6 months in . . .

I realize I need to post more updates about what we’re up to and how things are going, so this is less of a processing post and more of a status update:

January and February were incredibly busy for us as we visited churches, looked for a location for the school, met with pastors, finished the final round in immigration for our teammates, and tried to get our finances into some sort of order. We finally got into a groove with homeschooling, which was a big relief, but felt like we were all exhausted from our move, from being sick all winter, from our busyness, etc. So we took the only opportunity we had to go on vacation. Read more

walking in obedience

I don’t really know how to get out what’s on my heart, but we’ll at least give it a shot.

Over the past two weeks, I have spent most of my time teaching at the Bible school (or preparing my notes) and checking off a million to do items. I have had so much going on that I have felt like I’m just doing well to keep the balls in the air; there’s not been any focus on trying to juggle well or even proficiently. And Mark has pointed out twice now that the more I just let go and trust God the better things turn out. He’s right. The older I get the more I leave behind my goal of perfection and choose to head for rest instead. Specifically, resting in Him, knowing that I cannot do anything without His help and strength. If I’ve learned anything over the past several months, it’s how much I need to dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High God. I cannot be a good wife, a good mom, a teacher, or anything without Him. It’s like this shifting is happening in how I operate, and my heart’s cry of more of Him and far less of me is now happening. Read more

moving in faith

Over the past week, we’ve hit our visa situation hard. If you’ve never moved abroad and dealt with immigration, then let me tell you it is no fun. No fun at all. It stretches you in every way possible, and it’s much of the cause of all my gray hair. So long story short, we’ve decided to get our house up for sale now, get ready for Mark to start job searching, and prepare to move. The ironic thing is that we need the house to sell to free up our finances to help pay for our move, and we need Mark to find a job before I can get a visa. So basically, we’re moving in faith as we don’t have the funding or the visa, but we’re in faith that we will. And I can’t even go into all the logistics of everything. But it’s necessary for us to be in the UK so that we can file the paperwork to get the rest of our team visas. So there is lots to be done in a very short time. And I’m just going to list all of our prayer needs with hope that you, as the reader, really will join with us in believing for God’s hand, His favor, His direction, and His provision. He’s on our side; He’s guiding us. So we’re walking forward as He leads and trusting that He will make the way straight for us. Read more