Hello, sweet friends!!! I’ve missed you!!!
I hope you and your families are doing well and that the new decade is off to a glorious start for each of you.
We have had a lot going on here and it has been a joy to get to focus on the Lord, my family, my job, and friends over the past 7 weeks. Here’s a quick rundown:
We were able to visit family out of town for Thanksgiving, which was a huge blessing. And we got to see all of my family in SC, as well.
Our daughter turned 13 and our son turned 18 after Christmas. So we have been doing a lot of celebrating birthdays and just lots of time playing family games with the kids and making memories. With our son graduating from high school in a few months, time is quickly fleeting!
We have been investing and pouring into our children doing fun things, spiritual training, and just loving on them. We started working through a book to help them become very familiar with the Bible and how to study it. We are focusing more on praying together and on hashing through lies and skewed thinking together.
Greg is taking on new ministry roles and I am in full support of him in every way. I will also probably be helping him, at times, with his new calling. So thankful to the Lord that Greg and I have been doing great! All credit to Him!
This whole Christmas season was a lot better for all of us than last year was, with both of his parents passing away suddenly toward the end of 2018. God has been healing us all in many ways and we are very thankful.
Then I had the incredible opportunity to go to StoryBrand Guide Certification training in Nashville, TN in the middle of December for a week. I had actually prayed and asked God to help me better understand story and marketing. So this was an amazing answer to my prayers.
I am so thankful to be able to work for my family business. It is extremely evident that this is where the Lord desires me to be at this time for a multitude of reasons. The time I am getting to spend with my parents and my brother is priceless. And I am enjoying writing very much!
Over the past few weeks, I have been focusing more than ever on being still before the Lord, seeking Him, inviting Him to lead our family and me in any direction He wants us to go. My goal is to be completely yielded to His leading. I have a much greater sense of the direction I believe He has for me after this time, and am super thankful for that.
And we have also made a more concentrated effort in prayer and in practice than ever to build a greater Christian community around our family by inviting old and new friends (and their kids) to our home as often as possible. They need this. We all need this! It has been a major answer to prayer to see what God has been doing through these get-togethers.
What an incredible blessing to get to spend New Year’s Eve with three other families and to be able to pray over our children together for 2020 while the kids were laughing and having a great time together in the other room!
Things are ramping up in the world, following right along with all that Scripture told us to expect as the rapture and Great Tribulation draw near . I expect this year to be tumultuous in the world. My prayer is that we might all be alert, prayerful, and focus on being right with God and with people. I believe time is short. May we live with no regrets!
I pray we will be open to all the opportunities we have to share the Gospel and to make disciples through the power of the Holy Spirit and sharing the truth of the Bible with others freely. May God use us all to help bring many precious souls into His kingdom!
Draw each of our hearts more and more to Yourself. Help us to love You far above anyone or anything else in this world. Cleanse us of all sin, messed up thinking, and unbelief. Conform us to the image of Christ. Lead us in Your perfect will and please empower us to love You and to love others with Your love. Help us be extremely sensitive to Your leading and fully yielded to the Lordship of Christ. Please use us, our marriages, and our families for Your glory in 2020.
How about you? <3 I’d love to hear what is going on in your world!
What have you been learning recently? How was your holiday season with your family and the Lord? Is there something on your heart you’d like to share?
Much love to each of you!
May you be richly blessed by the Lord with great faith, peace, joy, and fruitfulness in His kingdom in 2020!