Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Alone


The house is quiet and empty for the first time since we got here. I'm all alone and feeling a little weird. There has been so much commotion and excitement these past two weeks that it's strange for me to sit by myself in silence.

I just finished my Bible Study. I read through the book of Ruth. She is an amazing person that I aspire to be more like. She left her mom and dad and everything she's ever known to follow her mother-in-law (Naomi) to an unknown land. Most of us are like, "I would leave my mom and dad, but follow my mother-in-law? Are you nuts?" Not that I agree or anything...ha ha!

So Ruth leaves it all behind and moves hundreds of miles away from home, to a completely different culture. When she arrives she immediately starts working and ends up in a relative's (Boaz) field. I love what Boaz says to her, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband-how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge." (Ruth 2:11-12)

I'm not in the church planting business for the rewards. And my guess is that you aren't either. I'm in it for God and God alone. I moved across the country, to a completely different culture, because of my love for God. To me the reward is actually living under the wings of Him whom I take refuge in.

As church planting wives we are more like Ruth than we know. As I read her story I couldn't help but note the similarities. Take a few minutes, get alone, and read the book of Ruth. Allow God to encourage you. The work you are doing is so important; your faithfulness and obedience to God are not going unnoticed.

Featured on newchurches.com

Monday, January 26, 2009

Update

Today was Dawson and Marissa's first day of school. We had no idea how it would go. We were so worried, which of course we shouldn't have been. It went better than we ever expected. They both made friends quickly and really like their teachers. Thank you for praying for us as we begin this adventure. This past week has been crazy and chaotic, but we are getting settled in (a little more slowly than I would like!!!).

I'll be back to the blogging world soon.

Featured on newchurches.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Viva Las Vegas!

We arrived in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon. We've been unpacking ever since; what a pain in the butt! We're not even close to done and we're exhausted.

Thank you so much for praying for us and for your encouragement.

I'll start blogging again as soon as we get a little more settled!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

200,000 Miles

We hit 200,000 miles on our minivan today in the middle of Tennessee! A lot has happened in our van, including cutting off my son's finger, lots of barf, bad singing and many happy times.

We're on a new adventure as we head to Las Vegas. We've driven 14 hours, with 26.5 to go!

The last few days in Virginia Beach have been exhausting emotionally. We've shared life with these people for years. Saying goodbye was gut-wrenching!

Our church threw us a party on Friday night. It was amazing; I felt honored and appreciated and it was so cool to see what God has done through us. As I fell asleep last night I whispered to Vince, "It's really an honor to be used by God in such an effective way."

Unfortunately parties like this don't happen everyday (or ever for some of us). We normally don't get to hear life-changing testimonies from people that we've influenced for God. We don't tend to get hundreds of letters from people showing their gratitude and love. It's a shame really.

So many of us are burnt out and feel completely under appreciated. We often wonder what kind of difference we're actually making. I know I do at times!

Let me tell you the TRUTH: You are making an enormous difference in people's lives. They may never tell you, but it's true. The little things make a difference: Calling someone and cheering them up, sharing a similar pain with someone, praying for them, caring about them and loving them IS making a HUGE difference in their lives. God is using you. You are necessary in the kingdom, whether you feel it or not. You are Jesus' hands and feet. And God is so proud of you. He gives you a standing ovation every time you serve Him, no matter who is watching.

So thank you for serving God with your husband. Thank you for your sacrifice and love for people. Thank you for the late nights and early mornings; the laughter and tears. Thank you for following God. There's nothing better you could do with your life!

Featured on newchurches.com

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

5 More Days!


The countdown has begun! 5 more days until we pull out of Virginia and make the 38 hour drive to Vegas. All of our stuff is there in storage. Vince's car is being shipped ahead of us. We're ready to go...kind of.

I've been staying in Fredericksburg, VA this week babysitting my friend's kids so she and her husband could go out of town. I head back to Virginia Beach tomorrow morning. To be honest, I'm kind of dreading it. Emotionally, this is going to be a really difficult couple days.

For the past few weeks I've been able to ignore the fact that I'm leaving because we've been out of town. Now I've got to face my reality. Bummer!

Saying goodbye is gut wrenching. I have made so many sweet friendships over the years. I literally can't imagine my life without these people in it. I read a Beth Moore quote the other day. She said, "Whatever God is urging you to clear away cannot begin to be compared to what He ultimately wants to bring you." Can I just say that I love God and His timing!

I know without a doubt that God has called us to move to Vegas. I'm trusting that the road ahead will be even better than I could ever imagine. I value the friendships I have in Virginia Beach. And I trust that God will bring me new ones in Vegas.

Featured on newchurches.com

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Distance

We've all felt like this: A little distant from God, busy from travel, tired, worn out, and a bit melancholy. Read these lyrics from Brooke Fraser 's song, "Faithful" (better yet; download it from iTunes) and allow God to speak directly to you.

"Faithful"

There's distance in the air and I cannot make it leave
I wave my arms' round about me and blow with all my might
I cannot sense you close, though I know you're always here
But the comfort of you near is what i long for

[CHORUS]
When I can't feel you, I have learned to reach out just the same
When I can't hear you, I know you still hear every word I pray
And I want you more than I want to live another day
And as I wait for you maybe I'm made more faithful

All the folly of the past, though I know it is undone
I still feel the guilty one, still trying to make it right
So I whisper soft your name, let it roll around my tongue,
knowing you're the only one who knows me
You know me

[CHORUS]

[BRIDGE]
Show me how I should live this
Show me where I should walk
I count this world as loss to me
You are all I want
You are all I want


Featured on newchurches.com