always told to seek the Lord’s will. To follow the Lord, and everything else falls into place. No one ever speaks about how following the Lord’s will isn’t always so easy. How sometimes when we are operating directly in the center of His will, we feel abandoned. We feel forsaken. We feel like no one could possibly understand how alone we feel. We feel like God has completely left us alone to flail about in our own insignificance.

As Christians, we know we trust the Lord. I feel it in my heart and soul. I know I am supposed to trust Him, because he sustains me when nothing else can do so. We know all of those things, yet in the midst of our despair, He feels so distant. So hidden. Even though scripture tells us God is not far from us, for “in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:27).

Yet we echo the Psalmist’s words from chapter 13.

How long, O Lord ? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. (Psalm 13: 1-4)

Yes, I know I should trust the Lord and I know He is sufficient for me and my family’s needs. Yet when I get yet another rejection email or letter, and we day by day get closer to our baby girl’s arrival, I cannot help but get more and more anxious about where these provisions are going to come from. It is super hard not to be discouraged as things continue to pile up (I’m pretty sure the job rejections now total over 100).

Funny thing is, for all the pain and heartbreak this 6 months has caused, Crystal and I constantly tell each other we would not trade any of this time for anything. During the last 6 months, I have gotten to spend almost every single moment with my wife. I have gotten to be at every OB appointment, every sonogram, every baby shower. I have not had to miss a single moment of my wife’s pregnancy, and she and I are closer than couples who have been married for many more years than we have. We are experiencing what the scripture writers said about finding the joy in the trials. How the trials we face produce endurance, which leads to a hope which doesn’t disappoint.

At the end of the day, we truly do echo the words of the Psalmist, but not merely the words of abandonment and frustration, but more importantly those of hope and assuredness, which are echoed in Shane & Shane’s song “Psalm 13”

“For I will trust in Your unfailing love
My heart rejoices in Your salvation
I will sing to the Lord
For He has been good to me”

Coco

Facing Good Things

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:10-13 ESV)

I can say with almost full certainty that almost everyone knows Philippians 4:13. Even if you have never cracked open a Bible, you have probably heard this verse quoted ad nauseum over the last several years. For a time, Tim Tebow even had it plastered on his eye black during every football game he played.

We are all divided on our opinion about this. There are those who love to claim this verse as a battle cry before every activity they undertake. Then there are those who are anxious and eager to reprimand people for claiming this verse before their activities. “Paul is talking about facing persecution and jail” they exclaim. “How dare you apply this verse to something as unimportant as sports!”

I understand. In the grand scheme of life, athletics is really not that important. However, as I was once again reading through the book of Philippians, when I arrived at chapter 4, I saw something that I had never really noticed before as I was blinded by the massive attention seeking light of verse 13. I noticed Paul’s exact words in verse 12. “I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”

What I noticed is that Paul says that he has learned the secret to facing plenty and abundance. Notice that he doesn’t say that he has learned the secret to facing successes or hardships, he says he has learned the secret to facing all of it. Paul is stating that Christ strengthens him not only when he is facing the trial of persecution and jail and beatings, but also when things are going Paul’s way.

You see, we are just as prone to sin when we are “succeeding” as much as when we are “failing.” Paul was stating his need for Christ to strengthen him to not sin when things are going well, as much as he needs Christ to strengthen him when things are going badly. But do we cry out to Jesus to help us when we are getting the things that we want, or only when we are found in want of something? We are very quick to cry out to Jesus when we are in need, and we are even quick to praise God when things are given to us, but how often do we ask his protection from pridefulness when He gives us good things?

Paul knew better than anyone that pride could very easily sneak in. In fact, he told the Philippians in chapter 3 that if anyone had a reason to boast, he had more because of his lineage and legacy as a Jew. However, Paul knew that all of his credentials were nothing compared to the greatness of what could be obtained in Jesus Christ. So when Paul says that he has learned the secret of facing abundance, he is saying that he has realized that regardless of the circumstances of his life, he needs Christ.

I pray that we reach this same realization today. God has given us far beyond anything we could ever imagine. It is in these times that we must remember that we still need Jesus. Sin is not only crouching at the door when our world is falling apart, but also when we feel like we are on top of the world.

We truly can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We can overcome adversity, but we can also overcome success. The Lord can lift us up out of the mire of our broken lives, but he can also keep us humble in the wake of our greatest successes.

Cory

A New Schibler on the Horizon Means a New Name

Hello All!

Cory here, and I thought I would take some time to share with you about our baby’s new name. For those of you not in the know, we have decided our baby’s name will be

Rylie Jean Schibler

Now I’m sure that if you know us at all, you know that I am very happy about my ability to write and think creatively, but I have no shame in sharing with you this was nowhere near a creative endeavor on our part. As we were driving home one day, I glanced to my left and saw an O’Reilly auto parts sign, and I spoke up to Crystal and said “what about Rylie?”

Sidebar: the last few months have been pretty difficult for us. I stepped away from my job in February, at the prompting of the Spirit and wise counsel from those we most trust spiritually. We didn’t have any other job lined up, but we knew it was time to move on. This was an easy decision to make from a spiritual aspect, but from an economic standpoint it was terrifying. That has only been amplified by the last few months as I’ve received email after email explaining to me how they had gone with someone “more qualified.”

However, God has been so good to us. I have never felt more provided for and loved than I have during this time. I might not always show it, but it’s true. The longer I am without a job, the longer Crystal and I get to see how God provides for us. Some weeks it’s been through mowing a lawn. One week it was through helping shape reclaimed fence wood into picture frames. And in small little increments from week to week it’s from teaching some dear friends’ son how to play the drums.

I hate not having a job. It’s ridiculously frustrating and I am more than qualified to do 90% of the jobs I’ve been rejected from, but for us in this moment life is so good. I have a wife that I love dearly, and I have a beautiful baby girl who is going to be here before we know it. And the reason that life is so good is because we constantly remind ourselves that God is sufficient for us. Because of him, we need not fear the unknown, or the unexpected.

The name Rylie means courageous. The name Jean, which we have chosen as a tribute to Crystal’s mom, means God is gracious. I had no idea when I mentioned the name Rylie that we were choosing a name which speaks directly to our circumstances. Our new daughter’s name literally means “be courageous for God is gracious.”

It is my prayer that we will display that to our daughter. That the meaning of her name will be lived out in her home. I pray if you are reading this and facing a situation which is very painful and fear-inducing to you, that you would be comforted by these words. And for those of you in that place, I’ll leave you with the words that God gave to Joshua in a time of great fear for Israel.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)

May The Lord bless and keep you, and remind you of His goodness, and His sufficiency for you.

Coco

Winner, Winner, Dessert Dinner!

What a day it has been! Finding out we are going to parent a daughter was so surprising and exciting. God has been gracious and loving as we walk this new path, He is so good!  Many of you have been excited with us, prayed with us and we are thankful for you. 60+ people cast their votes!  We wish we could give each one of you a prize for being awesome. But, without further adieu: Our big winner in the guess the gender contest is our  friend Phillip Cole.

Let us tell you a tiny bit about Phil, he’s husband to one of the most beautiful women on the planet, father to a handsome little boy, the front man for the worship band Burgundy Road, and walks in the light of the Gospel. The way the man lives reflects Jesus. We are so blessed to know Phil!

What many may not know is that Phil is somewhat of the baby gender predictor, we just found out that this is the 5th gender he has guessed correctly in a row! So, if you are pregnant and want some insight, give Phil a call 🙂 *Phillip will receive some goodies straight from our oven filled with love and yumminess.

Hello world!

Well, Hello.

Even though we both have blogged in the past, we decided that maybe it was time to begin a blog about our family, ministry and life all in one place. Since we married in October life has gone by very fast! We are about to start the busy summer at iGo Global and we are expecting our first child in September! So, I assume that much of the first part of the blog posts will be about these 2 seasons coming up, but we may also just write what’s on our hearts or is making us laugh.

We should be finding out soon whether we will be having a boy or a girl and we are so excited! We have done quite a few old wives tales that are supposed to predict the gender, here are the results of a few:
Picked up the Key:
Prefer resting on right side:

Baking soda bubbles:
Heart rate over 140:

We want to know what you predict!