Back In the Saddle Again

After an extended break, I’m returning to the blog.  I’ll post updates during this time of transition, so please pray for and with us as we seek God’s will.


As of today, I’ve sent my resume to 36 churches in several states, and it’s on file in 6 states for churches to request.  Most churches do not search for staff during the holidays, and are just now either resuming or beginning the process, so it is a time for patience and trusting God.  After Feb. 15, I will have no income, and our health benefits will be our responsibility after Feb. 28.  We listed the house for sale on Dec. 16; since then, it has been shown only 4 times.  So you can see that this is definitely an “interesting” time, to say the very least.


My daily Bible reading has me in Exodus these days, which is very appropriate for our situation.  It reminds me of several things:


1) God is not only aware of our situation, He has ordained it for His glory


2) Nothing is too big for Him to handle, and however He does it will be best


3) God often lets things get desperate (from our perspective) before moving, thus bringing Himself even more glory


So we are confident that, whatever happens, it will bring God glory and be the best for us.  I must be honest and admit that there are times it all weighs on us heavily.  There is much uncertainty in our lives these days, and there have been times of disappointment when it looked as if something were about to happen, only to have it fall through.
 
But God is always on His throne, and we are excited about what He’s going to do, and we are committed to Him getting much glory and honor through this time in our lives.

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Update on Carson

Carson is home, and doing well.  His stitches were taken out today, and he’ll be having a CT scan to make sure everything is healing up on the inside.  Lord willing, Nola will be coming home this Thursday, Oct. 16th.  It’s never fun for her to be gone this long, but we are thankful that we live close enough and she has the freedom to be able to go when needed.


This is Carson, while still in the hospital; he just discovered the control that called the nurse, and much to his surprise, turned the room lights on and off.



Thanks so much for your prayers, and please continue as we see if this will solve the problem he was having with swallowing and choking.

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Fourteen years ago today, I did something that few men have ever done and lived to tell about: I proposed to three ladies at the same time. To quickly explain, I proposed to Nola that she and I become man and wife; at the same time, I proposed to Amy and Tara that I become their stepfather. Thankfully, all three agreed.


It just so happened that it was on Nola’s birthday when I proposed (and no, my proposal was not her present!) So, her birthday each August 18th is not only a special occasion in both of our lives, it is a reminder to me of a wonderful day in my life as well.

Happy Birthday, Nola Girl!

Vacation

We’ve had a wonderful time at the beach in Ocean Isle, NC. A friend of Nola’s Dad has a beach house here and lets our family use it for vacation. I always feel I could be very happy living along the coast, near the ocean (I always feel the same about the mountains; probably has something to do with growing up on the plains of Oklahoma). Here are a few pictures:

Our home by the sea

Nola and Carson on the beach

Nola and Carson on the beach

I could definitely get used to this

I could definitely get used to this

This morning, I’m flying to meet the other staff ministers for the Worship God Conference at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I’ve never been to Washington, D.C., so I’m looking forward to that, as well as what I expect will be a great conference.

What I Got For Christmas

I got my Christmas present from Nola last night – she took us to see Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb of God”. It was, to say the least, the best live musical event, and the most worshipful, Christ-centered concert I’ve been to in 10 years (the last being Rich Mullins in OKC, a few weeks before he went home). With Andrew this year are Sara Groves, Andrew Osenga (The Normals, Caedmon’s Call), Andy Gullahorn, Jill Phillips, Gabe Scott, Garret Buell (Caedmon’s Call), and a few others whose names escape me. I encourage you to check all of them out, especially Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves.

Here is a clip from a DVD made in 2004 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, of the first song. When it’s done, be sure to scroll through at the bottom of the viewer to find “Matthew’s Begats” and listen to that one, too.