As I reflect back over the events of the last 6 months(and the last 3 years), Ecclesiastes 3 always comes to mind ---"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:" So much has happened and changed in our lives and even with the heartache I wouldn't change any of the experiences because with heartache blessings came also.
It has been a long, bumpy road some days but I have always stood by my husband and the decisions he made, standing firm on the Word and not backing down. Many eyes have been opened and many remain closed to the truth. None of these things were ever personal (even though my husband's character was personally attacked. And later those same people had to issue letters stating allegations were false.) We have spent many hours talking and praying about everything and we still love the people of our former church but we could no longer accept what was going on there. I think the saddest part of all is that the church is now reverting back to how it was before we came, all the families are going away and there again is no outreach to the community. I don't revel in any of that. It is quite sad.
So as doors closed and remained closed, we move on past that "season" of our ministry life and many new doors have opened. These last few months have been very busy with praying, planning and prepping for a new church plant.
After Jay's first seminary class he knew he was called to go plant a church. Our prayer was that we would be sent out with blessings from our old church. We were already prepping and get people to step into our ministry roles (mine being for some one to take over the Awana program. I want to be clear and not come across like I am a co-pastor with my husband in anyway. I just also led some ministries at our church). We wanted those things to continue at our church and thrive but it didn't work out that way.
Since the end of November Jay has been leading worship at a church in AZ City. This is just strictly as an interim to help them out. We also have been working with our best friends the Rogers and our families are the core team for Relevant Church. We will be having our first preview services in March. I can't wait to see what God has in store in this next "season" of ministry.
Everything Has Its Time
Everything Has Its Time
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.