Some of you are aware that my husband recently left a pastorate where we had served for 4 years, and it didn’t end well. It was one of the most difficult decisions of our married life, and a very unpopular decision in some ways, yet since then I’ve rested in the peace of knowing we made the right decision.
When this first happened, God did some amazing things for us!He provided for us in inexplicable ways – as only God’s people can do as the body of Christ.
And when we made the leap to church-planting (who? us?!), we were filled with encouragement, excited, and rearing to go.
But then some disappointments came, and church-planting ended up being a lot more difficult than we imagined. We thought we had a solid plan for how this whole thing was going to work out, but as He so often does, God quickly showed us that our ways are not His ways.
Since then we’ve been in a season of waiting.
If you follow this blog or Being Confident of This’s facebook page, then you know that discouragement hounded us for a couple of weeks. We were no longer seeing quite as much physical evidence of God’s blessing or direction.
And like so many humans, we began to doubt. An Israelite at heart, I began to complain to the Lord about our circumstances. Daily bread wasn’t enough for me; I wanted more. Thus, a spirit of discontentment invaded my soul.
Wouldn’t you know that during this time, I ran across Christi’s post three separate times?! Three! And even after reading it several times, I found new things to like about it, not just because Christi’s an excellent writer, but because the message of her post is so very true.
We hear and read a lot these days about our BIG God who encourages big “dreams” because He’s the God of the impossible.
While all of those things are true about our God, He remains true to His character and His Word even in the times when dreams don’t come true, when He doesn’t show off.
Please take a few minutes to read Christi’s post. I know you won’t be disappointed!
And for those who might be curious, we’re coming out of our little cubby of discouragement and embracing the truth that God IS who He says He is. So, we press on knowing the path He has laid before us and trusting Him to guide us each step of the way.
We’d appreciate your prayers for Montpelier Bible Church!
Thank you, friends.
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