Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Let Me Introduce You
I would like to introduce you to the new pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Smith Center, KS. Sunday afternoon, the church voted to call JA to be their new pastor. We are excited about our new ministry. J.A. is absolutely thrilled to be the pastor.
The girls were excitedly running around their new home this weekend exploring every nook and cranney. We are hopeful that we will be able to move into the parsonage in a couple of weeks and JA will begin pastoring full-time.
We are also excited that we will be ministering in a church only a few hours from my parents, so we will be able to visit them more frequently than we did when living at NBBC.
I want to praise the Lord for His goodness towards us. For the past two years we have been praying and searching for a ministry. Over the past two years I have learned many things about trusting God and taking steps of faith. When JA and I graduated this past May, we had no idea what we were doing next. Than we were told we had to move out in two weeks. At that point we decided to drive up to Canada to work with Jason and Amy Cochran for the summer. The Lord blessed that decision by providing us with a new van, and providing everything we needed for the summer. At the end of the summer we had no idea what to do next (other than have Andy join our family). Since we had no where to go, we drove down to Kansas and moved in with my parents. Then, two weeks before Andy was born we were told he was going to have a birth defect - his cleft lip - and they were unsure of how it would affect his ability to breathe and eat after he was born. Praise the Lord he was born with only a minor cleft in his lip which will be repaired next week if he gets over his cold. In both of these situations, we had to take a step of faith and trust the Lord to clear the path before us.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Thank you Lord for the lessons you have taught me during this time of waiting upon you.
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.