(Link to the free 8x10 download available here.
The one above is printed on kraft paper from
Hobby Lobby, but the file is black and white.)
How do you explain that every thing from now on will be different? So much different than we ever imagined.
Knowing that through the peaks and valleys and changes and unknowns of the past few years, that we will be leaving the church that we have called home for the past fourteen years. It has been our community, our family, our ministry. The place where Joy was mourned, and Halley, Lucy, Janey, and Shane were dedicated. Where Halley and Lucy were baptized. Where I imagined we would stay forever.
God's plans are not our plans, and through each and every moment he has been at work, preparing us for what is ahead.
We will be planting a new church in the new year.
It seems surreal to even be able to say that.
The thought has lived in the abstract for so long, now that it is a tangible reality, I am overwhelmed. Undone by the sheer honor, responsibility, and enormity of it all.
It does not feel safe, and I like safe.
I however serve a mighty God who does not.
A God that is good in spite of who we are. In spite of our fears.
In that promise we walk forward in the calling He has placed before us, with the beautiful blessing of the church that has been our home and our history.
We have a lot to learn and a lot to do. More than anything though, we need prayer. Would you consider praying for the road that God has set before us? That we walk it well, in His time, and for His glory.
I am excited to share this story as it unfolds, it is a story I never imagined playing a part in, yet cannot wait to turn the page.