Seven months in and we are really beginning to feel like we are home. The boys are making great friends, playing lots of baseball, and eagerly waiting for summer to get here. Brooklynn is finally potty trained!!! She will also talk your ear off. And if she wants something, you better just get it for her. At least that’s what I’ve learned. Amber and I have made some really neat and fun friends in our neighborhood, at church, with co-workers, and parents on the boys’ baseball team. The Lord has definitely put us in a great spot. We are having to trust in Him more each day and He’s been gracious to allow us to witness so many blessings right before us.
As far as my internship goes, the last couple of months have been crazy. Austin Stone hosts a conference called Verge. Last month the Verge conference was held at Austin City Limits Moody Theatre where I got to help with so many things behind the scenes such as stage design, set-up, and leading a choir. I learned a lot and had a ton of fun. There was a live simulcast of the conference, which had a handful of countries around the world watching. Moody was a pretty sweet place, too!
This last week we were gearing up for Easter Sunday. The Stone hosted their service in The Erwin Center and it was awesome. All of our campuses in one room, singing very loudly, proclaim Jesus as our Risen King, seemed like a glimpse of heaven. Watch this video below. Roger led our opening prayer, which was quite moving.
We are almost to a good spot in our house situation. We took our house in Amarillo off the market a few months ago to get some things worked on and give it a fresh look. It’s been a pretty taxing project to say the least, especially with our not being on site to oversee the work ourselves. However, God has truly provided throughout this entire process and has shown us His faithfulness. The house is almost complete and we will probably put it back up for sale in a few weeks. Pray that the timing is right for a family needing to buy, that we sell it quickly, and that we are able to move forward with a house here in Austin.
My internship is on the back half of completion. Amber and I have been in discussion with the guys on staff at The Stone who oversee me, mentor me, and discipline me regarding our future and what is in store. Please pray that the Lord has His way with us. We want to be obedient to His calling on our lives and want to serve in the capacity and place that He wants us to serve.
As I have said so many times before, please know that we are grateful for all of you. Your partnership with us does not go unnoticed. One of the most challenging things for me is relaying in brief but with great description, everything God has taught us and the many ways he has blessed our family. It is because of you and your partnership that we are able to grow spiritually in the ways we are growing. This morning I read…
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…. For God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
I pray that all of you are being blessed not only because of your giving, but more so because of your cheerful hearts in giving. Often I can not hold back the tears when I think about my conversations with most of you when Amber and I decided to make this move and how quickly you all were to believe in the transforming power of the Gospel, believe in the calling on our lives, and believe in the heart of giving.
I hope you and your families are doing well and pray that we can see you all very soon!