Go Deeper, Reach Farther

We are called by Christ to walk this life with bold faith, share the gospel with all who will hear it and encourage them to embrace it, reaching without ceasing for greater wisdom and understanding of Him. This is certain to give the Holy Spirit fertile soil in our minds and hearts to develop us into the righteous and holy beings we will one day be when we are in the presence of God. We will not attain this in our earthly life time, but we can strive toward it, and we can humbly approach the throne of God one day in hopes of hearing Him say we’ve done it, we’ve accomplished what He called us to do.

Over the course of the past year and in looking back over what we have experienced in our time in Brazil, Indiana, the question that is foremost in my mind is, “Lord, did we do/Are we doing what You have called us to do? Did we make/Are we making a difference?” Although our time at FCC was brought to an end, our time in Brazil is still unfinished since God has kept us here a bit longer. As I consider these questions daily, I am reminded of opportunities that have presented themselves. I am so thankful for the countless opportunities I have had to partner with some very sweet friends in prayer and accountability as we have shared heart aches and disappointments with one another. I have been pleasantly surprised by God’s blessing in the form of chance conversations with new friends who are enduring difficult circumstances of their own. We cannot discount anyone or anything in our lives because God will present us with a moment to meet a need when we least expect it! We have been so blessed by the loving support of our precious families, friends, our church families who have rallied beside us and…. I just have to point you out:

University Heights Baptist Church, Springfield, MO
Forest Hills Baptist Church, Nashville, TN
North Metro Church, Thornton, CO
Ridgeview Community Church, Franklin, TN
First Christian Church, Brazil, IN

You have loved us and labored beside us with your prayers, encouragement, accountability, your support in so many amazing ways! God is so good and we are so thankful for you! I have said it before and I will say it again: Our hearts are filled with thanks that cannot be fully expressed in words! Please continue to keep us in your prayers for a full time worship arts position for Ryan. We are confident, and we know that in God’s perfect timing we will see the door open in the form of an amazing opportunity for us! We are on the edge of great expectation and so excited to see what is to come!

I have been uplifted, inspired and motivated daily by what God has given me in His Word. Here’s what I came upon today, it was just what I needed to once again-get focused.

Going through the motions doesn't please you,
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don't for a moment escape God's notice. Psalm 51:16-17 (The Message)
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