Hey guys! Here’s my update…
For a little over 2 years I’ve been in a place of waiting. Waiting on the Lord to give direction on what the next phase of life for my family will look like. To better understand the place I’m in, here’s a little bit of background. In 2010, my husband and I moved from Philadelphia, PA, to be a part of a community of believers who share life together under the headship of Jesus Christ in Gainesville, FL. In 2014, we sensed from the Lord that He was wanting to move us into a new season with Him where we felt Him leading us to move back to Philadelphia. With much prayer and counsel from our brothers and sisters in Christ, we felt confirmed in our spirits that this new season was the Lord’s heart for us. (This is definitely the short version. There is obviously a bigger story to tell about this shift in our life, but sharing it now will take away from the purpose of this post.) Anyhow, as we are waiting these 2 years +, the Lord has done many things already.
- He gave clarity to me that our time in Philadelphia is a season of preparation.
- He’s made clear to me that I am called to work with/plant churches that are comprised of a community of believers who live a shared life with Christ as the sole foundation and head of the church. My husband (who has felt called for some time now) and I feel that this will be our next phase of life with the Lord. At some point, we will be alongside Milt and Mary Rodriguez training and learning how Christ plants His church.
- So far, the Lord has provided flexible employment that will allow us to have a more mobile life.
- He has connected us to a group of brothers and sisters in Christ in the Philly area who are meeting together and desire to learn how to live by the indwelling life of the Lord as the Body of Christ. More recently, they have invited workers to come and plant the church at some point next year.
- He has shined His light through us and to us from our family in Philly in beautiful ways.
- He gave us an unexpected gift of life with the birth of our third son, Christian. *Cutie pictured at top of post 🙂
- He has plowed and continues to plow through our hearts to prepare and make way for His purpose in us.
So, what exactly are we waiting for? God’s timing and clarity regarding the details.
Following the Lord in how He is leading my family has definitely come at varying costs over the past 6 years. I have had some very hard times, particularly, in this current season of life. However, I am beyond grateful for what the Lord is doing and that He has saved me from my’self’. A friend shared this quote by Francis Chan and I couldn’t agree with it more: “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” For me, the things that ‘don’t really matter’ are things that are not inspired by Christ in me. My hope is that the Lord continues to allow me the opportunity to live my life on purpose for His purpose rather than living according to my own mind and satisfactions and consequently live in vain.
Jesus is teaching me daily how precious and important it is to live in the present–not the past however good or the future however hopeful. While He has awakened my true self through my experience living in community life with other believers in the church in Gainesville, I’ve learned to make sure I’m clinging to the Person of Jesus Christ, not just to the experiences of His Life. While He has renewed my mind about the concept of having purpose in life, I’m learning yet even more how to keep my grasp on His Person alone and not just on the things I feel Him leading me into. The spirit of Christ ebbs and flows throughout our spiritual journey following Him. I believe we find contentment and security in keeping our eyes captured on Christ alone instead of captured on the ‘things’ of Christ we encounter along the way.
So today, I’m still waiting to understand more about what the Lord has next, and I’m continually growing more thankful with His purpose in where He has me now. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn’t here yet. I encourage us all to be intentional and present about Christ living His life through us today.