Saturday, July 16, 2016

Year 6 in Louisville

Hard to believe 6 years have come and gone since we said good-bye to Smyrna and hello to Louisville. Each year becomes harder to believe the amazing journey God has us on, and each year He comes through in His ways to show us more about Himself and putting our faith completely in Him. I shared last year about the 5 year plan being up. Another year has come and gone and we're still in Louisville. We are thankful to be here but it is still hard as it has been another year of seeking and wondering what God has in store for us.

Currently we are awaiting the arrival of our 7th baby any time in the next 5 weeks, though hoping it is sooner rather than later. Jim has 3 classes left which should be completed in this next school year. Our kids are finishing up another year of school. Five out of the six love school and want to learn at all times! Jim and I are growing in our marriage and learning how to really love God, each other and our kids while leading them to the cross day in and day out. We are seeking together where it is that God wants us long term, while learning to really be present where we are and living each day to the fullest here and now.

The most important thing I have learned this year: if I'm not caring for my family and leading them to Jesus, how can I do this anywhere else? I must know how to seek God in the everyday and prioritize here and now if I am going to do more for the Kingdom. It's like the parable of the talents. I must be a good steward with what God has given me now in order to be given more responsibility. I want to be a good steward of my family, my talents, my gifts and my resources, and I'm learning more and more how to do that.

I have seen this as God is helping us to grow our Childbirth Conversation ministry and grow our Norwex business and I pray God will continue to teach us and grow us in these things and how they can be used for long-term mission.

God has been so faithful and that is what matters.

I'm excited to see what the next year holds, especially as we seek where God would lead us after the seminary journey is over.

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