Psalm 127:1 – Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
My beautiful wife and I are moving into a new house tomorrow. This has been a crazy year! We got engaged, married, built a house, went on mission to Peru, she started a ministry at church, I have had my first full year under my belt with the company I started, and life keeps rolling on. To say that this year has been stressful is an understatement.
The money has been coming in just a little above where we need it to be every month, so we are truly blessed in that way.
But, from time to time, I don’t feel very blessed.
In the midst of all of the stress (all of it was self-inflicted stress, by the way), I lose sight of what is really important.
The Bible says that…
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Unfortunately, many times, our definition of good and God’s definition are askew. In our human terms, we think that “good” is defined as easy, stress-free, and happy. God’s definition is very different. He sees “good” in terms of spiritual growth. With all growth comes hard, stressful, filled-with-pain moments which, in the end, leads to maturity in faith.
So we are moving into the new place tomorrow. And with that we will see a whole bunch of bills hitting us. As a matter of fact, I am not exactly sure where all the money will be coming for these bills. But I know one thing: the God of the universe knows about it and will, as in times past, supply all our needs.
But I write this to please keep my family in prayer for the following:
- That we may never lose sight of God’s blessings upon us or take for granted all that He has provided for us.
- That we may maintain our joy throughout the craziness of this life. Satan cannot take my soul. That is with God in heaven. But he can steal my joy and my ability to share my story. May that never be the case. Please pray that my whole family will constantly be joyful in God’s gifts of love, mercy, and grace and that we will never cower from sharing our testimonies.
- That we strengthen in bond to each other as we continue in this life.
- Pray that our ministries are fruitful and continue to multiply. That they will do the work that God has given us to do. That we will follow His vision of church and of reaching the lost and equipping the saints.
So I thank you for any prayers you will do for us. And the next time I write, I will be doing so from the new place.