As I am sure some of you have noticed, my blog posts have slowed over the last few weeks. This is because in the course of blessing myself and my family, the Lord has filled our time to overflowing with his provision. As a family we are in a new stage of life and discovering all the joys of being together. There are trials too, don’t get me wrong, but the overwhelming joy of experiencing a life under the grace of Christ as a family far outweighs them.
My wife and I have renewed the passion in our marriage and made it a priority. She is my #1 fan and I am hers. We are learning to chase after God as a team, which is a whole lot easier than trying to do it alone (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Times are difficult right now. Money is in short supply. We are a 5-kid, 2-adult, 1-dog, 1-cat, 1-hamster family in a three-bedroom home with only one car. We are short on furniture, sitting on folding chairs to have dinner together and watching a 15-inch television for family movie night. We are going to have to move soon and the circumstances are uncertain. But we are happy. It is weird and awesome because we are doing it together.
We feel called to ministry as a family. I am learning to lead my family in that direction. It is strange to me. I do not know how to do anything other than drive freight trains, but we know there is something on the horizon that God is preparing us for. God has a tendency to choose the most unlikely people to accomplish his missions and we couldn’t be more “unlikely”. Seeking Gods kingdom and wanting to glorify him with my marriage, family, job… everything really, has become a top priority. Where do we go from here to accomplish that? I don’t know, but I know that God will lead us there.
We are growing. We have kids that fight. We have teenage angst bubbling to the surface. We have our share of ADD. We have short tempers and occasional long faces. We have everything going on that everyone else has, but somehow it is all ok. We are living on mission with a growing passion for God. The mystery of what is ahead is both exciting and a little scarey, and I would not want to do it with anyone else.