Here is the fourth installment of posts flashing back to the first few months of our ministry. You can read the previous posts HERE (part 1), HERE (part 2), and HERE (part 3)
June 29, 2013
It's hard to believe that we've been on the road for a whole month already! Wow! How time flies!
As we finish the first leg of our journey, I am reflecting on the past few weeks. We have had some amazing blessings, answered prayers, and great family times. We have also had a few very frustrating experiences, times of doubt, and emotional and spiritual weariness. Some of these struggles are to be expected and embraced, as Jesus said “…In this world you will have trouble…” and James urges “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds…”. However, some of the struggles were the natural result of trying something new and outrageous and needing to learn from mistakes. So what have we learned? How can we live more efficiently, productively, effectively, and joyfully while following God’s call on our lives?....Hmmm, bear with me as I journal my thoughts about all of this….
I’ll start with the positives.
First ~ God has left no room for doubt as to whether He is “in” this, whether this was indeed His plan for us. At every one of our 29 concerts so far, the audiences have responded with great enthusiasm and the leaderships have invited us to come back next time we’re in town. We have had many people share personal testimonies of God using Josh’s music to bless or encourage them. We have also seen six more children sponsored through World Vision this month. Financially, we have been blessed above and beyond at almost every concert and we are sitting well above our budgeted income and below our budgeted expenses. Praise God! It’s “working”! :)
Second ~ As a family, we are experiencing such wonderful times together. Josh has never had the physical health to play so much with the boys. He is able to participate in every aspect of their lives now. As parents, we are better able to “share the load”. Spiritually, we have so many opportunities to talk about God and learn from life experience about faith, trust, and answered prayer. The boys are learning more about working together as a family to share Christ’s love with the world. I see God growing them daily!
Third ~ Because we are all ALWAYS together, character flaws are harder to hide. We all have constant accountability, which can be uncomfortable but is so good for us. I can talk and talk about showing love, but when the boys hear me grumping about our camping neighbors, my “talking” is useless…unless I humble myself and apologize (which I did, for the record ;) )
Okay…I think I’m going to leave it at that for now. I’ll deal with the “negatives” later! :)
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