Sunday, December 21, 2008

New News

Since our last post, the Lord has answered many prayers.  Thank you to you all who have been praying with us and for us.  Like I mentioned previously, it has been good to be back in Alabama and at my parent's home.  We are so thankful for our present living arrangements. However, these arrangements will be changing as of Tuesday.  David has recently been hired as Student/Education Minister at his home church - Circlewood Baptist - here in Tuscaloosa. Although we are going to miss worshipping with our precious Open Door Baptist Church family, we are so grateful for this opportunity to join the wonderful church body at Circlewood.  Today was David's "first Sunday".  We were overwhelmed with the warm welcome and the encouragement that we received.  We are excited about serving at Circlewood, among these people and in this community.  So, Tuesday is when we move into our home. David and I are so grateful to be living in a house that the church is actually where we lived when we were first married, before we headed off to Kentucky for seminary.  Therefore, to our delight, we will be moving back into our "Honeymoon pad"!  The house is already a special place to us.  It will be fun moving in with our precious son now.  Speaking of sweet John David, here are a few pictures of him playing in "T" and "Big Daddy's" back yard, when all of the leaves had just fallen.  The other is him enjoying T's reading glasses.

 Also, in regard to John David, the Lord has been allowing many people and resources to be made available to us, to help aid us in our new journey.  Several phone conversations have led me to tears, for the Lord is so graciously answering our prayers.  He is Kind and Wise and Faithful.  We are so glad that God has brought us here, for John David's sake, and for the sake of our family.  We are excited about what all the Lord is doing.  Please keep praying for continued guidance and discernment.  

This past week, David officially graduated from seminary!  Although all of his classes were completed this past May, David went on a mission trip to Peru in July that counted for his last few credit hours.  Due to our IMB orientation, we did not think that we would be able to attend the graduation.  Because we left orientation early, however, we were indeed able to travel to Louisville for my ceremony-loving husband to participate in the formal commencement exercises at Southern Seminary.  I was so proud of him.  He looked so pretty in his cap and gown...

I also wanted to include this picture below.  My son LOVES dogs.  His mother does not.  But, it's amazing what one will do for another who has captured their heart.  Yes, with the encouragement of my husband, I am contemplating allowing a dog to be a part of our little family.  I may even let it live inside.  Oh my!  Yet, seeing the joy and laughter that overcomes my son when he is around dogs - specifically little "Mac" here in the picture (who belongs to Jim and Denise Burcham of Louisville...thanks for the hospitality Burcham family!) - makes having a little animal seem worthwhile.  We will keep you posted.



Friday, December 5, 2008

Home Again

We are home again, abiding in the lovely, warm (both in the physical and emotional sense) abode of 5804 Harborview Lane.  My parents were kind to welcome us back in their door again, to live under their roof, eat their food, run-up their utility bill...(Thanks Mom & Dad!) until we know what our next step will be.  In all seriousness, we could not be in a more comfortable position. Their house is designed in such a way that we feel like the downstairs is a separate entity all together.  But even if we did not have our own space, I don't think that we could ever grow tired of each other.
I don't have long to type, but I did want to share some specific prayer requests.  
Please pray that the Lord will give us wisdom and discernment as we are feeling a bit overwhelmed about the road ahead.  There are specific therapies and other interventions that John David is needing, and there are so many resources available (which is a cause for praise!) But, on the other hand, it can be overwhelming.  Please pray for the Lord to make it abundantly clear which resources to utilize, and out of those resources, which ones will be best for John David.  Also, please pray for even more discernment as treatments, therapies, and other interventions are being prescribed for John David.  Pray for sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and for boldness to speak up if something doesn't sit well in our souls.  We know that we are John David's advocates and know him better than anyone else.  Pray that God will lead each step that we take down this path that He has designed, in His kindness and in His sovereignty.   Thank you to you all who are praying so faithfully for us.  It is so obvious to us that we have many interceding on our behalf.  Please continue, for as souls bought by the blood of Christ, your prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16).