When God Says Yes.
The past 2 years have been a jumbled mess of confusion about jobs, the future and what’s best for this family.
It has been challenging, overwhelming and downright exhausting!
We have prayed for God’s leading and direction and it has taken all our drive and determination to sit back and trust him for his best.
As I sit back and reflect on the past 6 years of our time in Boston I stand amazed at where God has brought us.
He has loved us something fierce.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
I love how God's promises are true and never depend on circumstances. I love how he is good enough just because he is. I love that I don't even understand it and yet I believe it.
After walking through the darkness of losing our daughter I have often returned to this verse to remind me that he is enough for me. I don't need good things to keep my faith. I just need Jesus.
But sometimes God surprises us with good things and he reminds us that he is the giver of all good things.
5 years ago we opened our hearts to the possibility of staying in Boston long term. We began praying with our pastor and his wife that God would make a way for us to stay in Boston and continue the hard work of Church planting. Well, I’ll be honest and say that my prayer was rather an openness to God’s leading because even the very thought of staying in Boston made me want to cry.
It was a terrifying prayer. Staying in Boston meant being thousands of miles away from most of our family. And yet there was something inside of me that I couldn't ignore.
One of the hard things about this city is that it is very transient. People come and go constantly and it’s really hard to be vulnerable when you know a hard goodbye is just around the corner.
I believe it is always worth the investment. . . . .to never hold back even when you know that change is coming
But, there is a limit.
There is a limit to how much the heart can hold and living in Boston you are absolutely pushed to that limit at the end of each year.
After a few years of saying goodbyes and watching our pastor’s family say hard goodbyes I began praying that God would bring them a family. I prayed he would bring a family that could stay rooted in Boston and live out this mission together with them.
I never thought the answer to that prayer would be my family.
There was a part of me that desperately wanted to be the answer to that prayer, but our hope kept running out.
God has opened doors we could not and answered prayers that have been prayed for over 5 years.
Recently, my wonderfully talented and amazing husband just accepted a position at Boston College! What?! I still can't believe I'm writing that!
This past year has been tough. We have been through every emotion I can think of wrestling with anxiety over the future.
I could just melt with relief over this news!
Thank you, dear friends, for supporting us and praying with us over the past 5 years. What a journey it has been. God gave us something good and even though it's terrifying in a lot of ways, I know that we are sitting right where he wants us to be.
It has been amazing to see God's work in us over the past 6 months and where he has brought us today - ready to tackle another long season of life in the city.
And yes, that means another year at 386 Marlborough Street. (more on that to come so stay tuned!)