Jesus says, “Simon, Simon behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren

 

Luke 22:31, 32

March 29, 2018

“Come unto Me, all you laboring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest, take up My yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls, for My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28 (YLT)

As this new season begins to unfold we’re in awe of how God is moving and teaching us.  Though the past few months in Phoenix was a time of rest, we’ve felt the constant leading of the Lord to “be” and not “do”; to cease from our own labor and let Him teach us and use us as He chooses.  Reflecting, we see that:

  • Jesus reminded us that He chooses to use family to reveal God the Father and Himself to the world.  (A few examples are: Adam and Eve were created to fill the earth and take dominion, Abraham was called to bless all the families of the world through his seed and Jesus’ selfless act of redemption gave us the right to be called sons and daughters of the Most-High.)  The time spent with Luan’s parents, our children and grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews increased our belief that He has a plan to reach the world through our family……and yours.  He is a God of families and tribes.
  • Jesus has given us opportunity to disciple young couples in ministry with respect to their marriage relationship.  God is doing amazing things in their lives, as well as ours, as we transparently share our experiences and how the Lord has revealed Himself through it all, and apply His Word. 
  • Jesus is willing to use every resource we are willing to give.  We spent considerable time last year and in the past couple months working on the house in Phoenix to repair, restore and improve its condition. At times, we’ve questioned whether this was distracting us and our resources from “ministry.”  This past month we had the privilege of a Pastor Couple using the house to "get away"....we have a new Cherith House.  It fills us with joy to know that everything is useful to Jesus, with Him nothing is “wasted".
  • Jesus “brought ministry” to us.  While in Phoenix, we had the opportunity to meet three new Pastors and spend time with four Pastor Couples (2 from Phoenix, 1 from California and 1 from Canada) and 1 Missionary Couple (from Senegal) for mutual encouragement in the Lord.