The trees are telling us Autumn is around the corner. I saw blackberries and today, we have formally started back with school work. It is that time again to do my annual assessment of what has grown and changed. Most notably, we approach our first anniversary of taking on the leadership and adventure that is Festival Church, Chester. Last September, we began fresh as a family, travelling to and fro into this exciting and fast accelerating adventure. It has taken a lot of our energy and head space. We have needed to lay aside a few other loves and hobbies for a time, to make time. I have enjoyed seeing the children fully engage and serve and come to recognise that they are leaders in their own right. My biggest concern had been how they would respond to change, but it has been good. In fact, there has been so much good. People have been so good to us as a family and God has been so good to us. We’ve seen His goodness touch the lives of others, too.
There were many plans made that then had to change while other unexpected things happened. Proverbs 19:21 has been made very plain to us.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
It is important in this day and age to follow the Lord’s purpose and to know His will, especially as matters of global significance unfold. Circumstances have built our character and stretched our capacity as a family. We call it “growing-up” or growing pains, while learning from the best:
Hebrews 12:2 …fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For the joy…Yes! There has been much of that.
This recent month, has been one of God strengthening us and encouraging us to be bold and strong. There has been so much joy. We have been encouraged by seeing God heal and refresh with instant answer to prayer. We’ll let August run its course and the “Summer That Never Was” fizzle out. Then as September starts I will wonder again why it always feels like a new season in so many spheres. However, I have stolen a march on it by starting school back sooner than September begins!