I really hope to use this post to give an update of what is going on right now in our lives and how we are really trying to live out the Biblical truth in this quote.
Here are the most recent updates on Housing and My work.
As it relates to housing, we are going to need to find a new place to rent by the beginning of October. Our search area has changed because we are not necessarily looking for something in or near the Rockford area. The main factors are cost and proximity to Northpointe Christian School. We are so very thankful for people that have been praying for this and sharing suggestions with us.David’s work
I have updated my resume for ministry and rewrote it for non-ministry positions. Once again I am thankful for people who have been helping with this process. I am going to be looking for work in the Grand Rapids area.
We don't have a lot of time as it relates to housing decisions at the same time we don't want to unwisely rush into the next thing.
- Having two ministry transitions like we have had in a short time has been difficult. Krista and I want to be sure we are ready as a family and individually for a full time ministry position.
- I would love to have a job that would use my gifts and passion for teaching and training. The non-ministry resume has this particular focus. I do have severance pay through October so are being taken care of for the short term and don't need to take the first thing that comes along.
- We know that by the end of September we need to have something. This might be a ministry position, a training job or whatever I need to do to provide for our family. Lord willing and for the kids' sake we would like this to be in the Grand Rapids area but we know it might not be.
In sharing these updates I want to be clear. Things are challenging right now - very challenging. I would like to say that my reactions to my kids and Krista are always godly and not based on my feelings of frustrations. I would like to say that I haven't had any "pity parties" and I spend all my waking minutes singing praise to God with a smile on my face. These things are not true.
- God has it figured out. Please pray for us a we make big decisions, seek godly counsel, and live life for God's glory.
August 25th New Morning Mercies devotional had two statements that I want to remember and remind people.
Real faith never calls you to swindle yourself into thinking that things are better than they are. Biblical faith is shockingly honest and hopeful.
It wasn’t the naïveté of faith that propelled [Abraham, Noah, David, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Peter]. No, it was the clarity of faith that caused them to do what they did.I have used the Piano Guys song "It's Gonna Be Okay" as a real-world example of the "thinking that things are better than they are." The song is very fun. The men are very talented. The message seems very positive.
BUT its message falls VERY SHORT. I am thankful that God is working things out in this life for His glory and my greater good. Not so that my circumstances will be okay.
I think about the contrast between the message of the world with the message of the Gospel.
"All I have is Christ."