By this time in the week, I normally have a post out, but I’ve been evaluating my life and just didn’t feel ready to post any of the posts I already have waiting for me to click ‘publish’. This past weekend my husband and I attended a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember marriage event and had a wonderful time. It helped us refocus on Christ and His design for our marriage and it was timely and encouraging. We also both felt inspired and lead by Him in a new way that has us eager to see what He has in store for us. I’ll share more details about the event and our takeaways next week, but after devotions this morning I felt stirred to head in a different direction. Josh and I feel God is calling us to something greater, something more of Him and less of us. We don’t know the direction or all the answers yet, but are asking His guidance. Lord, light my path.
Whenever I get so busy that my time in His Word starts to wane, I feel it. Spiritually, mentally, physically. I need that time with Him. And right now especially, I need extra time in His Word to make sure that we are staying in line with His will. While I’ll be publishing my article on our Weekend to Remember next week, the one thing I do want to bring up now that was made evident to us this weekend is that we both feel His nudge in the direction of doing more with ministry and/or missions. We’re not sure what that looks like yet but we are committing ourselves to prayer right now over it, that we can discern His leading and not impose our own interpretations on to that.
Would you find it in your hearts to pray with us about this?
For this blog, I normally go out to interview various ministries on my own, but yesterday Josh and Kensington came with me to check out Christian Resources International. I will be posting an article about their ministry in about a month. The visit was such a blessing. We ended up being there for hours and really enjoyed our time with the staff there. We spent much of our time speaking with their Executive Director Rev. Jason Woolford, both about the amazing things that have happened in his life and also about the things going on in ours. We asked for prayer about God’s call for us and how we didn’t know what that would look like yet, and he reminded us of Psalm 37:4:
That prompted a conversation on the way home about what the desires of our hearts actually look like. We’ve discussed this before but as it is an ever-evolving thing, it was good to talk about where we both feel we are at now with those desires. One thing that always amazes me in these conversations is how similar our wishes are. I’m so thankful for that.
I won’t get into them all, but I will say that we both feel this compulsion towards serving others but also a strong desire to do it together. We’ve worked together at several different jobs and work very well together, plus just enjoy being close to one another. It is also important for us to have our daughter and any future children also involved in service. We want to serve God and His people, and we want to do it in an environment that is honoring to God but also protective of families and our time together. I have been so blessed by this blog and all He has called me to do through it, and I will continue to write it as long as that is where God wants me, but when it comes to the desires of my heart, I also hope that He allows us to work more directly with others so my daughter can get involved more actively too.
So last night and this morning, I spent an extra amount of time in prayer asking God to lead us and also if it is His will, for the desires of our hearts. I want to be faithful to His guidance and I know that is just as important to my husband.
After Josh left for work this morning, I sat down with our daughter to do devotions. Two of the three devotions we read ended up being directly about mission work. One was about how Saul became Paul by following God’s leading and covered his first missionary journey. The second was on how people become Christians and the importance of missionary work, because faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
Josh and I had spoken about missionary work over the last few days and also talked about some of the concerns we have if we are to make this leap. Then came our last devotional reading. It was about thankfulness and how everything, from our possessions to all that we are, belongs to Christ. We don’t need to know all the answers, because His Word is a lamp for our feet and a light unto our path.
I stand in awe continually of His ability to comfort and guide us in the ways we need it most. And I know that I only find this tangible direction when I’m doing my part, delighting in the Lord and saturating myself in His Word. I’m going to be slowing down a bit over summer and only posting articles about once a week during the warmer months. I’ll still maintain my social media presence with a few exceptions for family trips and the like, but I’m looking forward to unplugging from the online world a bit, tuning in more fully to Christ as He lights our paths, and embracing this time fully with my family because I have a feeling we’re about to see some significant change.
On a cute side note, last night our daughter was playing on the deck with some dolls in the sand. She said, “Guess what, Mama? These girls are all going into ministry!” 🙂 Here’s to faith like a child. <3 May we be filled with the same eagerness.
Thank you for your prayers and understanding. I hope you will also take some time to slow down, find out and follow the path He is lighting the way for in your own life. God bless you on the journey. <3