We’ve had a rough year. Although our marriage has been stronger than ever, we’ve been on our knees in prayer almost constantly. Dealing with growing debts, selling our first home, leaving our family and friends to move to a city filled with crazy drivers and low-paying jobs (but we also love being here, don’t get me wrong – our new church family is a huge blessing). It’s been a journey. Even today we don’t know what tomorrow will hold for us, but thankfully we do know who holds tomorrow.
Through all of this, we are hopeful and thankful. We’re hopeful that we will be able to get rid of debt completely over the next couple of years as we continue to work on it. We’re hopeful that Corey will find a job that he loves and be able to enjoy getting up in the morning. We’re hopeful that our adoption journey will continue rapidly. And we are so thankful for all of our family and friends who have just been the light spots in the darkness, especially for the past 16 months or so. You all have your own special places in our lives and without you, this journey would be a whole lot more difficult.
I wanted to just share some Scripture that I was reading this evening, it really gave me some peace – hopefully if you’re feeling any of what I’m feeling it will bring you some as well. We appreciate prayers from all as we know that God works amazing things through the power of prayer. You can never have too many prayers.
Colossians 3:1-17 Reads:
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”