What A Difference A Year Can Make

Tonight, I was called to be the Youth and Education Director at Sharon Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  The people there have been so very friendly and welcoming, and we feel our hearts already connected to theirs.  We feel very privileged, and very humbled, to have been called to serve them.

One year ago today, Nola and I drove back to Austin, after being in Oklahoma City for 3 weeks over the holidays.  It was not like going home for us; those days in Austin were over.  We knew that we would, at some point, be saying good-bye to very dear friends we had known for nearly 8 years, and that it would be very hard.  It was, and we still miss them every day.  We did not know what the future held.  There was so much that, from our perspective, was uncertain.

This has, without question, been the most difficult year we’ve ever experienced.  We’ve learned valuable lessons, about the danger of putting too much trust in man, and of not putting all of our hope in God alone.  Yet, during the last 13 months, God has proven Himself faithful over and over again.  We’ve been abundantly showered with His grace and goodness, and are thankful for each lesson learned.  We consider them preparation for the trials that He has ahead for us, which are part of His conforming us into the image of Christ, for our good and His glory.

Please continue to pray for Nola and me as we look for a place to live, and for a job for Nola.  Our desire is that she will be able to find employment that would be Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, unlike the retail hours she has been working.  This would “free up” her evenings and weekends, making it possible for her to be more involved and available in the life of the church.

And please pray that our work there would strengthen the church, and that many would come to know Christ through the ministry of Sharon Baptist Church.


3 Responses

  1. AWESOME!!!!

    God is good all THE time!!!

    2009 was…….growth in the Lord in more ways than I knew was possible.

    Peace and MUCH Love and Power,

    DA Queen

  2. So awesome to see how the Lord is working, Looking forward to seeing how He uses you in this new ministry position to Bless His People and Extend His Kingdom.

    Praying that 2010 is the best year yet for y’all

  3. Praise God for the goodness of God in your lives! Its pretty amazing how God works. I am reading a book called “The Bruised Reed” – by Richard Sibbes and all of this makes a lot more sense, clearer sense than ever before.

    Very happy for the both of you!
    (Kinda sad for us though!)

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