Got Community?

I love this testimony of the importance of community. I miss you Jennifer!

It’s been nine months since we said goodbye to our church family. And seven months since we started the school year in this new place.

The house is unpacked.

We’ve settled into a routine.

We’ve learned our way around the new church and school.

And we’ve met so many new people.

In many ways, the transition into this new life we’re living is behind us. And it feels really good. But the one way in which we still feel unsettled is that, for the most part, we lack community in this new place as a couple and as a family.

Please don’t misunderstand me.

Our new church family is amazing. We have felt so welcomed, incredibly affirmed, and very much supported by everyone we’ve met. And many people have gone out of their way to make us feel at home. But let’s be realistic. We simply can’t make up…

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Perfect Peace

20131012-220232.jpgIsaiah 26:3 I will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you.

In 2001 I became aware of my deep spiritual need to know God better. I had accepted Christ as a teenager but something was still missing. I had a yearning for something more than salvation, a relationship. Not just any relationship, but the only relationship that fills a person’s heart….Jesus!

I have been happily married to Doug for over 22 years now and we have one son, Levi, who is a senior in high school this year. I have two beautiful step daughters, Courtney and Chelsea. Courtney is married to Dan and they have given us our precious granddaughter, Addison. Chelsea is engaged to be married to Mitch. We have a great family and this is truly a blessing.

In 2002, after spending a year with my nose in the bible, God was preparing me for something big. My mother died the end of that year after losing her battle with lung cancer. This was the hardest time of my life and I was too young (age 38) to be without my mother. At that time, my son was only 7 years old and I needed her wisdom and love in my life. The verse that got me through that time in my life was Isaiah 26:3. I needed perfect peace, I needed God and I found him trustworthy and faithful to his word.