Monday, August 15, 2011

The last time...

Lately, the words the last time seem to be an every day occurrence.

With our departure onto the mission field in just 8 days we are experiencing a lot of lasts.

And yesterday was no different.

 As our church held a commissioning serve for our family yesterday we said our good-byes... to the people we have called our church family for the past 2 years. The people we laughed with, cried with, grew with and worshiped with.

The church that loved us just the way we are, and because of that, we experienced Jesus-

and we were changed.

I am so thankful for the place where our pastor allowed us the freedom to grow into who God created us to be- because he was more concerned with making disciples than growing numbers.

Thankful for a church that isn't about having the biggest, best and latest... and more concerned about the one who designed the church instead.

I am thankful for group of people who loved us just the way we were, and who believed in us- even when we didn't.

(photo credit Austin Davidson)

It's funny how the Lord puts people into your life for a reason... and often times for only a season.

And yet a part of them remains with you forever.

For that, I am thankful.

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Andrea Hill said...

wow, I am crying realizing just how soon you are leaving. I love you all so much and will be praying for you daily. You just have no idea how special you are.

Laurel said...

I am thinking of you and praying for you as you say all of your good-byes.

We will probably be in TX next month, and will be soooo..... sad that we don't have anyone to visit in Caddo Mills. (The kids have already asked if you will be there.)

Love you MUCH, and can't wait to get your updates from Guatemala.

Laurel :)

Alison said...

What a sweet church family ya'll have! So excited about the journey that God has before ya'll!!!

Rachel H. said...

We are going to miss you SO much!!

Anonymous said...

It's churches like this that makes the anticipation of visiting the US something to look forward too. I know what we miss the most is our church family in Oregon and we are so excited to go back, give a report and HUG everyone that we have missed so much! We can't wait for you guys to be here NEXT WEEK!!!

Connie J said...

What a beautiful post about the body of Christ. I'm so excited about what the Lord has done and is continuing to do in your family! To Him be the glory!!