Monday, May 21, 2007
We are very sorry that it has two months since our last post, but we have been keeping extremely busy! Chad and I both finally graduated from seminary at the beginning of May, and we are very happy to be done with school (for now). Graduation was very special for us, as it afforded us the opportunity to visit our friends back in Virginia. Since we had not been back since we left last summer, this was a much needed vacation!
We have missed our church family and our friends tremendously since moving. Moving to Kentucky has been a difficult, yet very rewarding process. Of course, going back to VA was very sentimental for us and in some ways leaving was like moving all over again. I probably struggled more with it than Chad (I know it's hard to believe that I would be more emotional), but God has given us much to be thankful for since we've been back. While our has not grown as quickly as we would have liked, we trust in the sovereignty of God that He is growing our body. There have been so many precious moments with our people, moments of seeing the power of God's Word working in their lives, that it is impossible to doubt God's work. Yesterday we had lunch with one of couples who have been with us since the launch in February. The husband is of a Lutheran background and the wife is Catholic. As were asking about how they perceived their spiritual growth since being with us, the husband choked up. He said he just can't understand how God could give him such a precious gift, knowing his own unworthiness (in our church membership we have taught the doctrines of grace and election). Just to see the tenderness of his heart when reflecting on the grace of God makes all our loneliness and frustration here worth everything. Do pray for the wife, as we still feel unsure as to her salvation.
This weekend Chad and I have had a major, life-changing decision to make. We have desparately been seeking God and His direction, although it seems as though we have not received a clear yes or no. As I was meditating on the Word this morning, I was drawn to Psalm 147:5, which says, "Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure." What a great comfort this was as it propelled my heart not to contemplate the rightness or wrongness of our decision, but to worship our God. Through His Word, God keeps reminding me that making this decision should not be about us and the quandry we're in, but that His praise should keep emanating from our lips.