Dear family and friends, April 29, 2012
Happy end of April, everyone. I say happy because now we can look forward to May flowers, and in a week’s time my starting a new decade. That’s right folks, yours truly will be turning the big 3-0 in a week from this Monday. I normally wouldn’t make a big deal out of my birthday in an update letter, but this particular birthday has made me think about my life more than most. As I turn 30 I think I am supposed to feel more mature, older, and have a better grasp on “life.” I believe I do feel “older” than I did when I turned 20, but I definitely don’t feel like I have a better grasp on “life.” As I look back I think I might have a bit of a better understanding of life now than I did, but as far as how to live it out in a way that is truly in unison with all of what “life” actually is, I’m at a loss. And I wonder as I write this whether or not that grasp of life will even come at 40 or 50 or 60, or if I will just continually and slowly grow in my understanding of it. Which leads me to believe that we aren’t supposed to be able to grasp this life. That as much as I see others who are better off financially, or spiritually, or more mature, or making more “big” decisions than I am, at the end of the day they still come back to the place of wondering what they can do next to get a better “grasp” on this life. It seems to me that God has made us in a way and that we have fallen in such a way that we are not supposed to be able to “grasp” this life, and we are actually supposed to be “grasping” for another life…The fulfilled life that Christ has waiting for us after this one, after the one in which we cannot experience fulfillment or “completeness.” Well…That is my brilliant 30th birthday thought, and now I will try and move forward with my update letter and refrain as much as possible from using more quotations to signify large overreaching concepts.
Kate and Maggie are doing well. We are continuously watching Maggie grow in her ability to communicate and surprise us daily with her new understandings of her world. Kate is already too big and will be getting ready to enroll in big girl school in a few months. That is a transition that I don’t believe we truly can appreciate yet. What it will mean to have her presence absent from our lives from 7:30 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon Monday thru Friday will be difficult to get used to, and even more so with the interaction Maggie will miss from it. Melissa is still tutoring and helping our ministry partner Sue manage some of the logistics of her Health Coaching business. I have been working with my brother-in-law Ned in his home improvement business, which so far has been a really fun and interesting skill to learn. Thank all of you who were praying about the State of Georgia approving my associate license for professional counseling. From what I have heard it doesn’t sound all that common, but they actually approved my associate license at the very first Revue Board meeting I was eligible for. I will soon be finalizing an employee contract with a counseling practice and begin working on obtaining the hours for full licensure. The Lord has blessed us with the ways to meet our financial needs up to this point one way or another. And as uncomfortable as it has been at times, God has never allowed us to go beyond what we could bear or left us without. His blessing and faithfulness truly has been renewed day by day in our lives.
The ministry is still growing at a steady pace. Although a new pastors’ group has not begun recently we have very promising leads and interest from a number of people and areas north of Atlanta that could see as many as 3 or 4 new groups form in the very near future. We also were able to finish the second stage of the outdoor restroom which will allow us to complete its construction in the next month. I have not yet had counseling opportunities, but I am looking forward to the growth God is preparing for me in pursuing my counseling licensure. We have seen how God has prepared each of us through our lives to be a part of this ministry and how he continues to prepare us in our daily walk to be able to effectively carry out the ministry into the future. At the end of May we are hosting a pastors’ dinner that will allow us to meet with a group of pastors and their wives. We are hoping that we will be able to take in a lot of information about how our ministry can care for wives of pastors. That is what has been going on this past month, and I look forward to being able to report on all of the results of the events we have going on in May.
Please pray this month for:
- God’s provision and wisdom in the leadership of the current pastors’ groups and in the building and management of a new cohort of groups
- God’s provision of patience, growth, and a teachable spirit as I begin working with clients in the near future
- God’s continued blessing financially for ourselves and our ministry partners and for our ability to continue to grow our ministry
- Our being continually renewed with God’s perspective for our lives and for this ministry
- God providing us with the time and the means to make it back to Memphis this summer to see our family and friends
- God’s provision of our ministry with clarity for how we can minister to the wives of pastors
- God to show us how he is going to provide the means to acquire and begin developing the property so we can start receiving pastors for restoration from crisis
I know this update has taken on a completely different tone from the last one. I cannot express my gratitude and thanks enough to all of you out there who are praying for us. I have been blessed a lot this past month in my spirit and encouragement. As awkward and uncomfortable it made me to write my last update, I see what a blessing it is to be humbled and be open to the power of prayer in difficult and even embarrassing situations. I cannot put into words or say what events took place to encourage me or lift up my spirit, but I do know it is a direct answer and effect from your prayers. I pray that God would also fill all of you up with encouragement and lifted spirits that would leave you without question that it is directly from His hand. Thank you for all of your love and support and I hope that I have the opportunity to bless you back with some in the future.
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