“What’s more, I’ll make a covenant with them that will last forever, a covenant to stick with them no matter what, and work for their good. I’ll fill their hearts with a deep respect for me so they’ll not even think of turning away from me. Oh how I’ll rejoice in them! Oh how I’ll delight in doing good things for them! Heart and soul, I’ll plant them in this country and keep them here!” (Jere. 32:40-41 TM)
The Little Blue House
The Father heart of God is nothing short of amazing, especially when throughout history His children have often been stubborn, ungrateful, and disobedient. This life-changing covenant given to Jeremiah actually came at the height of Israel’s rebellion. They were going to be exiled for seventy years because they had turned their back on the Father, BUT GOD loved them and planned to make things new. I’ve been moved to tears many times as of late every time I read a scripture highlighting Abba’s love for His children. His plan from the beginning was to give us a hope and a future. His promise was to work for our good. His Father’s heart would forever change us and lead us Home.
Over the last several months, Richard and I have been praying fervently for a home. We knew God had called us to YWAM Tyler, but we were lacking what we needed to make the move. We knocked on countless of doors, asked many to be praying with us, and waited for the Lord to say, “This is the way, walk in it.” Focusing on the Father’s heart of God sustained me during this season of waiting. I’d read passages that revealed how it gives our Father great happiness to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:32 NLT). I saw in the story of Acts how Abba was always present in the disciples lives to provide for them even in the face of great persecution. Waiting is hard because our flesh wants something tangible to hold onto and see, BUT GOD promises to always be working for our good. He is the One we’re to hold onto.
During our final week of the School of Evangelism, I was waking up from a nap and the Lord began to speak to my heart. He walked me through the stories of Joseph and Daniel and highlighted some spiritual truths from their lives, which brought some much-needed insight and encouragement we were needing. It was during this time, I grabbed my phone and began to house search once again. Still dazed from waking up, I somehow stumbled upon a little blue house I had overlooked many times and surprisingly realized it was just five minutes from the YWAM campus. Richard and I decided to go check it out. We immediately fell in love with the home as we walked around the property. We then began to pray for God to open the door for us to move here. We visited the property several times after that day and prayed over it each time. We asked friends to join us in prayer as well. After much persistence with the owners to work with us, the door remained closed, and so we moved on and began looking elsewhere, BUT GOD had other plans.
About ten days ago, we moved into the little blue house! It was a miracle! A generous offer was extended to help us with our housing. After some searching, God once again highlighted the little blue home, and within a 24 hr period all was worked out. Words can’t even express how thankful we are to finally be settled.
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (Eph. 3:20 TM)
I still get teary eyed when I reflect on all God did. It truly was far beyond what I would have even dared to ask or think. It’s been a joy making this space our own and dreaming of ways to enhance and use it for God’s glory. We hope to have many visitors from near and far away.
Staffing at YWAM
On July 25th, Richard and I will be starting with YWAM’s advancement department. We are excited (and a bit nervous!) about this next year of staff in training. Richard and I are called to be engaged with the local church right here in America and this particular department seems to be a good fit for us in that regard. With the chaos, division, and unrest happening across this nation, we are desperate for the Lord to bring healing to this land.
Thanks to all who are praying for us. Your prayers make a huge difference in our lives. Please continue to pray for the Lord to guide our every step. Without Him, we can do nothing! We know we’re in a season of gaining trust at YWAM Tyler. Pray that we will have good integrity and give God glory in all we do. Being in advancement and connecting with local churches across the land will require us to be mobile at times. Please continue to pray for God to equip us with all that we need to do His will.
A few final prayer requests are for our kids. First of all, we are needing to gather Audrey’s home-school materials for this next school year, and we are also going to restart the process of her immigration since we have a permanent address once again. Please be praying for guidance, provision, and specifically favor with the government to finalize Audrey’s citizenship. Secondly, Molly is needing to get her own car. She’s saved some money and is hoping to find something with a low monthly payment. Pray the Lord leads her to the right car. Finally, Emily is set to begin school in mid-August, but she owes money towards this next year’s school bill. Please join us in praying for God to guide and provide for her.
Thanks to all who financially support us. We couldn’t do this without your partnership! It’s such an encouragement to be blessed in so many ways too. This week we received an awesome package filled with products we could use in our new home. Then yesterday, Richard and I used a gift card we’d been given for a date night. It was so nice to be able to get away. We are thankful for ALL the ways people encourage us in this journey.
God delights in doing good things for His children. What a joy and privilege to be called by His name. Nothing is impossible with Him. Things may seem to be going all wrong and the door may look bolted shut, BUT GOD is present behind the scenes always working for His children’s good. Praise His name!
“Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!” (Eph. 3:21 TM)
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