I am so excited to write this post. Not because I think it will be some amazing, awe-inspiring post but because I truly believe it will bless my husband and speak to his heart in a love language he speaks and receives (and make him squirm a bit because it’s about him—humble yourself and receive it Aaron, lol). It’s significant because words are not necessarily the language of my love so I’m sure it will catch him off guard, especially coming out of a time of difficulty in my own personal life which has made it difficult for me to love the way I want to love.
It has been too long since I (Andrea) last blogged. There has been a reason for that which I will delve into more specifically as I write this post. I hope that as I share, you will in some way be encouraged or led to pray for someone you know who is facing a tough time, and maybe reach out to them. And if nothing else comes of this post but a reminder to myself down the road when needed, then I trust I was faithful to write as the Lord led.
Last year was a year of great change. We all go through seasons of change, many times throughout our lives. It’s just the nature of life. And while I know in my heart that the way things were then and the way things are now will not always be so again…change still can wreak havoc on this mere mortal that is but dust. Continue reading “Behold”
As promised….here is my take on the last two months.
In summary, some days I feel like I have been donkey kicked by a pack of alpaca’s and other days I feel like I have nailed it. I spend most of my days in between…..somewhere between Roseann and June Cleaver. Continue reading “Andrea’s October Update”
Friends and family, it has been too long since the last time we touched base, but there is good reason for this. The last two months have been full of Andrea and I getting acclimated with Louisville itself, Andrea meshing out what it looks like to be home all day with two wonderfully rambunctious children, and then me getting thrown into the furnace of the Pastors College. All of this, needless to say has served to show us our need to rest in all that Christ has done for us, and also the way that the body of Christ is meant to be a place in which we confess our sins and point each other over and over again back to the truths of the gospel. What I would like to do in this post is simply give some commentary as to what my days and weeks look like here at the Pastors College. But, before I do that, I have to tell you that the Pastors and the members here at this church have been an example of servants and a model to look to for future Pastoral Ministry, and servant hood. The theme that resounds over and over again is, the Gospel, the good news about all that God has done for us in Christ to rescue us from Gods wrath and redeem us through His blood, adopting us into His family and how this message informs everything we do as children of God from parenting to our vocation, all for His name sake.
The last few months have been a whirlwind, chaotic and uncertain at times, but wrapped in an abundant amount of God’s grace. Aaron and I feel so undeserving to be where we are right now, the least likely of ones to be here. We are completely overwhelmed with what we get to see God doing first hand. There are so many of you who have made this all possible with your prayers, encouragement, sacrificial giving of time or money (or a car!!!) and hospitality! I can start this update in no other way than by thanking you and giving glory to God who truly does more than we ask, think or imagine. Continue reading “August Update”
Hey brothers and sisters, I wanted to post a special note sharing how God has provided for my full tuition through our partners. With this goal met I have secured a position in the 2016-17 class of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College starting in just less than a month! God has been so gracious to our family. As we have stepped out in faith, He has met us time and again with His sufficient grace to supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. We have not found material riches, but we have seen that Christ righteousness has truly made us rich, and with each earthly tie loosed we sense we have a “hope which is the anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Hebrews 6:19). From small blessings to large blessings, we have seen the traces of His providence in the way He has orchestrated these moments to happen. Continue reading “July Update”
(Cousin love before we go!)
It has been a while since we updated you and we really wanted to let you all know where we are in our journey towards church planting and the preparation leading up to it. Before I go into any of that we want to thank you for your prayers. We truly believe that your prayers and the faithfulness of God has helped keep our eyes on what really matters during a time of so much transition and uncertainty. The care and generosity of our brothers and sisters in Christ has overwhelmed us with thankfulness to God and given us such a greater appreciation for the Body of Christ, some of which we have never even met face to face yet. We want to thank those of you who have invested financially, whether you gave a one-time gift or have committed to monthly giving. We would not be able to do this without your support. Continue reading “What’s Happening Now?”
Okay. This is surreal. I am sitting in Panera by myself. Stealing away a short time to finally put into words, as best I can, what I have wanted to share for two weeks! I enjoy writing, always have. I’m not a great writer. And if you are a member of the grammar police, whom I love and appreciate dearly, prepare to twitch your way through this post. I don’t write to be the best or to be something in someone’s eyes. I do it because I enjoy it and I love sharing about the goodness of God. I try to bring glory to God in it! The gift of time to write is sparse during this season of my life so the extra effort to get away and actually write is something I reserve for those times I feel compelled to write. Continue reading “Bit by Bit: A Plan Revealed”
I (Andrea) have been asked more than a few times, “What do you think about all this?” The “this” I am referring to is a very uncertain, in some regards, direction for our family. One that includes quitting our jobs (and I LOVE my job!), selling our house in a neighborhood we enjoy, letting go of things that bring us comfort and security, saying goodbye to friends we hold dear to our hearts, and moving farther from our family who mean the world to us. All this as part of a process for Aaron to prepare and train for pastoral ministry and eventually, Lord willing, plant a church in a place that is lacking a gospel witness and to share Christ with those who may not know Him and to serve a people that want to know Him more. Continue reading “Certainty”