Waking up in a King-sized, memory-foam topped mattress on Saturday morning in a quiet cabin in Palmer, with memories of laughter and self-defense and heart conversations dancing in my head, I couldn’t help but feel so so thankful.
I’ve been so blessed to have older women invest in my life and without them, I don’t even want to think about where I’d be. God is faithful to guide and protect His children, but He’s also faithful to use others to help make the way smoother. I’m thankful for that.
Sunday night, our church also voted unanimously to call an associate pastor and worship leader, Kyle Sparks, to join in the work God is doing at Fairview Loop. We are so excited to have Kyle come and lead alongside Pastor Tom.
So this week, we have full hearts as we see God working around us here in Wasilla… which means we are also counting the cost again. We know God is calling our family to leave this place, to go to Togo, and to serve Him. But leaving the home we’ve built together (not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually) is challenging. Moving our kiddos to West Africa is hard to consider, especially not knowing how their schooling will turn out, what friends they’ll have (apart from one another), and how they’ll be received back in the States again. Leaving the friends and mentors who have poured into our lives is not an easy thing to consider.
But simultaneously, we view those things in light of eternity: 2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
So anyway. That’s where our hearts are. We want to live and serve well for the remainder of our time here in Alaska. And we want to be prepared to live and serve well both in France and in Togo. We want to establish and maintain deep relationships here – roots running deep, founded in the Gospel – and we want to pour ourselves out for Christ and for others.
I guess that’s how you can be praying for us. That we’ll live well here and leave well. That we will be mentors and disciplers to others as we are mentored and discipled ourselves. We love teaching our Sunday School class and can see fruit in our own lives, as God teaches us in it, too. We pray there is much fruit in others’ lives, too.
Oh, and one more thing: Allen’s birthday is tomorrow!! I’m taking the day off work and we are excited to celebrate him all day long.
Have a great week, friends.