I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since we moved for my husband to attend Seminary. Since we’ve moved so many things have happened…
-we’ve joined an amazing church full of some of the most loving, caring, hugging, smiling, inspiring, genuine Christian people
-my husband is able to attend seminary, work and intern for Sovereign Grace AND be a great husband and father at the same time (and has now officially signed up to be a full-time student for August!)
-I am learning and growing through the teaching at the Seminary Wives Institute
-Hannah was diagnosed with tethered spinal cord and just had surgery 2 weeks ago. God provided peace, finances, physical help and meals.
-we have a lovely little home that is meeting our needs as well as providing us a place for hospitality
-many opportunities have allowed us to go home to visit almost every month
-we have had many visitors from home including my mom who was a great help with our move and transition
-I learned how to get to the grocery store, church, and the seminary without using my GPS!
-the seminary has a free place (like a thrift store) where we’ve been able to go and get clothes, shoes and other items for free which has been a great help.
-relationships with our friends from church are starting to blossom and grow- including movie nights, packer games, crafting, meals, sitting up late to chat, discipleship and MUCH laughter~
-my husband was able to attend a song-writing retreat and has co-written a song that will be on the next Sov Grace CD
-we’ve been able to plan and attend many wonderful events: Christmas and New Years parties, birthday bashes, weekly Packer game parties, park dates, library story times, bridal shower, ladies gatherings, easter egg hunt and more!
-we’ve enjoyed much great weather which has included weekly trips to the zoo
I share all these not as a brag list, but as a testimony of God’s kindness, love and grace! Even our trials have shown a testimony of God’s perfect timing and as Romans 8:28 says- that all things have worked together for our good and God’s glory! I pray that as you read this your heart would be drawn to God.
I also have a few prayer requests. If you can, please pray for these specific things…
-our parenting (amongst a lot of school work and changing schedules) that we would stay consistent and our desire would stay on proclaiming the gospel to our children through what we say, teach and how we act towards them- especially at home.
-for opportunities to disciple, serve in our local church and share the gospel where God has planted us.
-for humility in heart and mind to see where God wants us to grow and change and to see areas in our hearts and lives that need correction and pray for godly men and women to come along side us to show us those areas.
-for school for Jon. We do not qualify for any loans which I am sure is a true blessing because we will incur no debt while in school. Pray that we can be good stewards of the financial support God has and will provide for us to continue through and finish school. Pray for endurance and perseverance for Jon with his studies.
-our housing. Right now we are living somewhere that does not fit our budget well (although it was good for the time we had it and we’re thankful it was available when we wanted to move) and we are praying for God to lead us to somewhere that can help us invest more into Jon’s schooling. Apartments here require 2 people per bedroom and most 3 bedrooms where we are range from $750-$1,200/month. (and the $750 ones are hard to come by) BUT we know that God has it all taken care of, we just need to trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-8)
GOD IS GOD. HE IS FAITHFUL. HE HAS MADE A WAY FOR SINNERS TO BE RECONCILED UNTO HIMSELF. HE LOVES US. HE IS A PERSONAL GOD. HE HAS GIVEN US GRACE WHEN WE DESERVED ETERNAL PUNISHMENT. GOD IS GOOD. GOD WILL PROVIDE FOR HIS PEOPLE.