Praising God for Provision
We praise God for His provision for our family and the grace He has poured out on us in this transition from serving on the pastoral team at Brookside Baptist Church to team church planting in Salt Lake City. In the months of March, April and May we presented the church planting vision in several churches. We visited Keystone Bible Church in Odessa Florida, Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown Wisconsin, Maranatha Baptist Church in Flint MI, Byron Center Bible Church in Byron Center MI, Faith Baptist Church in Danville IL, First Baptist Church in Troy MI, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Belleville, MI, Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield WI and Shalom Baptist Church in Mequon MI. We were energized by the fellowship in these churches and were thankful for the opportunity to share our burden for church planting in Salt Lake City. We are thankful for their prayers and ministry of encouragement to us. Sarah and I also traveled to Salt Lake City in April for a week with the Gospel Grace Church Planting Team. It was a profitable week of team building, planning, and prayer over the city.
We are currently back on the road after taking a break for the birth of our fourth child, Stephen Joel, who was born on May 23rd. God was gracious in giving Sarah a smooth delivery and quick recovery. We thank God for giving Stephen to us and pray that he will be saved and grow to know and love God. We are thankful for his mild manner and rest at night which has given Sarah time to recharge before our travels pick up again. During the next 8 weeks we will be holding 10 more deputation meetings in North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa. On August 5th, Brookside Baptist Church will be holding a special service to pray and send our family out to help plant Gospel Grace Church in Salt Lake City.
God's work in us.This transition time for our family has driven Sarah and I to our knees. It has been through this season that we have been faced with increased demands of our time and attention to our children, deep struggles of fear and doubt of God's provision for us, and the removal of comforts and securities that we have been resting in and leaning on instead of on the Lord. One of the greatest blessings of this season in our lives beyond seeing God answer our prayers and provide for our needs is the fact that God is breaking up our routine. The fact is, our lives have been so routinely smooth that we have had little need to pray. The deception of our self-contentment has blinded our eyes to see and feel the needs around us and experience the power of prayer. God is using this season in our lives to reveal how self-dependent, materialistic, soft, and fearful we are. Praise God! we can find confidence, contentment, strength, peace, and fullness of joy in Him!
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.