I have been agonizing over the words to use in this post! I keep typing words… deleting them… and then typing again! I have promised that “Our Family for HIS Glory” would be a place where I would always be honest, but in a careful way (as to not gossip or hurt others), & this is no exception- I just find the words difficult! So please bear with me, as I stumble through, & know that ultimately- in the end- we just really covet your encouragement & prayers!
Today our church family found out that our time at our dear church is coming to an end! And our hearts are breaking at the thought of leaving this body of Christ that we have been a part of for nine years! We have poured hours upon hours of sweat, tears, prayers, & love into the ministries of this church. We have served… we have grown… we have loved… we have built lasting friendships… and we have been blessed!
I have been able to watch my husband grow in his gifting of teaching & preaching… he absolutely amazes me!! I remember his very first sermon at our church… at that time he was an intern, & me… I was a scared “wife of the intern”. I was so very nervous of what he would say, or how many “ums” would make their way out of his mouth, or if his shirt was tucked in just right. :) Yet, it didn’t take long for me (& everyone else) to realize that my husband has an amazing ability to take the Word of God & clearly & accurately communicate its truth to anyone within listening distance… children, youth, & adults alike! And he lives out that Word in his life daily!
But, in order to benefit the church & also our family- through the leadership of the church- God is moving us on. And, truthfully, this realization has hurt. In the past few weeks, I have felt so very many different emotions-I have felt sad, angry, confused, surprised, completely overwhelmed, & even a tiny-bit excited for all that God has in store! Yet, we have also realized that we can go “kicking & screaming”, or we can go with hearts open & obedient to Christ (even though there may be many tears along the way)!
So, as we seek God’s will & direction for our family & for our lives- would you please pray for us?? I have full confidence in my husband & the gifts God has given him to be an incredible Senior pastor in the near future. And I have full confidence in our great God to lead us along the way. Yet, I know the days ahead will not be easy, for change is so very hard!!
Yet, I know so many of you care for our family… some of you dear family & friends from church, came to our blog today simply to find out how our family is doing- thank-you! thank-you! thank-you! … other dear family & friends have heard for the first-time through these words the changes coming to our family- how I wish I could have talked to each of you individually, but that was just not possible- yet, thank-you for loving us & thank-you for uplifting us in prayer! … & others of you are my precious friends from afar- some of my best prayer warriors- oh, how we covet your prayers!
We know that although for today, there may be many moments of crying out to God… “I have had enough!” and “We don’t know what to do, Lord, but we are looking to you for help!”… we also realize that God works all things for the GOOD of those who love Him. And we are excitingly awaiting that joy & peace that He brings after the storm!
Thank-you for praying!